Print on demand - Tips and Best Practices
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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.
Practices to avoid
Note: Only use final designs for creating merch. It's not possible to make changes to your design once it's been uploaded to Sellfy.
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.
Do not apply black designs on black garments
Black ink will appear gray and fuzzy on black garments because of the white under base used during printing. Leave these areas fully transparent when designing for black garments. This will allow the black from the clothing to come through the design, instead of using ink for these areas.
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.
Remove image background
If you've created a design that includes a solid or semi-solid background but only want the object printed on the garment, you must remove the background before uploading the design. We'll upload the image to your merch mockup as-is and it's not possible to make changes to it or remove the background once it's been uploaded.