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How to Prepare the Perfect Print File for Print On-Demand Products

The print file you submit can make or break the final outcome of your product. It is important to prepare your print files for DTG printing. That means you may have to alter your original digital art based on this guidance. Following these key guidelines can help you create a final product you can proudly offer.

Print File Basics

  • Art size is the actual size of your design as it will be printed on the product and is measured in inches or centimeters.
  • File size tells you how much space the design takes up on your drive and is measured in bytes.
  • Pixels are a measurement for digital images you see on a screen.
  • Resolution is the density of pixels in an image.
  • Dpi (dots per inch) is the printed resolution of images/designs. Higher dpi=more dots=sharper print. Lower dpi=fewer dots=blurrier print. (see the illustration below)

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Guidelines for Air Waves OnDemand

  • File formats: High-res, transparent .PNG
  • Print file resolution (dpi): 300 pixels per inch
  • Maximum recommended Art Size (W x H):
    • Men’s Full Chest: 12″ x 14″
    • Women’s Full Chest: 11″ x 12″
    • Adult Left Chest: 4″ x 4″
    • Adult Right Chest: 4″ x 4″
    • Kids Full Chest: 8″ x 10″
  • If you are including black ink, make sure it is 100% dense black. If it is not, it may appear grey when it’s printed.
  • Avoid using transparencies in your design as they will appear as the color of the density (for example; red at 50% will appear pink and black at 50% will appear grey).
  • Bottom line, what you submit is what you will get. If your colors are not dense, you will not get a dense print.
  • We encourage you to place sample orders to ensure your print quality is up to your standard.

What you submit is what you will get. If you have questions, please reach out to our Seller Support Team.

High vs low dpi