For our customers who our new to custom screen printing we have included a print guide to help make the ordering process smoother for both you and us. The apparel industry veteran may even learn a thing or two.
White Shirt and Slim Colors To Keep The Cost Down
The custom screen printing process uses a different screen for each color in the design. The colors are then lined up on press and test printed to ensure the design comes together. The more colors used the more screens and the more set up time required. Limiting the number of colors in the design is great way to save money. Printing on a white garment is more cost effective for two reasons. The garment costs less and an under base or printing with discharge inks is not needed(see the figuring your colors section below). If you are printing shirts for a school event, a fundraiser, or just looking to keep the cost down consider printing on white garments using a soft hand plastisol.
Figuring The Number Of Colors In A Design
On a White shirt it is as simple as counting the number of colors in the design in most instances. On dark shirts when printing with an under base you will always add on one color on top of what you see in the design for the under base. For example if you have a four color design it will be quoted as a five color design. When printing with discharge inks with pigments an under base is not used so count your colors up just as you would on white shirts. These rules will change when printing a full color process job. To learn more about this check out process printing on the print styles page.If you are unsure of how many colors are in the design send it over and we will take care of the part for you.
Picking Out Ink Colors
We use 18 stock ink colors you can choose from. If you are looking for a closer match than our house colors we do offer pantone color matching at an up charge of $10.00 per color. To do this you will use a pantone color book, pick a number and give it to us to match. Keep in mind that color matching to a computer monitor will not be an exact match.
All artwork files need to be saved to print size at 300dpi if you do not have vector artwork available. If you have vector art please size it to print size. If a low resolution file is all you have available we can recreate it for you. There will be a one time charge for recreating the art.
Choosing the Correct Garment For My Order
There is countless different styles and brands to choose from when placing an order. On our products page we have broke these down by style and price. Our shirt of choice for our stock print method is hands down the American Apparel 2001. If the American Apparel falls outside the budget go with the Magic Apparel A1013. We have starred other garments we love to print on throughout the products section.
What To Watch For When Designing For Print
As a designer one thing to watch for is designing with too much coverage in the seam and collar areas of a shirt. Try adding distressing or gradients to fade at the edges. Heavy coverage areas over seams or collars where the surface is not flat will not be perfect. If you are designing for a jumbo print try to keep your design proportioned to 20″ wide by 24″ tall. Your design will look the best as a BIG print when you stick to these proportions. Always convert your text to outlines and size your design to the size it will be printed.
Industry Spoilage Rate
There is a standard spoilage rate of 2-4% depending on the complexity of your order. If you need the exact sizes ordered please order extras. If your order does incur shortages you will be credited back.