Get Ready for Summer Fun with Custom Camp Shirts!

Get Ready for Summer Fun with Custom Camp Shirts!
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Get Ready for Summer Fun with Custom Camp Shirts!

By Pete Apo

Summer camp is all about adventure, friendships, and unforgettable memories. What better way to kick off this season than with vibrant and fun custom camp shirts? These shirts aren’t just a way to unify your group; they’re walking billboards of your camp spirit!  We have lots of ideas for your camp promotional items and tips to make your shirt designs the best they can be.

Why Custom Camp Shirts?

Custom camp shirts serve multiple purposes: they enhance team spirit, make every camper feel included, and keep everyone looking sharp in all camp photos! Plus, they’re fantastic souvenirs that campers can wear all year round to remember the fun times they had. Whether you’re by the lake, around the campfire, or under the stars, these shirts are your canvas to express your camp’s unique vibe.

Themes That Make a Splash

1. Nature Calls: Embrace the great outdoors with shirts that feature nature themes—think trees, mountains, wildlife, and starry nights. These designs can reflect the essence of your camp’s location and the spirit of adventure.
2. Retro Camp Style: Vintage designs with a modern twist are all the rage. Think about incorporating classic camp icons like canoes, tents, and campfires into your design, using distressed fonts or faded colors for that nostalgic feel.
3. Bold and Bright: Colorful designs with vivid contrasts and fun patterns, like tie-dye, can make your camp shirts pop. These are especially popular among younger campers and are perfect for a lively summer vibe.
4. Minimalist Magic: Sometimes, less is more. A simple logo with your camp’s name and a minimalistic icon can look classy and timeless. These shirts often appeal to older campers and staff.

Design Tips to Boost Your Camp Shirts

Keep It Inclusive: Make sure your design resonates with everyone. It should be something that campers of all ages would be proud to wear. Avoid overly complex designs that might not appeal universally.
Quality Matters: A great design on poor-quality material won’t do anyone any favors. Choose comfortable, durable fabrics that can withstand the rigors of camp activities and frequent washings. Whether you are looking for a price-sensitive option for your budget or a soft, comfortable fabric you’ll love to wear, we’ve got you covered.
Be Bold with Color: Don’t shy away from using bold colors. They not only attract attention but also evoke feelings of joy and energy. Just make sure the text is readable against the background.
Add a Personal Touch: Personalization can go a long way. Consider adding options like camp year, camper’s names, or cabin numbers to make the shirts extra special.

Custom Camp Shirts as Keepsakes

Remember, custom camp shirts are more than just clothing; they’re keepsakes that campers will cherish long after the summer ends. By choosing a design that captures the spirit of your camp and following these tips, you’ll ensure that your camp apparel is as memorable as the summer itself.
So, let your creativity soar and get ready to make this summer unforgettable with the perfect custom camp shirts! Whether you’re singing by the campfire or paddling down the river, these shirts will keep the spirit alive, all season long.

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Pete Apo Owner Impact Northwest Picture
Pete Apo

Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

Quality Artwork. Raster vs. Vector Images

Quality Artwork. Raster vs. Vector Images
Raster Image vs. Vector Image

Quality Artwork. Raster vs. Vector Images

By Pete Apo

There are two artwork types: Raster and Vector images. To print quality graphics requires high quality or high resolution artwork. We recommend, if possible, to provide us with vector artwork which is created in a vector software program like Illustrator or Corel Draw. If you are unable to get this file type you can also provide us with a High Quality raster image with a minimum DPI resolution of 300. If you are unsure what file type or what resolution image you have you can read further or contact us.

Raster Images

Known also as Pixel based artwork, raster images are the most common form of digital imagery found on the internet, known by familiar files names such as JPEG’s, TIF’s, BMP’s or PNG’s. Raster image resolution is represented by DPI (dots per inch) this number indicates how many pixels a particular image consists of in a one inch space. Images, if saved directly from the internet, will have a resolution of 72 DPI, which is often times TOO LOW of quality to be blown up and work well on a t-shirt or other high quality prints.

If these types of low quality images are used and then enlarged, “pixelization” or blurriness will occur. Another problem low quality artwork or non-vector images have is the ability to be altered or prepared correctly for printing, like separating colors, reducing colors, or creating any separating space that is sometimes needed for various printing. To avoid having to pay additional artwork charges it is best to provide your printer with vector artwork or at the very least a high quality (300 DPI) raster image.

Vector Images

Vector images or artwork and it’s technical definition is a bit complicated to understand. Simply put vector files are a type of graphic image that uses mathematical algorithms and not pixels to create artwork. This allows the image to be scaled or modified ad infinitum without loss of quality or resolution. These images are easily resized in a vector computer software program and are a better quality graphic than raster images. They can also offer superior color separation systems which makes them perfect when using for screen printing.

Vector images are created in vector software like: Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or Sketch. Often times people will take a regular raster image, open it and save it in a vector software, thinking that this makes it a usable vector image. This is not true and when opened by the artwork department, the image will still be a raster image. In order for images to be vector they have to be created or traced in vector software then saved in a format that saves the vector information, like a native software format (.ai, .cdr, .sketch), Encapsulated Postscript (.eps) or Portable Document Format which has embedded vector information! (.pdf).


If you still are not sure what type or quality image you have it is not a problem we are happy to assist you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your artwork or just e-mail us your image and we can tell you what type and quality image you have.


Pete Apo Owner Impact Northwest Picture
Pete Apo

Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.

What is Digitizing for Embroidery?

What is Digitizing for Embroidery?
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What is Digitizing for Embroidery?

By Pete Apo

Digital files these days are everywhere and most things are in digital form. So what is digitizing for embroidery mean? If you have ever gone to an embroidery shop chances are that the shop has spoke about “getting your logo digitized”. This is a specialized term in the embroidery industry.

Some people may think that digitizing has to do with saving your file in a digital format. Others conclude that digitizing must mean having artwork vectorized. This is far from the reality. Digitizing is a highly specialized trade. Without proper experience an embroidery project can easily look and perform badly. If you have ever experienced embroidery that waves or curls, is hard to read, or the design elements don’t line up, this is likely a result of faulty digitizing.

The word digitize implies that artwork is somehow automatically turned into stitches. This is far from true. Most digitizing is time consuming and requires specialized software and experience. Most logos need several types of different stitches incorporated to produce one great looking and performing design. Any professional embroidery shop will likely have on staff a highly experienced digitizer to create a quality embroidery file needed to run an embroidery machine.

So what is digitizing for embroidery? Well simply put it is the manual placement of stitches and machine commands for a computerized embroidery machine to follow. You need a digitized embroidery file to have any embroidery done.

multi head embroidery machine

Why is digitizing experience important?

Most digitizers have spent a significant amount of time learning from embroidery production. They have come to know how embroidery and stitches affect different garments. What type of stitches work and don’t work. How to create layered and complex stitch effects. As well as creating embroidery patterns with the least amount of stitches or embroidery machine stops. The best digitizers are people who have spent time running a production team or an embroidery machine themselves. Since there is no official schools to learn embroidery digitizing, this is the most effective way to learn how an embroidery machine runs and what stitch layouts the machine likes best.

The mind of a digitizer

Digitizers are special because they must be artistic but also stick to a very regimented list of do’s and do not’s for embroidery. Embroidery machines are computerized sewing machines often running at 800 to 1,200 stitches per minute, and production managers are looking for anyway they can to speed up production time. Digitizers must be aware of this and make designs with minimum color changes, stitch counts, thread trims and stops. They do this all while making a quality embroidered piece that will perform well. To do this effectively a digitizer must make a map or list of what parts of the artwork will sew first, second and so on. They will also need to know how big the final design will be and what type of material it will be going on. For instance the process that a machine must take to successfully sew on the front of a baseball cap vs. a left chest polo shirt is quite different.

quality digitizing equals quality embroidery

Below are the important things that are considered when digitizing artwork:

Underlay Stitches

Underlay stitches are the stitch pattern that is sewn first under the design and will help keep the garment from bunching or curling when worn or washed. Though these stitches are not seen in the final design, this stage is critically important to production of a great performing sew-out. Some inexperienced digitizers or shops looking to save a few seconds in production, will leave out this step, but the effects will be noticeable over time.

Pull Compensation

Pull compensation describes the additional length that is added to the stitches to compensate for the natural push and pull of garments when they are embroidered. The natural flow and movement of fabrics responding to the tightening of thread is one of the major learning curves when becoming a digitizer and creating clean embroidered products.

Stitch Types

Stitch types are the different ways the machine sews over a certain area and will determine the finished look of the embroidery. Knowing the area and using the correct stitch type to use is important and necessary. Using the wrong stitch type for an area and not knowing the embroidery machines limitations can result in entire areas missing stitches or results numerous thread breaks, slowing production time. These problems can result in unfinished, messy or frayed sew-outs that can unravel over time. The basic embroidery stitch types are Fill Stitches, Satin Stitches, Run Stitches and Manual Stitches. Each of these types of stitches are used for particular reasons and each of them are widely used in the industry.

the basic stich types for embroidery
Embroidery Size

Embroidery size is exactly what it says and is considered first before any stitch is ever digitized. Artwork that will be embroidered at a left chest size vs. for a full back size will have to be set up differently because the areas the stitches will have to cover and the overall allowed length for each stitch.

Different Fabric Types

The kind of fabric must also be considered when preparing an embroidery piece. For instance a piece of heavy vinyl cloth vs. a lightly knit cotton will respond to stitches much differently and can handle only a certain density of stitches correctly.

Number of Colors

The number of colors in the design are important as well because embroidery machines all have different capacity for the numbers of threads it can hold thus limiting the number of colors that a design can have. Typical commercial embroidery machines range from 6 – 15 needles on each head which determine how many separate spools or colors can be in any design.

Order of Embroidery

The order of the embroidery must be considered for digitizing. Like underlay, fill stitches, then a final satin stitch to make a finished embroidery sew-out look nice.

The Benefits of Quality Digitizing

Looks Great- The first indication that you have quality digitizing is that the finished embroidery looks great. Some credit will have to go to the production staff for choosing the correct backing and monitoring the embroidery process successfully. However, the majority of the results come from a quality digitized file.

Performs Great- When the correct stitch pattern, density and other factors are picked throughout the process of digitization. The results will be a finished embroidery product that will not curl, wave, twist or have pullout threads over time. It will lay flat and handle being washed repeatedly without negative effects.

Sized Perfectly- If your embroidery is sized correctly it will be easily readable but also not overwhelm the product space.  The correct size will be adequate to perform the task the design is meant to and bring an elevated look to the finished product.

The Results of Poor Digitizing

Unreadable- If the text of any design is not easily readable, the digitization has failed. Embroidery has limits to what can and can not be done successfully. Making lettering too small or using the wrong technique for small lettering is a common mistake for an inexperienced digitizer. Also lazy digitizers will often use a pre-programmed font to auto generate stitches which can sometimes be a problem to readability, especially for small text.

Curled, Wavy or Twisted- If your design experiences these common effects, the chances are that the wrong stitch density or underlay was used in the digitizing process. These factors could also be a result of the production worker using the wrong material backing, however, the majority of the time it has to do with choices made during digitization.

Oversized or Undersized Design- As stated earlier an undersized design is a common mistake and can make text unreadable, but also over sizing a design is a sign of inexperience. With a lack of digitization skills a digitizer will sometimes oversize a design or text so it will be readable. This happens most for Left Chest and Cap Front embroidery. A quality production shop will inform a customer well before the digitization is performed that size or placement might be an issue. You should never be surprised upon the pick-up of your items that certain elements of your logo are oversized or are not sized up proportionately.

Open Fill or Satin Stitches- When the fill or satin stitches of a design are open you can see through the stitches to the fabric underneath. This happens when using a low density of stitches for a certain area.

Bad embroidery result


Embroidery is a good print method when used appropriately and digitized correctly. Embroidery can increase the value of items and bring an upscale look to an item. It is also durable and long lasting. I hope this article has given you some basic understanding to this question: What is digitizing for embroidery. I hope that it will inform you better when making decisions about getting embroidery done. I also hope that it sheds some light on what it takes to produce quality embroidery items and prepare you on what questions should be asked when speaking to an embroidery shop.


Pete Apo Owner Impact Northwest Picture
Pete Apo

Owner of Impact Northwest

Pete Apo is the owner of Impact Northwest located outside Eugene, Oregon in Creswell.  He has over 17+ years experience in the garment and promotional item printing industry and is founder of the clothing and product line The Rusty Hawaiian. Impact Northwest is a provider of custom screen print, embroidery, dye sublimation and promotional items to Lane County and the surrounding communities.