Superior DTF Prints.
Essential Tips For Flawless DTF Prints.
Preparing your artwork before sending it to the printer can make all the difference in the final print quality. However, this task can sometimes be tedious and even overwhelming, even for experienced designers. That’s why we’ve compiled some essential tips for preparing your artwork to achieve flawless DTF prints.
We’ll cover some important factors, such as image resolution & file types, and also mistakes to avoid. By following these tips and hacks, you’ll be on your way to producing exceptional quality artwork and taking your DTF prints to the next level!
File Formats and Resolution:
Acceptable file formats for uploading are .png (Portable Network Graphics) and .svg (Scalable Vector Graphics).
- PNG files are suitable for images with a complex color palette or transparency, while SVG files are ideal for vector-based designs.
- JPG/JPEG files are also supported, although we do not recommend them for most projects.
- For the best results, ensure that your artwork is high resolution and of good quality.
- Avoid low-resolution images and screenshots. Most of these images look fine on mobile devices but may appear pixelated or blurry when enlarged and printed.
- Recommended resolution: 300 DPI (dots per inch) or higher for raster-based (pixel) images.
Vector-Based Artwork (SVG):
- If possible, use vector-based artwork for the best scalability and print quality.
- If using a vector-based design (SVG), resolution is not a concern as it can be scaled without loss of quality.
RGB OR CMYK?
- Use the RGB color mode for digital artwork, as it is the standard for online graphics.
- Avoid using CMYK color mode as it is more suitable for print production and may result in color discrepancies.
- Stay Neon-Aware. We do not
currently offer neon inks, so please be aware that colors in the neon palette may
have slight variations in the final print.
How to avoid unwanted, rough or white edges:
One common challenge faced by many enthusiasts is dealing with white or rough edges that can detract from the overall quality of their designs. We understand the importance of seamless and professional-looking prints, so here's a little info to help you overcome those imperfections.
- Artwork Resolution
- Improper or Low Quality Background Removal
- Improper Tracing
These are the 3 main causes of unwanted white and/or rough edges.
- If the artwork has low resolution or is not properly traced, it can result in jagged or pixelated edges when printed.
- Make sure your artwork is of high resolution (300 DPI or higher) for raster-based (pixel) images such as .PNG or JPG files.
- Apply anti-aliasing and Feathering.
- Anti-aliasing is a technique used to smooth the edges of digital graphics by blending the colors between the edge and the background.
- Feathering refers to adding a slight blur or gradient effect to the edges of the artwork.
- Applying anti-aliasing or feathering can help reduce the appearance of rough white edges by creating a smoother transition between the printed design and the fabric.
- For vector-based designs, ensure that curves and edges are smooth by using proper tracing tools/techniques or starting with a high-quality vector file.
- We recommend using software or design tools that allow you to preview the artwork against a black background to properly check your artworks edges.
Our Design Editor also has a black background available.
HERE'S THE HACK!
It's always free to have us take a look at your design before we process your order. If you need help with your file types or would like for a specialist to review your artwork or images for possible issues, just let us know in the handling instructions. We can offer assistance with some services at no additional cost to you.
HERE'S THE FACTS!
Other services we may recommend are fee-based (for each image). You are in no way obligated to implement any of the recommendations made by the specialist. Additionally, our Design Editor let's you share your design so that you/your graphic designer or a third party of your choice, has access to your design at any time time to make any changes necessary before sending it to print.
Sizing and Dimensions:
There are rulers and a grid in the Design Editor to help with sizing your design or its components.
- When preparing your artwork, ensure that the image is properly cropped, with no unnecessary blank space surrounding it.
- By cropping the image to its intended boundaries, you eliminate any unwanted white or empty areas, allowing for a clean and focused design.
- Additionally, avoiding unnecessary blank space reduces the chances of any unwanted elements or backgrounds being unintentionally included in the final print.
- Set the size and dimensions of your artwork by using the rulers and grid on the sheet template.
Keep in mind the printable area of the transfer sheet. It is extremely important that your artwork does not touch the red border area of the design space.
By keeping your artwork within these designated areas, you minimize the risk of critical design elements being inadvertently trimmed off. We cannot offer replacements or refunds in these cases.
Smart Gang-Big Bang:
Print More, Waste Less, & Save Big by Ganging Your Images!
- A DTF “gang sheet” refers to a larger transfer sheet that accommodates multiple designs or images arranged strategically within a single print run.
- Instead of printing each design individually, you can combine several designs on a single sheet, optimizing space and efficiency. This method is especially valuable when you have multiple smaller designs or artworks to print simultaneously.
- By utilizing the whole DTF transfer sheet, you can minimize material waste and make each sheet more cost-effective.
- Our Aligner Tool simplifies the process of positioning objects on a gang sheet, saving you time and effort. You can also fine-tune any element to your desired position by using the arrow keys on your computer keyboard.
Premium Techniques: Halftones and Black Shirt Background.
Ready to take your prints to the next level? If you're looking to achieve a softer and more subtle aesthetic in your DTF prints, utilizing halftones and/or removing the black ink while using a black shirt as the background can work wonders and result in a unique and captivating effect for your artwork.
Halftones for Texture and Gradation:
- Halftones are a fantastic way to introduce texture, shading, and gradients to your designs. By converting areas of solid color into patterns of varying dot sizes, you can achieve the illusion of different tones and shades. This technique is particularly effective for reproducing complex details, photographic images, or achieving smooth transitions between colors. By incorporating halftones strategically into your artwork, you can create a softer and more nuanced appearance that adds depth and visual interest.
Removing Black Ink and Using Black Shirt Background:
- When you remove the black ink from your print and utilize a black shirt as the background, it creates a distinct effect and a more professional look. The absence of black ink allows the fabric’s natural color to show through, resulting in a softer and more muted tone. This technique works exceptionally well when combined with halftones, as the subtler background allows the halftone patterns to stand out while maintaining an overall softer feel. It can lend a sophisticated and artistic touch to your prints, giving them a unique character that sets them apart from potential competitors.