Apparel and Custom Clothing Information

Turning Art Files Into Embroidery with Digitizing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Jan, 14, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

Ever wonder how a company logo or cool design goes from a digital art file to a beautifully embroidered shirt? The process is called digitizing and the artists that do it are called - you guessed it - digitizers. Basically, digitizing is redrawing a logo or design as stitches in a special embroidery software program designed to do just that. We use a program called Punto at Sharprint. Digitizers aren’t just digital artists, though, they have to be experts in the craft of embroidery.

The first step in digitizing art for embroidery is trouble shooting the design and considering the fabric to be sew. The digitizer looks for small detail or letters that won’t sew well to inform you or your client if something won’t work. Then the digitizer comes up with a plan to produce the best looking and performing embroidery. This plan is communicated through the software in terms of the type of stitch used, density of the stitch, what type of underlay stitch will be used, thread color, and logo size. Let’s take a look, shall we?

This is the logo we will use on our little visual trip. You can see the vector paths (blue lines) making up the logo on the right.

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Decoration, Timeline & Budget: What You Need to Know

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Dec, 22, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Ordering custom decorated apparel for your clients can be a fun and easy process if you are working with the right decorator. It’s simply a matter of communicating and planning with your decorator in advance to sort through the various apparel applications and options. This article is designed to walk you through the various steps to think about when working with your client and decorator during the planning, budgeting and timeline stages. 


There are three primary techniques used to customize company apparel. These processes are screen print, embroidery, and digital printing. Casual clothes ordered in large quantities may be best suited for screen printing, whereas fast turns on full color designs may call for digital print production. Embroidery communicates high quality, professionalism, and elegance. 

Each technique has a design style best suited to its process and result. They may have embroidery in mind, but if your client has a logo that will look better screen printed,  you’ll want to opt them in for the best result. That being said, each process is pretty versatile. Your decorator should help you target the ideal scenario to make sure your client isn’t disappointed with the final product. 

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The Unwanted Mark of Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Dec, 18, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

The Cause and Solution of Pallet Marks

Every so often, screen printers are faced with certain obstacles they need to overcome in order to provide their customers with the best possible looking custom apparel.

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Topics: screen printing, material type

How to Use Pantone Colors for Embroidery & Screen Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Dec, 08, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

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.

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The 4-Step Process for DTG Printing on High Quality Custom Garments

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Fri, Nov, 21, 2014 @ 13:11 PM

Digital garment printing can be a solution for small quantities, hasty needs, and it can also be a source of exclusive products that are not easily replicated. By promoting these strengths of the medium, its likely your clients will be unaware of the numerous steps and time it takes to complete these production tasks. We recorded the processes to share the exacting and labor intensive process that goes into these fast turnarounds on high quality custom garments.

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8 Tips About Using Art When Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Nov, 10, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

1. All Shapes & Sizes

First and foremost, submitting Vector art is always best. What makes vector art special is that everything is defined by shapes, as opposed to raster art’s pixels. This means the image never degrades at any size. A vector art image could be used for an inside tag, an all over print or a billboard without any pixelation or loss of quality. Vector images are very simple to change color, scale, orientation, etc. Also, vector images don’t need separations or the fees that go along with them, unless they are very very complex in color.

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Artwork That Works For Screen Printing

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Wed, Oct, 22, 2014 @ 13:10 PM

Digital artwork used for screen printing can be categorized in two types - raster and vector. In this article, we’ll define both file types, go over some vocabulary, and show how you can differentiate the two.

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Topics: screen printing, artwork, artwork for screen printing

File Preparation Tips for DTG Printing on Apparel

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Wed, Oct, 15, 2014 @ 13:10 PM

Digital printing has some similarities, but is a bit different than screen print or embroidery in terms of file prep. Here's some suggestions to submit your file so that your end print looks like you want it to.

  • Use RGB color settings.
  • Illustrator files with fonts converted to outlines are recommended.
  • High res Photoshop files are also acceptable (150 dpi or higher at print size)
  • Be sure to eliminate any stray pixels in Photoshop.
  • White areas should be set to R 254, B 254, G 254
  • Black areas should be set to R 0, B 0, G 0
  • For smooth grey printing, use even numbers - i.e. R 60, G 60, B 60

Some colors don’t print digitally as well as others. Avoid bright, cyan type blues as well as purples and magentas. These colors tend to look muddy when printed.

Keep in mind that DTG printing is limited to 100% cotton garments. Garments with any kind of “coating” - such as stain-resistant aprons - should be avoided. In some cases we can print on 100% polyester - white only.

Be sure to wash the garment or t-shirt prior to wearing. You may notice a slight discoloation of the garment around the printed image due to pre-treating. This is a normal part of the printing process and will disappear after the first wash.

If you’re new to DTG, but want to get some tees printed up, be sure to have a conversation with your rep or an artist about what to expect. It’s best to have this discussion relating to the actual piece of art you’ll be printing.


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Topics: dtg printing, file prep, digital printing

How to Ensure High Quality With Your Screen Printed Tees

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Oct, 09, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

Whether you plan to order screen-printed t-shirts in the near future, or might some time down the line, there are important variables to consider in order to make sure your clients’ custom t-shirts don’t suffer from regular wash and wear.

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Our 4 Simple Steps to Worry-Free Order Production

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Oct, 01, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

There are many decisions to be made and details to be communicated when ordering decorated and promotional apparel. If you’ve ordered even once, you are well aware. The number of decisions and details is multiplied by each client you are working with and each item they are having imprinted. Wow. That’s a lot to keep track of.

You’re awesome and have it covered, we know. Regardless, we’ve got your back. The Four Simple Steps is a system for placing orders that helps organize the details and keeps you informed about the progress of your custom screen print, embroidery, and digital print orders. Our goal is to make working with us easy. By pro-actively providing you with status updates, you can continue getting business instead of being bogged down by the orders you already have.

Step 1: Order Approval

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