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Tutorial on Laser Etch

When you want to create a laser-etched t-shirt, this is what you need to have ready.

  1. Choose The Right Material

      It is best for you to choose garments that are made from the right materials. Go with:

  • polyester for a sharp look
  • denim for a slightly bleached look
  • polar fleece gives a textured look

Some thinner materials like what is used to make certain types of running shorts can work. However, it      is important that you do not use 100% cotton or poly/cotton blends for this process.

  1. Give The Company The Right Image File Format

When you have your logo, branding, or designs put together, be sure you have a vector image file              created. It is important to provide the company that is doing laser-etching with the vector file.                      Otherwise, they will not be able to modify the size the way they need to.

Stick with AI, EPS, and PDF formats for your image file.

  1. Pick The Right Colors

With laser-etching, you should go with medium colors and tones. These colors make the etching pop.        Avoid too dark or too light tones to make sure the design is seen once the etching is done. If you are         unsure of the right color schemes, ask the company to give you some suggestions.

Steps the Company Will Need to Take

Once you decide on the right material and provide the vector image to the company, they will take it           from there. They have different steps they will take to ensure that the laser-etching turns out the way         you want.

              *  Edit The Color Of the Image

Laser-etching creates a tone-on-tone effect, which means that the image will need to be changed               to all one color. When they do this, it will tell the laser software where it needs to do the etching.

             *  Test the Material Before Etching the Design

They will need to test the material of the garments that you are bringing them to ensure that the                   laser-etching will work properly. It is better that they do a small test to make sure the garments will            not be ruined.

Laser-etching is a great option, especially for sports teams that want a specific design on their uniform. Plenty of other companies use this type of printing to create the designs they desire.