The best way to bring a person’s creative idea to life is through printing. Not just any other printing but custom printing. Other than this, it has also been one of the most effective ways of making a person or a company’s voice and motion be heard. But wait, the use of custom printing does not end there.
Custom printing has been playing a very important role in today’s modern society. No matter where you look, a custom printed material can be seen. Even in pharma, fashion, and educational industries, custom printing on various products has also served a great use for them.
Just like any other printing method, custom printing has its own set of rules that should be followed. Rules that are made to ensure that product outcome passes the quality and durability standards. Check them out below:
- Avoid printing on seams, pockets, or zippers
In order to achieve the best quality prints on any product, you must ensure that you are printing the design on a flat surface. This is the reason why when it comes to shirts and apparel, the design is usually printed on either the front or back area due to its smoothness and consistency. However, when a design is printed over a seam, pocket, or zipper the output becomes inconsistent and creates a gap in the print where the ink from the screen does not touch the shirt due to the ridges.
- Jumbo prints on small shirts
We all love big prints. They give emphasis and appear more noticeable than small ones. However, big prints should not be printed on small tops that include the following:
Tank tops: Transferring jumbo designs on these kinds of clothing causes defects due to printing over the seams.
Deep V-neck cuts: This kind of clothing may not accommodate the whole print in jumbo size. It is still possible to print on it but you just have to make the design smaller to fit the frame.
Kid’s Tees: Most often than not, jumbo pallets are wider than children’s tees. The size of these shirts appears smaller than the typical size of jumbo prints. Forcing to print huge-scale designs on it may cause ripped fabric, loss of form, chipped-off designs, and even distorted images.
- Printing on ribbed garments
Ribbed clothes may appear pleasing in terms of fashion but sadly, not when it comes to custom printing. In terms of their fit, it stretches to meet the size of the individual wearing them. This property of the garment puts them at stake in custom printing since when it is placed on the press, it is not stretched out and the ink only goes on top of the ribs. When the shirt is worn, it stretches and the inks begin to pull apart, exposing the gap between the ribs that are not printed revealing now a not-so pleasing design.
- Not knowing what printing technique to use
There are dozens of printing techniques that can be used in designing goods and garments. These can go from screen printing, direct to film printing and even embroidery. This broad variety often confuses customers which leads to their random choice of technique.
As a recommendation, you should always go for the most common printing techniques. This definitively ensures the success of the product and allows you to save time. The most common printing techniques will get your hands on high-quality and durable products at generous costs.
- Don’t start printing unless you know what to print
It may seem like the most basic tip but is actually the most important. Before mass producing printed goods or apparel, one must first ensure that the design they plan to print is the right and final choice. Doing so can lead to producing faulty and wrong outputs that create a huge mess not only in the printing company but with the customer itself.
- Go for professional-looking fonts
Font styles are important in creating impact. And believe it or not, there are fonts that look professional and unprofessional or cheap. This means that there are certain font styles that do not look good or do not match the overall vibe of the design or the business/company being advertised. Make sure to carefully pick a font that looks good and suits the print.
And there you have it, a few of the many do’s and don’ts in custom printing. Just as mentioned above, these rules are placed for a reason. And that is to ensure that you get top-notch custom printed products and reduce the margin of error that comes along with it.
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