Sample Prints - How to get the best out of yours.

Sample Prints - How to get the best out of yours.

Posted by Solii on 17th Oct 2017

We often get questions about our sample prints, so we thought we’d give you the low down on what we do, why we do it this way, and how best to set up your sample file to get the most out of this first print with BeFab.

First of all, we think it’s important to offer a standard sample print to all of our clients, we come from a design background and whilst sample printing isn't standard within the textile industry we think it's important for any designer or artist to be able to sample with minimal financial commitment so that you get the most accurate print from us in the long run.

Why is this important to us? Because we're a small family run business, so we only work, if you are happy with what we print for you, so there is a lot of care put into your fabric printing at BeFab because ultimately if you are happy and doing well... so are we!

The Basics:

BeFab’s sample prints are 20cm by half the width of your chosen fabric, we print that sample twice, side by side, and send you one ½ and we keep the other for when we print any longer lengths for you, this means we can make sure all is well with your final print when we send it out to you.*


Sample prints are priced at that 20cm of the fabric you sample on, so if your fabric is £35pm, the cost for this sample would be £7 + postage for samples. 

File set up:

You can get a lot more info out of that 20cm than you might think, though you can just go ahead and print one design as it is, on the full sample size, what we’d recommend instead is to really use that space well.


Here’s a good example that Dibujo Design set up after we had a chat about this, Gill certainly made the most out of one print, which saved her time and money. Not only does she have 9 designs along the width of the print, she has 4 different colour levels in the height of this file too, a wee closeup of this below as it’s hard to see.


Colours & Scale:

This last bit is the most important thing to note.

As you know, we don’t make any alterations to your design files at BeFab, but unfortunately this isn’t the case elsewhere, we think it’s incredibly important to trust that designer knows best when it comes to the colours they choose, however a number of the printers we know of, change or up the vibrancy, saturation and or contrast of your files, this is often to match what you see on back lit screens, but fabric is't back lit.t

his does mean if you’re coming to us having previously printed elsewhere, you might find your colours are lighter, this isn’t because we can’t do bright colours, (rest assured, we can do bright!) but that you might just need to tweak your files to get the best out of your print, or recreate a previous one. This is why the above sampling guidelines are so important.

The last thing to mention is always try to print your sample as it will be in the final print, so don’t make the scale smaller because the print area is, and always test your designs, not just colour chips in isolation. The reason this is important, is that the eye/brain is a funny thing, it can play tricks on you, believe it or not colours can appear different depending on the expanse of that colour and also what it sits next to. We’ve done a simple example of this last one below. Which grey do you think is lighter?


Well actually, both the grey boxes are exactly the same colour, just seem different because of their surroundings, so as you can see though this is very basic image,it’s really important to make sure your samples are as representative of your final design as possible.

We hope this helps and any questions you might have just drop us an email and we will always be happy to help.

*Samples are a guideline and will be reproduced within a window of tolerance, don’t forget we're dealing with natural fabrics here, silks are super accurate, but cottons and linens have little wider tolerance, but we'll always aim to get you as close to spot on as is humanly possible, we're told by nice people like you that we're better at this than most printers, so that's always good the know!

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