A. Graphic Software
Any Microsoft Windows compliant graphics application program will work
well. Make certain that the program is "ICC profile aware,"
so that the color reproduction will be done properly. The most popular
graphics software for garment decoration are Adobe PhotoShop Elements, PhotoShop and CorelDraw.
B. Design Provided by Clients
The graphics to be printed are usually provided by the clients. Make sure
the client-provided graphics are of good quality and have sufficient resolution.
It's best to ask for graphics of at least 2MB for the best quality, or
at least 1,200 x 1,600 pixel resolution. If a client brings very low resolution
or poor quality graphics or photos, inform him that the printed image
may not be of high quality. If you have a graphic artist on staff or access
to graphics specialists, you may offer extra service of image enhancement
or redesign at an extra charge on an hourly rate basis. Most image enhancement
can probably be done within a couple or three hours.
C. Stock Designs and Clothing Lines
If you wish to provide stock graphics as the basis of specific client
graphics or would like to offer your own design clothing lines, there
are many options. The best of course is to have a graphic artist on staff
to provide design service and come up with original designs. But not everyone
can afford it. Find some graphic desingers whom you can call upon as needed.
Local artists will be convenient if you have to meet them personally to
discuss projects. But they do not have to be local, as internet and email
can provide all the communication you need. Some of the finest T-shirt
graphic designs are offered by many artists on or off the net. Here are
some you may want to consider.
One of the best stock art site for T-shirt printing. Most of their graphics
were designed for screen printing, but many are transformed to suit digital
printing. They also have a good Photoshop learning video by its owner
Dane Clement, who is a well known artist and educator for garment printing
Dakota Collectibles introduces Dakota PrintArt, high-quality artwork for
direct-to-garment printers, sublimation printers, or printing as heat
transfers. More than 500 graphic designs are available in many different
categories and in formats such as Photoshop PSD, PNG and JPG. All of Dakota
Collectibles' embroidery designs have also been prepared for high-resolution
printing as well.
AnaJet customers can obtain a sampler CD free of charge
and get 5 more designs of their choice. Contact AnaJet Technical Support
http://www.istockphoto.com is a very popular site where both stock photos and graphic illustrations
are available for very modest fees. Once fees are paid for download, you
can use them royalty free.
To find a graphic, enter the theme (such as surfing, golfing, etc) in
the Search box, then choose “Illustrations” or “Photographs.”
There are also many other websites which provide stock T-shirt arts or
will custom design graphics. Do a web search.
D. Trade Publications
E. Trade Organizations and Trade Shows
Specialty Graphic Imaging
F. Industry Reference Book
The T-shirt Revolution: Building Your Business with a Digital Apparel
Printer. by Chase Roh, Ph.D. and David A. LaVita. The only comprehensive
technology and business book in the direct-to-garment industry. Visit
Book Web Site or Purchase at Amazon.com.
G. AnaJet Customer Care
Contact Customer Care if you are having any issues with your AnaJet Direct To Garment Printer. We look forward to resolving these issues for our customers.