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Art For Digital Printing

The art requirements for digital printing are a little more relaxed than screen print since the colors do not need to be separated. That being said, your print will only be as good as your digital art file. Below are the guidelines for optimal digital printing.

Since one advantage to DTG printing is the ability to turn the job faster, be sure to send the art over for review as soon as it is available.

Adobe Illustrator

  • vector graphic images - shapes created using paths instead of pixels
  • all fonts should be converted to outlines
  • embed any linked files, and provide the support file separately


Thanks to Roguelephant for this awesome
example of digital vector art - Rogue Rose!


Thank you, Sharp Shirter for this perfect
example of digital vector art - Bring It On

Adobe Photoshop

  • raster images - design elements created using pixels instead of paths
  • best for very complex graphics or photographic images
  • images should be created at a minimum of 150 dpi at print size
  • up-sampling low resolution images does not make the graphic use-able for screen print


Big thanks to artist Francis Menoza and
Threadless for this beautiful example of
raster art - Once Upon a Time!


Thanks so much, also to artist Arindra
Prakoso and Threadless for another gorgeous
raster art example - Lady Fox!

Digital Printing On Apparel

As the newest technology for custom decorated apparel, digital printing is probably the least understood. There are some advantages & disadvantage to direct-to-garment printing that you may not be aware of.

We've developed a guide to cover the basics of the process, fabrics to use, what kind of art to avoid and more.

Fill out the for to the right to download the guide.