everyanynot wrote:Hey guys need some help here first time doing this. What doesn't mean by Pantone colors only and it says only 6 colors but it seems like some designs have more than that?.?.?...
Is it ok if u just take a color and make it darker or lighter?
And what is all that stuff about gradients and halftones????????
Hey, I've only been lurking around here for a bit over a week now, but I think I can help you out.
You should probably check out the "Community" section of Shirt.Woot(!) and head to "Artist Resources" - there's some great advice over there - but I'll try to answer your questions (and hope it's not a wall of text!)
Pantone colours are what the designs will be printed in - specifically Pantone Solid Coated - so you either need to use pantone Solid Coated colours in your design or you can let Woot colour match them for you. Sometimes the matching process might not work out the way you want it to, so I suggest that you try to use the colours you want - that way you'll have more control over the printed design. The way you do this depends on what you use to create your designs - for example, if you use Photoshop or illustrator, you can find the colours in the colour library. There's a tutorial here
If you use a different program, you'll have to find out if it has its own Pantone colours, and where to download them, if possible.
To my knowledge, variations and shades of colours are not considered the same colour. With every colour, Woot need to make a new screen for that type of ink, so if they use a different colour/ink they need to use a different screen for it, and using the same ink won't cause the right variations in colour - i.e make it darker/lighter - so the colours are treated separately.
Tl;dr - Only use six colours, no more! (That includes shades of the same colour.)
Some designs in the derby might have more colours, but they won't be able to be printed and will probably be rejected. But you can be creative! For example, some of them only look like they have more colours - by using the shirt colour creatively within the image itself, treating it as part of the design, you can generate different levels of shading and depth to the image. Also, halftones can make a design appear to use more colours than it does.
Now on to halftones - if you don't know what they are, you probably shouldn't use them, as they're hard to master. The general rule seems to be "less is more" around here, unless you're experienced with using them and use them professionally. Halftones are little dots that, when added to an image, can make its colours look like a gradient - as in, it can make it look like there are different shades of colour when there's only really one or two. There's a tutorial in the "resources" section so you can practice, if you're interested.
If you use a Raster art program (e.g Photoshop, GIMP) I think the general consensus is to stay away from gradients, or Woot won't be able to print your work and it'll be rejected. According to the submission page, if you use vector programs like Illustrator, they'll convert gradients to halftones, but I'm not sure how that works.
There are other things you should be aware of, so I'll link you to some tutorials. These show you the canvas sizes and settings to use, and also brush sizes - keep in mind that Woot can't print details that are too small.
For Photoshop - a bit outdated, but should still have the basics
For GIMP users
Now get creating! :D