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Little known, but extremely important facts about printing

Seams, Pockets, and Zippers OH MY!

For the best quality prints it is best to print over a flat surface. Simple garments such as shirts usually have no problems with this. Other garments such as sweatshirts, hoodies and zip ups pose some potential problems. Because the seams, pockets, and zippers don’t lay flat, printing becomes inconsistent when a graphic prints over these areas.

Not all Tags are created equally…

You may notice that not all garments are available for tag removal/inside label printing. This is because some tags are made as “Tear-Aways” for easy removal while other tags are sewn into the seam. Tags that are sewn into the seams are difficult to remove with leaving behind some of the tag in the seams or creating a hole in the shirt. The garments we offer with an option for tag removal have been tested by us and have proved to be the best option for rebranding.

Innie or Outie?

We provide both inside label printing as well as outside label printing. The difference between the two is that Inside Label Printing is only available on garments that have been approved for “Tag Removal.”

Only graphics for inside label prints must include the following:

  • Size
  • Origin of Manufacturing
  • Care instructions, with the exception of some Alternative Apparel garments.

Outside labels may be placed on any garment and does not require any specific information to be included in the graphics.

Ribs with that order?

Some garments such as Racerbacks, Crop Ts, and Onesies are ribbed. Ribbed garments are more form-fitting and provide a little more stretch, which may be flattering to the person wearing them, but can be problematic when printing on them.

The problem with ribbed garments is that the ribs are raised. When a ribbed garment is stretched out the ribs usually even out with the rest of the garment.

When they are printed, ribbed garments are not stretched causing ink to only print on the tops of the ribs, so as the ribbed garment is worn the print will stretch and reveal these gaps.

As the saying goes, “No Garment is Perfect.”

Garments are as unique as you and me. Garments are not like other products that are made by machines. Shirts, sweaters, hoodies, etc, are all sewn together by human hands and it’s because of this Human element that variations in the garments may occur.

For example, two shirts of the same size, may actually be cut and sewn differently causing a slight variations in actual size. This also goes for Hoodie pockets and seams. We try to inspect each shirt for obvious variations and/or defects due to the garment’s manufacturing, but sometimes these issues slip through our hands. If you receive any garments that you are not 100% satisfied with due to rips, holes, or inconsistent seams, please let us know and we will work with you to correct the problem.

Old School vs New School

In order to be able to offer you the on-demand printing services that we do, we’ve had to bring garment printing into the 21st century with Direct to Garment technology. For larger bulk orders we still revert back to traditional Silk Screening methods. Each method yields great, long lasting, results, but there are some differences to be noted between the two.

DTG Printing

  • Eco-Friendly Water-Based Inks
  • Softer feel
  • Unlimited color usage and greater detailed prints
  • One-off printing
  • No setup fees

Silk Screen Printing

  • Vibrant Opaque Plastisol Ink
  • Greater Volume Discounts
  • Best for bulk orders
  • Wider range of printable fabrics

Colors can look different in real life

There aren't many things our incredible DTG process cannot achieve! However, when choosing the colors for your artwork, it’s important to note that they may look different on a real product than what you see on your computer monitor. Even if you have calibrated your monitor to a specific color profile, there are various factors that influence the final appearance of colors on a printed product. Because of this, we can’t guarantee color accuracy 100%.

Our printers will convert your submitted print file from RGB to CMYK color space. This color conversion process changes the color gamut, or range of colors that can be expressed. You must be very cautious when using bright neon and pastel RGB values in your print files. Some examples include hot pinks, lime greens, construction orange, highlighter yellow, easter egg shades, etc. You should also consider other factors like fabric material, garment color, and whether your print will require a white under base layer when choosing colors.

If color accuracy is important to you, we suggest ordering our pre-made color swatches on a sample product. You can use those swatches to decide which RGB values best compare to the desired results when printed on a physical product.

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