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Sample Prints

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

First of all, we think it’s important to offer a standard sample print to all of our clients, and we print these in the same way we would your longer length orders.

The Basics:

BeFab’s sample prints are 20cm by half the width of the fabric and priced at that 20cm length, so say your fabric is £41pm, the cost for this sample would be £8.20 + postage, which is currently £3 for samples, and these go out in 1st class mail.


Why is it only half the width of the fabric, when we charge you the full width?

Well, we think it’s important to have something to refer back to just us much as you, so we print your file twice, side by side, we then keep one side, and send you the other, this mean if you decide to go ahead with a longer length we can make sure your print is, as it should be, there is a window of tolerance when it comes to matching print batches as with any print types, but this should be minimal.

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 us 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 saturation 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 we think 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, coming for a Design background 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 saturation, contrast and or brightness of your files, due to the tech that they use, we don’t do this. However this 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.

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 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,  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 as ever be happy to help.


4 thoughts on “Sample Prints”

  1. Hi, I’m an artist looking to start printing to products. I’ve never printed to textile before and I use watercolour, is acrylic better for a brighter finish or is it all down to messing with digital saturation etc.

    What is the pricing structure, is it more colour higher costs? Sorry if I sound ignorant but I’ve no textile industry experience.

    Thanks Amanda

    1. Hi Amanda
      It’s all about the saturation/colour balance in your file and the cost per meter is regardless of how many colours you use so simply have fun with your design! you’ll find lots more useful info on the website too.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

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