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8 Tips About Using Art When Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on February 14, 2023 3:00:00 AM CST
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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.

2. Changing Terrain

One often overlooked detail is the fact that the art being printed stays the same size, while the garment size changes. For example, if you wanted a design that goes around the collar, the collar is going to be a different size between a small shirt and a 2x and the art would need to accommodate that.

3. Bigger Is better

Well... when it comes to raster art anyway. To print your images cleanly we need raster art that is created with at least 150 DPI at size. That is, if you’d like your raster logo to print 10” wide, the image must have been created at 10”w with 150dpi or more and not scaled up from a lower res file. Having some resolution to spare gives you flexibility with print size.

4. Its What’s On The Inside That Counts

The simplest file types to work with are vector files which are .ai, .pdf, .eps and raster images which files ending with .psd, .jpg, .tff, etc. Keep in mind it is entirely possible that a .ai file could contain raster art and that a .psd file could contain vector art. Think of the files types as boxes. A refrigerator box probably has a refrigerator in it, but there’s an off chance that there could be an angry raccoon in there.

5. What The Font?

Text, when created in Photoshop or Illustrator, remains tied to the specific font associated with it on your system unless it is either rasterized (Photoshop) or expanded (illustrator). If we receive a file that contains unconverted text and we do not have that font, our systems will automatically replace it. Nobody wants to see Comic Sans when they wanted Trajan Pro.

6. Check It Out!

The proofs we make with your art serve a dual function. First, they let you know details about what, where and how we are going to print on your garments. Second, they serve as a guide for our production to create your vision. So, if the proof states that a Full Front print is going to be 10” wide and you want it to be 8”, let us know.

7. A Horse Of A Different Color

Inks are all at least a little transparent, especially dark blues (which its best to avoid if possible). If a garment is not white or very lightly colored, we need to lay down a layer of white ink to print on top of in order to keep the colors true. This is called an under base. It counts as a color on your order, so consider your color counts accordingly.

8. Its In The Details

The more specific you are with your needs, the better we can accomplish them. We want you to get what you want, but we won’t know unless you tell us.

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