If you want your printed designs to look flawless – and who doesn’t?– there are steps you can take before sending your design to a professional printer. When submitting artwork or a design idea to a printing company, it is important to use the appropriate characteristics to hasten the process and eliminate any potential errors in the final fabric print.
Here at iTek, our team of professional printers is happy to help you get started on your fabric printing designs. Before you send over your design to us, follow these tips in order to ensure that your designs print flawlessly on fabric.
Convert RGB Designs to CMYK
One of the most common mistakes companies make is sending over RGB designs instead of CMYK. To put it simply, RGB and CMYK are two different color systems, and RGB colors cannot be reproduced in printing without the use of special inks. On the other hand, CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key) is a subtractive color system that is the most widely used in the printing industry. Make sure that your designs are CMYK before sending it to our print shop.
Give Enough Resolution for Output Size
When creating the artwork to be printed, it is vital to choose the right resolution. The correct resolution will guarantee a high-quality output, no matter what type of material you choose to print on. The units of measurement for print resolution are DPI and PPI. DPI stands for “dots per inch,” and it measures how many ink droplets a printer lays down to form one inch of an image. PPI stands for “pixels per inch” and it describes the number of pixels from the original image that will be used by the printer to print one inch of paper. Before sending your designs to the print company, contact them so that you know what the minimum resolution is.
Supply Vector Images Whenever Possible
One of the best ways to get professional results for print to fabric is by supplying vector images to your print shop. Vector graphics are made of points and lines related to one another to form polygons, shapes that are then filled with colors, gradients, and tints. Compared to JPEG and PNG images, images created with vector graphics have many advantages. These include a smaller file size, the ability to save the image in many different formats, and the fact that the image is not dependent on resolution.
Layer the Image
Before sending the image to a print shop, make sure to layer it, not flatten it. Layering provides the advantages of reducing the file size, making the image easier to edit, and making the colors more vibrant.
Your Local Concord, NC Printing Company
Whether you’re looking to get your image printed on regular fabric or backlit fabric, the professionals at iTek are here to help. If you have any questions about how to optimize your images to ensure flawless fabric printing, we’re happy to answer them. We understand that printing can be complicated, which is why our friendly team of professionals will be here by your side throughout the whole process.
To get started with our professional printing services, contact us at (704) 457-7687.