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Things to know to start production of Promotional T-Shirts


Finally after days of planning and design it is time to start production — but there are still a couple more things you need to look over.

Have your pantone codes in hand

Confirm the color they receive on the other end is the same one as yours.

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Make sure its CMYK

All printers, including DTG, use a CMYK format. Which means you must double check your artwork is in said format before sending it off? Sometimes nothing will happen if you print a RGB format, while other times it could be an absolute disaster. Better make sure before sending.

Double Check final printing technique

Make sure you and your account manager understand what type of method will be used and what kind of artwork it requires. Some use flat vector layers with as few colors as possible, while others need 300dpi images.

Convert fonts to outlines

This is a big one! The reason why we would like to highlight it is because it doesn’t matter how many years of experience a designer might have, there is always that one time they will forget to convert fonts to outlines.

distressed logoMake sure you use the right file Type

Again these depend on the printing technique. If you’re not sure of which file type to use then go for a high quality PDF. They’re safe.

Order samples if necessary

Sometimes it is just better to see and touch the products with your own hands. The better the quality of a garment then the better the final job will turnout, although keep in mind that if the artwork is poorly prepared then there is no T-shirt that can save it. Most printing agencies will ship samples when requested (we sure do). Don’t be afraid to ask your account manager.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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