DTG printing DTG / CMYK / sRGB
how you´re preparing your printing files for the Threadless tees?
Interesting for me are just regular and premium tees, let´s say in black, grey and white,
so nothing very specific I guess.
Every portal and print on demand service, Threadless, Merch Amazon, Spreadshirt, Printful etc. etc. have their own fully different specific requirements in regards to the printing files and fully different suggestions for technical workflows. Some require 240ppi. Some embed colors. Some 25% more physical resolution of the printing file for the same product. Some suggest to work with CMYK color palettes in a sRGB working file to match up (xd). Some suggest to work in 600 ppi and convert later down. Some suggest not to upload anything higher than 180 ppi.
And because that´s not enough chaos, most blogging Tee artists seem to have a lot of very subjective points of view in terms of working in CMYK vs. RGB, and all the points below.
However, the more I analyse the matter the dumper I get, right now, dump as a stump.
I´m hoping to get some impressions creating this post... don`t get me wrong, I don´t expect "instructions".. some Light Rays would be just fine:-)
Let´s assume you`re creating a T-shirt design just for Threadless (not for Merch Amazon etc.):
PNG Resampling Options:
- how do you export your PNG´s in terms of Resampling?
Workflow in CMYK vs. (s)RGB:
- do you create your T-Shirt designs primary in RGB or CMYK?
after you´ve converted your finished artwork to sRGB, do you export
the sRGB PNG´s with an embed color profile or without?
which levels, contrasts, hue & saturation, and another corrections do
you boost before converting to RGB?
which sRGB IEC? there are some different...
- how do you match CMYK colors in your RGB masterfile? a physical color palette in your hand?..
or do you place a chart into the... RGB color space.... to match it up "as closest as possible"?
- Do you create an own white underbase for black T-shirts each time?
- which methode / workflow? (there are some different..)
- do you inform Threadless about this in any way, so that they can put
their own registration "off" for the underbase?
- How you´re arranging your files - if the same design is intended for
white and black T-shirts?
1 x with underbase for black, and the another 1 for the white tees without?
(so practically 2 design files for uploading... and unfortunetely 2x products than)
- What about an underbase for "grey" T-shirts? let´s say RGB 127,127,127 and RGB 128,128,128?
- Do you turn off Antialiasing of your fonts / text contents? (even if you later vectorize them)
- Do you create your designs just with 300 ppi or do you create them with 480-600 ppi and convert them later down to 300 after your artwork is finished?
Big thanks and Regards