Print file guidelines

Print sizes

In order to print high quality prints, we need high quality print files. So here are Printful's print file design guidelines.

All print files must be scaled to print size. Graphics that do not meet our guidelines might not be printed correctly.

  • Remember to remove all backgrounds. 
  • White color will not be printed on white garments.
  • Please be advised that we cannot guarantee 100% color accuracy if the files have not been adjusted using our DTG (direct to garment) color swatches for color correction.
  • Transparencies do not translate well in DTG printing. We advise that all colors remain solid.
  • Simply typing in a new resolution into the file will not result in a higher resolution print.
  • Note that DTG is a manual process, so discrepancies in print placement are possible.


Model Sizes Max Print Area Guides
American Apparel Fleece Raglan (front, back)
Kids 2-6yrs 7 × 8" Download
Adults XS and larger 11 × 16"
American Apparel 5197 Kids California Fleece Zip Hoodie (front, back)
2, 4, 6 8 × 5" Download
American Apparel 5495 Unisex California Fleece Pullover Hoodie
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S, M, L (front only) 11 × 13" Download
S, M, L (back only) 11 × 14"
XL and larger (front and back) 12 × 14"
American Apparel 5497 California Fleece Zip Hoodie (front, back)
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S, M, L 10 × 11" Download
XL, 2XL 12 × 14"
American Apparel TRT497 Tri-Blend Hoodie
View model

XS (front) 10 × 9" Download
S,M (front) 10 × 10"
XS, S, M (back) 10 × 12"
L, XL (front) 12 × 11.5"
L, XL (back) 12 × 14"
American Apparel F497 Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie
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XXS, XS (front) 10 × 10" Download
XXS, XS (back) 10 × 12"
S,M (front) 10 × 11"
L (front) 12 × 13"
XL,XXL (front) 12 × 14.5"
S,M,L,XL,XXL (back) 12 × 14"
Gildan 18000 Heavy Blend™ Crewneck Sweatshirt (front, back)
S - 5XL 12 × 16"
Hanes F260 Ultimate Cotton Crewneck Sweatshirt (front, back)
S - 2XL 12 × 16"
Anvil 71600 Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
S, M, L, XL, 2XL (front) 11 × 13"
S, M, L, XL, 2XL (back) 12 × 16"

Must follow print file guides

  1. Print file size
    Make sure graphics do not exceed the maximums as specified in table above.
  2. File dimensions & uploading
    Please maintain dimensions when saving and uploading to Printful.
    Remove guidelines when saving image-based file (PSD or PNG).
  3. Color
    Make sure the print file is set in RGB color space. 
    See video tutorial
  4. Background
    Graphics should have a transparent background since every color is printed - if your background is white, then it will also show up on the print.
  5. Fonts
    All fonts should be converted to outlines, so you don't have to send over the font files. 
    See video tutorial
  6. File format
    Please submit your files in PNG or PSD format/at least 150 dpi.

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