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Image requirements for a personalised custom t-shirt printing

Image requirements for a personalised custom t-shirt printing

There are a few dependencies to make great customised t-shirts printed. Printing with a cutting-edge DTG printer, powerful supporting software, high-quality cotton materials suitable for DTG printing, etc. are a few of them. All of them will take care of by the DTG printing service provider. But there is a crucial part which is out of hands of the service provider – the quality of the artwork. If the image is of lower quality, then there is nothing a printer can do to convert the image into an impressively personalised t-shirt.

Here we will explain a few things that you can verify before placing a custom printed t-shirt order online.


Resolution stands for the clarity of the image. We are not going deep to explain what is the resolution in this post. Displaying an image on a mobile phone or a computer screen uses a different method than a printing machine uses to print the same image. Usually, pictures you see on the web has 72 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), but this is not enough when printing. Most of the printers will produce desired output using a minimum of 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch) image. 300 Dots within an inch obviously has more density than 72 Dots placed within an inch; thus the print output would feel intense and sharp.

Mobile Photos

Most of the latest phones have an excellent camera, but if you do not have a high-quality camera app on your mobile, then try to avoid using Mobile captured photos. Mobile cameras will make more noisy and grainy images which will affect the print quality.

Photos downloaded from Social Media

We understand, to get a funny pic of your friend’s, you will first search on their Facebook profile. And luckily you found an interesting picture, and you decided to print that photo on a personalised t-shirt. But, you know, photos downloaded from social channels like Facebook and WhatsApp is not suitable for sending to printing. Even a user upload a high-quality pixel perfect image on social accounts; usually, social networking sites will compress that images for various reasons such as reducing their overall IT resources usages and make a much more faster delivery of their contents.

Please remember that it is always best to submit a higher print file that we can scale down instead of vice versa. You won’t lose any quality when we scale down, but when it is scaling up the quality would be worse. We do not want to print blurry and pixelated photos of yours as much as you do not want to see such poor quality pic of yours printed on a much-awaited personal t-shirt.