Though not all designers and custom cloth makers are trained in color and spot separation for printing, custom-made t-shirts are quite in high demand nowadays. Nothing however is more exasperating than spending several hours on a tailor-made t-shirt design only to be told by the printer that it simply can’t work for printing. All the same, custom t-shirt designing is a lucrative niche in graphic design arena; nevertheless, there are some few guidelines to follow or tips to keep in mind when designing personalized t-shirts for printing.
1. The selected font must be readable
The majority of custom-made t-shirts are essentially used to promote a given company’s products and services, events or messages. This being the case, the selected font for your t-shirt design must be clear and readable so as to make sure that your message can get across to the target audience. This nonetheless does not mean that the settled for font needs to be the ordinary or plain type; it is fine to use stylized fonts on your t-shirt design. In simple terms, make sure that the message you are trying to pass to your target consumers is clearly readable for the required overall effect.
While in the designing stage, make sure to covert your text into outlines prior to giving it to the printer so that when the computer finally opens the design file, the text is viewable as an image. This ensures that your original selected font will be used instead of it being substituted by the computer.
2. Utilize only high quality graphics
Any clip arts, images and the like graphics that are to be used in your design needs to be of high quality so that they don’t appear pixilated or blurred once they are printed on your customized t-shirt. You may want to use vector images here rather than the raster variety to make the color separation work a little bit easier and for the small details to print cleaner. And while at it, remember to have proper copyright permissions to print images you want to use but don’t originate from you.
3. Actual artwork size needs to be printed on your customized t-shirt
To make sure that you get the best print quality and also be assured that your vision of the final product eventually come to life, your artwork need to be the actual size you want printed. Remember that the printer’s idea on what you want printed or have in mind may not always be correct, so be safe by coming up with the actual artwork and design size you want printed on your t-shirt. And if you are sure about the best printing size, then go ahead and ask the printer what the standard sizes are. You could also simply hold a ruler to the t-shirt and go from there.
4. Limit the colors you want to use
More colors in your t-shirt design basically means more printing expenses, making the whole printing affair to be quite expensive. And while at it, you may also want to use a halftone of separate colors if several shades of a particular color are to be used. The most appropriate way to do this is to slide down the color scale to a specific percentage of the used color.
In conclusion, by following the aforementioned designing and printing tips, you will be able to alleviate most of the common problems you are likely to face when creating your personalized t-shirts for whatsoever your purpose.