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Pantone’s Unprecedented Color of Year Choices

For the first time in the history of Pantone, their elite color standards group from nations around the world chose two colors of the year. 2016 will be the year of Rose Quartz and Serenity. As the renowned authority on color around the world, Pantone dictates designer color schemes used in everything from advertisements, to fashion, to makeup.

The official video released from Pantone reflects a particularly turbulent year in world events. 2015 has been the year of technological progression, war, the blurring of gender lines and other significant social developments that impact daily living and breed stress and unrest. Pantone chose two subtle colors to promote tranquility and calm, if nowhere else, than within design aesthetics.

Complimentary colors to the pairing are silvers, grays muted greens, hues of orchids, browns, golds, and deeper blues. Graphic Designers, Fashion and Interior, and Industrial designers will use this color system to create what we’ll see next year on the catwalk, in home décor and building facades.

Pantone also produces a fashion color report which dictates the palettes that will be used in seasonal designer collections. It even impacts the selection of t-shirt colors that will be available for use in the custom screen printing industry. After Rose Quartz and Serenity, we’re likely to see Buttercup, Lilac Gray, Iced Coffee, Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue, Limpet Shell, Fiesta and Green Flash adorn the fashion minded public.

So look forward to this spring’s unisex color palette designed to be above all else, calming and an exercise in yin and yang.

T-Shirt Mods – From Drab to Fab

In the 80’s, Madonna’s “Lucky Star” video shocked the world as she twirled her crop top exposed bare midriff into super stardom and started a modification frenzy. The 90’s saw much of the same as nary an intact t-shirt was to be found on the grunge gods of old. T-shirt modification is now mainstream, and depending on your bank account, you can buy a ridiculous looking “distressed” designer t-shirt that looks like something the Salvation Army would reject or you make a your own super stylish modified t-shirt for a fraction of the price.


Salina Siu is a present day YouTube star with a staggering 96,922 followers and over 12 million views. One of her claims to fame is DIY tutorials on cut up t-shirts and other clothing modifications. Her tutorials are very simple and the best thing of all is you don’t need to know how to sew, just how to use scissors.

One of our favorite designs is featured in one of her oldest videos. Start by cutting the neck of the t-shirt into a boat neck, and then fold the t-shirt loosely in half but leave a little gap so you don’t accidentally cut the front half too. If you have a design on the front, which of course you do because you used our design studio to create an awesome custom tee, leave the design on the inside of the fold.

Decide how wide you want the top of the V to be by placing the ruler at an angle as you make the slits. Leaving the ruler on the t-shirt as you make the slits will also ensure that the slits are even. How much space you leave between slits will determine the overall look but for this video, Salina suggest about the width of your pinky. 

After you've made all of your slits, open the t-shirt up and pull each string taught individually. This will causes the edges to roll and produce a slinky look. Weaving the strings together is a bit more complicated but Salina shares a tutorial here.

The final product is a one of a kind modification that fits your one of a kind custom t-shirt design from DesignAShirt.com. Special thanks to Salina Siu for creating awesome tutorials on how to stylize t-shirts and keeping t-shirt mods alive and well. Be sure to check out all of her customization tutorials on her YouTube channel.

 

Order gifts by Dec. 14 for Christmas

We are busy printing holiday shirts, and there is still time to put in an order for your gifts to arrive before Christmas. Order by December 14 to ensure your order's arrival by the 25th.

Enjoy this 1 minute video showing off a holiday print from some unique camera angles. Stay tuned for more to come!

Screen Printing vs. Direct to Garment

Here at Designashirt.com we receive many types of orders from sports teams, to charity events, to clothing line start-ups, and of course single order prints. In order to get the most bang for your buck on your order there are several factors to keep in mind: The desired product you are printing on (Hanes, American Apparel, Champion ect.)

The number of shirts you want to print.

The number of colors in your print, and if the print is on both front AND back.

We utilize two separate methods of printing: direct to garment printing (DTG) and screen printing. Each method has pros and cons and we carefully consider which method is best for each order we receive. We have two 1-minute videos that give an overview of each printing technique, Screen Printing and Direct to Garment

   

The advantage of DTG printing is that we can print a great deal of colors on a shirt at the same time. It works almost like a big computer printer, but for shirts! There is minimal setup time so a printer can motor through hundreds of different prints in a single day! The biggest drawback for digital print is that the ink needed is pricy, so it is not cost effective for large order runs. Also the DTG printer only prints one shirt at a time, which means each shirt must be loaded and cured before the next piece can be started.

The biggest advantage of screen printing is that once the screens are up and ready the shirts start flying off the presses! Each color gets its own screen which means the more colors in the order, the longer it takes to set up the printing press. If the order calls for a large quantity then the set up time for several colors becomes justified because once the press is up and running it easily outpaces the speed of DTG printing. Screen printing is fast, effective, and perfect for large orders with any number of colors. We have even completed an 6-color order of 80,000 shirts all on our automatic printing presses!

So what does all this mean for ordering your shirts? Essentially it means that we are capable of printing anything you desire, it just depends on quantity and number of colors that determine if we will use DTG or screen print. The easiest way for you to save per item is to increase the quantity of shirts ordered. Generally (depending on color number) orders of 12 or more move from DTG to screen print and the cost to print is reduced. This means that if you are thinking of printing up 10 shirts it might be more cost effective to boost the order to 12. As always our standard shipping is free, but if you want to save even more money you can choose our Super Saver Shipping option upon check out. We look forward to creating your rocking custom design T-shirt and shipping it off lighting fast!

 

 

 

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