Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Have you ever wondered if a free design was actually free? What are the rules when it comes to art, digitizing, and navigating the trials and tribulations of copyright and trademark law? Well, the 2 Regular Guys are excited to have attorney, Gordon P Firemark joining us to figure out these questions and more. Gordon is an experienced attorney who also is the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update, a podcast for artists and professionals. Read More
Artwork for Direct-to-Garment – Artwork from our customers is the most difficult area for most operators. Customers tend to provide very low resolution files and often from non-art programs such as Microsoft Word. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of asking the customer for the proper artwork, since most of our customers do not know exactly what we need from them to print the best graphic.
What we want is a 300dpi file saved at the full size it will be printed on the shirt. Many customers will want to give us jpg files since that is a common way to save information, but a jpg limits our ability to manipulate the file if necessary. Ideally we want our customer to provide us with a png, psd or eps file, saved with a transparent background.
Best File Format for Sublimation – You can use any of the common file formats with you graphic application. Common ones are .jpg, .tiff, .pdf, .eps, .cdr, .ai, etc. If you are using a RIP then those programs have certain formats that work best. It is best to use Adobe 1998 RGB color space in your graphics application because it has the largest color gamut. Most digital cameras use SRGB colors so it is best to convert those files to Adobe 1998 RGB in your graphics application. The best resolution to use is 150 dpi at 100% of final size. Anything that is higher in resolution is a waste of memory. Anything that is lower in resolution your will risk poor quality images.
Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast from our second season in 2014 so you can get more details. Terry and Aaron are pleased to welcome in a wonderful guest, Mitch Different, that gives us a ton of information about color separations, artwork and screen printing.
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