F.A.Q. – Creating your own customized articles

Two types of printing options are available: ink printing (digital direct / D2G) or flex printing (vinyl heat transfer). For more information on the types of available impressions and their different characteristics, click here.

Ink printing (pixel files)


Recommended resolution:
3000x3000px (300DPI)

Maximum file size:
10MB

Accepted file formats:
.PNG (Recommended)
.GIF
.JPG (No transparent background)
BMP (no transparent background)

► Size adjustment:
You can always decrease the image size without loss, whereas increasing the size may result in a distorted and more “pixelisated” result.

 

Transparent background

 Pixel graphics are used as the master copy for Digital Direct printing. These graphics are printed on the shirt exactly as they were uploaded. If your graphic contains a background, this will also be printed as it appears.

A common desire is to print a cropped element of an image without the background. A white background is not sufficient here as printing the design – even on white products – would result in printing the white area as well. This is why the background needs to be transparent so that our printers will ignore it.

 If you do not want the background to be printed on the shirt, you must crop your design (meaning to cut your design from the background). By doing this, you make your design’s background transparent.

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Most graphics editing software programs show transparent backgrounds as a white-gray checkerboard pattern. If you upload a graphic with a transparent background, the color of the shirt will appear in those areas after the printing is finished.

Note: The PNG format is recommended for optimum quality. Most other formats do not recognize transparent zones and automatically add a white background to the graphic while recording.

 

Flex printing (vector files)

Accepted file formats:
.AI
.SVG
.EPS

 ► Image size:
We recommend a maximum size of 11″x11″ (28x28cm) to make your design printable on as many products as possible. The maximum printing area is 15″x15″ (38x38cm).

► Line thickness:
Lines as well as other parts of your design need to have a thickness of at least 1.5mm. The gap between 2 separate areas cannot be less than 1mm.

► Convert to curves and paths:
Objects and texts selected for print must be converted to curves and paths. Pixel graphics cannot be used.

Anchor points:
Use a minimal number of anchor points.
Maximum 2000 anchor points by colors (max 6000 for a 3-colors design)

Colors:
For flex printing, no more than 3 colors can be used. Please note that gradients are not possible. Before creating a design, you should also have a look at the color range available.
Link: creating multi-colored designs for plot printing
Link: list of available colors (flex printing)

Additional informations

Why my image was rejected? Common reasons and assistance
Notes on copyrights
Difference in colors: screen vs. monitor
Increasing image resolution / Reducing file size
Fonts on the T-Shirt Designer
Manufacturers Code of Conduct
Ethical and environmental certifications on products