1. FILE TYPE
We recommend uploading your artwork to the website as a PDF or PNG file. The website also accepts SVG, EPS or JPG files. We are happy to accept higher resolution artwork and AI or PSD files via email to email@example.com
2. FILE RESOLUTION
- Recommend: 300 dpi
- Acceptable: 150 dpi
- Not acceptable: less than 150 dpi
For best results, files should be sent at actual print size and either 300dpi or vectorised. Please Note: In most cases you cannot simply "resize" an
existing small file to increase it's size. You need to find the original larger file or recreate the artwork at the appropriate size. We cannot take responsibility for poor print quality if the file is of poor quality.
If the size and quality of the image is not good enough for the size of the print your require, we may have to recreate the image. Depending on the complexity of the image, this may incur an additional design work fee. But don’t worry – if this is necessary we will contact you first to inform you of any extra costs and confirm that you are happy to go ahead with the printing.
3. EMBROIDERY SIZE
Files must be provided at the size you need embroidered. If you need 5x5cm embroidery, your artwork should also be set to 5x5cm. If you are unsure what size to embroider your artwork, we recommend measuring a real t shirt to see how different sizes look.
For custom T-shirts, the maximum embroidery size is a circle of 11cm diameter. Sweaters and hoodies with a heavier fabric can take larger embroidery up to 26cm diameter. Embroidery on caps can be up to 5.5cm x 12cm (landscape), on the front. Beanie embroidery sizes may be more style specific. Garment type and positioning may affect the embroidery size.
Embroidery can be used to create detailed shapes, text, and artwork. However, because custom embroidery creates your artwork by stitching threads, there are physical limits to how intricate details can be within your artwork. The smallest a single stitch can be is 2mm. This means that the smallest level of detail within your artwork must be at least 2mm. If your artwork contains details smaller than 2mm, we will need to adjust your file to ensure your artwork can be created as embroidery and this may alter the look of your embroidery.
5. FONTS & TEXT
Remember, your text and fonts will be created out of thread so you want to take precautions to ensure your text is legible. Letter height should be an absolute minimum of 3.5 to 4 mm, and ideally 5 - 6 mm.
Consider your letter spacing, or tracking, to ensure your text is legible. Generally speaking, the best fonts for embroidery are cursive letters where each letter is connected in script. The thread will continue between each letter and be more legible. The next best fonts are san-serif fonts because there are less pieces to each letter and are more easily legible. Serif fonts are not recommended at small scales, but if you intend to use one, we recommend adding additional space between each letter for visibility and clarity around each letter.
We offer a variety of thread colors to achieve the most accurate colour representation for embroidery. When you upload your artwork and select embroidery, the website will automatically detect and display colours in your artwork that match our stock thread colours. If your art requires specific thread colors, please email the specifications to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quote for custom embroidery colours.
Disclaimer: When images are embroidered the colours may not match exactly what you see on your screen. Unfortunately, there are differences between how colours are rendered on a computer or phone screen.
Orders placed online can contain up to 5 thread colours. If your artwork requires more than 5 colours you can request an estimate by emailing email@example.com
7. PULLING & PUCKERING
Since embroidery is made from thread & stitching your artwork into a garment, it is possible that your artwork may have some minimal puckering or pulling due to the stitches pulling and distorting the fabric. For this reason, heavier weight T-shirts (such as the Stanley Sparker at 220gsm) are recommended for embroidery. Lightweight fabrics are more likely to show puckering or pulling and are not suitable for embroidery unless it's a low number of stitches in e.g. a line drawing. We will apply a backing material to your design, which should prevent or minimize puckering and to get you the best embroidery possible.