How to give Stellar Art Direction to Your Jersey Designer

Posted on: on Mar 22, 2017 12:18:15 PM




Here at Five, we offer free artwork assistance! That's right - completely free. We want ALL ultimate teams to look great on the field, not just the teams with big budgets.


But the process goes a lot smoother when we start with some specific ideas from you.


Our designers aren't mind-readers; although they are pretty darn creative, they work with a lot of teams. The more precise you can be in your direction, the quicker they can get you a design that you like, and the greater the chances are that it'll be exactly what you want.


Another pro tip to speed up the process: Appoint one person (or two, absolute max) on your team to coordinate with us on the design and to make the final call. If everyone on the team wants a say, that's going to slow the process down a lot.


Here's a guide we put together to help you get from stage zero to hero for your team gear that applies to any jersey designer you're working with - not just the awesome designers at Five.



the basics

what kind of printing do you want to use?

In the ultimate jersey world, there are 3 standard customization options for team gear. It's super helpful to know which option you're interested in when your designer gets started. If you're unsure which customization option is right for your team, this post will help you decide.


Learn all about how our custom printing processes work here!


For now, here are some examples and differences explained:


  • Full sublimation allows you the full spectrum of creativity to make your wildest jersey dreams come true, but it comes at a price and a bit of a waiting time - so plan early if you want to go this route!




  • Screen printing, on the other hand, is more limiting in what you can do with the design - but creative teams figure out awesome ways to make good use of limited space and colors.




  • Spot sublimation is a good middle ground. It's quick, more affordable than full sublimation, and allows you more design options than screen printing. Keep in mind though that we recommend only spot sublimating on white items, as the printing colors get warped when fused with non-white jersey colors.





Learn more about the sublimation and screen printing processes here.


what are your team colors?

For obvious reasons, knowing what colors to use is an awesome place to start. It's easy enough to readjust the colors later, but why not start with all the info right off the bat!


(If you're interested in screen printed jerseys with Five, check out our short sleeve Electro jersey color options here!)


the nice-to-haves

Send original, hi-res art files.

Instead of sending a picture of your team wearing your old jerseys, send your designer that original artwork! That'll save them hours of time recreating the art.


Here are the formats that we prefer, in order of preference: .ai / .eps > .psd > .pdf > .jpg > .png


If you're using another designer, it's a good idea to ask which formats they prefer.


include the name of the font.

Without the font, our designers scour the interwebs to match the font your using. Save your design whiz some time and frustration by providing that font name upfront!



our favorites

sketch it up!

This is the best way to tell your designer what you want. Knowing what you want the images to look like, the placement of those images, and the colors, is unbelievably helpful for your designer.


It really doesn't matter how bad of an artist you are here. It can be drawn on the lid of an old pizza box, on a bathroom stall door, or on the underside of an old taco'ed disc - as long as you get the concept across.


be specific and weird!

This one is optional, depending on your team's style. But after asking our designers, they said their favorite designs to work on are really out there and super specific. Here's an example of real art direction we got from a team:


How bleeding rainbows and cute animals playing in puddles work together-- 

"When a unicorn is tragically killed by a rainbow and shooting stars, it bleeds-naturally. When unicorns bleed, their glittery blood falls into the clouds because they hang out in the sky most of the time. Hence the propensity of impairment by rainbow. When enough unicorn blood is gathered in the clouds and conditions are just right, it freezes into heart shapes. The heart icicles eventually get heavy enough that they fall out of the clouds. On the way down they turn into what we know as rain. The heart-shaped puddles are perfect for adorable animals of all kinds to play in.

I was thinking it would best be displayed in two parts where the unicorn scene is on one side with the clouds and icicle hearts at the bottom. Then the other side would have clouds and heart-cicles at the top and rain dropping down onto cute animals playing in puddles of normal rain."


And the end result:


Thank you, Cuddle Puddle!



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over to you!

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