Design the printing and branding of corporate clothing
Preparation and planning of the T-shirt printing design
- Source a good printer and ask them what the specs are, which format is needed for the design, what does the contract fine print say.
- Do a proof or sketch of your design. When creating the T-shirt design, Consider the following:
- Quality of the T-shirt - the better the shirt, the better the result.
- Consider the target market when creating a t-shirt design.
- Keep designs simple, even though intricate
- If you want to self - print at home - this can be pricey to purchase the machine initially and would all the trial and errors be worth it.
Preparing the artwork – planning your T-shirt print design:
Sketch your design or find a design that you would like to rearrange online. You could even use online images for inspiration for your own design. Sites like Pinterest could help you add the features you are looking for. For selling printed T-shirts which you have designed, remember the copyright guidelines and use the free images available for commercial uses only.
Sizing of DPI for T-shirt printing:
High quality images for printing should be 300DPI. These images get uploaded onto your selected printing program.
Images should be either 300DPI or vector images. In PDF format regular images are converted using the Live Trace tool.
Which computer program should you use for printing:
GIMP - A free online image processing program
Tips when designing your images for T-shirt printing:
* Check with your printer what format is required and the specs needed to prevent potential problems
- Convert all your text to outlines. This is done on the design program being used such as Illustrator, Photoshop or Pantone. By doing this the text gets converted from text into a graphic image and cannot be accidentally split over lines when the printing is done, it makes the design easier to scale
On Adobe Illustrator:
- Choose the selection tool
- Select the required text
- Select “Type”
- Select “Create Outlines”
- Lock the layers by selecting the layer and clicking on the lock option.
- Double check the spelling of text and get a second opinion, and third.
- Do colour matching using RGB and hex colours to ensure correct colour, or PMS swatches colour chart
- What is a half tone: saves on amount of colours printed, slide down the scale of percentage on the PMS colour chart Pantone program. This will use less ink than 100%
- Create artwork as actual size – to make sure what you want is what you get
- Use Vector artwork in designing the t-shirt printing template
File formats for T-shirt printing:
Always check which format the printer requires the images in and save your image in this format
PDF (Portable Document Format) a compacted format
EPS – large signs and banners
Jpeg – used for images
TIFF – high res images