6 Great Tips On How To Prepare Artwork for T-Shirt Printing at Just Creative Design

One of the most frustrating experiences as a designer is spending hours of hard work perfecting your design only to be told that it isn’t actually printable. There are a lot of differences between graphic design in its own right and graphic design as it relates to t-shirt printing. Remember that the screen printers are your allies in the process and that there are a few things you can do to make your design easier to print.

It’s important to bear in mind right from the start what purpose you have for your design. It ultimately has to be something that will look good once it’s printed on an actual shirt. Help the screen printers get it right by taking as much guesswork as possible out of the process when it comes to print colors and other aspects of your artwork.

Here is our article “6 Great Tips On How To Prepare Artwork for T-Shirt Printing” at Just Creative Design showing you how to do just that.


Questions To Ask For 4-Color T-Shirt Printing at MyInkBlog

4-Color process t-shirt printing is a beast to get right. Especially when customer expectations are for the t-shirt print to come out exactly like the photo print on paper or on the computer. It is nearly impossible and should be expected at 80-85% quality at best. However, if that is the only way you can go with the design you created, we put together a few questions you should ask the t-shirt printer before the printing is done.

One of the main components when asking these questions is measuring the amount of confidence in the answers from the printer. If it is something they do all the time and know from experience how well they are fit for the job, then jump on it. If they seem shaky and unsure, then look in another direction. 4-Color process printing on t-shirts is not something to be taken lightly and certainly isn’t something you should try and convince a screen printer to try if they aren’t comfortable with it.

For more information, please check out our guest article “Questions To Ask For 4-Color T-Shirt Printing” at MyInkBlog.


10 No-No’s When Contacting a Blogger at Arbenting

We’ve all had to contact bloggers at different times to ask for their advice, maybe request a feature, or offer some input. Some say it can be considered next to impossible to get a favorable response from a busy blogger. That is mainly because there is a right way and a wrong way when contacting a blogger about their blog.

This was one of our more generalized articles that didn’t exactly relate to t-shirts. The information in this article can translate across the blogosphere in any niche or industry. It is more about simple etiquette and even works offline in any kind of meeting with someone of influence.

I would like to give you the “10 No-No’s When Contacting a Blogger” featured at Arbenting.


12 Cool Big Cartel Stores at Design Shard

Big Cartel is one the coolest shopping carts available. Their system is reasonably priced and very easy to manage and maintain. One of the cooler features other side is the ability to completely customize the look and feel of a store. This is crucial when trying to pair up the theme of your store to the theme of your brand.

This freedom to customize has been taken advantage of by quite a few brands to really church up their look and feel. In fact, there are quite a few designers out there who specialize in customization of Big Cartel stores. This post, 12 Cool Big Cartel T-Shirt Stores, was a chance to highlight the stores that really stood out.


Good to Great Artwork at Pop Culture Tees

If you haven’t heard by now, vector artwork is the best kind for t-shirt printing. So naturally taking a jpeg and converting it to vector format can immediately improve the quality of your design. That is just one of the many ways to take good artwork and turn it into great artwork as it relates to t-shirt printing. This can really improve the overall look of the design by ensuring smooth lines instead of jagged edges.

This article called “How to Take Your T-Shirt Artwork from Good to Great” was written by us and posted at Pop Culture Tees. Check it out:


Logos for Apparel Printing at myInkBlog

Sometimes when you’re creating a logo for a new product or company, the translation of that logo into printing is overlooked. This can be a very disappointing situation when you are pressed with having to change your new logo for printing. It’s something that we see all of the time, and we wrote an article at myInkBlog called “Logo Design with Apparel in Mind” with pointers and tips.

This incidentally was one of our first guest posts, and I still feel like one of our best:


Illustrator Color Separations at Vectortuts

You’ve probably heard about color separations before and wondered what they were. I know I didn’t have a clue what they were when I was first starting. In a nutshell, color separations are the process of preparing the artwork for t-shirt screen printing. In fact, each printed color equals one screen in screen printing.

We did this tutorial for Vectortuts and we think you should check it out: