How to Prepare Graphics for Printing
Designing large-format graphics for fabric structures is quite different from designing for web or print. Please keep these things in mind:
• Fabric structures are usually not flat, so key graphic elements are not always visible.
• Placement of key elements should be considered with the size and orientation of the structure in mind.
• Fabric absorbs ink differently from paper, and it reflects and transmits light differently as well.
• Each fabric looks different when printed. Producing useable graphic files for printing on fabric requires special attention, due to the large format and to differences in printers. Graphic effects such as gradients, drop shadows and transparency are often problematic, and we have had best results when such effects are built in Photoshop. If you want to use special effects, a conversation with one of our designers is a good idea. A project that begins with plenty of lead time can easily become a rush project if graphics are not prepared according to these guidelines, or if it takes days to sign off on layouts and proofs. To keep things on track, everyone must do their part. We are here to help you get the best possible results. Please call us with any questions you have.