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Graphic Design for T-Shirt Screen Printing

Getting your own t-shirts printed is a great way to express your individual creativity and get one of your own designs made into a real life product, usually at a cheap price. Some of the quality of the finished article will undoubtedly come down to the actual materials used, including the method of printing and the quality of the t-shirt itself. However, with most professional t-shirt screen printing companies in the UK, anything is really possible. Graphic design for t-shirts means everything, so where you can influence the end results is through your artwork creation.

Here are a few tips that should help you get the best outcome.

1) Select your software – If you’re using software to produce your design, which you almost certainly will need to, there are a few options. Adobe programs are most likely the best choices, and Illustrator is the most appropriate for designing from scratch. Photoshop’s emphasis on layers rather than vectors can make it more difficult to increase the size of your design elements later, if needed.

2) Get your settings right – Once you’ve chosen your program, ensure your document is set up correctly. Use RGB 8-bit colour mode to accurately plan what your colours will look like. A resolution of 300 DPI is a good minimum to maintain, so make sure your canvas is big enough for this. An all-over image for screen printing should be about 40” by 35”. Continue reading

Typesetting and Branding

Ever notice how some text looks much more appealing than others, even though the content is the same? Well, chances are the text you liked better had some typesetting work done on it to make it look better. Typesetting is the process where the size, weight, alignment, spacing and other aspects of text are modified to make the entire block of text more readable and attractive.

Nowadays, there are several software options you can use for typesetting text and make it more personalised to your needs. Some of the software such as Groff, Troff, LaTeX, Lout and Scribus can be downloaded for free while some of the more premium software such as Adobe InDesign have to be purchased.

Whichever software you decide to use; there’s no question that typesetting is important on some level for every company. It is a subtle way of distinguishing your company from others, but beyond the distinctions you have to remember that everything you choose to show the world is representing you visually and conveying a message about everything you offer or stand for. Whether you want them to or not, potential customers and business partners (as well as everyone else) are going to be making a judgement about your company whenever they see a piece of your visual marketing or branding. Your typesetting choices, and everything else about your graphic design, has to be saying the right things if you want it to be successful.

Once you find a typeset that works for you, based on whatever you need to say about your overall brand, you can use it in books, letter heads, brochures and even web design to create a uniform brand for your company. Your signature typeface and every aspect of it can become synonymous with your brand eventually, and this can be an easy way to unify all your visual branding efforts.

The 3 things your company logo needs to be

Consider Apple’s logo, or McDonalds’, and you’ll quickly understand how this simple imagery is very important in making the company more recognisable. After establishing yourself as a major brand, most people won’t even read the entire company’s name, but a unique logo is going to identify your company at a glance. Logos often evolve and the more recognisable they become, they more iconic and meaningful they can be too. When selecting a logo, it’s important to think about this future progression, so make sure to consider the following about what a logo should be above all ese.

1. Simple: a logo should never be complex or difficult to interpret. Think of it this way – if it can’t be scribbled down on paper with a few strokes, it’s gone too far! An icon of some sort that can be used for a variety of purposes and translate to different visual styles well is all you really need. If you can make it relevant to your business, that’s fantastic, but don’t be too literal with your design.

2. Unique: this can be a challenge to achieve while still maintaining simplicity, but you have to make it distinguishable from any others in the market. Don’t make the common mistake of fitting too many words into your logo, thinking this will make it unique. Technically nobody is likely to have exactly the same logo as you, but it’s going to be almost indistinguishable from other logos that are basically just a company name. Continue reading

Why branding is so important

Whether you like it or not, branding is a key element of any business. It doesn’t all have to be visual, but in most cases this is the easiest aspect to take control of from the beginning and plan out in advance to ensure consistency. There are a range of reasons why any branding is so vital, and some of these are:

1. Easier recognition: you want your company to be instantly recognised by everyone ideally, if not at first then further down the line. Just like in politics, no one ever votes for the unknown candidate. This extends to more than just the logo but also the primary colour scheme of your company, just like Apple’s all-white packaging and accessories.

2. Creating trust: having a well-recognised brand builds your credibility and makes your business look much more legitimate. Although this may be unintentional sometimes, you have to take your potential customers’ perspectives into account. They are going to look for visual cues subconsciously and if you can identify which of these will build trust, you’re on the right path. Continue reading

Why you need a graphic designer

If you’re looking at visual design, branding, typesetting and so on, things can get complicated quickly. The priority for any business looking into these aspects should be professionalism, and ensuring the job is done to the best possible standard from the beginning. It’s obviously going to pay off long term if you can maintain the same branding, for a huge variety of reasons. However, getting all this done on time and under budget can often be tricky with the resources that businesses have on hand, so hiring a professional graphic designer of some sort can be a great solution. The key reasons for this are as follows:

1. Art: a logo is a piece of art at its core, plus of course it represents a company. Try as you may, as an inexperienced amateur designer you cannot usually achieve the level of artistry a professional graphic designer is capable of. It’s best to leave the logo creation to an expert who is able to deliver a beautiful logo you and your customers will appreciate.

2. Personalisation: as an artist, a professional designer is able to create something entirely new and different from every other logo, distinguishing you from your competitors. A great designer can understand the aspects of your brand that make you stand out and effectively translate these visually with the graphics they produce. Continue reading