Design Guide

No matter what you’re doing it’s crucial to do it as best as you can so the whole world would stop for a minute and have good look at your work. To do so, you must be willing to spend some time reading or watching helpful guides, like this bad boy below. With simple examples by no time you will be able to provide roaring designs for various products with no flaws whatsoever.

Printify CMYK color profile:

- Dark garments

- Light garments

When creating a new file, it’s best to use inches as the unit of measurement to bring to existence the idea of your artwork size. The resolution should be set to 300 at Pixels / Inch, with 8 bit depth. Since our printers are set to CMYK color profile, the color mode of the artwork should also be set in CMYK. A lot of the colors you create in RGB mode are not achievable using standard four-color process printing. It is always best to create your document from the start in CMYK color mode to ensure that you have a better idea of how your design will be printed.

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The largest print size for garment products is 15’’ x 19’’. This is based on the pallet size, not the garment. Please note that if the artwork is larger than the print area, it will be cut. The size of the artwork is entirely up to your discretion. If you do not want prints over the zipper, please size the artwork accordingly to clear that space.

If the artwork is made at 15′′ x 19′′, but the print area for other sizes is lower, we will automatically scale down the artwork.

If you do not want to end up with a white box on a colored shirt around your design, a correct file format should be chosen, i.e. PNG or TIFF.

If you are working with vectors (in Illustrator, for example), there shouldn’t be any problem with creating an artwork with a transparent background.

If you are using Photoshop (or any other photo editing software) and your design already has a background, you will need to remove it.

Always pay attention to the edges of your design. If your photo is not in the highest quality, there is a very high possibility unnecessary pixels will stay on your artwork! Our advice is to put a new layer (opposite to the color of the background underneath your design) and you will perfect- ly see if there is still some unwanted pixels left.

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It may be hard to tell the difference between color tones when preparing files on your monitor. Monitors of various types and calibration may show richer colors in RGB, but is very necessary to know which one to choose.

CMYK black (also known as 100K black) is great for texts, because only one color (Black) is used for printing allowing for a crisp and sharp reproduction. If you have created a text in Photoshop with the Rich Black, chances are that particularly small fonts will come out blurry and fuzzy.

On large areas of flat black, however, 100K doesn't really have much impact as black, more as a dark grey, especially when uncoated. The reason it's gray rather than black, is that the ink is partially absorbed by the textile creating a very thin coating, so some of the white ink may show through. The solution is to create a Rich Black by adding a little extra color to the mix.

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Our equipment prints multiple layers of ink on a shirt. For light colored shirts, a single color layer is applied if an underbase is not desired. It’s not required on white garments, and creates a much more integrated look on lighter greys, whites, etc.

Dark colored garments (black, navy, etc.) require a white underbase layer to be printed first to create a foundation for colored ink. In this case, some preparations to the artwork should be performed.

NOTE: Color fading into another color does not require preparation.

Deleting portions of the artwork so FULL transparency is shown in a halftone-style pattern is the best way to create the “fade to nothing” look. This is required when printing:

- Black fading to nothing

- Color fading to nothing

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Remember, that the CMYK color profile gives you the idea of how your colors are going to print. As a result, you need to export a flatten PNG (you must ensure that there is only one layer, flattened down, and nothing other than the colorspace in the channels section). As you might know, PNG doesn’t support the CMYK color profile. Don’t worry - when everything is done, convert your artwork to the RGB profile. The colors might become brighter and more vibrant, but the artwork will still be printed as seen in the CMYK mode. Export the file to PNG and you are ready to make your new collection.


Note:
every design that is being printed on a particular product for the first time goes through a Quality Control performed by the Printify team. If we see any issues in your design that may lead to a bad quality print - we will let you know.