How To: Design for the Direct to Garment Process
So you know how to the make beautiful art, but do you know how to make that art suitable for all products? Below, a quick guide to making your work suitable for our uploader and for our Direct-to-Garment (DTG) process.
First, the uploader:
The file uploader has a few requirements:
- PNG with a transparent background (don't know how to make it transparent? Find out how here)
- at least 40% opacity (what's opacity? Find out here)
- 8-bit color
- 150 or 300 DPI
- 1500px x 1995px for apparel and 5500 x 5000 px to print the largest size art print
Second, the DTG Process:
- When you upload, make sure they're RGB files; we convert them to CMYK using our own color profiles.
- You're able to design in any number of colors you'd like. We can print them all!
- For lighter colors, we print a white so that you can put your awesome design on any color item we have.
- If you have white in your design, be sure to turn off the white apparel color option in the uploader. White ink will not print on a white shirt!
- Fidelity of certain types of colors, however, may change.
Fluorescent colors, for example, print a bit more muddled than they appear on-screen. Instead, you can see how they will appear below:
If you'd like to learn more about the specifics of designing for DTG, check the link here and, as always, keep the art coming!