Artwork Help and Print Guidelines

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We like to think of resolution in simple terms. If you save your file at the size (the dimensions – width and height) you want us to print your design and at 150ppi, you have done a good job!

What is image resolution?

Image resolution is usually measured in pixels per inch (ppi) or how many pixels set side by side fit into a 1 inch line. The higher the concentration of pixels the smaller and less noticeable they become. The amount of pixels in an image is directly linked to how large an image can be printed. Although a design may be considered high resolution when printed at 100mm, it may not be high resolution when printed at 500mm.

How about higher resolution files?

Image resolutions above 300ppi will not result in higher print quality. This is simply because you won’t notice the difference. Lower resolutions can still deliver good results in the right situation.

Supply your design at the size you want it printed and check it fits the width of the fabric.

Let’s say your design is a 100mm x 100mm square repeated (sorry, not a great example!). First make a note of the width of the fabric you have chosen to check how the design will fit. Upload your design at 100% (100mm x 100mm). Then tell us in the instructions section on the order page how you would like us to repeat the design on the fabric.

If you want your design printed in the middle of the fabric or your design is large and doesn’t need repeating; that’s ok, just let us know.

We prefer JPEG (JPG) – A JPEG (or Joint Photographic Experts Group) is a raster image file format that is composed of a grid of pixels. The smart compression used in JPEGs means that the resulting file is much smaller when saved without a noticeable level of degradation in the image.

What about TIFFs?

TIFFs are uncompressed files and contain a lot of information or data, particularly colour data and won’t lose the data as you edit and save them. This the main difference between a JPEG and a TIFF – image quality is preserved better in a TIFF than a JPEF the more you manipulate the image. This does does not really make a difference when it comes to printing.

Save your file as a JPEG

Once you have finished editing your design simply save your files as JPEG and you’ll have a high quality smaller size file. JPEGs can produce high quality prints of your designs that are just as good as those from a TIFF.

We like RGB, but CMYK is ok too! The important bit is the colour profile. Save your file with the profile embedded, this tell us how the file should 'look'.

For the best possible colour reproduction we advise you to supply images as RGB files. RGB files print with a larger colour gamut than CMYK files. Images should also be saved with their respective RGB profiles.

Most web based or camera captured images will have sRGB or Adobe RGB profiles and differences may not always be noticeable. However there are a number of less common image profiles that may cause colour issues if the profile has not been embedded.

Creating the repeat pattern for your fabric can be tricky at first, but it is straight forward. Set up a tile for the pattern to repeat seamlessly, the top edge of the tile has to match up with the bottom edge and the left edge has to match up with the right edge.

The edges

If your design sits in the middle of the tile and you have no elements on the edge it will repeat seamlessly, but once repeated it may end up with negative spaces in the printed fabric. It is better to create a section of your repeated design to see how it will look and then ensure the section matches top and bottom so we can repeat it on the fabric.

Simpler designs

For less complex designs you can use different repeat types for seamless fabric printing such as full drop repeat, half drop repeat and mirror repeat. Again, set up a section of this pattern with matching edges for us to print.

Useful things to know

  • Shrinkage: Printed fabrics shrink slightly by approximately 2%.
  • Hems Add an extra 10mm to your artwork if you intend to add a hem.
  • Black If your design has pure black ensure that all four CMYK options are set to 100%. For finer details such as lines, set only k to 100%.
  • White Space Around My Design We print to the edge of the fabric. If you need a white edge contact us to request this.
  • Increasing the Resolution: Sorry, increasing the resolution (ppi) of a file and keeping the dimensions the same will not improve the quality. You start with a number of pixels and you are simply splitting them up, not adding to them or adding detail. It's like taking a photocopy and enlarging on the photocopier!
  • Avoid your design printing too dark compared to your screen: There are a number of things that you can do. First, lower the brightness of your screen so that brightest part of your screen (white) has the same level of brightness as a white piece of paper. Once you have done this have a look at your image on a white, grey and black background. Reduce the image size on screen and review the image at a matchbox size (app 30x40 mm). Now adjust your image until you are happy with it whilst viewing it in each of the above scenarios and be assured that your printed result will not be too dark.
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