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Guidelines for Printing
Create your own logo, artwork or images in ANY art program you want, we can accept almost any file type. When you create and save artwork we need it the actual size you want printed. The Maximum width for printing is 12 inches wide. Standard left chest logos should fit within 4" x 4".

Full shirt printing front or back, as large as 12" x 16",
a vertical height of 10"-12" is recommended.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PRINT SIZES: Although many customers like to design very large designs for printing, you must be aware that a great big design that fits on Adult Mens Sized shirts may not fit on most ladies or youth sized shirts. Most ladies, juniors or youth sizes should not exceed 9" to 10" wide depending on the product, toddlers 6" wide and infants 5" wide!!

Hoodies on the front have very limited print areas between the top of the pocket and the neckline. Adult Hoodies max with a print area only 10" to 11" high, while youth hoodies max at only 7" inches high. Typically, if you want a single print size that will work for ALL shirt sizes, try to have your design sized to fit within 10 to 11 inches both vertically and horizontally.
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Which Printing Method to Choose?
We offer both Custom Screenprinting (silkscreen) & DTG Digital Printing
SO WHICH PRINTING METHOD IS BETTER?
Screenprinting is THE most popular method especially if you are on a budget. Screenprinting is GREAT for large quantity projects using a few basic printed colors!
Print on almost all types of fabrics except Nylon!
MAXIMUM PRINT SIZE 13" x 18"
vs. Digital printing is GREAT for printing VERY HIGH quality artwork, fine lines and details, shade, shadows, Unlimited Color designs or photos on any color fabric!
Print on 100% Cotton, 90/10 or 80/20 fabrics ONLY!
MAXIMUM PRINT SIZE 12" x 16"

Understanding ScreenPrinting COLORS:
Screenprinting (silkscreen) offers SIMPLE 1-color prints up to 8-color designs. Screen printing is the reproduction of an image or text using plastic ink applied to a shirt through a mesh or silk screen. Screenprinting ink is a thicker ink which is applied directly on top of a shirt fabric. Screenprinting uses Pre-defined or "Spot" colors. Spot colors are exact color formulas which cannot be changed by adjusting variables such as contrast, brightness, hue, tint or saturation. The most accurate screenprinting will result if your artwork, logos or images are designed using Pantone™ (PMS) SOLID COATED (C) color palettes, they have number codes ending with the letter "C". DO NOT use Un-Coated (U) palette colors they are not for printing.

Screenprinting can be applied to almost any type of fabric including 100% cotton, cotton/polyester blends, mesh, microfiber or 100% polyester. When using screen printing, every color in your image needs its own "Color Screen". This screen, similar to a stencil, controls the exact placement of just that color. Each color must be clearly defined.

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How to achieve ACCURATE Color Printing!

{short description of image}Understanding DTG™ Printing and INK COLORS:
DTG™ (Direct-to-Garment) printing offers UNLIMITED COLORS using Precision Controlled Computer Equipment to apply High Quality Textile Pigment Ink directly to garments or fabrics. The method used by DTG™ to print colors, is referred to as four-color process printing because it uses four primary ink colors called CMYK.

DTG Digital printing uses permanent Textile Ink,
it is NOT an "iron-on" or any kind of a transfer.

If your artwork has fine lines, details and suttle color, shade or contrast variations, then Digital printing is your solution because it offers extremely High Resolution printing at over 720 DPI with Unlimited Colors and Effects. Print any Logo, Design, ClipArt, Artwork or Photos with all the colors and effects you want including Shade, shadow, outlines, halftones, fades and color gradients!

Its all about proper COLOR ASSIGNMENTS!

Screenprinting uses Pre-defined or "Spot" colors, which must be clearly defined and identified as such. Most professional graphic artists will always provide artwork AND a detailed color assignment list along with their artwork. Spot colors are exact color formulas which cannot be changed by adjusting variables such as contrast, brightness, hue, tint or saturation. The most accurate colors will result if your artwork, logos or images are ORIGINALLY designed using Pantone™ SOLID COATED (C) color palettes, they have number codes ending with the letter "C". DO NOT use Un-Coated (U) palette colors they are not for printing. Why are "spot" color assignments so important? They guarantee that a color choice is accurately printed as chosen by the artist or their client!

DO NOT DESIGN with RGB Colors! All you will get is POOR PRINT COLOR RESULTS...
RGB Colors are only for Computer Monitors, Televisions and Websites, NOT INK PRINTING!

Proper color printing will also result if your designs are created using Pantone™ PROCESS color palettes. Pantone™ CMYK process colors are created using INK versus generic RGB colors which are used for computer monitors and websites produced using LIGHT. Since RGB colors exist only on computer monitors, many RGB colors cannot be accurately printed with ink, which may produce odd color results or shifts especially with blues, yellows and greens. DO NOT USE automatic color conversion tools in many graphic design programs to change from one color mode to another! For example, the most common error is auto-converting RGB blues, those colors will almost always appear with a tint of purple. Blues shift towards magenta or purple, yellows towards lime or green, reds become darker or towards brown.

DO NOT attempt to use or color convert images copied from the Internet. Images posted on the internet are always in RGB colors and have extremely poor resolution, typically 72 or 90 DPI. Images copied from the internet always produce extremely poor printing AND odd color results.

Make sure you ONLY select Pantone Process Color Palettes as listed without changing variables such as brightness, contrast, hue, tint or other variables. Although programs such as Photoshop have all kinds of cool overlay effects you can use, if you add colored transparency layers overtop of other colors, all you will get is unusual printed results, including but not limited to darkened colors, unusual colors or wierd color shifts. Color layers ontop of color layers grossly change the final color values to something you may not want. Any changes from the pre-assigned color values may create unexpected results since there is no such thing as brightness or contrast in ink. We do not take responsibility for your artwork or color choices, nor do we guarantee that you will receive printed products with anything other than the colors you provide to us, all we do is print the file that you send with the color assignments provided, we do not color correct your files.

Many popular graphic software programs including Adobe Photoshop™, Adobe Illustrator™, CorelDraw™, Corel Photo-Paint™ have Pantone™ Colors built-in. All better quality graphic programs have HELP guides to show you how to properly use Color Management Tools or give us a call, we will be glad to help. Common programs such as Microsoft Word™, Excel™, Publisher™ and PowerPoint™ create graphics, BUT be aware that those programs can only produce files using RGB colors!

Every do-it-yourself on-line design program or simulation, may not be an accurate representation of final printed colors, since every computer monitor has different settings which alter the color hue, brightness and contrast of images. All computer monitors display colors using light generated RGB colors, while shirt printing uses ink Pantone or CMYK colors. CMYK process colors cannot be accurately previewed on an RGB computer monitor, since CMYK colors mostly exist in ink and not light.

Send Original Artwork, Photos, Clipart at 300 DPI, at the true size you want printed. Resolution of any image is very important for high quality printing results. Please make sure that all background colors are set to transparent. Do not send artwork with backgrounds representing the shirt color! Make sure that any Bitmap Images including cut and paste images have clean edges, otherwise, white halos, shadows or color blemishes (where stray pixels of colors exist) may be printed especially on dark or colored fabrics. Images copied from the internet always have low or poor resolution and produce extremely poor printing and odd color results. Do not try to use graphic software like PhotoShop to increase a low resolution image to something higher, the end result will be a larger, fuzzier version of what you started with, you cannot magically take something with poor resolution and make it better.

Understanding Where you can and cannot print on a shirt:
We can print in a variety of locations: Front, Back, Left or Right Chest, Left Sleeve, Right Sleeve, etc… Printing cannot go to the edge of a shirt or be set into shirt corners, Printing cannot cover the entire shirt or span from left sleeve to right sleeve, Printing cannot go above necklines or onto shoulders, Printing cannot curve around necklines or follow seams or hems, Printing cannot go over zippers, stitched hems or pockets, Printing cannot wrap 360 degrees around a shirt. Exact dimensional positioning for front, back or sleeve printing is per our equipment requirements and standards. THE MAXIMUM SIZE for printing of any image is 13 inches Wide by 18 inches High centered on the shirt below the neck line, except on Ladies and Youth sizes, the print area is much smaller depending on the shirt style and overall measurements.

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