Ethan is a 7 year old boy who is fighting a rare disease called DMD, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a rare muscle-debilitating disease. We've set up a free t-shirt fundraising system for Ethan's family to help raise money for the upcoming MDA Walk and his continued fight against DMD.
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There are a lot of people who think a t-shirt is just a t-shirt. Nope, not true. It's just like how I described a French Chef and Sushi Chef in my earlier blog. Just because they are Chefs don't mean they're the same.
When it comes to t-shirts, everyone chooses for different reasons. Cost, Brand, Style, and Material are all variables that need to be considered when selecting t-shirts for your next order.
Cost - What is the purpose of your t-shirt order? Are they for promotional marketing giveaways? Company Uniforms? School Identity? Events? Clothing Line?
Promotional giveaways probably want to go with the least expensive option, which are Basic Tees, while a clothing line would lean towards the higher end fashion tees.
Brands for Basic Tees would be Port & Co., Gildan, Hanes, and Fruit of the Loom.
Fashion brands would be Bella/Canvas, Next Level, American Apparel, and Alternative. The difference between the Basic and Fashion would be style, materials, weight of the shirt, colors. color patterns, and comfort.
Comfort is a very important factor. Being comfortable in something that I'm wearing all day long is important to me, so taking that into consideration when choosing is also key.
Overall, I believe choosing a t-shirt isn't as easy as it seems. Purchasing based on price and online photos can lead to being unhappy with your purchase. Visit your nearest Print'em All today, or contact your local sales rep and have him/her bring out samples. Better to see and touch before buying right?
I hope this helps when trying to decide how to choose the "right" t-shirts for your next order.
Question: How do you create a logo?
Answer: Graphic Design Knowledge/Experience
But wait, most people would think graphic designers are all the same. Nope Graphic Designers are NOT all the same.
I'll make it very simple. It's like saying ALL CHEFS ARE CREATED EQUAL. You know that's not true. Can a French Cuisine Chef prepare an assortment of Sushi the same way a Sushi Chef could? Not unless they were trained to. With graphic design it's the same thing. A designer that was trained and educated in designing beautiful web pages doesn't mean he/she knows anything about marketing and logo design.
Direct to garment printing, also referred to as DTG, is a process that prints directly on to apparel.
The major benefits of DTG is being able to print full color prints with short runs. For example a photograph will print exactly like the photo assuming we are printing from a high quality, high resolution jpg or png file.
DTG has been around for over 15 years but has yet to be perfected.
Why not? For starters printing on black or dark colored shirts require the shirts to be pretreated with chemicals which will allow the ink to bond with the garment. This part of the process is called pre-treating. Pre-treating alone is a science, if shirts have too much or too little pre-treatment the print will not hold up and possibly wash out.
DTG however does work well with white or light colored garments, and most times do not require pre-treatment.
DTG prints best on 100% cotton t-shirts. Blends and other fabrics could be used, but the inks in these print systems are water based inks, which are designed and work best with cotton.
Not all 100% cotton t-shirts are created equally.
Different manufacturers dyes and cotton process can determine the overall print quality. For example, Alstyle brand shirts are NOT recommended with DTG. During a recent print test, we tested printing the same design on a Black Gildan 6.1 oz 100% Cotton Tshirt, with the same type of shirt made by Alstyle. The print was night and day. The Gildan turned around vibrant, while the Alstyle turned out dull and washed out. Only explanation, cotton mill and coloring process of the t-shirts are not compatible with the pre-treatment and inks of the DTG printer.
Also difficult or unusual print locations may not be possible with DTG because we would need to pre- treat those specific areas. For example below the back of the neck on tank tops or t-shirts, versus the center of the back of the shirt is a much easier location. Once we've pre-treated the small unusual or non-traditional print area in one machine, we would need to make sure that we hit the same exact unusual/non-traditional print area on the 2nd machine/printer. Very difficult process.
One last thing to notice is the size of the printer and the pre-treatment machines. As you can see in the picture they aren't that big. In the DTG picture you see a t-shirt being loaded into the printer, and in the Pre-Treatment machine you slide a box open and tuck the shirt into the tray. Imagine trying to get a hooded sweatshirt, a jacket, or anything other than t-shirt into these machines, you can, but you sacrifice print quality and potential print errors. You know what happens when you have print errors? The garment is wasted, money is wasted, profits lost.
DTG is an awesome print process but has a lot of limitations. Other issues like ink heads clogging, ink lines clogging, humidity factor, ink pricing, etc, etc, etc, with that and everything mentioned above this industry is light years away from being as simple as insert t-shirt into machine, press button, and wear.
"Print Ready" artwork is when the customer provides graphic design files, that are set up to the exact print requirements of the particular product(s) being ordered.
Let's look at Vinyl Banners as an example. Say you need a 4' foot by 8' foot banner. The print method for banners is called Wide Format Printing and vector graphics would be the best graphic design method for this type of print process.
(see FAQ section for vector graphics explanation)
To design a banner, the typical program used to do so would be Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. Photoshop can be used, but Photoshop is better used for photos, or web graphics, while Illustrator and Draw are used for vector graphics.
When creating your "Print Ready" files, you would need to make sure that the final print size is scaled to 4' x 8' and saved as a vector pdf, vector eps, or also can be saved as a jpg at 150 dpi. Again, the final saved file must be scaled to the size of the actual banner. It's like creating a document on word, then word will tell your desktop printer that it's an 8 1/2 by 11" piece of paper. Illustrator would tell the wide format printer that your print size is 4' x 8'.
Another example of "Print Ready" files would be business cards. We would provide the print guidelines which would tell you, or your designer, where the margins and cut lines are. You would need to design the business card to the exact size of a business card, adding bleed margins and cut margins so that the card is printed and cut correctly.
We do offer a design tool which will allow you to design your cards online and once you've done so, they will be sent to us in proper "print ready" format.
We can also provide graphic design and set up services at an hourly rate to assist with getting your files "Print Ready".