GritFX use Print-On-Demand (POD) Suppliers to bring our designs to our fans.
Zazzle, Skreened and Cafepress are all Print-On-Demand (POD) service providers.
GritFX have tested numerous products in order to deliver our customers the best possible end result. Accordingly, we have limited our design availability to selected products, along with tailoring designs for certain apparel.
A POD will use a technique for printing on Dark T-Shirts* that requires a white print underlay to be placed on the fabric first, with the colour print layer of the actual design on top of this. Depending on the alignment of the two layers on the press, the quality of the final product can vary greatly.
In view of this, the GritFX designs for Black (or dark-coloured) T-Shirts are limited to either white printing only, or include a thin white border around any design that incorporates colour. This ensures that there are no issues regarding alignment on the finished product.
* Skreened uses a print process which excludes the use of the white underlay. You will not find black t-shirts in this range, however there are some great "dark" colour such as the RED, which look brilliant with a black print direct to the garment.
All artwork has been created for the highest possible quality output - producing our artwork at 300dpi even though POD minimum requirements specify 200dpi.
Not only do we create artwork at 300dpi, every design file is created at the appropriate size:
- 11" wide x 17" deep for printing with Skreened.com; and
- 14" wide x 12" deep OR 12" wide x 14" deep for printing with Zazzle.com
- 10" wide x 10" deep for printing with Cafepress.com
Where the t-shirts are small sizes (for example, the Women's "Petite" T-Shirts), the print area will be smaller to fit.
RE: Skreened Tee Previews
T-Shirt previews on Skreened products are for small men's and women's sizes. Should you purchase a XXL or XXXL size, the graphic would be smaller on the t-shirt.
Read what Daniel Fox (Proprietor) had to say in an online interview.
RE: GritFX Textures - Light Tees VS Dark Tees
The GritFX textures used on many of our T-Shirt designs will often be limited to light apparel only. We may retain the texture where we have included a thin white border and colours in the design, however, in most cases the designs for Dark T-Shirts will be printed as a solid - void of the GritFX graphic textures. We do this because the heavier ink used on dark apparel will naturally crack over time - that's years, not washes - providing you with your own naturally worn tee look.