This article assumes that you (the reader) have already started your company, have designs that you would like to print and have found a printer to work with. It is intended to walk you through the process of your first print and bring up any “did you knows”. Enjoy!
- Prepare your files for print.
- Select your printing method.
Prepare Your Files for Print
As a clothing company the first thing you should know is designing for print (4-color process) and designing for t-shirts are two different worlds. Make sure you or your designer make it as easy as possible for your printer to print your shirt without compromising your design. This will not only make it easier for you in the long run but it will give you a better product for your customers because you did not make last minute changes during the process.
As a designer and company owner, I am very familiar with how to make my life and my screen printers life a lot easier. Make sure you convert all of your text to outlines, use Pantone colors, create your artwork to size (exactly, not bigger or smaller), use vector artwork when possible and expand all stroked lines to at least 0.5 points.
What do you need to know before talking with your printer?
- Where the print is going.
- How many colors are used.
- The Pantone color codes for all colors used.
- The type of printing method you are using.
- Are you using specialty inks?
- How many units you are printing.
- The type of ink you are using.
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