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PIYStore Frequently Asked Questions...



1.  I'd like to know a little more about the products available in the design tool, such as what imprint methods are available, and a little more about the apparel fabrics.  Where can I learn more about the apparel and products available?

Ans:  Follow this link to open a separate browser window and view a PDF copy of our web-to-print catalog.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view this catalog.  You can download Acrobat Reader for free at this link. 

 
2.  Are there instructions to help me understand all the features of the PIYStore Design Tool?

Ans. 
Follow this link to page 46 of the PIYStore Web-To-Print catalog to open a PDF showing what each of the buttons and controls in the design tool can do for you.
 
3.  How do I make my digital photograph large enough to print for a 'Roommate' wall graphic, or a large poster of blanket?

Ans.  There's a great way to do this described on page 40 of the PIYStore Web-To-Print catalog. 
Click here to go to page 40 and learn how to enlarge your photos for posters and wall graphics.
 
4.  What is DPI and why is it important?

Ans.  DPI stands for 'Dots Per Inch' and is a way to describe the resolution of your printed image.  Generally speaking, the higher the resolution, the clearer and more dense is the quality of your print.  You can think of it like this:  Digital images (such as from your digital camera) are stored as a rectangle made up tiny dots (pixels).  to make the math easy, let's say that rectangle is 100 pixels wide and 100 pixels tall when you print a picture that is one inch wide and one inch tall.  That makes the printed picture 100 DPI.  Now, let's print that same picture, but now print it to be 4 inches high and 4 inches tall.  Since our make-believe camera only stored an image that is 100 pixels wide and tall, in order to print our 4 inch picture, we have to spread those pixels (dots) farther apart.  Now, the 4 inch tall picture is 25 dots per inch (100 pixels divided by 4 inches).  You may have noticed this 'fading' phenomenon if you ever tried to print a very large picture from your digital camera.  The picture fades and loses detail as you make a bigger and bigger print.  The same thing happens when you print onto fabrics- if you do not provide an image that is 300 DPI at the size you want printed (e.g., for an 8-inch imprint, you need 8 inches times 300 = 2400 pixels across and 2400 pixels down), you will see some fading of your image.  You may not even recognize the printed image if it's resolution (DPI) is too low.  Please remember that most graphics from the web are, at most, 96 DPI and are NOT suitable for printing.


Here's a link to page 44 of our PIYStore web-to-print catalog, with more discussion of DPI.
 
5.  What should I watch for when creating art for laser etching onto fabric?

Ans.  Laser etching onto fabric provides an elegant decoration alternative to color printing. 
This link to page 25 of the PIYStore web-to-print catalog describes important considerations for text sizes used for laser decoration.
 
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