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Creating a white image

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:34 pm
by babymable
Ok I need some help. I made a design for a customer in navy blue but she also wanted the same thing but done in white so she could print it on a dark coloured t-shirt. I created a drawing and changed the background to black so I could see the font, I then changed all the font to white and deleted the black background leaving a white page as I obviously can't see the font as it's white. I exported it as a jpeg and then tried opening the jpeg just to make sure it would work but when I opening the jpeg against a black background the entire page turns white. So I then opened up the original file and use the colour replacer to replace the white background to transparent but it's not givng me the option. This is the first time I have ever tried making a white design so I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong, can any one help.

Re: Creating a white image

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:53 pm
by keme
If you export an entire drawing to an image file, the paper color will also be exported. Select all content (ctrl+A) before you export. That should bring up a checkbox in the file export dialog: export selection only. Tick that, and select an image format which supports transparency (png does, jpg doesn't).

Do you have hardware which will output white ink? "Homebrew" iron-on sheets for standard printers will not help much...

Re: Creating a white image

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:55 am
by babymable
Thank you so much for that. I didn't realise that jpeg doesn't support transparency so thanks for telling me. I'm not actually printing it out for her she purchased a digital file in navy colours which I have done already but then she asked about a white version as well. I believe she is getting a commercial company to print the shirts for her as it's for a Hockey team.

Re: Creating a white image

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:23 am
by keme
Professional transfer may require/prefer vector images. Export to svg and/or eps as well, and perhaps even pdf. (Some transfer shops do not accept "raw" vector files, and will ask you to convert svg/eps to pdf. I'm not sure why...) Advise your customer to consult the transfer business about preferred graphics format.

Re: Creating a white image

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:31 pm
by John_Ha
Never use JPG for anything except a photo or a painting and definitely not for anything with text. See [Tutorial] Some useful hints on using images for a discussion on how best to handle images.

Re: Creating a white image

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:45 pm
by RoryOF
It all depends on how it is being printed. If by silk-screen (serigraphy) the same image/silk-screen will do for any colour, as serigraphy is one of the few printing processes that will print opaque white. The printing company should be able to advise if a second image is required.