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  • The A-Z of the sales and printing process - T-Shirt Printing Blog
    screen you are probably viewing it scaled to fit the screen and not the scale it will need to appear on your T shirt It looks great on your screen but it needs to be enlarged and this will produce bigger pixels which will make your artwork look blocky and pixelly at the required scale for a T shirt If you are supplying artwork you need to ensure that it is saved at the preferred scale and at a decent resolution 300dpi is usually plenty but there are occasions where lower resolutions will also work Pixel based images are often not as easy to edit as vector images Particularly if the artwork has been flattened the layers removed and you need to change text that is embedded into the image Your printer company artworker will have little tricks and techniques to get around these sorts of problems but this always takes time and time costs money Artwork which is too low resolution to be printable often has to be redrawn or vectored if a better file is not available from the customer Low res pixel images can be improved by using the Gaussian blur and unsharp filters in Photoshop but remember you can t polish a poo 3 The colours in your artwork Pantone colour references are most commonly used to achieve colour consistency These are similar to the colour swatches you will have seen in DIY stores when buying paint If you do not have Pantone references your printer can pull the colour profile out using photoshop but these are sometimes slightly inaccurate If you are not that bothered about the exact colours used in your logo then this will provide you with a good enough match but if your corporate guidelines are strict then you need to provide those references Your printer should be able to get a close or perfect match This is not always easy and it is difficult for printers to guarantee exact matches between print runs done at different times unless the mix up an excess of ink for your first order which the can use again in the future Colour matching is done using formulas and scales A good printer will eventually get to know what an ink needs to bring it onto the correct colour and use his her expertise often discarding the scales and formulas 4 Your decorative application choice You have choices Screen printing Direct to garment digital printing transfers digital or plastisol vinyl heat pressed print sublimation and embroidery The basic choice is screenprinting or embroidery Your decision will be based on a number of factors and it may be your account manager who helps you decide Purpose It is not unusual to first consider what the garments are going to be used for as this will often dictate the process For example if you need hard wearing aprons for a catering business then you need to consider the rigor these garments will need to endure during wearing and washing Your logo is going to better off embroidered onto these garments as this provides you with a tougher longer lasting result that can be washed at hot temperatures and not suffer any degradation due to the temperatures required to shift catering stains Alternatively you need a cheap throw away T shirt for a pub crawl It is a giveaway will be worn a couple of times and you need 1000 Screenprinting is the process of choice for this project Number of colours Another question that will influence your decision is the number of colours in your design The more colours you have the more expensive it can become for screenprinting as each colour requires a screen and each screen has a cost on your first order Most companies are charging 20 25 ex vat for screens so you can see how an order of 30 shirts with a 6 colour print can cost you 132 in screens before a single shirt is even printed Divide that cost by the number of shirts in your order and you have loaded 4 40 onto each garment before you factor in the cost of the garment and the printing itself The cost price may or may not add up for you particularly if you factor in the purpose to which these T shirts are being printed for If they are flagship designs for your fashion brand then maybe the cost is fine If they are promotional T shirts for a one day event perhaps the cost is too much This is why Direct to Garment digital printing was invented DTG allows multi coloured artwork to be printed without any setup charges for screens It uses inkjet technology on an industrial scale to print an image directly from your computer onto the T shirt The downsides are slightly higher unit prices as the time it takes to print each shirt is lengthy and the final print result which can be variable Unit prices are more expensive as production per hour on a single head digital machine is on average 24 garments per hour This contrasts with the production capability for screenprinting at anything from 300 600 garments an hour depending on the type of design being printed There is a tipping point in pricing where digi becomes more viable than screenprinting and vice versa See this interesting blog for details Scale Embroidery is not good at larger scales This is primarily a cost reason but also a practical one Embroidery pricing is based on number of stitches and the more stitches in a design the more expensive it becomes to embroider This is due to the extra time and materials it takes to produce the garments At a practical level the more stitches there are the heavier the design will feel This is not desirable on average T shirt with a 150gsm weight or sweatshirt hoody at 240gsm It is possible to do text such as web addresses on the back of garments

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  • Sports garments- what process is best for decorating these garment? - T-Shirt Printing Blog
    to shape on a cutting plotter and then placed on the garment and heat pressed onto the garment for a specific time and pressure Vinyl is micro thin plastic which is in a roll format It is loaded into a cutter and the design usually text for vinyl is created in Adobe Illustrator or similar vector program and then transferred to the memory of the cutter where a small blade is directed to move quickly across the surface of the vinyl to score a cut line in the shape of the desired artwork A weeding process is then required to remove the parts of the vinyl not required for printing What is left is the artwork which is then heat pressed onto the garment at the required heat and pressure It is standard practice to use this method for individual names and numbers that ae typical on the back of sports garments 4 Why does the amount of detail in my design affect my decision Professional sports teams can often have very intricate logos These logos have often evolved from old heraldic designs and were never intended for printing onto garments Most have been modified over the years but if there is complex detail then digital transfers offer the best solution They can produce images at a much higher resolutions of 300 600 dpi typically than screen printed logos and if the logo has a definitive edge or border the cutter plotter can produce a crisp and clean result from a digitally printed transfer If your logo has a gradient this would also be a reason to use a digital transfer Gradient is the terminology used to describe how a colour changes completely or fades darkens across your image subtly In order to achieve this effect in any type of printing the image is rendered into dots of various sizes with varying spatial relationships A digital printer can print extremely high resolutions to a point where it is extremely hard for the human eye to discern these dots or spatial relationships This produces a fade or blend effect in the eye of the observer creating the gradient Screenprinting can only produce these gradients coarsely by comparison at approximately 65dpi At a distance the human eye cannot see the dots and so perceives a smooth transitional gradient The distance required from image to human eye is greater for screenprinting than for digital printing It would not be unusual for the observer to be holding the logo as close as is comfortable from their eye and still not be able to identify the actual dots printed that created the gradient 5 What about embroidery Embroidery is possible on heavier weights of polyester but Shirtworks recommends a garment weight of 175 gsm or over There are caveats Dense stitch heavy or large designs are not advisable on 140 200 gsm garments A dense or stitch heavy design is described as a piece of artwork or logo which has background colours and is blocky

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  • Custom men performance contrast t-shirt printing and embroidery
    arms running to the front sides Product code K991 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Best Seller SOL S Sydney Running T Shirt Plain Price from 5 00 ex vat Self fabric collar Taped neck Raglan sleeves Reflective detail on raglan seams Contrast mesh side panels Flatlock seams Twin needle hem Product code 01414 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Proact Contrast Sports T Shirt Plain Price from 6 67 ex vat Lightweight and quick drying Self fabric collar Contrast taped neck Reflective detail on sides and back hem Twin needle sleeves and hem Product code PA465 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours SOL S Atletico Short Sleeve Shirt Plain Price from 6 04 ex vat V neck Raglan sleeves Contrast detail on collar and cuffs Twin needle hem Embroidered logo on right sleeve Product code 01177 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Gamegear Cooltex Action T Shirt Plain Price from 9 49 ex vat Fabric is moisture wicking allowing you to stay cool dry and comfortable Self coloured shoulder panels Self fabric collar Printed neck label Contrast front and back panels with flatlock stitching Contrast inner back neck and inner hem Product code K976 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Finden Hales Performance Panel T shirt Plain Price from 5 74 ex vat Topcool wicking fabric keeps you dry and comfortable Birds eye knit Crew neck with raglan sleeves Contrast piping and panelling down body sides Twin needle hem Product code LV240 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Clique Ice Sport T shirt Plain Price from 4 95 ex vat Sports T shirt with two contrasting piping s running down the sides of the shirt starting under from the arms The shoulders feature contrast over lock stitching with a taped back neck the curved hem to the back of the shirt complete the look Product code C029336 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Gamegear Cooltex Training T Shirt Plain Price from 8 17 ex vat 100 polyester micro mesh with wicking properties designed to keep you dry and comfortable Product code K930 based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Spiro Dash Training Shirt Plain Price from 5 69 ex vat Material 100 polyester Cool Dry moisture management fabric with contrast pattern and reflective piping Product code SR182M based on 100 item rate dependent on selected option More info Contact me Quote me Available colours Spiro Training Shirt Plain Price from 6 84 ex vat Cool Dry mesh paneling Taped back neck Contrast

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  • Brand Design Problems: Choosing the Right Logo - T-Shirt Printing Blog
    and branding your competitors are using it s a fatal mistake to copy them in any way Not only could you risk being in breach of copyright laws you will always be seen as second best to the original business design 3 Using Stock Art in Your Design Stock art is generic and easily recognised Your logo should be unique not a copy of an image that is easily sourced anywhere This is another reason it is important to use a proper designer who will design your logo from scratch 4 Using a Design That Pleases You and Nobody else Remember that ultimately you are branding your business not for yourself but for your customers You want your logo to appeal to those who are in need of a service or product that you provide There is no point having something designed that you love but that in no way speaks to your customers When a logo is designed without the customer in mind it s common for it to end up looking too complicated and clever Logos should be simple to take in and understand and this is especially important when it comes to uniforms and kits If the logo on your uniform or kit is too complicated it will just look like a smudge or blob on your clothes 5 Using Too Many Different Fonts Again this is to do with the clarity of your logo There are a lot of fonts to choose from and it s common for people to try and use too many Too many fonts result in a confusing logo that is harder to read In general you should only use one or two fonts maximum It s also important that you choose an appropriate font If you run a gentleman s tailoring business for example you wouldn t want to select a font that is childlike or feminine Of course something that is too blocky or rough will also give the wrong impression Creating a logo for your company while an important task that can take time and resources is also a fun process in which you can see your business starting to come to life The next step to take once you have your perfect logo design is to get it printed on your kit or uniform by a good printing company that will make sure your logo is printed to the exact specification and at a high quality For more information on t shirt printing and clothing embroidery specialists contact us today or call us on 0800 072 5334 Tweet Rate this blog entry 2 The journey of the T shirt through popular culture Sports garments what process is best for decorati About the author Arron Harnden https www shirtworks co uk View author s profile More posts from author Arron was born in Southampton in 1972 He has been a restaurant owner Paratrooper T shirt printer Managing Director and Marketing professional He likes running through the woods naked singing

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  • The journey of the T shirt through popular culture - T-Shirt Printing Blog
    adding a print or design that connected with the fan purchaser The wearers identity become intrinsically linked with their music choice and your tribe or gang were no longer defined by a lifestyle depicted in movies which few actually experienced but by a consumer preference for music which could easily be experienced In the late 70 s T shirts were used to push stronger statements of disenfranchisement by the punk movement spawned unwittingly at the time by the vigorously sinewed Iggy Pop Rebellious disaffected teenagers gravitated towards this angrier antidote to the previous hippy movements in an attempt to create their own identity T shirts became art and haute couture they were deconstructed slashed and crudely printed with political statements and nihilistic cynicism The idea that the punk movement was trying to communicate was subversive underground and anti establishment but its flame was so bright and intense that it could only last 2 years in its authentic state before being hijacked by the corporate music machine which ushered in its death at the end of the 1970 s Vivienne Westwood when Punk was arty and subversive The idea of Punk still lives on but gone are the arty deconstructs that were the hardcore T shirts of that movement As the 70 s mutated in the 80 s it appears that western cultures had grown up and the angst rebellion and dissatisfaction of that post war baby boom generation dissipated along with their youth Out went nihilistic subversion in came protest slogans life affirming slogans slogans that were BIG in the UK Frankie Goes to by Shirtworks Katherine Hamnett designs 1980 s These slogan T shirts illustrate the shift into global awareness among the X generation A perspective that is much broader than previous generations and the new focus for dissatisfaction As it turns out this was the last death throw of the T shirt as rebel or political statement The mid to late 90 s was a decade remarkable for its economic growth after the recession in the early part of the decade Suddenly the T shirt was a marketers dream as they saw their budgets swell and no sign that the gravy train was about to stop Brands were launching products and printing promotional T shirts film launches were heralded with campaigns using t shirts charities were promoting their cause with T shirts Some brands had been able to develop enough brand equity belief and loyalty in their audiences and created a type of corporate cool with their brands in a way that fashion brands had been able to do in the late eighties and 90 s If you were thinking were else the T shirt can go you can thank the naughties for its journey into irony and see the circle close back to film as influencer in this direction It seems that we are not angry anymore we are no longer disaffected or have enough time to ponder and complain about global issues Or maybe it just

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  • The geographical and economic journey of your T-shirt. - T-Shirt Printing Blog
    colour variations are blended to create a type of uniformity 2 CLEANING BY WILLOWING SCOTCHING AND BOWING Mixed bales often still contain dirt and leaves from the harvesting process and so cleaning is done by willowing and scutching Once clean a lapping machine squeezes the cleaned cotton between rollers to form a flattened sheet called a lap The lap would come out the front of the machine It was now ready to put on a carding machine 3 CARDING Long flat sheets of Combing the cotton uses brushes to comb the cotton fibres so they all lie in the same direction and short weak fibres are taken away The result is a stronger softer fabric combed cotton called slivers are produced with the cotton fibres all pointing in the same direction 4 DRAWING AND ROVING The slivers are stretched and rolled into a long rope like cord Slivers often have to pass through the rollers 3 times to get to the correct thickness These single strand rope like tubes of cotton are looped around cylinders ready for roving Roving is the spinning process applied to the tubes of cotton which strengthens the tubes ready for spindling and winding onto bobbins for spinning Your t shirt is now shipped to Bangladesh where the yarn is spun into fabric washed dyed and packed ready for shipping to the factories where garment production occurs 4 million people living on 60 a month work in the garment industry in Bangladesh These workers are mainly women from poor villages who commute into the cities It is widely accepted that Bangladesh provides the garment industry with its lowest cost option for production The ethics and economics of this have proved costly in the past Costly in terms of human lives with inadequately governed factories and unacceptable risks for the workers Improvements are being made but demand for cheap products from first world countries is the enemy of a progressive policy for improving the lives in garment producing countries Your T shirt moves through the hands of these people with great skill and relatively low cost and is then shipped to garment decorators like screen printers and embroiderers or to distribution hubs back to the first world economies Distance travelled so far Approx 20 thousand miles from the USA to Bangladesh and then into Europe Cost in raw materials and labour Cotton 45p Shipping multiple journeys added 14p Manufacturing 50p Printing 20p Final shipping to retailer or end user 25p Total 1 54 average figure based on trade volumes using a 150 gsm T shirt as an example Each year over 2 billion t shirts are sold China is the largest producer and consumer of cotton but its consumption far exceeds its production In recent years the combination of lower Chinese production and higher Chinese mill demand led to a record production consumption gap in 2009 10 For the 2009 10 crop year the USDA estimates that China grew 18 0 million fewer bales than its mills

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  • What's the difference between Fairtrade and Fair Wear Garments? - T-Shirt Printing Blog
    Stage Processing turning lint into yarn and yarn into fabric Those who sort card comb spin weave dye and pack 4 Manufacturing making cotton into clothes The factory workers who cut patterns sew print fold pack and manage these processes Neither Fairtrade Foundation nor Fair Wear Foundation aim to cover the entire chain with Fairtrade Foundation supporting the farmers and Fair Wear Foundation working with the factories that create sewn goods from the finished fabric So as a consumer what is most important to you Do you place more importance on fairness at the beginning of the supply chain or further along at the factory stage If you consider that there is no evidence that the fair payment a farmer receives will necessarily trickle down to the labourers he employs you have to ask yourself whether the Fairtrade accreditation goes far enough for you Epona Clothing is one of the few clothing companies to have Fairtrade Foundation certification and produces garments using Fairtrade cotton They claim to have helped over 200 producers at the farming stage to secure an improved deal for their cotton a feel good factor that is hard to ignore and a creditable achievement but was it only the farm owners who benefited or their workers too The Fairtrade Foundation does not monitor how farms are managed and how staff are paid they simply work to secure a fair price for the commodity which is produced Fair Wear Foundation admits that clothing production can never be 100 fair but expects its member brands to regularly audit the factories used to produce garments and take action to correct and resolve any problems that are found in the factory environment Poor working conditions in garment factories has been a major concern for the public in recent years particularly since the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh which saw an eight storey building collapse resulting in the deaths of 1129 workers and leaving many more injured While membership of Fair Wear Foundation does not guarantee a company is perfect those using Fair Wear Foundation guidance to enable them to have maximum impact of change and improvement are well placed to positively influence good and ethical practice in the factories they use The Consumer Decides It seems that it is not yet possible to ensure a completely ethical supply chain for any garment and consumers need to draw their own conclusions about which scheme offers them the most reassurance Some of the brands in the wholesale market that appear to be working hardest to ensure their garments are produced in as ethical a way as possible are the EarthPositive and Salvage ranges from Continental Clothing Stanley Stella SOL s and B C These are all available from www shirtworks co uk Tweet Rate this blog entry 6 University Guide How To Increase Sport Participa The 10 Coolest T Shirt Designs We ve Seen in 2015 About the author Arron Harnden https www shirtworks co uk View author s profile More posts

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  • Glossary - Fair Wear
    Fair Wear Search for glossary terms regular expression allowed Begin with Contains Exact term Sounds like Glossaries Glossary All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Term Definition Fair Wear Fair Wear Foundation FWF is an independent non profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers More details can be found on their website www fairwear org Fair Wear Foundation FWF is an independent non profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers More details can be found on their website www fairwear org Printed Embroidered Clothing T shirts Polo Shirts Hoodies Sweatshirts Activewear Shirts Workwear Trousers Knitwear Jackets Fleece Childrenswear Caps Hats Accessories Bags Workwear Pursuits University Clothing National Union of Students Running Military Garden Centres Sports Rowing Stash Personalised Hoodies Embroidered Workwear Embroidered Polo Shirts Printing Services FAQs Printing Methods Design Labelling Branding Delivery Glossary Brand Pantone References About Us Why choose Shirtworks Video how it works Green credentials Our Ethics Our friendly staff Testimonials Blog Contact Us Get a quick quote Request a call

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