Designing your own flip flops is a fun process!

If you already have a strong idea of layout and colours, you can download our template and get started! The template is just a simple outline which can be opened in any design/graphic software like adobe illustrator, CorelDraw, adobe photoshop. If you don't have any of these just email us your ideas and we'll put your artwork together.

Also if you have design block and need suggestions, examples, or a helping hand, email us on info@createflipflops.co.uk and speak with one of our design team, and we will help you.

Scroll down for more information on design specifications for our services, as well as our handy top tips to help you on your way to getting the flip flops you’ve always dreamed of!

Which service is for you

First you need to know which service is best for you. Each type of flip flop has different printing requirements. Use the below guide or email us for advice. Our design team are more than happy to advice you on the best option for your needs.

Quantity

Less than 25 pairs:
dyescribe or personalised.
25-500 pairs:
personalised or customised.
500+ pairs:
customised or bespoke.




Artwork

Full colour images:
dyescribe or customised.
1-colour prints:
personalised.
Text/logos:
any service.

Colours

Black or white soles:
any service.
Stock colour soles:
personalised.
Select any colour soles:
customised or bespoke.

Leadtimes

A few days:
dyescribe or personalised.
A few weeks:
personalised or customised.
A few months:
customised.

Design software

There are many different software packages that allow you to design artwork some of the more professional ones include Adobe illustrator/photoshop and CorelDraw. But you can use any software you want. There is free software that you can download like Inkscape. All you need to do is have a play, but remember, we are here to help and if you want us to put together the artwork for you then jsut email us at info@createflipflops.co.uk.

For personalised and customised flip flops, we normally produce one set of artwork to fit all the sizes. If you really want different artwork on different sizes we can do it but it may require more tooling.
For dyescribe flip flops you can change the design for each size and not extra cost or effort.

Template

We have a very simple template which you can downloand to start doing your designs. However, please read all the tips below so you avoid common design mistakes. Remember you should always design you artwork for the largest size you want and then make sure the critical parts are in the middle so that is works on all sizes.

Use the button to download the pdf template. Please note the holes will vary in locations and the shape will vary so this is just a rough template.
Download template

Understanding the different between Vector vs Raster

Raster images are made of pixels. A pixel is a single point or the smallest single element in a display device.
Vector images are mathematical calculations from one point to another that form geometrical shapes.

When a raster image is scaled up, it usually loses quality.
When a vector image is scaled up, it is perfect becase it is a shape with an outline and a solid fill.

Raster image - more detail
A raster graphic is an image made of hundreds (or thousands or millions) of tiny squares of colour information, referred to as either pixels or dots. (Technically pixels refer to colour blocks viewed on an electronic monitor where as dots refer to the ink dots on a printed piece. But even professional designers, myself included, often use these two terms interchangeably.)

The most common type of raster graphic? A photograph. The designer’s preferred program for creating and editing raster files? You guessed it: Adobe Photoshop.

Popular raster file format extensions include: jpg/jpeg, psd, png, tiff, bmp and gif.

Vector graphics - more detail
A vector graphic uses math to draw shapes using points, lines and curves. So whereas a raster image of a 1” x 1” square at 300 dpi will have 300 individuals pieces of information, a vector image will only contain four points, one for each corner; the computer will uses math to “connect the dots” and fill in all of the missing information.

The most common types of vector graphics? Fonts and logos. The designer’s preferred program for creating and editing vector files? Adobe Illustrator.

Popular vector file format extensions include: eps, ai and pdf.

Dyescribe flip flops

We can work with both raster and vector images (see information on vector vs raster). If you send use raster images (normal photos) then please ensure they are at least 150dpi when the image is 30cm high. Send files to us as: JPEG, PNG, AI, EPS, PDF or many other formats.

Strap prints:- Maximum dimensions for artwork on the strap is 10mm x 45mm.

Sole prints:- Can cover the full sole, you can print all the way to the edge (and off it) if you want. This printing mehtod can cover the complete sole.

Personalised flip flops

We ask for your images or artwork in EPS or AI format (Vector images - see information on vector vs raster).

Strap prints:- Maximum dimensions for artwork on the strap is 10mm x 45mm.

Small sole prints:- Maximum dimensions for small artwork on the sole is 50mm x 50mm.

Large sole prints:- Can cover the full sole, however you needs to allow a 2mm margin from the edge of the flip flop.

Customised flip flops

We ask for your images or artwork in EPS or AI format (Vector images - see information on vector vs raster).

Strap prints:- Maximum dimensions for artwork on the strap is 10mm x 45mm.
Embossed logo patches for strap: - Maximum dimensions for artwork on the strap is 9mm x 30mm.

Sole prints:- Can cover the full sole, you can print all the way to the edge (and off it) if you want. This printing mehtod can cover the complete sole.

If you would like 1,2,3 or 4 colour prints, we will usually screen print the design.
Each colour you have printed will need a screen made up. You can have CMYK halftones printed in this method (see tips below).

If you would like a complex or full colour design, we use a 2D colour print method. This means that your design is printed onto a special foil, which is then heat pressed onto the sole. This is a very effective and hardwearing method, which creates vivid images so no detail is lost in the printing. The images are approximately 300dpi so look great.

3D heat transfer printing is the exact same process as 2D heat transfer printing, but the foil is vacuumed around the flip-flop so that all sides are covered, rather than just the top layer.

Tips for designing

1. Have artwork ready in correct format.

For personalised and customised flip flops we ask for your artwork or logo to be sent to us as a vector image rather than raster. The reason we ask for vector files is because this format means that any colours are already split into spot colours, rather than process colours (see image). Most of our flip flops are screen printed which means one colour is printed at a time. If you want to make images appear multi coloured you can use half-tones. This means there will be a number of small dots which when looked at from far away merge into one object. You can also generate fading patterns using this technique.

For dyescribe flip flops raster images (normal photos) are fine. We can print the images out straight away without having to separate the colours first. We just ask for high resolution images (300dpi or better).

2. Think about the placement.

When it comes to deciding on placement for the design,There are a few things to consider. The strap holes, and where the strap overlaps the sole is the first thing. Often, people make the mistake of centring the design on the flip flop, meaning that part o the text or design is hidden by the strap. Shuffling the design up slightly towards the top of the flip-flop helps avoid this. Secondly, having the design in the centre where the arch of the foot is, rather than on the heel means that the design is last longer, as it is less of a pressure point. If the design is an all over print, make sure you leave a bleed of 2mm around the edges.

3. Think about colour.

We stock a range of colours in our high quality rubber soles in the UK. These colours include White, Black, Purple, Pink, Red, Yellow, Green, Navy and Grey. We also stock budget white and blue flip flops, which are perfect if you are looking for cost effective promotional giveaways. Any specific colours that are not in this range can be made to order, with a minimum order of 25 pairs. Our Dyescribe service allows total freedom in terms of colour, as we heat press full colour images onto the top layer of Sublimation flip flops. Please see our Services page for more information on these options.

5. Fades and gradients

Fades, shading and colour gradients can be simulated by using a serious of dots of changing density and size. This is called halftone printing. It uses a single colour but changing of the dot sizes simulates shading. This is a really cool technique to add interest to your designs. Be careful though, dots can't be smaller than about 0.5mm in diameter otherwise the ink won't get throught the screen.

6. Process printing

n theory any colour can be created from a combination of yellow, Magenta, and Cyan. The main problem is that the black created from these three process colours is not very pure. So a fourth colour, black, is added to deepen the dark areas and increase contrast. This four colour process is called process printing or CMYK printing, where the K represents black.

In order to print the different colour components in a four colour process it is necessary to separate the colour layers.

Each colour layer is converted into halftones, but each halftone screen is at a different angle to reduce the moiré effect, although the screen positions still produce a ‘rosette’ pattern that can be seen under a magnifying glass.

When all four halftone colour screens are joined together the eye visually mixes the coloured dots to reproduce the original continuous tone colours.

7. Clever designs

Please remember the artwork needs to be designed so it works for all sizes otherwise additional setup costs will have to be charged for each size.

8. Line thickness

For a good print, lines and text should be no thinner than 0.5mm thick.

We do not recommend fine detail for screen printing. Line weight should be 1pt (0.5mm) minimum, and in general texts should be made more bold. Some finer detail on curly fonts may not show up if the lines are too thin.

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