Prepping Low Resolution Artwork For Tee Shirts

Posted on 01 August 2013 by Ben Lindsey

Ahhh, low resolution artwork. It’s something every one of us is all too familiar with. Luckily, there are some workarounds.


With money being what it is these days, it’s no wonder people are trying to save in every way possible. Unfortunately, that also includes skipping on the high expense of a professional graphic designer or artist. To be completely honest about the entire situation, as artists, we’re expensive and one of the following is usually much more attractive to a budget starved individual; the college kid who’s looking to build a book or the neighbor’s kid who likes to mess around in Photoshop.

I could go on and on for days about this but instead, let’s look at how to go about finding a workaround to some of the problems we experience when faced with low resolution artwork. In this one, I talk about how I use bitmaps to solve resolution issues from time to time. A great way to employ this method would be when you’re given low resolution sponsor logos for event tees. I also show how to use bitmaps for creating distress patterns in 1/C prints. Enjoy!

Watch this video on YouTube.

I hope you enjoyed this one. Perhaps some day we won’t have to find ways to workaround low resolution art files but until then, feel free to share your stories below in the comments section. I’d love to hear about how you go about dealing with the issue in your shop.


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Ben Lindsey has been in the t shirt business designing and separating t shirts since 2001 having served as senior designer/separator at the States' #1 licensor of rock and roll apparel as well as one of the States' top 10 high-volume screen printers as listed by Impressions Magazine. Currently running Rising Sun Graphics, he continues to provide custom t shirt designs and color separations for print shops and apparel lines around the globe.

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  1. Making Distresses For Tee Shirts | Rising Sun GraphicsRising Sun Graphics Says:

    […] Illustrator on top on 1/C images. That’s important, actually. If you haven’t watched my Bitmaps & Whiskey tutorial, hop on over and check it out. Start the video at 14:16 to see an explanation on why it’s […]

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