The quickest way to create a tee design is to use the fonts and graphics we offer in our Design Studio, but we also love to see all the unique and creative designs that our customers create on their own.
It’s our job to ensure your vision looks great on a t-shirt so we provide Artwork Assistance on every order. Our professional graphic design team reviews each design and can enhance the look. If something doesn’t meet our design standards we work with you to correct it.
Unfortunately, that sometimes takes more time and can delay printing. In order get your tees on the press quicker, we’ve put together a few tips on how to improve your graphic submission.
Ideal File Types
We can work with any file type, but we all have favorites. JPG’s , PNG’s, and other standard design files are fine, but one of the most common problems with these files are text. If you want to change a word or find a spelling mistake, we can’t adjust that.
One way to avoid this issue is to upload the graphic part of your design, but still use the fonts in the Design Studio so we have an editable version of the design.
There is one file type that we receive a lot and causes a little trouble. Everyone uses Microsoft Word, but it isn’t the most dependable file type since it can open differently depending on which version everyone has. This sometimes leads to loss of layout or formatting.
An easy fix is to save the file as a PDF. PDF’s are great to work with and will ensure we receive the same exact layout as you envisioned.
Getting Real on Resolution
Our average print size is at 3500 pixels. Bigger than you thought huh? If you said yes, you aren’t alone. One of the most common issues we tackle is how to make a tiny graphic look great on a tee. While we can work with graphics as small as 500 pixels—it gets tricky with anything smaller than that.
The majority of graphics are raster files, which means broken down in pixels, so as the graphic expands and gets larger the pixels will become distorted. The result is an unflattering and blurry design.
Another factor in resolution is the design itself. A bold and basic design is easier to “stretch” than a detailed design. For example, we could stretch a simple graphic like a stop sign since it has a basic shape and thick lines. But a family tree graphic with textured branches has too much detail and will appear blurry when stretched.
Most Effective Types of Graphics
When it comes to creating a design that is ideal for screen printing, the key is to keep it simple. High contrast or black and white images are great. Images that are cartoon-like, comic book style, or simple clip art work well because they consist of basic shapes and have bold, thick lines.
When creating your design keep in mind how screen printing works. Each layer of color for the design is separated and put onto individual mesh screens. To keep the design looking good and costs down we suggest keeping colors to a minimum. Modern graphic design is going towards simple, minimal, and bold anyway so it works perfect with screen printing.