How To Check Thin Printing Areas

Printing Areas

To ensure fine details in your image print clearly make sure the smallest areas at least as thick as our minimum print tolerance. Any printing areas that are smaller than the minimum print tolerance are likely to lose detail or not print all together. 

Minimum Printing Area Tolerance

  • Spot Color – 1 pt 
  • Performance - 2 pts
  • Freedom – 3 pts

Identifying Thin Areas

The easiest way to determine if small printing areas to draw line with a 1 pt stroke (Spot Color) or 3 pt stroke (Freedom , 4-color process) and then move the line around your design comparing it with the smallest parts of the image.

Tip: Reduce the opacity of your “tolerance line” to 50% to make it easier to compare with parts of your artwork. You can also make your tolerance line a bright, contrasting color so that you remember to delete it before saving your file and uploading your artwork.

Correcting Thin Areas

The quickest and easiest way to thicken up an area is to simply add a stroke that is the same color as the thin color. 

Keep in mind that thickening some printing areas may actually cause a non-printing gap around those areas to close in below the minimum non-printing area tolerance. If this is the case, a possible option is to scale the entire design to enlarge the printing areas and open up the non-printing areas. 

Printing "As Is"

In some cases, you may want to elect to simply print the design "as is". Some cases for printing "as is" are designs are very small (like left chests or neck labels) there may be fine detail that cannot be thickened or designs that contain non-critical elements that will not impact the overall appearance of the print. We do not recommend printing critical elements (like the text) that are too thin "as is".

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