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Quick question on layers

Sorry to rehash this topic, but what's the policy on full color submissions like a painting? Do the layers need to be separated or can we submit a flattened image as long as it's 300 DPI?

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jeffreyg
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The more separated it is, the easier it is to get accurate colors. Definitely keep it at least 300dpi. If it's a watercolor/painting thats inseparable, we'll do our best to separate them and match the colors as best as possible.

Torakamikaze
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I imagine a flattened image would be a pain to deal with. At the very least, have all your colors on one layer so there isn't a background layer.

Wheels03
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Are there any good examples/tutorials I might be able to find online? Just need something to wrap my head around so I'm not spending tons of time on a design that's unprintable.

Manupix
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There are tutos for 'simulated process separation', you might want to read this for context as this is something the printer will have to do, but you can't / shouldn't do it yourself (unless YOU are the printer ;)

Torakamikaze said:

have all your colors on one layer so there isn't a background layer.

This, and also keep any solid color / linework in the design separate if applicable.

Torakamikaze
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What specifically are you planning on doing? A digital painting?

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Torakamikaze said:

What specifically are you planning on doing? A digital painting?

Yes, I've got my canvas sized at about 10"x14" at 300 DPI. I'm looking to mimic something along these designs...

Manupix
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The potential problem with the first two is the shirt/design transition. You have to create your design on a transp bg, and finding a nice way to have it blend into the shirt isn't obvious (a simple fadeout is often ugly).

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If it helps at all, my design uses more of a distressed border rather than transitioning to the shirt color. Also, the shirt color will more than likely be white.

melmike
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It's very possible to do this style with all the colours on separate layers, however, it's a rather involved process.

Morkki
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White shirt definitely helps in the printing, screened or dtg

Wheels03
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melmike said:

It's very possible to do this style with all the colours on separate layers, however, it's a rather involved process.

Are there any good guides outlining this process?

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