A bit about printing on paper and fabric versus viewing on the internet. Most monitors are viewing images at 72dpi when we print paper products we print at 300dpi ( dpi stands for, dots per inch) so the best results for printing anything is typically the highest resolution you can get, that comes from a graphics program like adobe illustrator or corel draw. You can't take a logo from a business card and blow it up on a flag at say two feet. You have to have whats called Vector art. If you use say a picture then it has to be 300dpi if you try and take an image from a web site it will print at 72dpi and be fairly small and look very pixelated. So with that in mind, use vector art when possible and if your using pictures they must be from a 10meg pixel camera or better to blow up. We print using the color profile called CMYK, most people use RGB to see images on there computer, so CMYK will produce a color shift from RGB, this is industry wide with anything that you print ( we also tell people to make sure you select all your art and convert to CMYK, if you have spot colors you might have issues). The best way to keep colors and not have transparency issues is by using the CMYK values of a logo or colors that come from a color book if your trying to match a color ( physical book) NOT your monitor, as the colors on your RGB monitor will NOT be the same as our monitor, or even the same that we print. So using either a Pantone color book or a color index book will be the best way to get close on matching.
I have some templates that you can download to your computer to help you layout your items, keep in mind you might not be able to open them all, the .ai will only be able via adobe illustrator.
PDF templates: Wind Flag Template HERE Tear Drop Flags Template HERE
Now if you create your art in a graphics program like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator make sure to convert your fonts to Curve/Outlines this is how:
Designs, such as logos and advertisements, frequently include text. Often the designer needs to alter the shape of the font. Most vector-editing programs, such as Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator, provide a way to convert fonts into editable vectors, called curves or outlines.
Read more: How to Convert a Font to Curves | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5692093_convert-font-curves.html#ixzz1JNJR6SIB
We sew all our items in house and have printers and dye sub heaters all in house, here are a few picts I took of our facility we make your stuff at.
These gals sewing are the back bone of our products!
Heat Rollers ( this is how we embed the graphics into the fabric.
Dave our production master!