The BlueCotton Blog

27 June 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Design Studio Tip: Design Ideas

LightbulbSo you want to create a shirt for your organization or for an upcoming event, but you have no idea what you want your design to look like?  Well, has just the thing to cure your creative woes… Just check out our Design Ideas section and get started customizing one of over 200 pre-made designs in dozens of different categories!  These provide the perfect starting point for anyone needing a little creative boost when creating their very own, unique custom garments.

Continue reading for a more in-depth review of how Design Ideas works and how they can help you achieve an attractive design you can be proud of…

17 June 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Design Studio Tip: Distressed Effect

One of today’s most popular fashion trends, especially in screenprinted garments, is the worn “vintage” look.  Just walk into any popular apparel shop at your local shopping mall and you’ll see dozens of examples.  You may be wondering, “How can I make my very own custom tees have this very same look?”  Well, the BlueCotton Design Studio makes it extremely easy–in fact, you can do it in only one click!  Just activate the “Add Distressed Effect” button (seen below) when you’re designing your garment!

Add Distressed Effect Button

The “Add Distressed Effect” option can make any garment that you design look like you found it in a box of your uncle’s old clothes when you were cleaning out the attic.  Just look at the example below:

Distressed Effect: Before & After

For more tips and tricks for using the BlueCotton Design Studio, keep checking the BlueCotton Blog often.

21 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing International Shipping!

International ShippingGuess what? Vous savez quoi? Sabes que?

We’ve added international shipping as an option for standard orders! At checkout, select standard shipping and enter your shipping address. Then, from the shipping options presented, select which shipping method works best for you.

21 January 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Moving On Up

What is the key ingredient to any successful screen-printing company? Waterfalls. No joke. You aren’t a legit company unless you’ve got two glass and stainless steel waterfalls mounted in your front lobby wall. At least that’s the philosophy that inspired our new workplace. Not only did we launch a distinctively different website and add 20 plus new faces to the staff but we also created a modern, spacious environment to accommodate all this awesomeness!

In Jan. 2007 the building process was put in motion; it started with drawings and constant rearranging of offices. By March we were ready to break ground. Seven months later, we were still waiting on the concrete guy to get started. Just kidding! In Sept. we began the arduous task of moving across the parking lot from the old building into the shiny new facility. Even though our current location is roughly twice the size of the former, we’ve managed to fill it up with new staff and equipment. [...]

21 January 2008 ~ 1 Comment

The Lowdown on Uploaded Images

How can you tell if your uploaded graphic will print crisp and clean on the shirt? Here’s a quick and easy test: before uploading your graphic to the Design Studio, print it from your printer at the size you want to print on the shirt. If the print looks blurry, chunky or dirty, it won’t look any better on the shirt.

So how do you fix this? Making the graphic high resolution is the best place to start. If you are using a vector-based graphics program such as Adobe® Illustrator®, be sure to export your file with a resolution of 300 dpi. If you are using a raster-based program such as Adobe® Photoshop®, start the process by working with a resolution of 300 dpi. In some programs the resolution may be referred to as ppi (pixels per inch); for our purposes this is the same as dpi. A common mistake is to use 72 dpi, which is perfect for on-screen viewing, but will produce poor print results. It’s also important for the graphic to be the size you intend to print on the garment. For instance, if you want your graphic to print 10”w x 11”h, make it 10”w x 11”h at 300 dpi. If you start with dimensions smaller than you intend the final print to be, you are essentially decreasing the resolution of the image when you enlarge it. [...]

06 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Right White Shirt

A t-shirt is just a t-shirt, right? Wrong. In fact there are countless differences between brands of shirts. These sometimes-subtle differences can be huge factors when trying to decide which shirt will work best for you. That’s where I can help! I took 5 different shirts that we offer and wore them for a week to test them out. The shirts I chose to include in my research were all 100% cotton basic white t-shirts.

American Apparel 2001
Alternative Apparel AA05
Hanes Beefy Tee 5180
Hanes Tagless Tee 5250
Gildan 2000

For the fashion forward readers (like myself) I would highly recommend the Alternative Apparel and the American Apparel tees. Both of these garments have a slimmer cut and a more vintage feel about them. American Apparel is produced entirely in the United States, unlike the others, but is at the higher end of the cost spectrum. The Alternative Apparel t-shirt has a more sheer quality to it and it is extremely soft and breathable. Currently the Alternative Apparel AA05 is not available on our site, but is making its debut in the coming weeks!

For the shopper on a budget, I would recommend the Gildan 2000. The 2000 is one of our top sellers due to its low price, superior fit and wide range of sizes. With over 60 colors in sizes small to 2X and select colors going up to 3XLT, the choices are limitless!

If you like a beefier tee that holds up to lots of hard wear and tear, Hanes is the brand for you. The Hanes Beefy Tee is wider cut than the other shirts, but is excellent for any athletic activities you may find yourself in. Also the Beefy 5180 tee and its Tagless 5250 counterpart come in a wide range of colors and sizes sure to fit anyone and any budget.

No matter which shirt you choose, you are bound to get a great deal and an even greater shirt, especially with on your side!