DESIGN PROCESS // 


Our customers generally fall into two categories — teams that send us amazing graphic design files in Adobe Illustrator and teams that send us hand-sketched designs with crayons, markers etc.  We have no problem working with both teams and we will never charge you a fee for "artwork clean-up." 

Of course, the better the artwork you send us, the quicker we can make your first proof. For those that are not graphic designers, we recommend you try our CS Design Lab. We have many pre-designed templates to choose from and all can be fully customized including your own logos, text and colours.

 

Keep in mind that we are a printing company - not a design firm. We make the designs our customers ask us to produce.  If want us to create an original design from scratch please scroll down to the bottom of the page for more information on our in-house design services.

 

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How To Design Your Uniform Digitally:

 

  • Using our templates design your uniform in color. It is not necessary to supply designs for every item you are ordering.  We use the same artwork for all "tops" (tri tops, jerseys, jackets, vests, tri suit-tops) and all "bottoms" (tri shorts, cycling shorts, cycling bib shorts, tights, knickers, tri suit-shorts).  Your tri top will look like your cycling jersey (with sleeves) and your tri shorts will look like your cycling shorts. 
  • We accept Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator files such as PDF, AI, or EPS.  
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  • All logos must be sent as vector artwork.  We cannot accept bitmap logos (files that end in .JPEG, .JPG, .BMP, .GIF, etc.).  Click here for more information on vector logos and what files we can accept.
  • Use Pantone colors (Coated stock)... and supply us with the exact PMS number for each color, Click here. We do not charge extra to use Pantone colors. The colors may vary depending on computer monitors so this only offers a rough way to choose colors. If absolute true colors are necessary, a Pantone Color Formula Book is recommended.  These can be found in most art stores. You can also send us color swatches and we'll do the matching for you.
  • Convert all text to outlines or let us know all the font names used in your design.
  • Since we use digital sublimation printing, virtually any design is possible.  Unlike traditional sublimation where one set of artwork is used for every size and garment, we prepare separate artwork for every garment and every size.  That means the artwork will look great on an XS jersey and an XXXL jersey.  It also means that your designs can cross seams.  For example, sleeves to front panel and side panels to front panels. Our digital sublimation printers are also great for designs with photographs, fades and halftones.  Click here to see cycling jersey designs we have made for other teams.
  • For all "bottoms," only the side panels and back panels can be printed.  For the main base color you can choose from one of our 7 pre-dyed Lycra colors — royal blue, navy blue, red, green, orange, gray and black.  The Pantone numbers for each of these colors can be found on our short templates.  We recommend using the same Pantone numbers in the "tops" for an exact match.  Still confused? Click here to see the colors available and the areas where we can print.
  • Upon receipt of your deposit, you will be provided an order ID# and then be able to upload your design files. Log-in to the Champion System Login Portal for access.
  • You must upload artwork for all the items you wish to order.  All "tops" (tri tops, cycling jerseys, jackets, vests, tri suits) use the same artwork so if you have a jersey design we can use the same artwork for jackets and vests.  It's not necessary to design each top garment — we'll do it for you. Same thing with "bottoms" (tri shorts, cycling bib shorts, tights and knickers).  However, if you are ordering gloves, socks, caps etc. you must provide us with the designs you want from the start.  Approving your tri top design and then telling us "hey, I want socks too" will only delay your order.
  • Lastly, if you have any questions regarding any design elements at all, please dont't hesitate to contact your assigned Custom Apparel Specialist. We will gladly give you all the suggestions, ideas and advice you need. Do not ask your questions through your account's design notes; your specialist does not see those!! 

 

 

 

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How To Design Your Uniform By Hand:

 

  • Print out our templates and design your uniform in color using crayons, markers, colored pencils etc. It is important that your artwork is as precise as possible. Be sure to show exact colors and logo placements.  Real simple - just let us know what colors and logos go where. Note: It is not necessary to supply designs for every item you are ordering.  We use the same artwork for all "tops" (tri tops, jerseys, jackets, vests, tri suit-tops) and all "bottoms" (tri shorts, cycling shorts, cycling bib shorts, tights, knickers, tri suit-shorts).  Your tri top will look like your cycling jersey (with sleeves) and your tri shorts will look like your cycling shorts.  
  • All the logos that will appear on the uniform need to be very high quality so we need vector logos.  Ask your sponsors to send you an EPS vector file of their logo.
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    Most companies have an EPS version of their logo.  If they email it to you there's a good chance you won't be able to open it.  Dont' worry, we can - just send it over.  If you cannot send EPS logos, we can accept large high resolution JPG or TIFF files. Logos taken from websites are low resolution and will NOT WORK.  Click here for more information on vector logos and what files we can accept.
  • If you only have a printed logo it needs to be "camera-ready." Camera ready artwork is clean, crisp, black and white printouts that are outputted at 600+ dpi.  Faxes and business cards will NOT WORK.
  • We need to know the exact colors you want to use.  The Pantone Matching System is the industry standard with hundreds and hundreds of colors to choose from. Click here for the Pantone color chart. We do not charge extra to use Pantone colors. The colors may vary depending on computer monitors so this only offers a rough way to choose colors. If absolute true colors are necessary, a Pantone Color Formula Book is recommended.  These can be found in most art stores.  You can also send us color swatches and we'll do the matching for you.
  • Since we use digital sublimation printing, virtually any design is possible.  Unlike traditional sublimation where one set of artwork is used for every size and garment, we prepare separate artwork for every garment and every size.  That means the artwork will look great on an XS jersey and an XXXL jersey.  It also means that your designs can cross seams.  For example, sleeves to front panel and side panels to front panels. Our digital sublimation printers are also great for designs with photographs, fades and halftones.
  • Still have no idea what you want?  We suggest you take a look at our jersey and design gallery to see designs we have made for other teams as well as possible design suggestions.  Perhaps you see a design you like but just want to tweak it a bit or change the colors around.  Not a problem - we have the design on file.  If you saw a cool Pro team jersey you would like to base your design on that's fine too — just send us a picture!
  • Upon receipt of your deposit, you will be provided an order ID# and then be able to upload your design files. Log-in to the Champion System Login Portal for access.  We suggest you scan your hand-sketch and upload the file along with all your logos.
  • You must upload artwork for all the items you wish to order.  All "tops" (tri tops, cycling jerseys, jackets, vests, tri suits) use the same artwork so if you have a jersey design we can use the same artwork for jackets and vests.  It's not necessary to design each top garment — we'll do it for you. Same thing with "bottoms" (tri shorts, cycling bib shorts, tights and knickers).  However, if you are ordering gloves, socks, caps etc. you must provide us with the designs you want from the start.  Approving your tri top design and then telling us "hey, I want socks too" will only delay your order.
  • For all "bottoms," only the side panels and back panels can be printed.  For the main base color you can choose from one of our 7 pre-dyed Lycra colors — royal blue, navy blue, red, green, orange, gray and black.  The Pantone numbers for each of these colors can be found on our short templates.  We recommend using the same Pantone numbers in the "tops" for an exact match. Still confused? Click here to see the colors available and the areas where we can print.
  • Lastly, we know you don't do this a living so if you have any questions regarding design layout, please dont't hesitate to contact your assigned Custom Apparel Specialist.  We will gladly give you all the suggestions, ideas and advice you need. Do not ask your questions through your account's design notes; your specialist does not see those!! 

 


Questions? Email us at info@champ-sys.ca

 

 

 

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