Sending us high quality files for printing is really important. If your images are blurry, too small or low res then chances are they’ll print out blurry. A bad print looks bad on us too, so we reserve the right to refuse and refund orders where the quality isn’t good enough. To help you get it right first time we’ve put together this guide, and if you need any help we also offer a file preparation service.
We’re used to using photoshop, but follow these rules for any art software that you are using.
This may be too late for some of you, but great quality artwork comes in the preparation. If you’re creating your artwork digitally, make sure you’re already working with a high res canvas at the correct size and it’s hard to go wrong. For garments, we recommend setting your work are to 16 x 14 inches and 300dpi and set your colour mode to RGB.
Now that you have your canvas set up, you want to make sure you’re creating your work at the right size. The best way to do this is create your artwork at the size you want it to be in real life. For example, you want a heart that when printing is 10x10cm, then make it 10x10cm. If you make something at 2cm, and then resize up to 30cm, you’re going to lose detail and create pixelation.
We only use water based inks via a digital printing process. We do not print with white ink, so without this opacity the colour of the garment will have an effect on your design. Unfortunately we’ve found it impossible to have this reflected in the designer software that we use, so take a look at the colour wheels below to see how your design might be affected by your choice of garment colour. White and pastels tees will produce a pretty vibrant print, where as darker garments will only produce very dark shades and black. For this reason we don’t print onto black garments at the moment.
This is a good habit to get into in general and will allow you to be more flexible with your artwork in the future. If you’ve followed all the previous steps, saving your file as a .PNG should be perfect for uploading and printing.
That’s great. If you have a high res image already then there shouldn’t be any issues. If you have a low res file, small file then you may run into issues with it’s quality. If you want to check the quality with us first, just email email@example.com and we’ll let you know. Simply changing the DPI from 72dpi to 300dpi wont be enough to fix issues like pixelation, so it may need some work to get crypts lines and detail.
We now offer a file preparation service for those who need help getting the most from their designs.