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Arron Harnden

Sustainable, environmentally friendly sportswear for screen printing and embroidery?...........Nearly!!

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Don't get too excited. I am not about to unveil a new 'white label' range of environmentally friendly and sustainable sportswear for your 21 st century sports brand just yet. All I am going to do is o...
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T shirt printing- why is it expensive to do low volumes when using a screen print process?

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Remember your GCSE ( or even O Levels! ) economics class? Remember that old chestnut that wore thin by repeated use? That phrase that you could utter under pressure, to get you out of the teachers' sp...
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The clothes of the dead whites (kafa Ulaya-Nigerian)

The clothes of the dead whites (kafa Ulaya-Nigerian)
I have always been amused and amazed at the televisual sight, of a well know commercial/promotional branded T shirt, scampering through a South American jungle or sub Saharan bush. How did that T shir...
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Symbols and logos, the design process and how they can be used on T-shirts.

These days, no one really cares what the difference is, but a symbol is a picture while a logo is a word that is used as a branding device. When combining the two, you have a 'combination mark'. Human...
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T-Shirt printing artwork -Creating a distressed or vintage look.

T-Shirt printing artwork -Creating a distressed or vintage look.
We get asked, quite regularly, how we can help create a 'distressed' or 'vintage' look for our customers. The answer is three-fold. 1 Select the right garment. 2 Add the 'distress' into your artwork. ...
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Our top 10 Gamer t shirts

Our top 10 Gamer t shirts
I am 44 years old. I am a first generation gamer. Amongst other things, I am a gameaholic. Home gaming with me really began in 1982 when my next door neighbour, Matty Haines, got a ZX spectrum and a m...
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Arron Harnden

Fonts!... What matters and why when designing your artwork for T-Shirt Printing

Fonts!... What matters and why when designing your artwork for T-Shirt Printing
'A picture paints a thousand words'………why? Well, this is your brain working and deploying its imagination while accessing stored references to make sense of what it sees. Because your brain is super c...
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Shop talk-When can water based inks work and when do they fail?

Shop talk-When can water based inks work and when do they fail?
Screen printers will mostly agree that they do not like using water based inks. In a fast paced print environment where 'time is definitely money' there are significant problems with using water based...
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What is colour matching for t-shirt printing?

What is colour matching for t-shirt printing?
Your guide to Pantones, RGB, CMYK, HEX and just SWAGGING  it. SWAG is an acronym taken from the phrase S cientific W ild A rsed G uess. It is always better to avoid 'SWAGGING' it if real data and...
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What format is best when supplying artwork for screenprinting?

What format is best when supplying artwork for screenprinting?
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Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.

Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.
I love getting sweaty. I have figured out that I really appreciate the feeling I get after I have worked hard. I have figured out that if my motivation starts to take a dip, I can buy a new piece of k...
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Customer Focus/Product Development.

Customer Focus/Product Development.
SELKIE open water swimming.   Open water can be frightening. Slate grey craggy cliff faces plunging into a frothy tumult; angry swirls of murderous ocean can conjure a primeval fear where the dar...
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The little people in your life…………..

The little people in your life…………..
Kids and toddler clothing for printing and embroidery. Look at this pitiful image and take a moment. What do you see?  These poor wretches were typical of their time when 'kids fashion' was a fut...
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Andy Timmins

So, you want to start a clothing company?

So, you want to start a clothing company?
Each day, we process around 300 quotations for customers who are looking to buy clothing for a number of reasons. We have workwear customers, we have marketing or advertising agencies, we have clubs o...
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What is Colour Separating for T-shirt Printing

 

What is colour separating for T shirt printing?

Printing onto T-shirts using the traditional screen-printing process is not always straightforward.

There are variables, which will determine the approach.

The first variable is the image itself and how it will be colour separated before being sent to the screen room.

Artwork is always constructed using some basic but variable building blocks that require us consider how they will be screenprinted;

  • Is it a vector or a bitmap file format?
  • Is the resolution of the artwork good enough to begin with?
  • Artwork will contain one or more colours. How many is too many?
  • The ‘object’ in the artwork may be solid spot colours or they may contain gradients and tonal changes.
  • It may contain text. The size of this is important.
  • The artwork may contain key-lines and their thickness is important.
  • What colour garments are we printing on?

Many customers will not consider that so much is required to assess artwork. If they are lucky enough to have had a graphic designer produce their artwork then much of this thinking will already have occurred if the graphic designer is ‘t shirt’ trained.

Screen printers are often supplied with low-resolution images from websites for reproduction. This is rarely adequate for direct reproduction as web graphics are designed to be as small a file size as possible so that the web page they are lifted from has a faster loading speed.

These images often have to be re-drawn using a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator or they are put through a number of Photoshop filters to try to improve them. Sometimes both.

Assuming the artwork is the best it can be, there are a number of colour separation techniques that we use.

  1. SPOT COLOUR SEPARATIONS
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Sports garments- what process is best for decorating these garment?

Polyester is popular again.

Not in a post ironic disco fitted groove strutting kind of way, but popular with those that like to cook up a sweat; stretching, lunging, busting a gut, honing those pecs and glutes.
All manner of ‘teamwear’ type styles are now available for your football , hockey, basketball, cross country and quidditch team.

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Your first decision may be what colour configuration you require with your teamwear but the second is going to be how your logo or design is placed onto your garment and what process is best.
This is not so straightforward and some consideration is required. The choice you make will be dictated by your design/logo in conjunction with your garment choice. The number of colours, the detail in the logo, the size of the logo, the colour and weight of your garments will all shape this decision. 

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Your Shirtworks account manager will be your sounding board but below is an overview of these considerations and the reasons that they require some expertise and thought.
1               Why is polyester a trickier proposition to decorate than a traditional cotton T shirt?

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Brand Design Problems: Choosing the Right Logo

 

Choosing the right logoWith the advent of the internet, there are literally millions of new businesses springing up across the world. This has its plus sides and its down sides for business owners. Competition is becoming increasingly fierce. You are no longer just up against local businesses, but national and international ones too. On the plus side, there are far more opportunities to grow with a worldwide market.

Business owners are realising that the only way to get ahead is to make their business stand out from the crowd. You have to put real time, effort and resources into creating a brand that tells people who you are and what you do in a unique and appealing way.

One of the most important facets of this is creating a business logo. Having a logo for your brand that people recognise and equate with quality services and products can be the difference between success and failure. Despite being vitally important, there are still some common mistakes made by businesses when creating their logos. Let’s have a look at the top five.

 

1. Cutting Corners on the Design Work

Jotting down a logo idea and then handing it over to someone to replicate is not going to do your business any favours. Designers are highly skilled experts with trained eyes and a depth of knowledge on how your logo will appear in different formats. One logo may look good on a website but will fade into insignificance on a uniform. It’s important to source a designer who you can work with closely, and discuss all aspects of your brand before they begin working on a design.

You need to budget carefully for this and pay as much as you can for this stage of your branding work. It will pay dividends in the long run. A logo is for life, not just for Christmas!

 

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Company Uniforms: Matching Quality For Cost

Professionalism counts for a lot. A simple uniform can transform a workplace, establishing brand, reinforcing unity and tying your team together visually. The whole appearance of your getup will be slicker and more professional, without having to compromise on the relaxed atmosphere or feel-good-vibe particular to your business.

All off the back of a few polo shirts or printed v-necks! Let’s look at this a little more.

Benefits of company uniforms

Work JacketsCompany uniforms encourage customers to approach your staff. A uniform instantly identifies someone as an employee, making it easier and more automatic for potential customers to ask queries or request orders.

Your staff will feel more professional when in uniform. It can help them to differentiate between personal and work time, enabling them to get in the zone faster and work more efficiently on the shop floor or at their desk.

Uniforms look great! Lift your company to the next level with a couple of quality tees. Show your customers you care about your image and your brand.

 

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University Guide : How To Increase Sport Participation

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Do you want to increase participation in your chosen sport?  These 5 useful steps should help you to have a full, motivated and energetic team. Once you have your team, you should consider planning a team social so your team can get to know each other better. You can find out more about this here

 

Step One - Create A Strong Sport Community 

 

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Make full use of the Student Union and make them aware that you are looking for new candidates to join your team. However, more than that you should create social outlets where your team can come together and discuss any worries or improvements. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram they are all perfect tools to help you create a strong community. Once students notice your dedicated team they will be raring to be part of it. 

 

 

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For the Social Sec: How to Plan the Perfect Team Social

 

Planning a university social As every student knows, there are two golden rules to follow when you want to make the most of university life: work hard and play hard! This is especially true if you are the social secretary for one of the diverse range of student clubs and societies at UK universities.

You need strong organisational skills and a great sense of humour in order to run a successful event that will bring your team members closer together, celebrate their achievements, raise money and create fantastic memories.

Whether you are social sec for a uni rowing club, film society, choir or a more unusual student group, keep these key steps in mind to help your event go without a hitch.

Save the Date

Start planning your team social as far in advance as possible in order to help ensure that your team members’ diaries won’t already be full. Offer everyone a selection of dates, avoiding clashes with other student events, and go for the date that is convenient for the largest number of people. To help ensure that team members don’t forget about the event, send them ‘save-the-date’ cards, as well as reminders nearer the time.

Try Something New

Don’t settle for a pub quiz just because that is what the team usually ends up doing. Chat to your team members for inspiration. What activities would they love to try? Where haven’t they been before? Do they have any unusual hobbies? Check out some local attractions and venues, so that you have a few ideas up your sleeve to get the ball rolling. Paintballing, spa days, treasure hunts – the opportunities are limited only by your imagination! 

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