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These Guidelines can help you streamline your buying to boost your profits.
Buying for Men: Any style listed as Adult are sized for men. Adult Golf-cut styles generally offer a better fit for beefier male builds.
Buying for Ladies: Styles listed as Ladies' are women's sizes. If the women on
your team prefer a Men's or Adult style, select one size smaller than what they
would wear in Ladies' sizes.
Buying for Groups: Use the charts below for a general percentage to help you determine how many shirts in each size you need when buying for a group.
To calculate your buying quantities by size, simply multiply the number of people
in your group by the percentage in the chart for each size.
Following the tips below can help assure the artwork you provide will achieve the dynamic results you want when your logo is screenprinted or embroidered on your wearables. It
can also help increase the efficiency and quality of the decorating process. Art that is
"ready" for use is provided in an electronic file that can be used for pre-press and printing without making modifications. Below are a number of important considerations and tips
to help get your art ready for decorating.
Acceptable Artwork Formats: Art may be provided in any of the following formats.
Please note the modifications that may need to be made it order to make each format
ready for decorating.
For all three formats below, proper resolution is critical for clean results.
The standard resolution for printed artwork is 200 to 300 dpi (dots per inch).
Mechanical artwork: The traditional standard for acceptable mechanical artwork is
"camera-ready black and white." Mechanical artwork can be supplied on a sheet of white paper or bromide, and should be no larger than 8.5" x 11".
Hand-drawn artwork: A logo that's been drawn by hand is a great starting point, but it
will need to be digitized and modified for practical use.
Digital artwork: Images created in CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator, are preferred over mechanical and hand-drawn artwork for quality of the end result and efficiency. However, digital artwork may still require modification and/or preparation for the decorating process.
Attention Adobe Illustrator users! We receive daily a number of customer designs in the
Illustrator (.AI / .EPS) format. We have run into a few problems in conversions, fonts, etc.
on some of the designs. We need you to follow these guidelines to allow faster processing
of your orders: 1) We accept Illustrator formats from versions CS2 only.
2) Use "Create Outlines" on all designs that include text
Vector artwork is the type of artwork that is created in a vector illustration program such
as CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator. Vector artwork is not composed of pixels, but consists instead of editable lines and objects. This will enable you to easily edit the logo, create color separations and resize the logo without a loss of quality. Vector artwork is the key to creating a quality imprint. Bitmaps will show up as a collection of pixels. Vector artwork will show up
as black lines. If the artwork is composed of pixels, your production process may require
you to convert the image to vectors. There will be problems scaling up bitmap artwork, especially if you have a low-resolution image from the Internet. Images copied from web pages are the worst possible source for artwork, as they are generally small and 72-dpi.
On the source-artwork garbage scale of one to 10, a 72 dpi web graphic = 1;
an accurate electronic vector file = 10. What you want is a 10.
File suffixes: If your digital artwork file ends with any of these suffixes, it can be used to
properly prepare your art: Spot Color Vector files = .cdr .ai .eps .pdf (line art)
4 Color Process Raster file = .gif .psd .tiff .bmp (photo art)
Proofs: Any time you supply digital artwork, be sure to include a printed proof for reference.
Disk formats: When providing your artwork on disk, it is best to use one of these more
standard disk formats: DVD, CD-ROM, Iomega Zip, or regular floppy are also acceptable.
E-mailed art: When sending your artwork via e-mail, be sure to provide all of the
basic elements, including: - fonts - layers - paths
Unacceptable Artwork Formats - Artwork provided in the following forms, or similar forms,
will not be able to be modified into ready art... therefore delivering extremely poor results
when translated into decoration for a garment:
- on a fax sheet - scanned into a computer - on a business card
- on a printed promotional item such as a napkin or matchbook cover
Designing TIPS for Custom Screen Print & Embroidery
Consider these lesser-used, but highly-noticeable garment locations
for a unique logo/artwork placement especially for Embroidery.
Note: Embroidering your Logo or our Stock Lettering on pockets
usually makes that pocket unusable, stitching the pocket closed.
It's important to remember that every color you want used in your artwork means another screen to create, set-up, and then print. The costs connected with these screens depend on the techniques used.
It's always beneficial to print more items than less because of the
set-up charges involved. If in doubt about the final quantity of screenprinted items you'll need, it's often more economical to order more than you think will be required.
Every color has a cost; different colors have different chemical
make-ups, which make them more or less expensive than others.
Drop shadows, shading and anything that blends from light to dark
will probably end up looking like a series of dots and should be avoided. (This does not apply to single-color halftone gradients).
Special requirements will add to your screenprinting costs:
- If you need your screen printing to match an exact color, requiring
inks to be custom-mixed to achieve an exact Pantone PMS color. - Underbase or underliners - will show inks on dark fabrics correctly
- Additional locations on a garment, like a sleeve print
- Special logo locations, like a side print
Here is an easy way to estimate the amount of stitches you'll need for great looking logos.
- Print out the grid below
- Cut out your artwork and place it over the grid
- Count the number of boxes it fills, then find that number in the chart
- If your design goes outside the grid, estimate the extra grid space you need
and add it to your original total.
Other Points to Remember when Estimating a Stitch Count
- 1 solid square inch of embroidery equals approximately 2,000 stitches.
- 1 solid square 1/4 inch of embroidery will equal about 125 stitches.
- No letter should be smaller than 3/16" each letter 1/4" in height equals about 100 stitches.
- Drop shadows in your logo will translate to 200 extra stitches per inch.
- Straight lines under logos typically require 200 extra stitches per inch.
- Fabrics, colors, and artwork detail will affect the amount of stitches.
It is important to remember that these stitch-count tips, and the stitch-count grid, provide estimates only. They are a good starting point to arrive at a ballpark count, but the precise figure can only be determined when the actual embroidery of your design is performed.
Note: Due to differences in computers and printers, the size of the grid may be distorted when you print it out. Be sure to check that 1-inch squares actually measure 1 inch on your printout (do the same for 1/4-inch squares). If such a size distortion occurs, you can scale your printout of the grid to a more accurate size using a photocopier.
DESIGN Ideas & Screen Printing Tips
Size Selection & Group Buying Guidelines
- give aways
- make pillows
- wall / posters
- add to any order
APPLYING DIFFERENT SCREENS and separation techniques during prepress and printing can be an artistic tool as well as a necessary technical step. Slight changes in the shape of halftone dots, the angles of certain separations, and the implementation of different screen techniques can dramatically shift the look and feel of the finished printed piece. Using special two, three, or four-color halftones or stochastic screens (Duotones, Tritones, Quadtones) also can add to the richness of the final product.
Note: 4 Color Process ink colors are Transparent =
T-shirt fabric color will show through the design. See HERE
Estimating Stitch Count for Embroidered garments:
Use your current
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