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What are the guidelines regarding design files for DTG printing?
What are the guidelines regarding design files for DTG printing?
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When you create your files to be printed on apparel/clothing using DTG (direct-to-garment) technology, there are a few things to consider.

Must-follow guidelines

  • Submit files in PNG or JPEG format with at least 150 DPI
    We recommend using PNG for designs with a transparent background.

  • Create files in the 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 an sRGB color profile.

Tips for best results

  • Avoid semi-transparent designs
    We recommend using solid colors or simulating semi-transparency by halftoning. These are semi-transparent graphics (or elements with lowered opacity) that don't print well with direct-to-garment printing in DTG printing.

  • Create designs with the necessary resolution (DPI)
    Ensure that your print files have high enough resolution. Just increasing the number of pixels/resolution won't result in a better print. The best approach is to recreate the design with the necessary resolution. The ideal resolution is 300 DPI.

  • Use transparency for better-looking designs
    Black ink will appear gray on black garments because of the white under base used during printing. Leave these areas fully transparent when designing black garments.

  • Avoid Dark Colors
    Do not use dark color designs or text on dark garments as it may not produce the intended outcome.

  • CMYK
    Use colors within the CMYK gamut to ensure accurate reproduction; colors outside this range may result in slight variations.

  • Avoid Neon Colors
    Steer clear of neon colors in the design, as they might not yield the desired effect.

Direct-to-garment disclaimers

  • We don't print white ink on white garments. Any designs containing white will have areas with no print on them.

  • White ink elements on bright-colored garments might look tinted. This is most evident in Red, Maroon, and other similarly colored garments.

  • There might be slight discrepancies in print placement.

  • Different quality garments might produce different printing output. Opt for a premium or heavyweight 100% cotton garments. These materials offer tighter knit, resulting in better printing outcomes.

  • Depending on the location and availability the Direct to Film (DTF) printing method may be used on the inner neck area and sleeves to ensure the quickest production and delivery to your customers.

Please note that color disparities can arise. As a result, the final appearance of your prints may be influenced by a multitude of distinct factors such as different printers, color profiles, settings, and processes. We want to be transparent and ensure your satisfaction, so we cannot promise absolute color precision of 100%.

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