Ink / Method of Printing
The type of ink you plan on using can also play a factor in picking the perfect t-shirt as well as the printing method, such as DTG (direct to garment printing), screen print or vinyl.
Why can ink play a factor? Sometimes the inks react differently to the garment of shirts. For example, sometimes screen printing neon inks do not react well to polyester blend t-shirts. Some t-shirt blends need to be cured (dried) more than others after screen printing to prevent the ink from cracking after a few washes.
The method of printing can also play a big factor. Like the inks, the method of printing may need a particular style of t-shirt. We've learned that for screen printing, most garments are O.K. for production, but if you're considering DTG we've learned that, to maximize the print quality, it is better to use 100% cotton on ringspun cotton.
Lastly, and maybe the most important consideration in choosing the perfect t-shirt is---How does the shirt fit?!? This is why it is recommended to order a few samples to wear them around, wash, and see how they react after that.
Does the sleeves shrink? Does the shirt shrink? Does it fit the same? Did the color fade? By ordering samples, you will know exactly what you're selling/what your client is receiving/what your employees, friends or family will be wearing.
Don't let picking a t-shirt prevent you from getting your vision to the world!
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Things You Need To Know About Preparing Artwork For Screen Printing
We would like to simplify the process for our customers and help you out, so please send us an email or give us a call and we can walk you through the process. :)
This post is a guide on some things to think about and the requirements we need from you to prepare artwork files for screen printing at Leo’s Silk Screen Service. Learn how to prepare your artwork files for screen printing! When preparing your custom artwork for printing on apparel, other garments or material, you must take a few things into consideration to ensure it will print properly.
Preparing Your Design
Example of a full-color vector design and color separation:
All digital files we use for screen printing end up in vector format in order to print with our setup. Typically, we ask for artwork in PDF or Illustrator (.ai) formats - and NOT just pasted into Illustrator and sent as a .ai file. All files must be at least 300dpi or vector format. We need true vector formats that are smooth shapes/edges that can infinitely be scaled up or down with no image quality loss.
We accept the following File Types:
Convert Your Text to Outlines
If fonts are in your artwork, please be sure to outline the font before sending the file as we may not have the specific file on our computers. Outlining the text prevents this from being an issue.
Send your artwork at the size you want it printed. When opening the file, and it opens at 11" wide, we will know you want it printed at 11" wide.
Mockup Your Apparel / Material
You may want to mockup your design first so you can get an idea of what it will look like on a shirt. At Leo's Silk Screen, we'll send over a final proof/mockup to make sure you're apparel/project will be printed exactly the way you imagined it to come out!
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