6 Tips for Better Printed Uniforms and Flags

We want your order to look just as awesome as you do! "Will this image work?" is one of the most common questions we get. That's why we put together this list of things to to remember and avoid when sending your images for production.

DO: Start with a clear, high-resolution photo

For the best print quality, image files that are pixel-based should be sent at 300dpi in jpg, psd, or tif format, while vector-based image files should be in ai, eps, or pdf format. A good rule of thumb is: if it doesn't print clear and free of pixelation on your home printer, it'll look even worse on your uniform or flag.

DON'T: Send copyrighted images

Unfortunately, we cannot print images that are subject to copyright rules, including logos, movie posters or stills, popular illustrations, or anything related to a product or brand without expressed permission from the copyright holder. Band Shoppe strongly encourages customers to use a stock image source for obtaining images to avoid copyright infringement.

DO: Use a reliable stock image source

Band Shoppe recommends for a huge selection of photographic and vector designs. Just let our Sales Team know the image ID# when ordering and we'll take care of the rest! Image processing is provided absolutely free as part of our design services, including free full-color sketches and fabric swatches (unprinted fabrics only) along with your price quote.

DON'T: Rely on printer or monitor colors

All printers and monitors are different. Most home printers are not professionally calibrated for accuracy, and won't give an accurate representation of color. While every effort will be made to provide the closest match possible, actual colors may vary from what is sketched. For best results, send us a sample item or garment and we will do our best to come as close as possible.

DO: Reference PMS Colors

Because colors are so tricky, we have to find standard colors that will apply across different manufacturers and printing systems - that's where the Pantone Matching System (PMS) helps. Your school or organization may give a PMS code as part of their brand standards (for example the Kansas City Chiefs use PMS 1235 for standard Gold).

Note: On-screen simulations of PMS colors used in guides or sketches will not match Pantone's color standards precisely and should be used for reference only.

DON'T: Worry!

We can design it for you! If all of this sounds confusing, it's because a lot goes into a successful printed design. Luckily, Band Shoppe is here to help. Our Sales and Design Teams will work together to create a stunning flag that perfectly compliments your show or uniform.

Any of our custom and in stock uniforms and flags may be made into custom printed items! Let our Sales Team know if you would like use digitally printed fabrics or need assistance in choosing the right colors, fabric, or images.

FREE Design Services from Band Shoppe!

Free Design Services

Let Band Shoppe design your next flag! Our Sales and Design Teams can work with you to create the perfect custom design. Just give us a little bit of information including show theme and color scheme, and we do the rest. Our always-free design services include sketches, so you can see what your flag will look like before you buy.

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