T-Shirts

01/09/2008

Custom t-shirts have become popular because they create a great impression and make a statement of their own. Printing of custom t-shirts can be done in many different ways including screen-printing, embroidery, heat-applied graphics and digital textile printing. Read more about it here./
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Web-to-print T-shirt samples

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Things to consider:

  • Screen printing – Prefer vectors, avoid bitmaps, shadows, gradients
  • Size – keep the dimensions in the standard safe zone
  • Color – the T-shirt color can be the background color
  • Preview – create preview and print templates

Size

T-shirts may come in many different sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL) but the size of the graphics on them does not change (scale with the T-shirt size). You can measure and choose the size of the graphic yourself but you should know that making it not bigger than 300mm x 300mm (12″ x 12″) will keep you on the safe side.

Standard T-shirt graphic sizes
Style Full
Standard Center Chest
Small Center Chest
Pocket
Unit mm inch mm inch mm inch mm inch
Size 300 × 300 12 × 12 200 x 200 8 x 8 120 x 120 5 x 5 100 x 100 4 x 4

View the standard graphic sizes and placements here.

Color space

In order for the colors on the final printed product to look as close as possible to the colors you chose on your PC display, you should work in 4 color CMYK mode.

The color of the T-shirt it self may act as a background color. Ex. When your template consists of white vector graphics that will be printed on a black T-shirt, you should remove all the black color objects from your design since there’s no need to print them.

Image quality

The best and most popular printing technique used to print on T-shirts is screen-printing. To make your design eligible for screen printing think “sharp edges”. Don’t use images, shadows, gradients.

Still, although it’s the best quality, screen printing pays off only when printing large quantities of T-shirts. If you can settle for the quality of the other methods you can add images in your template. To achieve the best quality the image placeholders should have 300 DPI of resolution.

Content

The most common features of a web-to-print T-shirt template are:

  • Front and back pages
  • Graphics
  • Large text field
  • Multiline text field for the content

Templates for preview and print

You should have both preview and printing .CDR files uploaded for your web-to-print T-shirt template. The preview template should include a blank T-shirt background bitmap in order to help the user get a better idea of how the final product will look. Read more about preview and print templates here.

Both sample CDR files can be downloaded from your Sample Stationery catalog (go to Summary page).

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