Full service agency offering manufacturing, brand development, design and creative direction for the merchandise and apparel industry.

SCREEN PRINTING

This process uses specialised printing machinery to push ink through a silkscreen onto the garment. Not only limited to t-shirts, designs can be printed on virtually any garment, or bag etc. We take great pride in the skill and quality of our screen printing department.

DIGITAL PRINT

Our DTG Print offering is perfect for small or limited run production. With no limitations to the number of colours, it provides a cost-effective alternative to screen printing on lower quantities.The DTG inks are eco-friendly, reducing environmental impact and produce a soft hand-feel compared with traditional plastisol inks used in Screen Printing.

EMBROIDERY

Your design is digitised using different stitching techniques (fill, satin, running) and then specialised machinery is used to stitch the finished design onto the garment. This process is particularly suitable for certain types of clothing including fleeces, polos, jackets and wool based garments e.g. hats and jumpers. We can even originate the artwork for you.

TRANSFER

Usually used for sports, leisure and promotional wear which often require personalisation. Your design is impressed onto an adhesive material which is then cut and heat pressed onto the garment.

DESIGN

ARPD features an ever expanding graphics, illustration and design department. Providing our customers with professional design solutions to help them realise their ideas. Whether you are looking for new and innovative clothing designs or eye catching branding, our team of talented designers can bring your concepts to life.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It...

We love working with all types of businesses and building healthy working relationships. We began as a small independant clothing brand and have the experience of growing into a larger company, working with known brands. No individual or business is too big or small for us, and we treat every person with the same respect, providing as much help and insight as possible. We thank you for all of your work, past and future!

  • Jagermeister

    The entire project was easy and enjoyable from the design phase, to print process. We were kept in the loop the whole way and the final products were perfect. Thanks!

  • Only Fans

    So happy with the merchandise! It went down really well at the trade show and will definitely be ordering again.

  • The Big Issue

    A last minute recommendation led us to HBS Print and Design, and thank goodness it did! An extremely smooth process from the initial phone call to fulfilment.

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Artwork Requirements

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

Guidelines on how to correctly prepare your artwork files before sending them over to us are listed below. Please read through them carefully. If anything doesn't make sense, please get in touch and a member of our team will be able to assist with any queries you have.

Vector Art

• Illustrator files (.ai)

• Save as .pdf or .eps files

• Must be at least print size

• Fonts must be outlined

• Minimum stroke line 0.3 pts

• Supply visual mock up

 

Vector files are perfect for printing. They can be scaled, modified easily and resaved without losing print quality. If a designer has provided your artwork, it is always worth checking if this is available.

Please note: Taking raster art and placing it inside a vector file format does not make it a vector. A file made this way will be treated as a raster file rather than vector (see Raster Art).

Raster Art

• Photoshop files (.psd)

• Save as .pdf or .jpg

• Must be at least print size

• Must have a resolution of 300 DPI

• Fonts must be rasterized

• Supply visual mock up

The initial dimensions and resolution are incredibly important with Raster Art. If you’re unsure how big to create your art, always go bigger than you’ll need. Providing low quality raster files will result in a low quality print.

Preparing Fonts & Type:

When including text in your art, it’s important to make sure the type elements have been Outlined or Rasterised in order for us to be able to open your files successfully. If they haven’t been, and we open the file and don’t have the font on our system, it’ll be substituted with a standard system font (which will break the art). Files we aren’t able to open properly, won’t be usable.

Scanned Art / Drawings

If you’re looking to print a drawing created on paper and aren’t intending to modify it digitally, it’s still important to make sure the file is correctly prepared. Due to the nature of scanned art, we will assume that everything is to be printed exactly as supplied. We aren’t in a position to know what is intentional/unintentional, and will assume this for stray marks, smudges, hand written text, etc.

For the reason above, it’s important to ‘touch up’ your scanned artwork before sending it to us. Things to watch for include: stray marks (from pencils, rubber usage), smudges, wonky / blurry text and dirt/dust from scanner. You should make sure that the background / areas that aren’t the design are completely white (#FFFFFF) or transparent. If any slightly off-white background areas are left in the artwork, these could be picked up and carried over into the screen print.

Avoid Common Artwork Mistakes

Incorrectly or poorly prepared print files can break a print. We've addressed some of the most common (and often easy to make) print file mistakes and how to fix them. Resolving these issues before sending the artwork to us will help maintain lead times.

Low Image Resolution

Low quality / small size raster files are without a doubt the most common print file mistakes we come across (although this doesn’t apply to vectors, as they can be scaled non-destructively).

How to Fix: Ensure you are working with the high resolution file.

Artwork for print should always be:

  1. The dimensions you want it printed
  2. At least 300dpi
Example of Photoshop Dimensions and Resolution Setup

To print a design 27cm x 35cm, it should look like this in Photoshop at the creation stage.

This should be done at the beginning of the artwork creation process – if you try to scale up an existing raster file, the quality will have already been lost.

Note: Also be careful where you upload/download your image files from. Sites like Facebook will compress your images, resulting in a loss of quality. It’s best to email the original artwork directly to us, or using a website like WeTransfer. See our page on sending large files for more info.

Broken Fonts

This will happen when supplying artwork where the text has not yet been either outlined (vectors) or rasterized (raster art). The text tries to re-access the font, because it thinks it is installed on the computer. If it doesn’t exist on our computer, it breaks the link and the software has to substitute it.

The examples below are the same file – the first image did not have the text outlined.

Font that hasn't been correctly outlined

Font incorrectly prepared. This is how we see it.

Font that has been correctly outlined

This is the same font, but correctly outlined.

 

Text Typos

The easiest of print file mistakes to make, and a potentially expensive one to fix if not caught before production. We always try to watch out for spelling and raise it if we have any doubts. However, naturally customers quite often present us with intentional, unfamiliar spelling variations or made-up words (such as brand names, etc). Therefore, we cannot always reliably flag these, as to us they often appear intentional.

How To Fix: We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to check all spelling.

Poor Quality Scans

If you’re looking to screen print a drawing you’ve created on paper and aren’t intending to modify it digital, it’s still important to make sure the file is correctly prepared. Due to the nature of scanned art, we will assume that we are printing everything exactly as supplied. We aren’t in a position to know what is intentional/unintentional, so we will also assume this for stray marks, smudges, hand written text, etc.

How to Fix: It’s important to ‘touch up’ your scanned artwork before sending it to us. Things to watch for include: stray marks (from pencils, rubber usage), smudges, wonky / blurry text and dirt/dust from scanner. You should make sure that the background around the design is completely white (#FFFFFF) or transparent. Any slightly off-white background areas that are left in the artwork, could distort the artwork or even potentially carry over to the final print.

Halftones That Are Too Fine

If you provide your artwork with your own halftones incorporated, it’s important that the halftone is suitable for printing. There are two ways a halftone can end up too fine – either the halftone is created too small to start with, or a halftone is applied to an image that is too big. If an image is too big and requires scaling down to print size, then the halftone details will become smaller/finer. This is another reason to make sure you create artwork at the size you would like it printed, before applying the halftone.

How To Fix: Generally, we recommend providing a copy of your artwork before applying the halftone and another copy after applying it. This way we can see how it should look, but gives us an opportunity to adjust the halftone if we think it needs modifying.

Halftone dots showing high LPI frequency

A halftone too fine or reduced by scaling may fill in.

Halftone dots showing a lower LPI frequency and larger dots

Lower dot frequency reduces unexpected results.

Altering Artwork On Your Behalf

We prefer art to be ready in advance, however we can make minor changes and fix some print file mistakes on your behalf. We generally charge for this at a fee of £30/hour, starting at £15.

Changes We Can Make

  • Simple colour changes or removal
  • Rearranging supplied logos
  • Simple colour changes
  • Resolving certain print file mistakes (upscaling and others on this page)

If supplying logos, you must make sure they are all of a usable quality for print.

We do not charge for separating artwork for print, nor do we advise you trying to separate it for us in preparation. This tends to just add complications and increase turnaround time. Saving the artwork as a complete piece (layers are fine and sometimes useful) at the size you require it printed, is generally all we need. Supplying a mockup for us to use as a visual guide can be helpful too.

If you’d like us to look at your artwork to see if it is suitable for printing, feel free to email it over and we will happily check it for you. You may need to use a site like WeTransfer if they are large file sizes.

Can't Decide On A Size Breakdown?

When ordering custom t shirts, it’s important pick the right size breakdown for your demographic. Don't just order the same number of each t shirt size. Avoid leftover inventory for unpopular sizes. Make sure you have enough stock for what is popular. Here's our top tips on how.

Think About Your Demographic

Once you’ve had printing orders and some sales, you’ll have a much better idea about who your demographic is. As a result, you’ll be able to refine what size breakdown is right for your business. However, right now we’re assuming you’re starting fresh and have probably already decided how many t shirts you should order. So let’s go with some loose guidelines.

Every brand or businesses demographic is different, and ‘everyone’ is rarely the correct answer. Think about your audience. For example, bodybuilders are probably going to be on the larger size. Runners, perhaps on the smaller size. We find a number of customers may drop Smalls, in favour of XXL. You may also find that if you have a large audience base, you’ll receive more requests for sizes that you may not have ordered otherwise (like XS, XXL+).

Another way to get an idea of the sizes for your demographic, is to ask your audience directly. There are a number of ways to do this – for example a poll on social media. A poll is likely get more responses than a pre-order, as it doesn’t require any money or commitment from the person.

Know How the Products Fit

We always recommend checking the measurements and/or ordering a sample of the products you’d like to go ahead with for your order. It’s worth noting that a ‘standard’ or ‘universal sizing’ for garments does not exist. The fitting of products can depend greatly on the brand, and the style of the product. We find the majority of ladies garments are very fitted styles, sometimes more so than people expect.

With fitted styles it may be a good idea to be on the side of caution and increase the number of larger sizes ordered / go up a size. If you’re in doubt about any products, you can either ask us about them or request a blank sample alongside a Sample Store product purchase. Samples may be returned to us to use as part of your order.

Consider the Printable Area

Occasionally, we find that customers may drop smaller sizes due to the restriction those sizes pose on how big their design can be printed. This is because the print area of a design is limited by the smallest item in an order. If you want a design to cover the full front of a Large Unisex t shirt, this would not fit on the front of a Ladies Small t shirt.

In this situation, the options you are left with are:

  • Reduce design size across the order
  • Have an additional setup/order for smaller items
  • Drop the smaller sizes

If you do consider dropping smaller sizes in exchange for a larger print area, bear in mind this may mean some customers will miss out.

Visual Guide for Screen Printing Area on Small Ladies T Shirt

Print Area of Ladies Small T Shirt

Check Availability of Uncommon Sizes

If you require a particular colour or style of product, the availability of sizes may be more limited. Typically sizes larger than 2XL have a much more limited colour range, although this will vary from brand to brand. This may also be the case for smaller sizes such as XS. If you anticipate needing extra small or some larger sizes, then a brand like ASColour probably offer the widest range of sizes, in the widest range of colours.

Formatting Your Size Breakdown

When sending the size breakdown for your orders by email, it’s important for us to know:

  1. No. of colourways (ink colour changes)
  2. The product names or codes (if known)
  3. Garment colours required for each product
  4. Quantity per size

Take a lookat our example size breakdown formatting. This is the best way to list your requirements in a way that will be clear to us, and will speed up processing your quotation or order.

Please do not send us spreadsheets, as we find these generally slow down the process and can make things confusing for both parties. Plain text formatting is usually best.

Example Formatting

  • Colourway 1 (White Ink):
  • Unisex GD08 (Black):
  • Small x 10
  • Medium x 15
  • Large x 15
  • XL x 10
  • Ladies GD90 (Navy):
  • Small x 10
  • Medium x 15
  • Large x 15
  • XL x 10

Still Unsure on Size Choice?

If you’re genuinely still stuck on what sizes to order, and it’s not convenient to ask your audience, there are some rough ratios that you could start with.

Our suggestion is to go with a ratio of 2, 3, 3, 2, for sizes Small to XL.

So for 50 t shirts, that would be:

Small x 10
Medium x 15
Large x 15
XL x 10

Once you’ve got some some sales data, you can then refine this ratio for future orders.

Sending Large Artwork Files

If your artwork files are too large for email, there are a few alternative ways to send us your files. You can also make the files smaller without compromising the quality, using a few simple tricks.

Transferring Large Files To Us

As you’ll be sending high resolution files to us for print, unless they’re vector, they may be quite large file sizes that aren’t suitable for email (generally the email attachment limit is around 10MB). We also have a cap on the file size we can accept through our forms.

If that’s the case, below are some options we recommend for sending files to us.

Using WeTransfer

For large files one of the easiest ways to send to us is via WeTransfer. Drag in your files to upload and it will provide you with a link. It's Free!

How to Upload to WeTransfer Website

Once you have copied the link, paste it into our enquiry form or an email. We will click the link to download the file, and after a few days your file will be securely deleted from WeTranfer’s servers.

Shared from Dropbox

If you prefer to use Dropbox, you can use Right Click > Share Dropbox LinkThis also works for folders. Paste the link into your email or enquiry.

How to Share Dropbox Link From Desktop

You can also do this via the Dropbox site by using the Share button.

How to Share Link From Dropbox Website

If you do share a whole folder with us, please do not give us editing privileges, as there is potential for us to accidently become a ‘member’ of your folder and until we unlink them, could accidently delete your sole copy of a file without realising.

Making Your File Sizes Smaller

Perhaps you’ve got limited data allowance or slow internet speeds, there are a few simple ways to make your files smaller, at no expense to the artwork quality:

Zip Your Files

This is always recommended. To zip, select the file or folders you need and then Right Click > Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.

How to Zip Files via Right Click Menu

Hide All Groups / Layers (.psd files)

If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you can hide the Groups and Background to get an extra reduction. Bear in mind, we will turn on all layers again on our end, so make sure you delete any layers you don’t want beforehand (else they’ll be resurrected). Zip the file after, for a final reduction.

Comparison of File Sizes After Reduction

Combining both methods outlined here gives a file size reduction of 65%.

Let's Talk

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E-mail

General Enquiries: info@anchorandroseldn.com

Bespoke Design/Large Orders: harry@anchorandroseldn.com

Location

Anchor and Rose, Unit 2, Stort Mill, Riverway, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2SN