I saw this on a tee shirt forum recently and thought I would try to explain the options you should find near you.
" I just wanted to create a single custom t-shirt from my photo that I embellished in photoshop. But after calling around to local screen print shops I was told by most that I had to order a whole bunch of them or at least a minimum of 24 and that the number of colors in my design would make it to expensive to to the " Screen " or " Set-Up" charges ??? &%@#$$%!@!! WTF?
Can't they just print off a transfer and heat press it to my garment? I remember places in the mall that used to do that 20 years ago... I would think that technology had made it even better, faster easier. Why can I not find anybody to print just one or two of my full color custom designs onto a t shirt or sweatshirt?
T-shirt heat transfers are still around however in order for them to work on Dark or non light colored garments they have to be printed on a White patch. That patch is then cut out in the shape of your artwork or graphic so it is not just a square page on the shirt.
Screen printing dose require that a silk screen stencil be made for each of the Primary colors used.... there is a charge for the creation, set-up, registering, mixing the ink and printing each color. this is only cost effective when the one time charge is absorbed into a large number of goods... the more the quantity of shirts the less per shirt you pay.
Today's NEW technology is even better, faster, more colorful, longer lasting and easier... It is called Direct to garment or Digital Direct printing... This process use's a giant inkjet printer with special inks to digital print an image right from the computer to your shirt or ! hoodie! This is an extremely High resolution imaging process that results in an amazingly Bright colored, detailed final reproduction.
Keep in mind these are specialty printers, very expensive and not all are created equal.. " What does this mean to the basic person just wanting a single custom printed tee shirts?"
Many shops and websites that offer Direct to garment or substrate digital printing cannot print on dark or colored garments as the cheaper printers do not offer a white ink printing system,, the white ink is very thick and problematic to deal with. Other shops offer dark garment printing but the cheaper printer only images an 11" X 8" print area.
Here at t-shirt printing Denver, Located in beautiful Lakewood, Colorado just near Golden, We offer DTG Direct 2 garment printing on clothing and apparel items in a large format 16"X 32" Full Color on any color of textile! There are no set up charges, no art charges if you use our free online design lab, no minimum order, Get Just one full color custom garment with your graphic or photo.... This is done in just a couple of days and can be picked up right here at our colorado facility.. All work is done right here in house...
Our online website offers several tools to help you create your own custom t shirt art, such as the Photolab that is basically photoshop, and the design lab that let's you upload a photo or graphic and add clip art, fonts and text and customize it to your desire...
We are your one stop shop for all things custom apparel, We offer in house silk screen printing and embroidery services as well. Not an artist and want something REALY special and custom? We have an amazing on staff artist, Illustrator to create that killer image just for you.
- Tags: dtg, tee, custom, Direct, digital, Colorado, Denver, screen print, clothing, garment, printer, shirt, hoodie, printing, print on demand, direct digital, Print, Artwork, tee, silk screen, Design, Graphics
Custom Create you own printed and embroidered clothing.
Now it's quick, easy and affordable to get custom printed , t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, pants and any clothing item, for any event. Want just one custom tee shirt for an office prank? how about two or three Custom printed hooded sweat shirts to commemorate your child's birthday & Bar and Bat Mitzvah ?
Getting and designing you own custom apparel is more cost effective and easy then you probably think. Design your own fashion apparel to stand out in a crowd. Custom t-shirts are a great way to get you small business noticed and give a professional look to your staff. They are the best Promotional item of all times. Who wouldn't jump at a free t-shirt? and if it looks great people wear it. Thus giving your business, website, event, club or whatever Free exposure.
Why pay big bucks for you favorite high school or college apparel when the designs are boring and stereo typical? Be creative and design your own sportswear. Sell it for profit or just glimmer in the idea that your is original and one of a kind.
Unusual and unique tee shirt prints get attention. trust me I know. I've been doing t-shirt design for three decades and wear them everywhere. The really unique design allays get comments from any crown, be it at Disney land or Bob's bait shop in Timsville Iowa.
Imagine giving out Custom full color all over printed shirts with your family's Christmas photograph rather then cards? Think of your friends surprise when you reward them with Custom commemorative towels or jackets after a fishing or golf outing? There are thousands of ways to impress, enjoy and profit from custom designed apparel and clothing accessories.
Give us a call or fill out a free estimate form and find out how cost effective and easy it is.
- Tags: tee, custom, screen print, apparel, garment, printer, shirt, hoodie, print on demand, direct digital, fashion, t-shirt, sportswear, Print, Artwork, tee, silk screen, Design, Graphics
How do I create a design for t-shirt screen printing that will not result in an art charge form my printer?
If you do not understand a term used, click the hyperlink for a complete description.
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
- Solid graphics
- 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.
- Tags: tee, custom, logo, screen print, garment, printer, shirt, printing, t-shirt, Print, Artwork, tee, silk screen, Design, Graphics