06 April 2011 ~ 5 Comments

Hey, Ladies! Modify Those Shapeless, Unisex Tees Into Something More Flattering [Video]

So, ladies, have you ever owned an awesomely rad t-shirt that you only wished was more flattering to your figure? Well, Becky Stern over at Make:Projects can show you how to modify a formless, boxy t-shirt into something a little more sexy. Check out the video below.

For a more detailed, step-by-step guide to this project, check out the full article: T-Shirt Mod: Boxy to Foxy.

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10 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Website Tip: Get Quick Price

Get Quick Price ButtonIf you’re a price-conscious individual, the first thing on your mind when shopping for a product is probably, “How much is this going to cost me?”  We here at BlueCotton respect this point-of-view and want you to have access to such information with very little effort.  I introduce to you an oft-overlooked feature of BlueCotton.com–the “Get Quick Price” button.

If you already know how many garments you plan to purchase, and how many colors will be used in your design, getting a quick estimate of your final cost is a trivial process.  When you find a garment you would like to customize, just click the “Get Quick Price” button located below the garment photo and description (pictured right).

Quick Price DialogDoing so will bring up the Quick Price form (pictured left).  In this window, simply enter the number of garments you plan to purchase as well as the number of colors that will be used on both the front and back of the garment.  After that, just click the “Get Price” button at the bottom of the form.

Now, as you browse our huge selection of screen-printable garments, your customized price-per-garment information–for both white and colored garments–will appear below.  Need to change change the quantity or the number of colors for your quote?  No problem!  Just click the “Change Quick Price” button below the quoted prices and modify the information in the form for new, updated prices!

Quick Prices

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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, BlueCotton.com 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…
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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. [...]

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