5 Things You Should Know About Vector Artwork

When designing your own t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other garments, artwork should always be submitted in vector format. Different from a JPEG or GIF, vector graphics (.AI, EPS) are made of paths instead of pixels. Paths are mathematically-defined geometric shapes. They can be lines, squares, triangles, curves – anything that can be defined by a start and an end point. Since vector graphics are not made from pixels, they can never become distorted, making vector the preferred image file for screen printing.

To fully understand vector graphics and how they work takes time and patience. To start, we thought we would answer five common questions about vector graphics and how they function.

 

  1. Why don’t vector graphics become distorted? As mentioned above, the good thing about vector graphics is that they can never Raster_vs_Vectorbecome distorted. To fully understand why, you have to understand the difference between pixels and paths. Typical photos and images are created by a grid of pixels, or a specific number of dots. When you size a graphic made of pixels, each one becomes stretched, ultimately distorting the image. Because vector files are made from mathematically-defined geometric shapes, scaling their size only requires a modification of their mathematical locations. A vector graphic can be made as large or small as you want, without becoming distorted.
  2. Once my graphic is in vector format, can it be adjusted? Graphics that are in vector format can be simplified, and the colors can be changed. Vector art is a series of lines and points, which means that you are able to manipulate individual sections of the graphic without affecting the rest of the graphic. Saving your artwork into vector format does not mean that the artwork cannot be changed. It simply means that not only can your image be sized without
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Ogham Art Bumper Stickers and How They’re Made

One of the many things On Time Screen Printing and Embroidery creates is stickers. When Ogham Art came to us with their story of trying to preserve an ancient Irish language through the use of prints and bumper stickers, we were captivated.

Committed to preserving a dying language, Ogham Art creates designs to bring you back in time. While the language’s origins are unknown, Ogham Art uses a 21-letter version of the Ogham alphabet that dates back to the 4th century A.D. It is considered one of the oldest versions, originally used to mark territory by carving its unique symbols into rocks or trees.

Each Ogham Art bumper sticker is written in English on the top, Irish on the bottom, and Ogham in the middle. There are 4 provinces and 32 counties of the Republic and Northern Ireland available to choose from, each in official flag and Gaelic Athletic Association colors.

Like many other customers, Ogham Art sent us their designs for the bumper stickers in vector format, allowing us to re-size and format the designs for each sticker without image distortion. Their stickers were printed in full color on 4 mil. white decal vinyl using our state of the art Dual CMYK Eco Solvent printers. Each sticker is durable enough to last both indoors and outdoors.

Whether your Ogham Art bumper sticker is on your car or placed inside as a decoration, your pride in your Irish heritage will always show.

 

Take a look at a few samples of their work below. Bumper Stickers are available for purchase on their website here.

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Visit Santa at the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department

Christmas signifies many things to different people. To adults, it may be about family, friends, holiday parties or decorating. To children, nothing is more exciting than visiting Santa. So when the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department asked us to print signs advertising Santa’s visit to their fire house, we were more than pleased to help.

Visit Santa From 12 to 3The artwork files brought to us by the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department were designed by the fire department and given to us in vector format. Different from a .jpg, vector files allow us to re-size and manipulate the artwork without any distortion. By bringing us a vector file, we were able to fit their artwork to their signs without having to re-create it. We first printed their artwork onto a decal material before mounting the printed image on a ¼ inch foamboard, a rigid material that will stand nicely for display.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department from 12 noon until 3 P.M. on Saturday to receive letters from the children and listen to all of their holiday wishes.

For those of you who believe you’re too old to sit on Santa’s lap, you can join in on the holiday spirit by participating in the toy drive for the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. The fire department will be collecting new, unwrapped, non-plush toys. Each toy will be donated to a pediatric patient, ages ranging from newborns to adolescents. Gift suggestions for each age group can be found here.

During Santa’s visit, the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department will also have car seat technicians on hand to install and check car seats, ensuring maximum safety for your child.… Continue reading

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On Time Sponsored Nick Newell Wins XFC Lightweight Championship

On December 7th, “Notorious” Nick Newell won the XFC Lightweight Championship against Eric Reynolds, wearing shorts printed by On Time Screen Printing and Embroidery, one of his latest sponsors.

On Time shorts for XFC Lightweight Championship fight

Newell, a Connecticut native, started wrestling his freshman year at Jonathan Law High School and continued to wrestle at Western New England University. After signing with Xtreme Fighting Championships in 2011, his debut fight against Dennis Hernandez ended in a first round submission. Now with 8 first round finishes, Newell is undefeated at 9-0, holding the XFC Lightweight Champion title.

Up against Eric Reynolds, whose record at the time was 16-5, the fight was expected to last much longer than one minute and twenty-two seconds. Newell put Reynolds in a rear naked choke and won the fight before the first round was even half way over.

Afterward, when the possible advantages of Newell’s congenital amputation were brought up Newell replied “everyone has different body types and different advantages and disadvantages. I got that choke because I train it… I didn’t get it because of the way I was born, I got it because of my good technique.”

“Notorious” Nick Newell is an inspiration to all due to his drive and confidence in what he does. In regards to being known as the fighter with one arm, Newell says, “I didn’t fight to be known as the one armed fighter. I want to be known as a great fighter that happens to have one arm.” At 26, with the XFC Lightweight Championship title, he has already proved just that.

Click below to watch “Notorious” Nick Newell’s Lightweight Championship fight:
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Teaching Cub Scouts the Art of Screen Printing and Embroidery

What was expected to be a simple tour of our facility quickly became a night Cub Scout Pack 3 of Derby, CT, won’t forget. The cub scouts watched each screen printing and embroidery process in awe as they whispered “So that’s how it’s made” to each other.

Instead of just walking the cub scouts through the facility, On Time Screen Printing and Embroidery owners Michael Klein and Bret Riley invited them to create their own custom t-shirts as well. They also taught them how their embroidered hats and printed stickers are made.

Before they could print their t-shirts, they had to learn how the screen printing machine worked. After Bret explained the steps and safety precautions, they lined up to put their t-shirts on a pallet. Parents crouched down to take pictures as each cub scout made sure to straighten the sleeves and smooth out every wrinkle.

Once their shirts were set on the pallets they went through the press, where a specially designed logo was printed onto them. Each shirt came off the press and was then put through the dryer. The cub scouts rushed to proudly claim the t-shirt they helped create.

The excitement of making their own shirts was only the beginning as the cub scouts continued to learn how their hats are embroidered. They were brought to the embroidery room and stood in awe as they watched the machines stitch their hats. Once the hats were complete, Michael demonstrated how they are taken off of the machine and how to easily remove the embroidery backing. Within seconds the cub scouts followed his lead and swapped their old hats for the new ones.

The final stop on the cub scouts’ tour was the printing room. Upstairs, they watched the machine print and cut their stickers. Each member … Continue reading

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