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Screen Printing, DTG, Embroidery... The world of custom printing can seem a little overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out. Please take a  few minutes to check out the information below to gain a better understanding of our services as well as the terms that are used to describe our services. 
Please Note: We Have A Glossary Of Terms Below. When you see an ( * ), There will be a description for the term below. See something that should be listed in our Glossary? Let us know! i
Art / Design
Art Files
This is where it all beginsYour Art File is the main ingredient when it comes to printing. The better the ingredients, the better product you will have.
So, what exactly is an "Art File"?  An Art File refers to a Design, Logo, Image, or Text that will be used to print onto your garments. Art Files are created using design programs such as *Adobe Illustrator and *Adobe Photoshop. Art Files contain high *resolution images and super crisp *vector graphics. Files are saved with extensions such as *.PNG, and *.PDF. Other Files extensions such as *.JPG,  .*PSD, and *.Ai Can Be Used. 
Low Resolution Vs. High Resolution
 Low Resolution Image                                                        Low Resolution Image                                                        High Resolution Image                                                               
Sketch Vs. Vector File

 "I only have a hand drawn sketch of what I want my design to look like"  
If you do not have access to design programs, you will need to work with a *graphic designer to bring your idea to life. We do offer graphic design services. If you would like a quote on a custom design, e-mail us the details of your project. Be sure to include your ideas and *inspiration. Once we receive your order we will send you a quote for your design.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sketch                                                                                     Sketch                                                                                   Vector File            
Image Printing Styles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Color Print                                                                           Multi Color Print                                                                 Full Color Print           
Photoshop Files
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Color Print                                                                           Multi Color Print                                                                 Full Color Print           
Saving Your Files in Photoshop 
Photoshop -Flatten your artwork and keep it on one layer. Your background should be kept transparent. 

What size should my files be?

Photoshop - Images should be submitted as 300 dpi images, and saved to the size that you want us to print your image.

Files that are sent in at 72 dpi may not meet the requirements  for Screen Printing. If the only version you have of your art is 72 dpi, we have a couple options:

1. We can re-create you logo/design in illustrator and save it as a vector image. Take a look at pricing HERE

2. You can Create a Design for FREE using our online design studio HERE  

3. You can print your image as is, as  a Direct To Garment Print HERE 

"Can I just open my 72 *DPI image in Photoshop and re-size the dpi to a 300 dpi image so my image will look high quality?

Technically yes, you could do this. However, This will NOT improve the quality of your image. A High Quality Image needs to start out on a high resolution document.

If you're using Photoshop, click HERE to check out our file formatting Tutorial. 

Illustrator Files

1 Color Print                                                                           Multi Color Print                                                                 Full Color Print   

Saving Your Files in Illustrator

Illustrator - Group your artwork together. All text should be converted to outlines.

Remember: Your Art File is the main ingredient when it comes to printing. The better the ingredients, the better product you will have.​​

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Printing

Screen printing is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design.

There are various terms used for what is essentially the same technique. Traditionally the process was called screen printing or silkscreen printing because silk was used in the process. It is also known as serigraphy, and serigraph printing.

Examples of Our Screen Printing:

Direct To Garment Printing

Direct-to-garment printing (DTG) is a process of printing on textiles using specialized aqueous ink jet technology. There have been several 
Examples of Our Screen Printing:

 

 

 

Embroidery

The world of custom printing can seem a little overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out. Please take a  few minutes to check out the information below to gain a better understanding of our services as well as the terms that are used to describe our services.
Examples of Our Screen Printing:
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glossary of Terms 
*Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop is an industry-standard image editing program used to edit graphics and digital photos. It is primarily a pixel-based, raster graphicseditor, but also supports basic vector-based editing. The program includes standard drawing and selection tools and has several unique features that make it stand out among other image editors.
*Adobe Illustrator: Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard drawing program used to create and edit vector graphics. Unlike Photoshop, Illustrator uses paths, rather than bitmaps, to create images. This allows Illustrator to alter and resize drawings without reducing the quality of the images. Illustrator is commonly used in professional environments to create logos, signs, digital art, drawings, and other types of graphics. 

*DPIStands for "Dots Per Inch." DPI is used to measure the resolution of an image both on screen and in print. As the name suggests, the DPI measures how many dots fit into a linear inch. Therefore, the higher the DPI, the more detail can be shown in an image.

It should be noted that DPI is not dots per square inch. Since a 600 dpi printer can print 600 dots both horizontally and vertically per inch, it actually prints 360,000 (600 x 600) dots per square inch. Also, since most monitors have a native resolution of 72 or 96 pixels per inch, they cannot display a 300 dpi image in actual size. Instead, when viewed at 100%, the image will look much larger than the print version because the pixels on the screen take up more space than the dots on the paper. 

Screen Printing Images should be submitted as 300 dpi images, and saved to the size that you want us to print your image.

*ResolutionResolution refers to the number of pixels in an image. Resolution is sometimes identified by the width and height of the image as well as the total number of pixels in the image
*Vector: A vector graphic is artwork made up of points, lines, and curves that are based upon mathematical equations, rather than a solid colored square pixels. This means that no matter how large or small or how close you zoom in on the image, the lines, curves, and points remain smooth.
*PNG: PNG, which can be pronounced "ping" or "P-N-G," is a compressed raster graphic format. It is commonly used on the Web and is also a popular choice for application graphics.
*PDF: Stands for "Portable Document Format." PDF is a file format designed to present documents consistently across multiple devices and platforms.
*JPG: Stands for "Joint Photographic Experts Group." JPEG is a popular image file format. It is commonly used by digital cameras to store photos since it supports 224 or 16,777,216 colors. The format also supports varying levels of compression, which makes it ideal for web graphics.
*PSD: A PSD file is an image file created by Adobe Photoshop, a professional image-editing program often used to enhance digital photos. It is the native format used to save files in Photoshop. PSD files may include image layers, adjustment layers, layer masks, annotations, file information, keywords, and other Photoshop-specific elements. They are commonly created and shared among graphics professionals.
*AI: An AI file is a drawing created with Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editing program. It is composed of paths connected by points, rather than bitmap image data. AI files are commonly used for logos and print media.
*inspiration: Things that you like: This can be pictures and /or screen shots of art and/or designs that you like. Pictures of layouts, fonts, and illustration styles. A list of colors that you like or want to use. ​
*Graphic Designer: Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software,  to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, websites, and Apparel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Services that we offer:

Screen Printing:

  • Eco-Friendly Plastisol Inks 

  • Water Based Printing

  • Discharge Ink Printing 

  • Full Color CMYK / Simulated Process

  • Metallic Ink Printing

  • Glow in the Dark Ink

  • 3M and Several Other SPFX Inks

DTG Printing:

  • 100% Cotton Garments Only

Embroidery:

  • 2D and 3D Options

  • Up to 6 Colors

  • Patches

Finishing Options:

  • Tag Removal

  • Inside Label Printing

  • Folding / Poly-Bagging

  • Hang Tags / Retail Ready Finishing

Accessories​

  • Vinyl Stickers

  • Embroidered Patches

  • Enamel Pins

 

 

Design Services: 

  • Logos / T-Shirt Designs

  • Vector / Image Clean-up / Re-touching

  • Film Separation (CMYK and Simulated Process included)

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