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Printing Facts

Get to know the important facts about printing

It is necessary to understand the basics of printing when it comes to translating your art and ideas into successfully printing projects. That is why June Spring Multimedia provides printing facts that are very noteworthy.

Discover the differences between printing on shirts and other garments. Find out how to make sure your print designs come out just the way you want.

Seams, Pockets, and Zippers

Simple garments are good for flat surface. Seams, pockets, and zippers require special attention once a print comes near them. It signifies disruption of the flat surface which can cause gaps and breaks. That's when printing becomes inconsistent and irregular once graphic prints over these specific areas.

Jacket with zipper and print of dog holding a gun

Sample Zipper Print

Black shirt with print of creature and a text of Got Chicken Legs

Sample Pocket Seams

Black shirt with print of text brand

Sample Seam Print

We will make sure to make the necessary adjustments so that your graphics are not printed on the areas that distort the design.

Inside Label Tag

Not all garments have inside label print/removable tag. Some tags are made as “Tear-Aways” for easy removal while other tags are sewn inside of the collar. Those tags that are sewn are tough to remove, leaving behind some of the tags or creating a hole in the shirt. We offer products that has an option for a removal tag.

Red round neck shirt with center tag

Sample Tag

Red round neck shirt with side tag

Sample Removable Tag

Inner or Outer Label Printing

June Spring Multimedia provides inside and outside label printing. A great tool to brand your products. However, Inside Label Printing is only available on products that has a removable tag.

Information that must be included for inside label prints:

  • Size
  • Origin of Manufacturing
  • Material Information
  • Care instructions (recommended)

Avoid using darker colors in your label to prevent print from showing on the opposite side of the shirt.

White shirt with inside label

Sample Inside of Shirt

White shirt with outside label

Sample Outside of Shirt

NOTE: Color combination of your brand should be clear and visible on the product.

Challenge with Ribbed Fabrics

Some shirts, tanks and other garments are ribbed. Ribbed garments provide a little more stretch yet best form-fitting which meets the size of the person wearing them. However, these fabric causes a challenge when printing.

When a ribbed fabric is pulled onto the press, the ink only goes to the top of the ribs because it is not stretch out. So as the garment is worn, the print pulls apart or stretch exposing the gaps between the ribs that is not printed.

Black garment with motorcycle engine

No Garment is Perfect

All garments are made uniquely through style, color, cut, etc. Unlike other products, garments are sewn together by the precise instrument - human hands and not by machines. Still, there are variations in the garments that may occur.

If two tops with similar proportions will be cut and stitched differently, it will cause slight differences. Same thing for Hoodie pockets and seams. Before we release the product for delivery, we inspect each shirt thoroughly if there are obvious variations or defects due to garment’s manufacturing, but it slips through our hands sometimes. If ever you receive any garments from us and you are not 100% satisfied due to holes, rips, or inconsistent seams, please let us know to work and correct the problem.

Old School vs New School

We bring garment printing from 21st century with Direct to Garment technology in order for us to offer you the on-demand printing services. We are still using the traditional Silk Screening methods for large bulk orders. Each method yields long lasting outcomes, but there are some differences to be noted between these two methods.

DTG Printing Method

  • Eco-Friendly Water-Based Inks
  • Softer feel
  • Unlimited color usage and greater detailed prints
  • One-off printing
  • No setup fees

Silk Screen Printing Method

  • Greater Volume Discounts
  • Best for bulk orders
  • Wider range of printable fabrics

RGB vs CMYK

There are many things that our incredible Direct to Garment process can achieve! Still, you have to take note that the color you choose for your creation may look different on a product once printed than what you have created on your computer. Even though you already adjusted your monitor, there are still numerous aspects which can influence the final appearance of the colors on the printed product. And because of this, we cannot give you an assurance of a 100% color accuracy.

Our printers will convert your submitted print file from RGB to CMYK color space to change the range of colors. Be very cautious when using bright neon and pastel like hot pink, construction orange, highlighter yellow, etc. Also consider choosing the perfect fabric material, garment color, and if your print will need a white under base layer from the color you choose.

If color accuracy is important to you, you can order our pre-made color swatches on a sample product to decide which RGB values best suits the desired results you want on your product.

100% Cotton vs Blends

Fabrics are not created equally depending on the brand. The print outcome will differ depending on the fabric used.

We offer a variety of blends:

  • 100% Cotton Blends
  • Poly Blends (50% cotton, 50% polyester)
  • Tri-Blends (50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon or 50% polyester, 37% ring-spun combed cotton, 13% rayon)
Black garment with skull print

Sample 100% Cotton / American Apparel 2001

Black garment with skull print

Sample Ring Spun Cotton / Bella Canvas

What’s the difference between ring-spun cotton and standard cotton?

A cotton made by continuously twisting and thinning the cotton strands resulting a very fine and stronger cotton fibers is called ring-spun.

Looking for the most opaque result? Use 100% cotton fabric! We have a standard printing process which is suitable for garments that are 100% cotton. However, if a cotton is too thick, it can absorb the ink and result in a more faded look.

We have made a procedure that allows us to print on such fabrics without distorting the design quality. Several tests were done until we got it! The blended garments will have a vintage outcome with DTG printing due to the quality of the fabric.

Our favorites for clean/opaque look:

  • American Apparel 2001 / 2102
  • Bella Canvas 3001

If you want something more vintage looking, go for:

  • American Apparel BB401 / BB301 / TR408 / TR308
  • Next Level 6200

Photographs of white print on different garments

Black garment with skull print

Sample 100% cotton

Black garment with skull print

Sample Poly-blend

Black garment with skull print

Sample Tri-blend

Certain 100% cotton garments offer heather colors, an interwoven yarns of mixed colors. The blended garments will have a bit touch of vintage.

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Read our frequently asked questions or you can chat with us online for quicker response. If you can’t find your answer, contact us.

What type of ink do you use?

We use genuine Brother GT-3, water based pigment inks. GT-3 inks are CPSIA compliant and Oeko-Tex™ certified, which means they are safe to print on youth/children’s clothing and reduce environmental waste. Also, GT-3 inks provide a high washing colorfast AATCC rating of 4. For posters, we use Epson UltraChrome water based HDR ink-jet technology.

What inks are you using for printing apparel?

Our inks are water based and eco-friendly. Our apparel is created with the latest in garment printing technology. This give a much softer feel than traditional screen printed shirts, but with the same durability. We’re using CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) compliant inks, which is a requirement when printing on children’s wear 12 and below.

When is a white under base used?

When a graphic includes the color white that is when a white under base is printed. The other general rule is that anytime the color being printed is lighter than the shirt it is being printed on, a white base would need to be laid on first. Bear in mind that these are a general rules so it does not apply to all cases.

How durable are DTG printed shirts compared to Screen Printed shirts?

Our experience shows us that DTG printed shirts are just as durable as screen printed shirts when it comes to washability.

Can I print copyrighted images?

We don’t assume responsibility for copyrighted designs sent to us for printing. By submitting a design, you warrant that you’re authorized to manufacture products with that design. If you have obtained the right to print copyrighted images, scan the documentation and send us a copy at june@junespringmultimedia.com or customercare@junespringmultimedia.com.

In Photoshop and Illustrator, should I save my file as "Save for Web"?

Please save your file using “Save as,” because saving files as “Save for Web” will automatically decrease the graphic’s resolution to 72 DPI. This may result in low quality and sizing issues with the final print.

What paper types do you offer?

We have a large collection of in-house stocks in our production area. If you have a specific style in mind, we can check our in-house inventory to see if our selection is able to match your tastes. Or, we’ll check with our paper vendors to see what they have on hand. Keep in mind that special stocks or materials may require bulk purchasing from suppliers.

Why do the printed colors look different than the colors on my screen?

In short, printers and monitors produce color in different ways. Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model.

Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model. When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses the closest matching color. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced; others may not. We’ll provide you with a sample print right before we print your job to ensure a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” final product.

Do I need to know about color separations or half-tone printing to get my job completed?

Absolutely not! We handle all the “back-end” production for you.

The terms are pretty easy to understand, though. Color separation refers to our offset printing process, where we use cyan, magenta, yellow, and black in four separate plates that go directly to the press. These four colors can create almost any color you can imagine!

Half-tone printing refers to converting a solid tone of black ink or one color into tiny dots that are invisible to the eye to create your image. You see a solid image, but it’s really created from the spacing of these tiny dots.

What is the Pantone Matching System (PMS)?

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a color reproduction standard in which colors all across the spectrum are each identified by a unique, independent number. The use of PMS allows us to precisely match colors and maintain color consistency throughout the printing process.

What is DPI, resolution and actual print file size?

These are a few basic terms to help you get started:

Resolution is the measure of pixels in the display, usually expressed in measurements of width x height. For example, a monitor that is 1920 x 1080 is 1920 pixels across and 1080 pixels down.

DPI (dots per inch) is the number of dots in a printed inch. The more dots the higher the quality of the print (more sharpness and detail)

The actual size is best described with (you guessed it) actual numbers. Let’s say you have a 5”x5” shape at 100dpi, but you need to make it a 10”x10”. If you simply scale it to twice its original size you go from 5”x5” to 10”x10”. Since the size has now doubled, your resolution has been cut in half- that particular part of your graphic, is now 50dpi.

When you’re submitting your print files, we ask that they’re at least 150dpi and at actual size. The resolution of any file is only as good as the dimensions.

Do you require minimum quantities on any of your products?

No. Some printing methods may be more cost-effective than others, but our professional staff are happy to work with you to determine which printing method is best for your project. Call us at (US) 408.600.2621, (CA) 416.858.3811, (AU) 08.6102.5588 and (PH) 6332.263.2866 or simply email us at june@junespringmultimedia.com or customercare@junespringmultimedia.com.

What is the maximum file size of a print file?

The maximum print file size that can be uploaded or synced in June Spring Multimedia is 200MB.

Why is my product out of stock?

The biggest pro of printing on-demand is being able to offer dozens of unique models and color options for your products. However, having all of these options also means possibly encountering a situation when your product is out of stock.

It’s common practice in the drop shipping industry to not maintain stock of all product variants. Restocking takes just a few days and this process is calculated in our fulfillment time. But there can be situations when your product is out of stock for a longer period of time. Usually, it’s because the manufacturer has low quantities of the product, they’re located further from us, or it has suddenly been discontinued. There are a few things you can do if your product is out of stock.

In most out of stock cases, the situation can be resolved by waiting an extra day or switching to a similar color/model, etc. Make sure you’re following your store product updates closely – we notify you as soon as possible if an item/variant is discontinued.

I have a question regarding my order, who can I speak with?

If you have any questions regarding your order, we are here to help. Call us at (US) 408.600.2621, (CA) 416.858.3811, (AU) 08.6102.5588 and (PH) 6332.263.2866 or simply email us at june@junespringmultimedia.com or customercare@junespringmultimedia.com.
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