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more tips (for diy-ers).

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LEBOWSKI has a huge following.  With our great designs, prices and helpfulness, we have earned lots of loyal ”second buyers.”  Call or stop by and see why LEBOWSKI is the preferred screen printer in Oxford.

tip #3—fonts.

Be sure you are able to either provide, rasterize or outline all fonts used in the file.  Though we have over a half-million fonts in our collection, we, sometimes, don’t have the one you have chosen.  At the very least, provide the name of the font so we can download it.  We’ll let you know beforehand if there’s a fee to download your font.

tip #4—images.

If you get your image off the internet—it’s probably going to be pretty small.  Tip:  when “Googling” images—keep the “image size” tab on “large or extra large images” to be safe.  Increase the size of your image to 300dpi at the final print size and take another look at the image to see if the colors are distinctly separate.  Remember that because it may look pretty good as a small image on your screen—it may be a completely different story once we have to blow it up to t-shirt or apparel size.

tip #5—photo edges.

A common error many clients make when preparing their artwork is that they forget to consider the edges of the image.  Treat the edges with a more artistic edge or a gradient fade off.

tip #6—large graphics on different sized shirts.

Make sure you consider, when designing your graphic, the variation of sizes that shirts come in.  The width of a small tee is quite a few inches less than that of an extra-large shirt.  If positioning is crucial, it may be necessary to make different sized screens for different sized shirts.

tip #7—difference between vector and raster.

Artwork created in programs such as Illustrator and Corel Draw is known as vector art.  It is a smooth-looking artwork created using lines called paths.  Elements such as text and basic solid shapes should always be vector, if possible.  Vector makes it extremely easy to separate the colors needed to create the different screens.

The downside to raster is, of course, the somewhat cartoony look you get from it.  This can be compensated by the use of gradients, but it will still never look as realistic as a photograph.  The best method for working with raster artwork is to make sure your file size is set correctly.  You can check this in Photoshop by going under:  [image]-[image size] and making sure your “document size” is set to the final measurements you want the artwork printed at and the resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch.

So, to recap:  Vector is good for easily resizing images to ANY size and for nice crisp shapes and colors.  Raster is good for photographs, but be sure to create artwork at a minimum of 300dpi at final print size.

tip #8—fix any spelling errors!!!

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