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About Printing Your Designs

Let us help you with your project. There are various factors to consider when Custom Printing your original artwork logo design on blank items.

These factors play a part on Pricing, the finished product and its Durability. It is wise to learn about the factors involved, this will ensure your Project's success.

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About the Artwork

Is your artwork finished and ready?

This is important because once printed on the blank items it is done. It is best to spend a little time making sure the artwork is finished and ready to print. Look at the factors involved that relate to your Artwork and the Blank Items it will be Printed on. These Blank items are not made of paper, they are made of different fabric content ( cotton, polyester etc. ), and come in different colors, your design should compliment the Blank Item.

What fabric are you printing on?

The Blank Item Knit Type ( Jersey Knit, Rib Knit, Fleece etc. ) is a factor not to be ignored because this may effect the finished printed detail of your artwork design and It's durability.

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Artwork Colors and Quantity

In most cases, the more colors in Your Artwork, the more expensive it gets.

Screen Printing (50 plus quantity)

If your Artwork Design has Solid Colors like Black, White, Yellow, Gray etc. DTG Screen Printing or Plastisol Heat Transfer Printing Processes are the economical way to Print your Design on quantities of 50 Plus. To print ONE or a FEW with these Printing Processes will cost you, because there are one time setup charges like Film Output and Screens.

Low Quantity (One or a Few)

For Low Quantity (One or a Few) multiple artwork color graphics printing, SpotDigital Transfers (aka Photo Transfers) is the most economical way to go.

Large Quantity (1000 plus)

For Large Quantity (1000 plus) multiple artwork color graphics printing. Spot4CP Heat Transfers (4 Color Process Heat Transfers) is a good choice. These Heat Transfers are like the 70's, 80's Iron On's. Of course there are other options of printing precesses but dependent of the fabric type, and more. Also, keep in mind that designing for Shirts is different from designing post cards, someone will be wearing your design.

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Artwork and Print Size

The Larger the Artwork Design Size the more expensive it gets. Designs always look small on paper, we recommend you pin your Artwork Design (paper version) to the Blank Item you are planning to print, for example a Girly Fitted Tee and have a girl friend try it on. This way you can see the porpotion of your Artwork Design relating to the Blank Item, the visability and how it looks on someone wearing your Design.

Industry Standard Artwork Sizes

There are approximate Industry Standard Artwork Sizes. Sometimes because your Artwork is a 1/4 Inch too big this may end up costing you a lot more money. Always provide your Artwork's Exact Size ( example 6" x 5 " ) to anyone that is involved with your project. This prevents your arwork from being re-sized by accident when Artwork digital files are passed around via email or with fax transmitions, etc.

Below are basic Print Sizes to determine how big Your Design should be when printing it on Shirts, Panties and Hats.

Max. Sizes for Printing on Shirts, Panties, Hats.

Printing on the FRONT

Unisex T-Shirts - Adult Sizes Up to 10" Wide / Back Up to 12" Wide

Girly T-Shirts - Adult Sizes Up to 8" Wide / back Up to 10" Wide

Unisex T-Shirts - Kids/Junior Sizes Up to 6" Wide / back Up to 8" Wide

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Print Layout and Materials

There are Standard Layouts that are used but there is nothing stopping you from creating your own Layout, keep in mind that if you decide to print over a t-shirt shoulder seam this may effect the look of your design. Flat and smooth printing areas work best.

Plastisol Ink Transfers

These are screen printed heat transfers. They color match to your design colors and effects can be created like Sparkle Glitter, Raised rubber feel, Reflective and Soft to the touch. These Inks are the best quality and machine washable.

Material Transfers

Like Fuzzy Velvet Flock, Shiny Film, Felt, Reflective, Holographic, Glitters etc. are Computer cut using a vinyl cutter or Die Cut. They are not Screen Printed. These materials give you texture, are heat applied with No Sewing Required.

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Blanks and Quantity

Blank Items are what you are Printing your Design on. It is best to choose the blank items with a design in mind that you want to print on them. This way you can choose the blank item knowing what inks and/or materials you are using.

This helps because not all Designs work well with different Blank Item Fabric Content or Knit. For example, line drawing designs look good and last forever on tight knit fabrics like Fine Jersey, it will NOT look as good or last on Stretch Rib Fabric.

The more you print using the same design, style and colors the Less the Price per unit is. You can print One or a Few or start at 50 per design and get Bulk Prices.

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