Grrr, your face is boiling with frustration because the prints didn’t turn out as good as you thought they would? Are you about to throw in the towel and quit e-commerce business all-together and you haven’t even started selling yet?! STOP RIGHT THERE. Instead, read this super quick article how to avoid basic print file mistakes, get your dreamy prints as quickly as possible, and start making that hard earned cash. You have put so much time and effort into building your online business, so let’s work together to ensure your success.
Simple steps how to avoid basic print file mistakes.
1. Please submit files at 300 dpi (dots per inch) and at least 1200 px wide for the best quality effect.
For example, let’s say we have a digital image that is 1200×1800 pixels (dots) and 4×6 inches in size. That means our digital image is 1200 dots high by 1800 dots wide and 4 inches high by 6 inches wide. Our digital image has 300 DPI.
How did we figure that out?
Here is a simple calculation:
Divide the number of dots wide by the number of inches wide
1800 dots wide / 6 inches wide = 300 dots / 1inch = 300 DPI
2. Please submit .ai and .png files ONLY
Both .ai and .png are high-quality file formats and used for apparel printing.
AI – Adobe Illustrator – VECTOR FILE
- RAW format
- Editable due to layers
- RGB & CMYK
PNG – Portable Network Graphics – RASTER FILE
- Images can be put on any color background and maintain an original appearance
- The image quality does not change with compression
- Supports multi-level transparency
3. We print both RGB & CMYK files
Pick whatever floats your boat.
4. Don’t Forget the Bleed (Dye Sublimation ONLY)
Bleed is extra margin around the edge of your design. It is extra space that allows for slight errors making sure your logo/the main image isn’t cut off from the particular product.
5. Obtain the right to print copyrighted images or use your own
We do not assume responsibility for copyrighted images. By downloading the app and opting for our terms and agreements, you are stating that you are authorized to manufacture products with copyrighted designs.
6. Clipping mask must be expanded
Expand your clipping mask within .ai files so our production system can read the graphics information accurately.
7. Design your artwork in an actual print size
Designs that are low resolution will print with low quality. That means resizing can affect the overall image as well. Ensure the edges of your artwork are clean and crisp, without being too blurry or jagged.
8. Transparent Glows
When using transparent glows or gradient effects on dark garments, the white under base beneath the design will be visible, removing a lot of the design’s color.
9. Use 100 % black or white color
Depending on the garment color, off-black and off-white inks print may print inaccurately.