GRAPHICS PRO

April '21

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A P R I L G R A P H I C S P R O 6 7 If you have the blank product in-house already, that is best. Read the label to know what fabric you are working with and measure the front of the shirt for the smallest and largest size shirt that will be printed. It is important to know this in- formation. Your design not only has to look good for all size shirts that will be printed, but the shirt and imprint size also has to work for the screen printer's platen and the screen size being used for the or- der. Out of the gate, you need to create a checklist and make sure this happens from the start each time. Step Two: Once you read the custom- er's paperwork and inspect or research the product, you can move forward to cre- ating your proof for the customer. A lot of companies still do not create proofs. It is another important part of the pro- cess to ensure the customer is not only getting what they want, but to also keep your company's replacement errors down. Step ree: Open a new le and import your customer's vector-based logo. Be sure to inspect their logo le and make sure no hidden layers or stray vector points are in the le. Not nding those from the start could create design headaches down the road. From there, size the logo so that it works for all size shirts on your order. Step Four: You can go online and search vector-based patterns and import that as a second layer to sit on top of the logo. Since your shirt color is black and your imprint color is white, make the logo white on the proof of the shirt, and your second layer with your pattern will sit on the top, and you will make the pattern black. Making the pattern black allows for the shirt col- or to show through the design. is takes a basic white spot color logo, gives it di- mension, and does not take away from the logo design, but is a quick and simple way to add to it. Step Five: After you send your proof to your customer and get it approved, move forward with prepping your artwork for screens to be produced. Always remember A zoomed-in picture of what the design will look like blown up, but many of the smaller dots will fill in.

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