Transparency: What do you know about transparent graphics?

What transparent means?
Transparent means the opacity is lower than 100%.
You have to know that transparent files can cause a lot of problems depending on how they are applied.


How do I know if my file is transparent or It has transparent elements?
In Photoshop and in the most graphics editors, you have to turn off the locked background layer: if you can see the checkered canvas behind your image, it means It’s transparent.
You can also place an image underneath your graphic: if you can see the background through it, it’s transparent too.

Some of the issues with transparent files/elements
No printer will print transparent colors, because all inks and dyes are concentrated pigments.
So what happens? The printer will attempt to make up the missing information by spreading the ink, causing gaps that show a lot more of the white base on dark garments.

The edges of my graphic to look faded. What happens?
We suggest you create a solid file, and then create a layer mask and use a soft brush to feather the edges. This will make for a much better-looking print while still maintaining that faded look.

Will transparent files ever work?
Transparent files will work on light garments if there is no white in the image. Backward, the printer will automatically lay down a white base, creating a speckled and gritty look.


You should always consider the color of the shirt when creating transparent files. We suggest you choose a background color that matches the color of the shirt you’re applying it to as closely as possible.

Sublimation facts: Very important sublimation printing facts

All-over printing is a useful method to create striking and creative shirts. It’s created by infusing a layer ink directly onto the fabric, therefore covering a bigger surface space than Bellfish printers.
There are several nuances to take into consideration when using sublimation, so get to know what to expect and how to get the best results.

Pay attention to:
Type of shirt
Bellfish offers t-shirts printed with the dye sublimation technique: t- shirts have the designs printed directly on them.

Due to the specifics of the printing process we cannot guarantee:
1. Exact placement on sleeves, because of the variation in sleeve shapes.
2. Placement directly underneath the collar of a shirt; for instance, creating a graphic that has necklace around the collar is not doable because of the variation in placement.

No wrap
Graphics that wrap from front to back can’t be done. For instance, we wouldn’t be able to accurately print your shirt if you wanted a snake graphic that wraps around the torso to line up front-to-back.

White streaks
White streaks will appear only on sublimation shirts around the seams, especially around the shoulders, under the armpits, and around the collar of the shirt. Therefore, we advise using a lighter color shade in your sublimation print files to minimize the streak visibility, or order cut & sew shirts that are streak-free.

Sublimation t-shirt examples
Here are some examples of what you might expect when you have a solid black graphic printed on a sublimation tee. It’s important to note that these issues may vary in severity and are never consistent through all graphics. We will handle complaints about the following on a case by case basis, but please understand that re-shipments will not always be issued for the following.
• White streaking along the shoulder seams or sides of the sublimation tees or tanks.
• White streaking along the shoulders near the seams of the sublimation tees.
• Expect to have some mild ghosting from time to time if you have a solid color shirt and a small, lighter pattern overlayed. This is as a result of some shrinking that occurs during the sublimation process, resulting in this drop shadow effect.
• Expect to have lots of white streaks under the armpits of the sublimation shirts.

What to do?
We advise sticking to light shirts and patterns. You should also avoid printing important graphics near the edges or sleeve areas.

Printing facts: What you have to know about printing.

Seams and pockets

For the best quality prints it’s best to print over a flat surface. Simple garments such as t-shirts usually have no problems with this, but other garments like sweatshirts, hoodies and zip ups pose some potential problems.
Because the seams and pockets don’t lay flat, printing becomes inconsistent when a graphic prints over these areas.

We’ll do our best to adjust your graphics and make sure they’re not printed on the seams and pockets.

Keep in mind these things if you’re printing on lighter color shirts.
Using darker colors in your label design will result in your label being seen on the other side of the shirt.
Inside of shirt
Outside of shirt
Please, be aware of the color combinations and make sure your brand is clearly visible on the product.

Every Garment isn’t perfect
Garments are unique and are not like other products that are made by machines. The products are all sewn together by human hands and it’s because of this human element that variations in the garments may occur.
An example? Two shirts of the same size may actually be cut and sewn differently causing a slight variations in actual size. We try to inspect each shirt for obvious variations and/or defects due to the garment’s manufacturing, but sometimes these issues slip through our hands. If you receive any garments that you are not 100% satisfied with due to holes, rips or inconsistent seams, please write us and we will work with you to correct the problem.


About Bellfish Printing

• Eco-Friendly Water-Based Inks
• Softer feel
• Unlimited color usage and greater detailed prints
• Silk Screen Printing
• Vibrant Opaque Plastisol Ink
• Best for bulk orders
• Wider range of printable fabrics

Colors you see online can look different in real life
Keep in mind that when you choose the colors for your artwork, it’s important to remember that they may look different on a real product than what you see on your device. There are various factors that influence the final appearance of colors on a printed product, so we can’t guarantee color accuracy 100%.
Our printers will convert your submitted print file from RGB to CMYK color space and this color conversion process changes the color gamut or range of colors that can be expressed. We recommend you to be very cautious using bright neon and pastel RGB values in your print files.