As a majority of you probably already know very well, doing graphic design, and specifically doing graphic design t-shirt printing are two totally different beasts in the world of graphic design. Sometimes you might work so hard to please a client who wants a t shirt design but the client ends up telling you that your great design won’t work for t-shirt printing. This problem is a very common problem in the t shirt printing sector. In this article, we are going to share with you tips on how to prepare your great tshirt designs for printing on tshirts.
1. Convert All Of Your Texts to Outlines
At times, your design may call for a custom designed font or a very obscure font . When Before sending your artwork off for printing, the last thing you would want to see on your design is a substituted font – that you did not select. By converting all the text to outlines, whenever your designed is opened on a computer,the computer will view the text on your design as an image, thus no font substitutions will be made.
To convert the text to outlines, just right click on the text with the selection tool of the software you are using and then click on create outlines.
2. Make Use of PMS Colors in Your Artwork
Typically you may do artwork in CMYK and RGB color modes, but to make use of the designs. This will also make the colour separations way much easier and very accurate.
Note; Your design printer should not charge you any extra cash for PMS color matching. You are actually saving the printer money by being particular on accuracy.
3. Create Your Design at the Actual Size
Do not just trust the printer’s judgment before discussing it with the printer first. The best way to defend yourself in this situations is to create the design in its final size.I you do not know the actual size you want, just use a ruler to the shirt you are wearing. Sounds crazy , but it works.
You can set the design size in the Document Setup menu, typically found under File.
4. Use Vector Design As Much As Possible
This is not just an usual argument over vector versus raster it’s a suggestion that you make use of vector designs as much as possible. Vector artwork makes colour separations easier and the final print comes out cleaner even in the small details.
5. Expand The Strokes You Use.
If you have set all your colour properly to PMS swatches, then the colour separations software will have no problem. This is error is more of human error that usually occurs because sometimes the strokes are overlooked. This tip can save you from ruining a great project from a small mistake. If you want to expand your strokes, just select what you want expanded then go to Object > Expand.
6. Set Your All Your Halftones with PMS Colors
This one goes along side by side with the first tip. At times, your budget or/and design a may call for the use of halftones so as to save on the amount of colours used when printing.
BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Back Detail
Image by Mike Rohde
Photo of the BarCampMilwaukee3 t-shirts front graphics, fresh of the presses from MJM Ventures in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
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