For direct-to-garment (DTG) or direct-to-film (DTF) printing, the preferred file type is PNG with a transparent background.

We can also work with JPEG, EPS, GIF, and TIFF, with limitations though. If you don’t have a PNG with a transparent background, but have Vector Artwork , we can work with that! We can save as a PNG and drop the background out for you.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. Image Resolution: Ensure that your file is at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) for the best print quality. This resolution will help maintain clarity and detail in your design.
  2. Size: Your design should be saved as close as possible to the desired print size.
  3. Transparency: If your design requires a transparent background (e.g., a logo), make sure to save your file with transparency intact. Saving as PNG format usually preserves transparency. In Photoshop or Paint, go to File > Save As > PNG. In Illustrator or similar software, you would typically go to File > Export > PNG.
    If you don’t save your image as a PNG with a transparent background, the white or coloured square will print around your logo.
  4. Checking Artwork: To verify the quality of your design, open the file on your computer screen and resize it to the desired print size. If the image appears blurry or pixelated at this size, it will likely print that way. If you’re satisfied with the clarity, you can proceed with uploading your design.
  5. Image Size on Google: If you found an image on Google and want to ensure it’s suitable for printing, you can use the following steps:
    • Search for your desired image on Google.
    • Click on the “Images” tab.
    • Below the Google search bar, click on the “Tools” button.
    • In the options that appear, click on the “Size” dropdown menu.
    • Select “Larger Than” and choose a minimum size such as “1024 x 768”. Or simply Large if that’s the only option you have, depends on your browser.

By applying this filter, Google will display only images that meet the specified size criteria, ensuring they are large enough for printing.

Remember to respect copyright and usage rights when using images found on the internet. It’s best to use original artwork or obtain appropriate permissions for any copyrighted material. There is also a ‘Usage Rights’ option in the google images settings, where you can select Labeled for Reuse, Labeled for Commercial Reuse, or Commercial and other licenses, depending on your browser and your needs. By using the “Usage Rights” filter, you can narrow down your search results to images that are explicitly labeled for commercial use or have licenses that allow for reuse without infringing on copyright.

Colours are printed in CMYK. DTG is not matched to Pantone colours like other print methods.

If you are unsure, feel free to email your artwork through to, and we can have a look.

Or just place your order online, and we will let you know if it is not suitable.

We can redraw your artwork into vector format if required from $70 + gst.
You will receive a copy of your vector artwork in PDF and AI formats for your own future use.


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