FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS- Forest Digital
WHAT IS A 1M SAMPLING STRIKE OFF?
A strike off is a sample that allows you to test artworks, colours and fabric choices before proceeding with anything final. To get the most from your 1m sampling strike off, we recommend to layout your test file in a way that will give you as many options as possible. This will save on time and cost from resampling. Try to include colour chips of all important colours, and edits of saturation, contrast and scale.
HOW SHOULD I SET UP MY FILE?
Please be sure your canvas is set to 136cm wide (our full fabric width) by 100cm down. Our fabric widths can vary so please check our fabric list to confirm this. The recommended resolution of image shouldn’t be any lower than 300dpi. Our ideal file format is a tiff, but you can also send as a Photoshop document.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAD-TIME FOR A 1M STRIKE OFF?
It will take us around a week to process your test file onto your chosen fabric for a strike off.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY FILES TO YOU?
Please send your files to us via We Transfer at https://forestdigital.wetransfer.com.
HOW CAN I MATCH MY COLOURS?
Our monitors have been calibrated to our printer, but we cannot be sure how the artworks look at your end and on your screen. We tend to find the brightness of the screen can give the print a false sense of brightness or vibrancy, or vice versa if your screen is quite dark. We will always print your design exactly how it’s been supplied to us – unless stated to change or adjust otherwise. This is why we advise to include lots of colour chips on the strike off, so that you have options to match up your colours.
WHAT PRINTING SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?
We use a rip programme called Wasatch to prepare and send your digital files to print.
WHAT COLOUR PROFILE DO YOU WORK IN?
We work in RGB, so it is important to create and save your artworks in this profile. Please note when transferring to Wasatch, some of the colours can shift. This is why it is very important to include as many colour chips on the strike off as you can, so that you have a mini colour book with lots of colour choices – incase they do shift.
CAN YOU OFFER A FULL COLOUR BOOK?
SOMETHING TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN IT COMES TO THE FINAL PRINT RUN!
After seeing the strike off, you can then select the files/ colourways/ edits you wish to proceed with. It’s important to make sure that the production prints are created and saved in the same way you created and saved the sampling file – to avoid any colour issues or irregularities. You will also need to print the strike off on the fabric you wish to use for production.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAD-TIME FOR FABRIC PRINTING?
WILL COLOURS PRINT DIFFERENTLY ON DIFFERENT FABRICS?
WHAT INKS DO YOU USE?
WHAT TECHNIQUE AND MACHINE DO YOU PRINT WITH?
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES?
HOW DOES YOUR PRICING WORK?
The prices on our fabric list include both the fabric and print charge. These prices show the price per meter. An invoice for fabric printing will have a roll-on fee, a setup fee, the price per meter multiplied by the amount of meterage needed, VAT and a delivery fee.
WHAT IS YOUR DELIVERY FEE?
CAN YOU PRINT ONTO SUPPLIED FABRIC?
DO YOU OFFER DUPLEX PRINTING?
DO YOU OFFER SUSTAINABLE FABRICS?
CAN YOU PRINT METALLIC OR NEON COLOURS?
STUDIOS AND FREELANCERS
WHAT IS THIS SERVICE AND WHO IS IT FOR?
HOW CAN I SET UP AN ACCOUNT?
DO I QUALIFY FOR THIS DISCOUNTED SERVICE?
WHAT FABRICS CAN I USE?
WHAT IS YOUR MOQ FOR SCARF MANUFACTURING?
WHAT ARE THE BEST FABRICS FOR SCARF MANUFACTURING?
If you prefer a more matte fabric, we recommend our crepe de chine or silk twill. We say to opt for twill if you like a more textural or prominent weave. If you prefer something that has more of a sheen, we recommend our crepe back satin. If your artworks feature borders, we advise to opt for a CDC or twill. The straight warp and weft properties of these fabrics allow us to manufacture perfectly straight scarves. With bordered artworks, the border is essentially acting as a ruler. So, any deviation in the cloth means that it will be very visible once cut and hemmed. If you are perhaps after something softer, our cashmere modal works well for larger scarves.
I WANT TO PRODUCE SUSTAINABLE SCARVES!
If you are looking to produce sustainable scarves, we have a wide selection of organic and sustainable bases for you to choose from.
WHAT IS YOUR LEAD-TIME FOR SCARF MANUFACTURING?
WHAT IS THE 10% FAULT RATE FOR SCARF ORDERS?
Our 10% fault rate is applied to any order that has panelled artworks as opposed to repeat artworks. If a fault occurs on a panel, the whole panel has to be discarded and reprinted or redone. Unlike a repeat print, where if a small fault occurs it can simply be cut around. Therefore, we will always print 10% over to cover the cost of any potential faults or marks that may arise. If your run is 100% successful, you will receive all of the extra printed panels or finished units.