METHOD SCREEN PRINTING
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What is print-ready artwork? If you are not a graphic designer, you may not be familiar with what is considered print ready art work. In this section, we’ll cover a few basic to help you better understand what makes the condition of the art so important when it comes to your final product.
There are two types of digital graphics files – vector and raster. Vector images are made of hundreds of thousands of tiny lines and curves (or paths) to create an image. Raster images are composed of pixels. When it comes to screen printing, we recommend providing a vector image when possible. Vector art will produce the cleanest lines in screen printing and the artwork can be scaled to any size without losing any quality. Raster files run the risk of pixelating, which can transfer to print, when it is enlarged beyond it’s original size.
RASTER : FILE FORMATS
We recommend providing your design in the file format generated by the program used to create it. Raster art’s size and dpi will heavily effect the quality of the print. You should build your art to scale for print and set your dpi to 300 when possible. Raster images take more time and effort to process so art fees may apply. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular program used to create raster art.
RASTER ART FILE FORMATS : .psd, .tff, .png, .jpg, .pdf
VECTOR : FILE FORMATS
We recommend providing your design in the file format generated by the program used to create it. Vector art work is ideal for screen printing and embroidery, since those files works so well they don’t usually incur artwork fees. Adobe Illustrator is the most popular program used to create vector art.
VECTOR ART FILE FORMATS : .ai, .eps, .svg, .pdf (Editable PDF File)
PANTONE INK MATCHING
We stock a large selection of inks, but we will Pantone match when requested. Branding has become essential to the success of a business, so we understand the importance of a branding guide. We mix our inks based on Pantone Solid Coated. If you’re building art for screen printing, it is recommended you design using Pantone Solid Coated as it is the industry standard. Please note that an official Pantone book is the most accurate way to reference Pantone colors, as colors vary from screen to screen, but if you do not have a Pantone book feel free to download the digital version here:
STANDARD PANTONE LIST
Requesting a custom mixed Pantone may result in additional fees for your project. You can always substitute the colors in your design with a color off of our standard Pantone list to avoid additional fees. Please note that an official Pantone book is the most accurate way to reference Pantone colors, as colors vary from screen to screen. View Method’s standard Pantone list here:
DESIGN SCALE AND PLACEMENT
More often than not, the print scale does not change in production. The maximum size and placement of a design vary garment to garment. We have to make sure we size your design so that it properly fits on the smallest garment chosen. Things like construction, seams, and even collars also need to be taken into consideration. You can view our guide lines for some basic print areas here:
CREATING A MOCKUP
There are a variety of different ways to mockup your design. The easiest is finding an image of a blank shirt online and placing your design on top of the image. It can be hard to scale a garment 100% accuarately, but it can be very helpful to have a visual reference when it’s done correctly. Here are some pre-set mockups for you to use for reference. (They are photoshop .psd files) :
If you’re looking for fonts and clipart to help you with a design, there are plenty options out there. We recommend hiring a professional graphic designer if you’re an established business or brand, however if you are just starting off or have a small project, we understand that may not be an option. There are free and affordable tools available to you. View some of the sites for more information:
CREATE A CUSTOM RELABEL
If you want to rebrand your custom printed apparel with screen printed labels, we have you covered! Follow the simple instructions included in this template file. You can find care instructions icons and descriptions here as well. If you have any questions please contact us at : [email protected]
CATALOGS BY BRAND
Here, we’ve put together various catalogs from a variety of popular brands for you to reference. You can also go to our products page and see popular products by style or brand.
VIEW POPULAR PRODUCTS
If you’re just starting out and are unsure of the garments to use for your project, a good start would be viewing our popular products page to see what other customers have used for their projects. There are also catalogs to show a brand’s full selection of products.
By now, I’m sure you know there are a lot of print methods available to you, but how do you get the result your looking for? That’s where we come in! We have a ton of resources and knowledge at our disposal. Take a look a few pointers we’ve laid out for you.
HOW MESH COUNTS AFFECT YOUR PRINT
The mesh count of a screen varies and different mesh counts are used for different printing methods. If you want a lot of detail in a print, you’ll need a higher mesh count to hold smaller halftones and lines. A Lower mesh will result in more ink flow to create an opaque print. There’s no “better” mesh count, it really depends on your design and the level of detail present in the artwork.
VIEW THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT MESH COUNTS (Coming Soon!)
UNDER BASING YOUR PRINT
An underbase is used when you want an opaque print using light colored ink going on dark colored garments. A white surface is printed under colors that need a bright surface to pop off of dark garments. If you don’t underbase lighter inks, they will not print their true color on darker garments, which is never ideal. When this is necessary, we will add the underbase to your artwork.
SHOPWORN AND DISTRESSED PRINTS
A Shopworn print is a design printed with a low deposit of ink to create a vintage-looking print that is soft to the touch. Shopworn prints often look best on heather shirts. A distressed print is when a distress mask is added to a design to create a broken and cracked print.
VIEW EXAMPLES OF SHOPWORN AND DISTRESSED PRINTS (Coming Soon!)
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUMS?
CAN YOU GET A PROJECT EXPEDITED?
Rush projects depend on the flexibility of Method’s production schedule at the time the order is placed. If a rush project is approved, additional fees will be applied to your project depending on how short your turn around is.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE SHIRTS PRINTED?
Screen printing projects take about 7-10 business days to complete from the time an invoice is approved and paid. This timeline may vary slightly depending on how booked production is at the time the order is placed. All invoices show the day the project is scheduled to be completed by, and we will make sure you know when to expect your order.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE SHIRTS EMBROIDERED?
Embroidery projects take about 13-15 business days to complete from the time an invoice is approved and paid. This timeline may vary slightly depending on how booked production is. All invoices show the day the projects is scheduled to be completed by.
HOW LONG DOES FINISHING SERVICES ADD TO A PROJECTS TURN AROUND?
Finishing services add 2-3 business days to a project’s completion date. This may vary but your invoice’s due date will reflect the expected completion date.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR DESIGN SERVICES?
Design services take 3 business days from the time a quote is approved and paid. We recommend hiring a professional dedicated graphic designer if you’re creating a brand or starting a business. We currently specialize in making a current design print-ready, but if you need disign services, please contact us today. Method reserves the right to deny graphic design projects.
CAN GARMENT COLORS BE CHANGED DURING PRODUCTION?
The setup of an embroidery job makes it easy to swap out garment colors. Screen printing may require a different setup per garment color, so this is handled on a case by case basis. You should consider that a design will always look best with a small amount of colored garments.
CAN GARMENT STYLES BE SWITCHED DURING PRODUCTION?
Switching garment styles during production can be problematic and is handled on a case by case basis. Knowing the garment styles before production allows to optimize the process for that specific garment style.
CAN A DESIGNS SIZE BE CHANGED BETWEEN GARMENT SIZES?
Yes, however pricing tiers are based on design setups. The quantity associated with the setup will determine the pricing tier those pieces full under.
CAN A CLIENT PROVIDE THEIR OWN GARMENTS
This is handled on a project by project basis. Some garments are not meant to be printed at all or would be too great of a financial risk to attempt to print. Ordering garments through Method will allow more quality-control and will ensure your order is the best it can be. If you have any questions on providing your own garments, please contact us.
WILL SETUP FEES BE ASSOCIATED WITH MY PROJECT?
There are a couple scenarios where setup fees would apply to your project. Here are a few situations that would incur setup fees :
- Custom Relabels – There is a $5 setup fee every time a labels content needs to be adjusted. Examples : Size, Fiber Content, Manufacturing Origin.
- Custom Names & Numbers – There is a $20 setup for setting up custom vinyl names and numbers for projects needing personalization services.
- Embroidery Projects – There is an initial fee for digitizing your artwork for embroidery projects. The fee depends on the stitch count needed to recreate your design with threads. If you re-run a project in the future there is a $20 reset fee.