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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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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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The Art of Digital Printing on Dark Garments

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Sep, 29, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Digital printing on dark t-shirts or garments is not quite the same as printing on white or light ones. The direct-to-garment process is similar to screen print in that a white foundation or white under base must be printed first, allowing the design colors to be visible. Color may not look quite as bright when an under base is used, and the feeling of the printed shirt is not as soft.

In the process of direct-to-garment printing there is an additional step involved with printing the under base. It’s called “the pre-treat.” Colored or dark garments require the print area to be sprayed or treated, with a non-toxic primer. This primer facilitates the bond between the white ink and the garment or material surface. Depending on the design, a pre-treat can double the amount of time it takes to produce a digital print order. Although the pre-treat solution is non-toxic, it can leave a faint residue on the shirt, and it is strongly recommended that these shirts be washed before wearing.

Submitting the Artwork

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Understanding Fabric Types & Threads for Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Sep, 23, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

Before we get into various fabric types for embroidery, there is a term you should be familiar with - backing. Backing is a specialized piece of fabric used as a foundation for stabilizing embroidery stitches. Fabric, by nature, is very flexible. Backing has a stiffness and gives the stitches something stable to hold on to.

There are various types of backing for different fabrics and purposes. You don’t need to worry about selecting the proper backing. The embroidery experts will do that for you. Backing comes in white for light garments and black for dark garments to reduce visibility. In most cases, the backing is undetectable.

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Coated, Uncoated and Under Base Effects when Screen Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Sep, 18, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

When you say red, you could mean any number of a gazillion shades. When you say red 485c, you mean one very specific shade. Pantone® colors are used to select and accurately communicate color in a variety of industries.

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Understanding the Art of Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Sep, 16, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Embroidery’s craft origin gives it an air of refinement, elegance, and respectability. For this reason, designers utilize embroidery for custom embellishment in many applications from functional uniforms to high fashion. Technology advances in the embroidery industry have made high quality custom garments an affordable option for even the more casual affairs like golf tournaments and trendy retail items. These days, we add versatility to list of words that describe embroidery.

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What You Need to Know About Digital Printing on Fabrics

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Sep, 12, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Digital printing on fabric is very similar to the way an inkjet photo printer prints on paper. There are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) ink jets that spray the design onto a substrate. These inks are translucent and the amount of each color that is sprayed on the material determines the end color produced.

When printing digitally, re-creating the color you see on a computer monitor is a pretty easy process, mostly because the computer does all the calculations to determine the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow, or black needed to reproduce that color. By comparison, with screen printing a highly skilled color separator selects the amount of inks that will be transferred to the garment, and how they will be layered. It is a much more labor-intensive process.

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4 Reasons Soft-Hand Printing Remains a Popular Method

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Sep, 10, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

The modern day apparel industry is forever changing & evolving with new technologies and techniques. Throughout these changes, there has remained a common technique most popular for printing on light garments and vintage apparel. The technique is called soft-hand printing, and it includes a method that uses fashion soft base additives and water-based inks. 

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6 Considerations Before Ordering Embroidered Apparel

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Fri, Sep, 05, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

When ordering embroidered clothing it is helpful to understand the process and become familiar with what is available and possible. The following six things to consider will help you to order the right clothing for your needs, fitting your budget, and in the time that you expect. 

  1. Do you have your design ready?  For some people, creating a design or logo is a piece of cake.  Others may need professional assistance or guidance to produce the desired results.  Often the embroidery company can help with the design, or you may choose to work with a marketing or design agency.  Note that your design will communicate a message – it could be your business logo to identify employees and staff, or it could be your sports logo to unite your team.  Make sure your design will send the right message about the person who wears the clothing.  Also note that some designs or logos are protected, such as the Olympic rings.  Before using a logo make sure you have rights to do so.
  2. Which embroidery technique do you prefer?  There are different types of embroidery that can be used for your project.  Note that the fabric that you use can affect the quality of your embroidery and the type of embroidery technique that can be used – so consider your fabric choice as well as the other options.  The basic embroidery can be used for simple text, logos or graphics.  You can also request specialty embroidery such as gradient coloring, puff embroidery, applique and more.  If you have more elaborate graphics or art in your design, you may need to provide a high resolution design to make sure the image is properly copied.  Consider using vector files created from Adobe Illustrator or a similar product for ideal results.
  3. Stitching techniques and thread types add a special touch.  The satin stitch is used the most often, but there are other options to consider for your project.  A walking stitch gives a “hand sewn” look to your design.  The fill stitch is also available to fill in areas with color and to layer designs.  The thread that you use can be one of two types. Rayon is shiny and silky looking that looks very professional. The polyester thread is very durable and strong with not as much shine.
  4. Color matching makes your design.  There are difference types of thread colors to consider.  Metallic, rainbow, reflective, neon, and even color changing or glow in the dark are some of your options. Think about how these different colors can complement your design.
  5. When do you need it?  Allow ample time to have your work completed.  By avoiding a rush you can receive the highest quality and reduce the stress of trying to accomplish a big project in a short amount of time.  Discuss with your provider about what is reasonable. You can put a rush on orders, but note that your price may increase.
  6. Stay within your budget.  It is way too easy to go overboard with embroidered clothing because there are so many options to choose from.  Have a budget in mind up front, and then make sure your prices and expenses stay within your goals. 

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