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One of the best ways to get the most out of Custom screen printing textiles and sportswear is to use the color of the garment to your advantage in the design.

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When designing artwork for screen printed garments, allays try to factor in the fabric color. you can use it as part of the design, thus limiting the amount of ink and screen print set up charges. It can be used to alter the color of the inks being printed as well. Using a limited white underlay or base under some areas of color and not others can create  different, tint, hues, tones and effects with Stunning results. None of which cost more in the silk screening process.

Don't just stick any design on any color shirt. Use the shirt color as a design concept and get more out of your custom printing. really it only takes time and thought. the results can look like it took more money and printing when that is not the case.

 

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We are glad to announce that we just became Denver's  only complete in house full service garment imaging shop!

In house Digital Direct - Full color- No minimum - Any garment color.
Large format @ 16"X 42" photographic reproductions.

In house wholesale silk screen printing- Large format- advanced image
processing. specialty inks like neon, glitter, puff, metallic & More.

In house Embroidery - 12 head machine, 9 thread colors & more.

In house Digitizing , embroidery editing & creation.

In house Graphic design, Illustration, art services, production mechanical
art. Free color & design theory.

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It's Viper Time

Get ready Denver.... The Viper has arrived! Local Denver digital direct print on demand t-shirts, hoodies, hats, caps, aprons and more.

There has been a huge demand for one off, one of a kind Full color large format Photographically printed apparel like hooded sweat shirts... Till now the screen or set up charges where just to much for small runs like One garment. and digital images with there thousands of colors where expensive to silk screen print.

Also the demand has been high for eco friendly and soft feeling water based inks..... While a couple of shops in Denver have been experimenting with Digital direct print on demand apparel decoration systems... None have the capability of printing White ink in a limed art to produce apparel imaging an ANY COLOR CLOTHING!

The Rules have changed Denver..... It's here now!

Digital direct, print on demand
Design you own custom t-shirt hooded sweats&garments.
Get just one printed item. No set up fees! Print Just one
Full color, photographic quality garment.
Large format printing area..... 16" X 45" any color garment!
Local trusted veteran shop. Come see samples.
t-shirtprintingdenver.com

Denver, Colorado

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How do I create a design for t-shirt screen printing that will not result in an art charge form my printer?

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When creating Digital artwork for the silk screen print process as used in textile and clothing printing requires a few rules to get it production ready. Here are some tips and techniques that can help keep you from getting art charges from your local Silk screen printing t-shirt shop.

Screen printing almost allays uses spot color! What is spot color? does that means solid areas of ink?  The answer to question two is NO. Spot color means that instead of CMYK or (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and black), Or RGB (red, green & blue) of digital displays like tv's and computer monitors..... each area of color will produce a single film positive...  cmyk produces four films with dot pattern percentages of color on each.

A  Process design like jpeg, Even if the artist only used two colors will produce four films unless done in spot color. And rgb designs will not produce films. these are only for monitors and displays like web pages. Spot color is easiest and best in a vector based drawing program like Adobe® Illustrator, Corel Draw or other post script drawing programs.. the are Open Source free programs like Inkscape and others. These vector based art files are the preferred format for silk screening for several reasons....

  • They produce resolution free computer graphics files. this means they can be enlarged to any size.
  • The produce post script clean Butt to Butt registration. unlike bit-map pixel art the color separations ( film positives) contour each-other exactly.
  • Gradients, tints, tones, halftones & color percentages have perfect crisp, clean and exacting  edges.
  • Typography is crystal clear at any size.
  • These files are very small. an entire full color billboard can be less then one meg in size. making for easy distribution , file transfers and just creating.
  • Specific Pantone color matching swatches can be built in for exacting color.

Some basic information & rules about building spot color  ( Vector) art files for t-shirt  silk screen printing.......

Always convert type to curves or outlines otherwise you may have to send the actual computer font file to the printing company and many font files can be corrupt or copyright protected from sharing.

Stay away from percentages of color less then 10% these may not image in the screen. And due to Dot gain on press any percentage of color over 70% will just fill in to 100%

Stay away from transparency... Use percentages instead.. transparencies do not always rip over correct and are mostly for monitor displays.

Be Leary of cool filters that may convert spot swatches to cmyk.. Make sure the color blends and gradients are built with spot swatches.

Remember to make any white in the design a spot swatch... Unlike most forms of reproduction, t-shirt printing does not print the color of the tee shirt.

Remember to make all color percentage lighter then you want on the actual garment.. due to on press dot gain during the actual printing process.

White ink is the thickest pigment and is usually put on a low mesh count screen.. this means small detail should not be done in white.

Saving bit-map or raster based files to a vector format like .eps does not convert them to vector... Vector has to be created.

Things that can be done with spot color vector graphics......

Tertiary colors! these colors are created on the t-shirt and do not result in a set-up or screen charge... they are FREE COLORS!"

  • Anything and everything!
  • Tertiary colors! these colors are created on the t-shirt and do not result in a set-up or screen charge... they are FREE COLORS!
  • Duo-tones, tri-tones
  • Halftones
  • Solid graphics
  • Gradients
  • Color tints, color tones, color percentages
  • Crisp line work.
  • Weathered and distressed  effects. antiquing.
  • Much more....

Things that can be done with spot color raster graphics......

  • Spot color photos
  • Simulated process
  • Indexing or dither dot patters
  • Custom halftone shapes
  • Airbrush effects
  • Photographic effects
  • Special textures
  • the list goes on....

It is important to remember, that solid graphics and type should never be done in bitmap or raster, You can import raster files into your vector drawing file and merge them with solid graphics, type and other graphics effects that are not photographic halftones.

More to come later.. Hope this helps you in creating some Killer Custom apparel designs with minimal cast associated with the silk screen printing process of reproduction.


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Our Direct to garment system is up and running

Our new State of the art Digital direct to garment printer with it's White ink printing system is up and running. Now it is easy and more cost effective then ever to get just one or just a few  Custom printed t-shirts, Hooded sweat shirts or any garment printed.
This system uses white ink printing that will image any color garment dark or light. It's  amazingly large print area at 16" x 45". will let you image the entire front and back of a hoodie.


We've been having lots of fun experimenting with this system. It's just so easy to print custom tee shirts with no need for vector spot color art, No production art and film positives, No screen burning or setups, no ink mixing....
It's push button digital t-shirt imaging at it's best.
We just send the file to print :-O

Additionally this system is using Water based inks. this means a softer less patchy, plastic feel to the final product.

Art needs to be high resolution. and you may not want to print something that is not thousands of colors.... this prints full color photographic images. It would be a waist to do just one one color shirt. But we'll do it too.

Give us a call to see how we can assist you with any apparel decoration needs.


We do In-House full color screen printing, Embroidery, digitizing and graphic design.

Here is this weeks " everyone loved it" Design... 16" X 29 inch full color hoodies for Sons of Chaos


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Visit us at t-shirtprintingdenver.com get a quick free estimate.
Come into our showroom at 1420 Quail Street Lakewood, Co
or call 303-232-4250

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