Direct to garment Design Guideline
Direct to Garment printing pricing is based on size of the design, which will determine the amount of ink being used.
The digital process allows for precise high resolution complex images with no limit to the amount of colors, gradients and textures being used. There are some limitations that make certain color combinations difficult, such as printing light colored ink on dark fabric.
For Best Results
Vector Artwork: (.AI, .EPS) or a high resolution (.PSD, .SVG, and .PDF), with layers and transparent backgrounds and RGB color format
Acceptable Photo Files: .JPEG, .PSD, .EPS, .TIFF
Resolution of 300 dpi or higher, to ensure the highest clarity
Converting artwork from 72 dpi to 300 dpi may not produce good results and will result in pixelation or low quality image
Low resolution designs may have to be vectorized by a graphic design artist
Youth Maximum: 10 x 13”
Adult Maximum: 14 x 18”
For best results, we recommend printing on Cotton, Polyester or Cotton/Poly Blend fabrics.
Other materials such as Spandex and Nylon may not absorb the ink properly and may crack when stretched. It may also shrink when dried after screen printing.
A flat surface is needed to get the best quality print. Printing on seams, collars, or zippers provide an inconsistent surface and will leave gaps in the print and cause imperfections.
Using Low Resolution Artwork
If a low resolution artwork file is used to print, the image will come out messy or pixelated instead of sharp and clean. Avoid this by making sure the image is vectorized or is 300 dpi or higher.
For the best result, use Vector Artwork (.AI, .EPS) or a high resolution (.PSD, .SVG, and .PDF) of 300 dpi or higher, with layers and transparent backgrounds and RGB color format. Also acceptable are photo files (.JPEG, .PSD, .EPS, .TIFF).
If this is unavailable, there are steps that can be taken to make your artwork file work.
Vectorization is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. The image can be hand-traced or auto-traced by a computer program.
Raster images are made up of pixels - a single point or the smallest single element in a display device.
Created with pixel based programs or captured with a camera or scanner and are typically appear on computer screens
When zoomed in, little squares will appear
Is made up of a specific amount of pixels. When enlarged without changing the number of pixels, the image will appear pixelated or blurry
Common Uses: Photography
Common File Types: .PSD, .EPS, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG., .TIF, .BMP and .PDF that originated from raster programs
Common Programs: Photoshop, Paint
Vector images are mathematical calculations from one point to another that form lines and shapes.
Created with vector program and are common for images that will be applied onto a physical surface
When zoomed in, the image will appear the same
When enlarged, the mathematical formulas stay the same, the image will stay the same regardless of size
It is scalable to any size and will not lose quality
Can be printed at any size or resolution
Common Uses: Logos, illustrations, technical drawers, specialty signs, printing, engraving and etching
Common File Types: .AI, .SVG, .EPS, .PDF that originated from vector programs
Common Programs: Adobe Illustrator