Best Artwork Practices for Custom Screen Printing

We want to share with you  what we think is the best artwork practices for custom screen printing. Nashville has many screen printers but we are here to show you that we are different than all the rest!  Are you considering the idea of ordering custom t-shirts for an event or for personal preference? Not only will TakeHold save you time and money, we will gladly walk you through the process from start to finish. One of the more rewarding aspects of our jobs is to educate our customers on the many steps that we use in order to complete the perfect t-shirt! The most important component of the process is your artwork. Are you ready to be educated? Great! Here are three aspects of the importance of artwork that you never knew!

1.DPI matters: Have you ever taken a picture on your phone and posted it to social media, only to print it later on but the image turned out to be grainy and pixelated? That’s because the dpi of the image was not high enough to print a quality photo. We’ve all had it happen and its absolutely infuriating. The same goes for screen printing. We prefer to work with files that are anywhere from 200-300 dpi (dot per inch). Basically, in layman’s terms when the quality is poor then the quality of prodcut on the t-shirt is likely to suffer; however, when the quality meets the guidelines we have laid out then you are guaranteed a t-shirt that will leave you speechless!

2. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop: Ok, so what about it? The truth is we are Apple snobs around here, but the reality is that in our business we want to print a t-shirt that exceeds every expectation that you may have. In order to do that we have to work with the best programs out there, which happens to be adobe illustrator and photoshop. Typically these are vector based .ai or .eps files, or high resolution pixel-baed images (BMP, JPG, PNG) that are at least 200-300 dpi (theres that word again!).

3. Ideas everywhere: Maybe you’re like me- the least creative person on the planet. 25 years later and some serious self awareness, I take responsibility for the fact that I’ll never, ever be creative. Yes, I have creative ideas but I need help executing them. We have devoted our entire team (and work ethic) to making this process stress free. Therefore, we offer several packages for artwork; simple, starter, standard, silver and gold (read about it here: http://takeholdprinting.com/art-pricing/).You send us an your idea and we turn your thoughts into tangible, printed shirts!