Artwork & Printing

What is DPI, resolution and actual print file size?

DPI (dots per inch) is the number of dots in a printed inch. The more dots the higher the quality of the print (more sharpness and detail)

Resolution is the measure of pixels in the display, usually expressed in measurements of width x height. For example, a monitor that is 1920 x 1080 is 1920 pixels across and 1080 pixels down.)

The actual size is best described with actual numbers. Let's say you have a 5"x5" shape at 100dpi, but you need to make it a 10”x10”. If you simply scale it to twice its original size you go from 5"x5" to 10”x10” Since the size has now doubled, your resolution has been cut in half- that particular part of your graphic, is now 50dpi.

When you're submitting your print files, we ask that they're at least 150dpi and at actual size. The resolution of any file is only as good as the dimensions.

What type of printing do you offer?

Our standard process is the Direct to Garment (DTG) method of printing. That means we can create photo quality prints, the amount of colors used doesn't affect pricing, and there aren't any order minimums.

What are the benefits of DTG printing?

Our experience shows us that DTG printed shirts are just as durable as screen printed shirts when it comes to washability.

Why do you need me to sign a waiver?

We will not print anything that we deem to be someones else intellectual property

What type of files do you accept?

We only accept files in PNG or JPEG

PNG files- for those with transparent background
JPEG files- for other types of background but not transparent

What is the required file size?

300dpi is standard, sometimes 150 is acceptable but never lower. Artworks with less than 150dpi will have bad quality. Make sure you won’t go below it.

Largest possible print size on DTG is 4500 × 5700 pixels or the equivalent of 15” × 19” at 300 DPI. If the artwork is larger, the mockup generator will automatically crop the image.

What is the recommended color profile?
Do you have templates?

When submitting artwork using our templates, remove the guide layers so they will not show up on the print.

What is bleed? Do I have to do it?

Bleed is a term that refers to printing of the design that goes beyond the final trim edge of any piece of printed artwork to ensure the main elements of an artwork is not cut off. When designing your artwork, make sure you won’t put very important design elements near the edges.

What type of fabric do you recommend?

100% cotton is best for DTG. It doesn’t matter what colour your t-shirt is, cotton will retain the ink much better giving you an exact copy of your design.

Take note that the same design will look different depending on the material you print it on. A t-shirt may absorb the ink well and look sharp, whereas another product such as a hoodie might look faded out because it absorbs the ink differently.

Do you have rules or tips for colors?

Three colors or less is ideal. Color is always a big consideration when you make a design, and at times, due to enthusiasm, people tend to use too many colors. This should be avoided for too many colors give a chance for more colors to clash with each other, ruining your design and shirt.

Light ink elements on bright-colored garments might look tinted. This is most evident in red.

Black ink will appear gray on black garments because of the white underbase. Make sure you don’t design the artwork with black color if you will print it on a black tee. Leave these areas fully transparent and submit as a .png file.

Opacity. Unfortunately, DTG doesn’t produce good designs with lowered opacity. Use solid colors only or create an illusion of semi-transparency by halftoning.

Design tips
  • Avoid having a perfect square or rectangle for your designs For people who use photographs for designs on your shirts, this is a must. Have the background removed or have a border for it. Otherwise, your shirt will look like an iron-on instead.
  • Design placements should be considered There are some designs that are not symmetrical and at times we tend to find the center of the design. However, you should not look for the center based on the width. Place your design on the center that is based on what is visually the center.
  • Low contrast Contrast is the level of visual difference between the lighter and darker parts of an image. The highest contrast is not the goal of most, and if you are more on the subtle side of this then try to achieve a low-contrast instead of having no contrast at all.
  • Pay attention to the inversion Inversion is very crucial in designs that are in white ink, and are printed on black shirts. Unless you want your designs to look like x-rays, you should pay attention to this.
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