How to Design a T-shirt for School

First, who is your market? Who is going to buy and wear your t-shirts? Will it be both boys and girls? What colors will they prefer? What styles to they like to wear? Before you start the design process, poll your group to figure out what colors, styles, and features they are willing to buy and wear. For example, the Girl’s Tennis Team might prefer lilac v-necks. The boys baseball team wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those. However, they might love multi-colored raglan tees. Your entire student body might like vintage throwback t-shirts in your school colors. Know your audience!

Double and triple check spelling. Save yourself the embarrassment and expense of misspelling a simple word or name. Before approving your artwork, proof-read spelling and grammar… twice. Better yet, have two others proof the grammar and spelling also. It is very embarrassing to finish passing out 200 shirts only to find out you misspelled the name of your school. Trust us, it HAS happened. When you have a list of student names you are printing on the back of the shirt, have each student look for and proofread their name. What’s the only thing worse than misspelling a student’s name? Accidentally leaving off their name! Trust us, it HAS happened. Don’t let it happen to you.

Look at the trends. Keep it Classic. Most fashion experts advise against following trends. Not this time. You know students are prime targets for what is hot and popular. Watch the latest viral trends to maximize your design’s appeal. Make it the go-to garment for the school year. You can’t go wrong with the quintessential tee boasting school spirit, the school colors, and the school mascot. The classic school tee never goes out of style.

Use a professional designer. Don’t be afraid to ask your screen printing company for help. They will probably have graphic designers on staff or as consultants. Either way, they will be willing to help you bring your ideas to life. Whether you have a specific design in mind, a rough sketch, or not a clue, a graphic designer will help you create a good looking t-shirt.

Ask permission. When designing a t-shirt that represents your school or is intended to be worn during school hours or activities, it’s a good idea to run your design by the proper authorities. These days many school logos are trademarked while others are public domain. There have been circumstances in the past where some designs have been prohibited on campus. You don’t want to be stuck with dozens of shirts that can’t be bought or worn.

You’ve now passed T-shirt Designing for Schools 101. To get started with your custom screen-printed apparel, see us at Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery in Springfield, MO. We offer full-service screen printing including free art service. We would love to work with you on your next tee shirt, bag, hoodie, short, and screen printed sportswear order for your school. Call us at 417.865.8011 or get a free quote today.

In addition to serving Springfield, MO, we also screen print custom t-shirts for customers in Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Willard, Rogersville, Marshfield, Clever, Lebanon, Bolivar, Reeds Spring, Ava, Seymour, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Buffalo, Stockton, Aurora, Mt. Vernon and Republic. We are also an official Missouri State University licensed screen printer and embroidery shop.  We ship custom printed t-shirts everywhere in the United States. 

Artwork Guidelines for Screen Printing

Even if your design is incredibly beautiful, it will not translate into a screen printed graphic if you do not follow basic art guidelines for screen printing. Each screen printing company has established standards to guide their customers. By following those standards, the company will be able to create acceptable and attractive graphics. The guidelines typically include supported file formats, size restrictions, color suggestions, minimums and placement options. As you begin exploring your options for screen printed garments, be certain to contact your preferred screen printing company for their guidelines and specifications. The following is a review of our specific art requirements as well as a few general tips and tricks.

Create and save your design in a supported file format.

At Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery, we accept vector artwork saved in the following file formats:

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Editable EPS (.eps)
  • Acrobat PDF (.pdf)

We will accept non-vector artwork saved as an Adobe PhotoShop file (.psd) or an image file (.jpg) for recreation. Be certain to contact us before you create your final design so you can save it properly.

  1. If at all possible, use vector artwork

Vector art is composed of paths, lines, curves, and shapes. These elements are controlled through points with definite locations on the x – and y – axes of the work plane. This process allows you to increase or decrease the size of the graphic without distortion. Vector artwork that is saved correctly is easily transformed into an acceptable screen printed graphic. If you do not use vector art, the screen printer’s graphic designers will have to completely recreate your design.

  1. Choose high-resolution photos. Remember to include any links.

Photographs are not composed of vectors. If photos are not high-resolution they will become blurry and unusable when they are enlarged. Use photos that have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If your design includes linked photos, be certain to include the photos or embed them when you submit your design.

  1. Convert all fonts to outlines or paths.

If you are including a font in your design, it is crucial to convert them to paths or outlines. If you do not do so and your designer does not have the font you selected, they will not be able to use that font. When you convert fonts to outlines or paths, you are assured that your font shape will be preserved.

  1. Want to save money? Use fewer colors

In order to transform your design into a screen-printed garment, each color requires its own film positive and its own screen. Those cost time and money. To reduce your overall cost, use fewer colors to limit the total number of screens.

  1. Have questions? Don’t be afraid to ask.

We will be happy to explain both the process and why certain file formats are necessary. To make it even easier, our talented graphic designers will be happy to create a custom design just for you. Best of all, there is no charge for the first hour of your design time!

You have now passed Art Guidelines 101. To get started with your custom screen-printed apparel, see us at Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery in Springfield, MO. We offer full-service screen printing including free art service. We would love to work with you on your next tee shirt, bag, hoodie, short, and screen printed sportswear order. Call us at 417.865.8011 or get a free quote today.

In addition to serving Springfield, MO, we also screen print custom t-shirts for customers in Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Willard, Rogersville, Marshfield, Clever, Lebanon, Bolivar, Reeds Spring, Ava, Seymour, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Buffalo, Stockton, Aurora, Mt. Vernon and Republic. We ship custom printed t-shirts everywhere in the United States. 

What is Plastisol Ink?

Screen Printing inkPlastisol ink”. What exactly IS plastisol? If you’ve ever ordered custom screen printed apparel, you may have heard that term. But, what is it? Is it something you want on your apparel? To clear things up, we will explain everything you need to know about plastisol ink when you place your screen printing order.
Plastisol ink is the most widely used ink in apparel screen printing. It is made up PVC particles suspended in a liquid plasticizer. It is very durable, flexible, and easy to use in the screen printing process.


So why do we love plastisol?

  • Plastisol ink is stubborn…in a good way of course. Once it’s cured on your shirt, it won’t chip off. In fact, it takes years of washing before you’ll begin to see any cracks in the printing. Your t-shirt will wear out before the print does.
  • Plastisol needs no special care. There are no special wash instructions for garments printed with plastisol ink. Just wash and dry normally.
  • Plastisol is versatile. It can be mixed easily to create just about any color imaginable. You get to choose exactly the color you want with plastisol ink. You can even create special effects like suede, glow-in-the-dark, glitter, shimmer or metallic.
  • Plastisol is thick and opaque. It shows up easily on the darkest fabrics and retains it bright image for years.
  • Plastisol is cost effective. It is less expensive than other ink options.

Plastisol ink is a fantastic screen printing medium. However, there are a few things to remember when placing an order:

  • Plastisol is a thermoplastic. There is a chance it will melt when coming in contact with extreme heat. Do not iron screen printed garment in high heat.
  • Plastisol does not bond to metal or glass.
  • Plastisol printing may bunch around seams. When working with your screen printing company, be certain to keep your design away from seams.
  • Plastisol is less breathable that other inks. It is certainly a consideration when considering a large design on your garment. This is especially true for athletic garments.

You have now passed Plastisol 101! Now that you understand plastisol ink, you may be in the market for new custom screen-printed tees. If so, be sure to check out Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery in Springfield, MO. We offer full service textile screen printing at competitive rates. Our talented artists will work with you to create exceptional artwork for your screen printed garment. Whether you are looking for tees, hoodies, jackets, sweatpants, shorts or other apparel, we can do it all. To learn more, call us at 417.865.8011 or request a free quote. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

In addition to serving Springfield, MO, we also screen print custom t-shirts for customers in Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Willard, Rogersville, Marshfield, Clever, Lebanon, Bolivar, Reeds Spring, Ava, Seymour, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, Buffalo, Stockton, Aurora, Mt. Vernon and Republic. We ship custom printed t-shirts everywhere in the United States. 

Experienced Screen Printer Needed

We are growing! The Greek Corner, a local leader in the screen printing industry is seeking an experienced full-time Screen Printer. The Greek Corner was the recipient of the 2013 BBB Torch Award Marketplace Ethics and was a finalist for the 2014 and 2017 Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.

To join our award winning team, the successful applicant must:

  • Be detail oriented
  • Follow directions, systems, and processes
  • Take the initiative
  • Be meticulous in their work habits
  • Work well with others
  • Set-up and tear down jobs quickly
  • Work quickly and efficiently
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to meet deadlines
  • Keep their work area neat and clean
  • Have a record of excellent attendance and punctuality

The Greek Corner features:

  • A family atmosphere
  • A reputation for always meeting deadlines
  • Clean, safe work environment
  • New, state of the art automatic printing presses
  • SIMPLE IRA
  • Vacation/Holiday pay

Automatic screen printing press experience is preferred. However, we are willing to train the right person. Compensation is based on experience. If you possess all of these characteristics and want to join our team, apply in person at The Greek Corner, 2109-A E. Rockhurst. To learn more about The Greek Corner, visit us at www.GreekCornerPrinting.com.

 

Greek Corner Acquires Bigfish Screenprinting

Springfield, MO— As of January 1, 2018 Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery are the owners of Bigfish Screenprinting, an acquisition that more than doubled the size of their company.

Greek Corner and Bigfish both offer custom screen printing and embroidery services to the Springfield region. Both locally owned and operated, Greek Corner has been in business since 1983 and Bigfish opened its doors in 2001.

The plan to sell has been in the works for some time once Bigfish owner, Vicki Simpson knew she wanted to retire to pursue other endeavors. “About a year ago I began giving some initial thought to selling my business and looking toward the future of working on some other things which are extremely important to me personally,” said Simpson. “As part of the decision to sell, it was of utmost importance to me that the future owner of my business share in my personal values and the integrity on how my business is managed. After a few meetings with Greek Corner, I was convinced that Jason would share my same values in treating my staff with respect and managing my business with integrity.”

“We know that Bigfish does some things better than Greek Corner and we also know that we do a few things better than Bigfish,” says Jason Parke, owner of Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery. “We are going to step back and observe what works best. After a period of time, we will take the best of both worlds and integrate those ideas and processes into a system that will create an even greater company than either of us ever dreamed.”

Greek Corner has grown over 600% since Parke purchased the company over eight years ago. Previously called Corner Graphics, Parke not only restored the company to its original name, but he also assembled a team who he could trust to be dedicated to delivering the highest quality service and product, every time. Parke and his team are taking this opportunity to objectively look at both companies to see what truly works the best for everyone, including the customers.

This acquisition will double Greek Corner’s annual earnings and increase their staff size by 12 employees.

Greek Corner will keep the Bigfish location on Glenstone for the foreseeable future. All orders can be placed through Greek Corner by calling 417-865-8011 or visiting www.greekcornerprinting.com.

Biz 417 Feature – September/October 2017

 The Problem
When Jason Parke bought The Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery in 2009, his first big order was printing 1,300 shirts for Springfield Public School’s graduation. “Everything that could go wrong went wrong,” Parke says. One of the machines broke, a printer was out sick, a storm knocked out power and a dryer caught fire. Amazingly, Parke met the deadline, and things calmed down, with one exception: Business always slowed to a trickle during the winter.
The Big Idea
“My granddad always said you have to work twice as hard to do half as good during the winter,” Parke says. To fill the winter lull, Parke increased Greek Corner’s pool of contract orders—clients who place large orders throughout the year. Last year, contract orders made up about 20 percent of Greek Corner’s sales. This year, that number is up to 25 percent.
The Learning Curve
It was a somewhat unnatural move for this reserved introvert. “Networking has always been a little harder for me,” he says. Along with cold-calling potential clients, Parke used existing relationships and connections to win over new customers who could benefit from contract orders. “Persistence is key,” he says. “When a potential client turns you down, you just refocus that energy on someone else and try to win that business. You have to move on and not take it personal.”
The Takeaway
“I’m not going to say having contract customers fills the winter, but it really helps,” Parke says. “A big part of success is building relationships with our clients.” For Parke, that means not stealing customers, meeting order deadlines and accommodating clients who come in with special requests. “Customers will never know we printed those shirts,” Parke says. “But our job is to make our clients looks good.”

2017 Small Business of the Year – Finalist

The staff of Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery is pleased to again be selected as a Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business of the Year Award Finalist. Even though we did not win, we are humbled to have been recognized for our commitment to provide the best custom screen printing and embroidery service in our market. We owe our success to our team of experienced customer service representatives, artists, screen printing technicians, and support staff. All of them work together to ensure we create great looking t-shirts and embroidered apparel that are completed on time, every time.

 

Employment Opportunities

The Greek Corner is growing. We are looking for new team members to fill the following positions.

In-house Customer Service Representative.

We are seeking a Customer Service Professional to join our team! You will be responsible for answering phones and assisting our customers when they walk into our lobby for placing or picking up orders.

Responsibilities:

  • Handle customer inquiries and complaints
  • Provide information about the products and services
  • Document and update customer records based on interactions
  • Develop and maintain a knowledge base of the evolving products and services

Qualifications:

  • Excellent phone skills a must
  • Previous experience in customer service, sales, or other related fields
  • Ability to build rapport with clients
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Positive and professional demeanor
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Screen Printing Technician

Requirements:

  • Be detail oriented, follow processes and systems
  • Set up and tear down jobs
  • Have experience in working with automated press
  • Knowledge and experience in t-shirt screen printing process

Shop Tours Reveal Commitment to Quality

 

Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery shop

You’ve decided to order screen printed t-shirts for your group, church, school or team. You Google custom screen printed t-shirts and are amazed to find 12 -15 local companies that print t-shirts. So, how do you pick the best one? It may be easy to compare price and delivery time, but how do you judge quality? Here’s a great way to separate the men from the boys . . . ask to take a tour of their shop.

Taking a shop tour is a great way to learn how a company really feels about quality. Here are few things to look for while they are showing you around.

Floor. Is it clean? Do your shoes stick to the floor? Are there globs of ink tracked all over the shop? Is it difficult to navigate through the shop?

Equipment. The equipment doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest. However, is it clean? Is ink smeared all over the machine? Does it appear to be well maintained? Does it look like the equipment actually works? Does it look like it’s held together with baling wire?

Efficient. Does the shop look efficient and orderly. Is it neat and uncluttered or does it look like an episode from the TV show “Hoarders”? Are there pieces of old, unused equipment sitting around covered with stacks of boxes and other pieces of equipment?

Lint. Is every flat surface covered with lint? Are dust bunnies multiplying in every nook and cranny? Does the top of the dryer look like a shag carpet due to a thick layer of lint?

Screen printing shops are notorious for being less than neat and clean. Sure, a dirty, cluttered shop might be able to produce a nice printed t-shirt. Anything is possible. However, you can be assured that if a shop cares enough about keeping their shop neat, clean and well organized they will be sticklers about the quality of your t-shirt order. You are always welcome to visit our shop. Call to set up your tour today.

Kick the Crack Habit

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Help your employees kick their crack habit by ordering our long tail t-shirts. Long tail tees are available in several colors including safety green. We’ll also custom screen print your t-shirts with your company logo. You’ll get the benefit of promoting your trade services while presenting a more professional image to your customers. Contact us today and get a quote so you can help your staff overcome the evils of crack.