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.
  • Prints on white garments will not contain a white base unless otherwise specified.
  • 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.
  • If placement is of high importance to you, please review our guidelines and ensure you have placed and sized your graphics to the desired dimensions/ placement. We cannot guarantee placement otherwise.

Men, Women & Youth T‑Shirts

Model Sizes Max Print Area Guides
Men, Women & Youth (front, back)
American Apparel Youth (2, 4, and 6yrs) 7 × 8" Download
Men / Unisex (XS), Women (S, M, L), Youth sizes American Apparel (8, 10, and 12yrs) 10 × 12"
Men / Unisex (S and larger), Women (XL and larger), Anvil Youth (M, L and XL) 12 × 16"

Crop Tops

Model Sizes Max Print Area Guides
American Apparel 2380 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Cropped T-Shirt (front and back)
View model

XS/S 7 × 8" Download
M/L/XL 10 × 10"
Bella + Canvas 6681 Women's Crop Tee (front and back)
View model

XS/S 7 × 8" Download
M/L 10 × 10"

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).
    Include additional mockup image with guidelines for correct positioning.
  3. Color
    Make sure the printfile 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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