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5 Elements to Avoid When Designing Art for Screen Print

 
Illustrator Effects for Screen Print

1. ILLUSTRATOR EFFECTS

Illustrator has some nifty effect options, but you’ve got to be careful when using them.  A good portion of these options apply raster elements to your art, negating vector’s resizing abilities and requiring separations for screens.  The most common are the drop shadow effects.  These often look good (at first glance) and add dimension, but they complicate your file by mixing image types and severely limit the printable size of your art.  If you want shadows, use gradients instead.  It is more time consuming, but will be more cost effective and flexible in the end.  

The Four Main Feels of Screen Printing

 
light t-shirt for soft screen print

You've probably seen some of those super thick, plastic-y prints that tend to crack after wearing and washing a few times. You've probably also seen the kind of screen printed t-shirt with a super soft print. Maybe you even own some of both.

6 Things Your Customer Should Consider About Embroidery on Custom Apparel

 
logo embroidery

Logo embroidery adds a one-of-a-kind custom touch to any garment. Hobby clubs, organizations, small businesses, and corporations can all benefit from this type of apparel. It will help members of a company stand out at a trade show, identify various teams at a tournament, or give all the members a sense of belonging and solidarity, no matter what kind of group they belong to. When arranging for logo embroidery, there are several important points to consider.

1. The Quality of the Image Affects the Quality of the Finished Product

It's extremely important for the art submitted for embroidery to be clean and crisp. A detailed image with fine lines and small print will not translate well to embroidery on decorated apparel. It's best to design a brand new image for this specific purpose. Important points to consider are:


[Quick Tip] How DTG Printing Differs From Light to Dark Garments

 
DTG printing

There’s a lot that is the same about printing light and darks for DTG. Shirts must be 100% cotton. The artwork needs to be submitted in the same way. The ink on the shirts must also be cured whether the tee is a light or dark color, so what’s the difference? The main difference is a step in the process called pre-treating. Only dark t-shirts get pre-treatment.

How Soft-Hand Printing on Dark Garments Works

 
soft-hand printing

Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.

How Screen Printing Works for 2-Ply Garments

 
Windbreakers For Screen Print

Ply has a couple of meanings in the apparel industry. If you’re talking dress shirts, ply is the number of yarns twisted together to make a single thread that is woven into a fabric. For screen printers, 2-ply is referring to a garment constructed with two fabric layers. Common 2-ply garments are windbreakers, athletic shorts, and the hood on some styles of sweatshirts. Because the two layers of fabric are generally sew together at the edges and are loose against each other, there is an extra step and some additional equipment required to print these garments. Let’s take a look.

Screen Printing Process for Same Designs on Different Garments

 
pallets for screen printing

When screen printing a logo or design on apparel, it’s common to order companion garments or accessories. Does a higher volume discount apply when you print different kinds of garments with the same design? If the garments are similar chances are you can have them produced all together. T-shirts and tank tops are a good example of this as long as the design, placement, and size of the design are the same. When you are printing differently types of garments chances are the orders will need to be produced separately. T-shirts and tote bags are a good example of this. Even if the design and size are the same, it's the placement of a logo or design that really determines whether or not different garment types can be produced together.

In this blog, we'll discuss the specifics about screen printing apparel and accessories to illustrate why different garments printing with the same logo must be done as separate orders.

The surface onto which a garment is placed or loaded in order to be printed is called a pallet or table. Pallets come in various sizes to facilitate the best quality and most efficient screen printing. Each set of specialized pallets can be removed and switched out for a different set. For example, sleeve pallets are  6” wide because you can't stretch a sleeve over something meant to accommodate an entire shirt.  This size also lends itself to printing toddler and baby garments, along with tote pockets and other areas that are too small to be loaded on a 16” standard t-shirt pallet.





5 Tips to Preparing an Illustrator File for Your Contract Decorator

 
describe the image

Screen printers love Adobe Illustrator because the graphics are so clean and perfectly scale-able. Certain features of the program were even designed specifically for the print industry. A screen print artist or separator prepares your design file for print production, but there are some steps you should take to prepare your file for the printer.

How to Use Pantone Colors for Embroidery & Screen Printing

 
Pantone Color Book

Pantone colors are the universal language for communicating specific colors right down to the shade. This language overcomes distances and computer monitors with different calibrations. If both parties involved in a project are looking at a Pantone book, referencing the exact number, both parties can rest assured that they are on the same page.

Brand guidelines define specific colors of logos in terms of Pantones. Designers call out Pantone colors in their work so the image can be re-created exactly from digital media to print and embroidery. As decorators, we live and die by Pantone colors. However, the language of Pantone colors translates a little differently between screen print and embroidery - like a different dialect between the mediums of decoration. Let’s look at why and what this means for the logo or design you are having screen printed or embroidered.

Embroidery

Thread manufacturing companies have companion books that gives us a quick reference of all colors available and their corresponding Pantone color.



3 Embroidery Thread Composition Stitch Types

 
satin stitch

Did you know embroidery thread is sewn in different types of stitches to re-create your customer's logo or design on a garment? It’s true! These stitch types are called out by the digitizer when creating a stitch composition for your image. Each stitch type has a unique look and is best for specific design elements. Here are the top three:

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