6 Great Tips On How To Prepare Artwork for T-Shirt Printing
Are you a graphic designer? Do you love making gym t-shirts and funny mens t-shirts? It’s a known fact that graphic design and graphic design for funny t-shirts are two totally different things. How would you feel if you worked real hard on a funny t-shirt design and the printer would tell you that your design can’t be printed in a t-shirt? This is a very common problem designers face nowadays but I have a few tips that I would like to give you on how to make a design that would work for t-shirt printing. The tips are as follows:
- Use of PMS Colours:
Designers typically prepare designs in RGB and CMYK colour modes. These colour modes do not work accurately with a silk screener. Let’s say you want to work on a design for gym t-shirts or may be funny mens t-shirts, to get more accurate colours, you should use PMS colours in your artwork. They work best in a silk screener. Plus the colour separations are more concise and a lot easier.
Also, the printer wouldn’t charge you extra money for PMS colour matching because you’re making their work a lot easier by using a more accurate colour mode.
- Convert Text to Outlines:
Sometimes you have to design your artwork in a custom made font and it’s possible that the font may be obscure. And when you send the design for printing, wouldn’t you be frustrated if the printer substitutes the font on your gym t-shirt design? What would save you from this frustration is changing all the text to outlines. Which means the computer would interpret the artwork as an image and not text. Hence, no substitutions!
With the selection tool, right click on the text and then select “Create Outlines”. This would change the text to outlines.
- Prepare the Design in its Final Size:
You should not trust the printer’s judgement with the size of your design. Only you understand how your end product should look like which can be very different from what the printer has in his mind. So, to save yourself from any drama, create your design in the final size.
Take a ruler and measure the size you want on the t-shirt you’re wearing. Simple easy!
- Use Vector Artwork:
I would suggest that you use vector artwork as much as possible. Why? Because it helps making the colour separations easier. And the print on your funny t-shirt would have clear small details.
- Expansion of your Strokes:
This is more about you and how you are good with strokes. Sometimes strokes are ignored which can ruin a great project.
To expand strokes, select what you want expanded and then go to “Object” and select “Expand”.
- Set Halftones with PMS Colour Mode:
To save on the amount of colours printed, you can slide the colour scale down to a percentage of PMS colour. The colour separations software would take care of the rest.
These six tips, according to my expertise, should cover all the problems you might face. Cheers: http://www.bangtidyclothing.co.uk/t-shirts-for-men.html