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Pixel graphics are multicolored images or photos composed of individual pixels (picture elements). The pixels are arranged in a grid, hence the term "grid graphics" (sometimes called "raster graphics"). Each pixel is assigned color information, the sum of which produces the picture. The pixel graphics serve as a template for digital printing. So that we can achieve the best possible result in printing with your graphics, please bear in mind the following tips:
Photos or graphics in PNG, JPG, GIF or BMP formats consist of pixels (picture elements) arranged in grid form, each of which is assigned multiple color information. The number of pixels in width and height also later determines the size of the print.
We print textiles at 200 dpi. The abbreviation dpi stands for dots per inch, and this provides information on the density of the picture elements. A graphic that is 1000 pixels wide, for example, produces a design 5'' wide when printed at 200 dpi. A 2000 pixel-wide graphic produces a 10'' wide design, etc.
A design with a low pixel width or height (for example, 800 x 600 pixels) cannot therefore be easily enlarged without loss of quality (for example to 4.7" x 4" or more). Because of the "missing" pixels, the print would probably look blurry and out of focus. So only upload designs with sufficient resolution and number of pixels. We recommend 200 dpi and a maximum of 4000 x 4000 pixels, so as not to exceed the maximum file size of 10 MB.
People frequently want to print a motif cut out of a photo or picture, and not the background itself. But it is not enough simply to create a white background, because this will mean that a white area is printed, which will be visible on both colored and white products. Backgrounds must be transparent so that they are ignored by our printer. Isolate your motif in a graphics program and save it as a PNG. Perhaps the following instructions for removing the background from a motif in Photoshop will be helpful:
Digital printers work in a similar way to inkjet printers: the ink is sprayed directly onto the product. To achieve the highest possible fidelity to the colors of the design, a white layer is first sprayed onto colored products as a base. If your design has a transparent color transition running to the edges, this white base can show through on dark products. To prevent this, use the "speckle" tool in your graphics program. Advanced users can also use the "dither" function.
Pixel graphics are printed onto shirts in CMYK color mode. However your screen displays the motif in RGB mode. This may make the colors look different. Colors are often brighter on the screen than on the printed shirt. In order for the colors of your printed shirts to have a similar intensity to the colors on the monitor, you should set the contrast of your graphic higher and the colors bolder.
If parts of the design are thinner than the required line width, they can tear during weeding making the print motif unusable. If gaps in the motif or whole parts of the motif are too small (e.g. dots), they may possibly be overlooked during weeding or be difficult to detach. In addition, fine lines do not adhere as well to the shirt and may peel off. Lines and other parts of the motif must therefore have a diameter of at least 0.06 inches and gaps between elements should be at least 0.04 inches.
This is how you measure line width: to check whether the lines in your motif are thick enough, create a circle with a diameter of 0.06 inches and lay it on top of the thinnest line in your motif. If the circle fits inside the line without protruding, it is thick enough. Do the same with a 0.04 inch diameter circle to measure the gaps in your design. If the circle fits inside the narrowest gap, it is big enough.
Important: if you increase the line width, make sure that your overall design is no larger than 15 x 15 inches. It is best to aim for a size of 11 x 11 inches, so that it fits on most of our products.
Ensure that you do the following: