Last summer our design department set a massive goal; To set the benchmark for the next generation of apparel and head wear templates. If we may say so…we smashed the apparel templates out of the park! Not only did we offer the usual front, back and side templates, but we developed the first ever, 45 degree angled template profile! The angled profile, (that is trending on high-end ecommerce stores like nike.com), allows you to easily insert your own artwork as a flat 2D layer. The template then seamlessly warps and moulds the artwork to the fabric on the correct viewing plane. After achieving success in the apparel department, we directed our attention to the headwear.
After having our new templates released for a short time, we began receiving really positive feedback from our PrePress Toolkit design community about our work. We appreciate the good and the bad, but feedback that lets us know what our clients like and are looking for, motivates us to produce even better, newer, fresher products than anyone else out there.
Quote:“I used to use (company name removed as PrePress isn’t into defacing). But I used to think they are top-notch until I found you guys. You guys are too awesome so I decided to buy the entire bundle” Nelson Chu
Feedback like the example above, showed us that people were expecting big things from the PrePress Team and we wanted to deliver, so…
This men’s ghosted t-shirt template pack comes with front, back and side profiles as well as the all new angled front and angled back profiles. PrePress Toolkit is proud to be the first to offer a fully editable angled mockup template.
Through the use of Smart Objects layers, all you need to do is add your artwork and the template will do the hard work of setting your artwork onto the t-shirt. All files are compatible with Photoshop CS3 and newer versions including Photoshop CC. Download T-Shirt Template Here. Also available in Vector format (AI + EPS files). Click here for Vector Pack. Also available as part of the Apparel Studio Bundle. (save $120)
If the phrase “time is money” weighs heavily on everything we do in business then it makes sense to put every task we do under the microscope, evaluate it, and then proceed to find ways of speeding up or cutting out those tasks. Saving time on repetitive tasks is the key, and for me the greatest time saving came when I re-engineered our humble job sheet.
When I was employed as a pre press graphics artist at my local screen printing shop I was in charge of not just creating the artwork to go on the garment but also breaking down the artwork into individual colours to produce films called “positives”. These films were then sent to the screen technician to produce the screens that the printers would then use to create the images we see on most printable garments. It was my job to explain to the screen printers exactly how the artwork should be printed. Sounds easy, but there’s a lot of specific information requested by customers or clothing companies that I need to interpret and then ensure it gets carried out so we don’t end up with thousands of misspelt garments. Anyway…to cut a long story short, I developed a quicker way to produce the screen printer’s jobsheets by setting them up in Adobe Illustrator, creating symbols of the ink types and static information in a way that I could just click and drag it to the job sheet. After using the jobsheet for a couple of days I found it greatly sped the whole process up, but still needed refining. Over the next few weeks I kept tweaking and refining the design till I came up with what you now see below.
The job sheet contains all necessary information:
Screen printing inks and printing process to be used
Screen mesh to use
Print order for each positive (very important on some jobs)
An area for extra information from the client
Job due date as well as an easy way for our screen printers to visually see the urgency of the job.
Print placement (example: front chest, back hem, left sleeve or collar etc)
Type of garment, color, and fabric type
Most importantly the job number so we can save all the films and job information in a bag for later use if the customer needs more prints.
All in all, it’s a lot of work for one job and when considering our print shop had multiple automatic and hand printing machines keeping up with the workload was tough.
If you own a screen printing facility, or are in fact the ‘art guy’ at your print shop I feel your pain, that’s why I’m giving this jobsheet away for free. My hope is that it saves a lot of time for you too. Most importantly this jobsheet gives the printers all the crucial information they need to print the job right the first time.
This free resource contains:
100% Editable AI and EPS files (For use with Adobe Illustrator)
P.s. I thought I’d mention that the job sheet works flawlessly with any of our Vector garment template packs. Jobsheet + Vector templates = Even more time saving. Just add the templates to the Adobe Illustrator symbols library then you’re ready to click and drag the garment templates straight into the job sheet. Here’s a quick video on how to add our templates to the symbols library.