AVOID LARGE AREAS OF SOLID/DARK COLORS
The dinnerware is made of a composite polymer made up of materials that absorb color in varying degrees. Large areas of dark colors (black, blue, brown, purple, dark green, etc.) can draw the eye to these slight variances and make the surface look blotchy. Random patterns such as photographs or natural textures work best to help break up the image. Even vector patterns will help ensure that your customers are happy with their dinnerware.
Here is an example of a design idea that works around this issue – and one that does not.
Good Example Design File
Good Example Design File on Mockup
Bad Example Design File
Bad Example Design File on Mockup
UNDERSTANDING THE DESIGN TEMPLATE
Within the green “Safe Zone” indicates where your design will appear on the product surface. Important aspects of your design such as text, logos, or other marks must remain within the Safe Zone to avoid being trimmed during production. The red “Bleed Area” is the part of your design that will be trimmed off or will wrap around the edge of the product. If you do not place artwork within the Bleed Area, you may have blank (white) areas showing on your product after the trim process.
DESIGNING FOR BOWLS
When creating bowls, artwork will only be printed on the outer ring and inner basin of the bowl. The inner walls of the bowl will remain white – This is denoted by the grey ring that says “No art will print in this area”. It is highly recommended that you utilize the templates provided in the app when creating your designs.
Bowl Template on Mockup
Bowl Design Example
Bowl Design Example on Mockup
RGB vs CMYK: Knowing your color codes may be the most important practice when using Print on Demand. RGB (Red, Green & Blue) is the color code for web applications. CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black) is the color code for print applications.
We ask that our users upload artwork in RGB because they are uploading a graphic to the web. We strongly recommend checking the files in CMYK prior to upload because the graphic uploaded in RGB will be converted to CMYK at the print facility. DO NOT upload artwork to the app in CMYK – this will cause issues with how your design colors are represented on the mockup images. Upload your artwork in RGB, but check your file in CMYK first and adjust accordingly.
Some colors are created specifically for your screen using RGB. We call these backlit colors as they are using light from your computer monitor to add more intense vibrancy that cannot be reproduced in the printing process. This is why we always recommend checking your files in CMYK before uploading because there can be drastic shifts in color that completely change what is shown on your mockup image versus the final product. Please see the example below.
RGB - Backlit Color
CMYK – How Green Will Reproduce in Print