Print-On-Demand - Tips and Best Practices

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Practices we recommend

Use PNG or JPEG format with at least 150 DPI 
Create files in sRGB color profile 
Create designs with the necessary DPI
Use transparency to your advantage

Practices to avoid

Avoid borders when designing sleeve prints 
Avoid semi-transparent designs


Practices we recommend

For creating the best quality merchandise, please follow these tips.

Please also keep in mind, though we use premium and advanced DTG technology to print your merchandise, it’s important to note that they may look different on a real product than what you see on your computer monitor.

Even if you have calibrated your monitor to a specific color profile, there are various factors that influence the final appearance of colors on a printed product. Because of this, we can’t guarantee 100% color accuracy.

Use PNG or JPEG format with at least 150 DPI

We recommend using PNG for designs with a transparent background. For other designs, we advise preparing files in JPEG instead. For any format, please ensure that you have at least 150 DPI. 300 DPI is ultimately recommended.

Create files in sRGB color profile

To ensure your design looks the same when printed as it does on screen, make sure you create your print file in sRGB color profile.

Create designs with the necessary DPI

Simply typing in a new resolution value into the file won't result in a higher resolution print. If your graphic's resolution is too low, the best solution is to recreate it.

Use transparency to your advantage

Black ink will appear gray on black garments because of the white under base used during printing. Leave these areas fully transparent when designing for black garments.


Practices to avoid

There are a few things that we'd advise against, to help create a professional merchandise look. Though the creative process is completely up to you, please read the following.

Avoid borders when designing sleeve prints

We advise against using graphics with perfect borders for sleeve printing since the print can warp slightly when the sleeve is being pulled off the pallet.

Avoid semi-transparent designs

Semi-transparent graphics (or elements with lowered opacity) don't translate well in DTG (Direct-to-garment) printing. We advise using solid colors or simulating semi-transparency by halftoning.

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