Design tips for Custom Bicycle Jersey Design

Custom bicycle jerseys are fun to design. Showing o you team or company is a great way to stand out.

Most modern bicycle jersey manufacturers now use digital dyesublimation printing process that now allows your bicycle jersey to be printed with unlimited colours at no extra charge, which is a change from the older silkscreen process which most designs were one or two colours and each additional colour added substantial charges.

There are a few basic rules for designing custom cycling uniforms. As the print process is dyesublimation would not want to have any text smaller than 24 point. Text smaller than this will fill in and be illegible.

Another hint is to try and not have text or logo run over the zipper. This is often impossible to do but the construction of custom bicycle jerseys makes lining up the text difficult and every jersey may not be perfectly aligned.

A third thing to try and keep from happening is not to have text or images crossing multiple panels. As the bicycle jerseys change in size the panels will shift, making objects not line up.

Once you have decided to design your own Custom Cycling gear you will need to contact a vendor and have them email you a template in whatever program you would like to design in. Now that you have the template you will need your logos. There are 2 types of files you can use for logos. The first and best is vector format (normally done in Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand). This allows you scale the logo to any size without loss of quality. The second is a digital image which can be in many formats. (jpg, tiff and eps). This file format has restrictions for being used in custom cycling clothing. As logos need to be at least 150 dpi at the final size you want it to print, the file is often either too large to find or handle. I suggest you email the logos or pics you want to use to your custom jersey supplier and see if they are usable and if so to what size it can be scaled.

Now that you have all the problems out the way and you are designing your own custom cycling uniforms you can go in any direction you want. One last design hint is to stand back a few feet from your monitor and see if you can read your text and logos as well as see the design. (Other cyclists will normally be a few feet from you when looking at your jersey.)


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