Guide til at få tryk på tøj

Guide to getting clothes printed

Guide to Printing Clothes

This guide will help you to get well-equipped to get a print-ready file for your manufacturer to print on your t-shirt. This way you will save time on annoying changes that take your and the manufacturer's time.

At the bottom of the post you will find a mock up that you can download for free, where you can put your design in if you want to see your print on a t-shirt from However, this requires Photoshop to use it.

Correct product, quantity and delivery

It is extremely important that you, along with the manufacturer, have a thorough conversation about your thoughts on the clothes. It may be that it must be special measurements as well as what kind of printed matter you want. In addition, it may be relevant to agree on notices (how many numbers you need) and delivery time, so that conflicts do not arise later.

Remember the correct color settings for the print

It is typical that many people work in the color mode RGB, but it is only used digitally, which is not the right thing to print. Here you need CMYK colors to frame the colors that the printer can create. If this is not done, you will see that the color you have been working on looks significantly different when printed.

You should also be aware of the following:

When you select black in illustrator, it is not necessarily a real black color, but brown. Here you need the CMYK color: C = 50, M = 50, Y = 50, K = 100.

The file type of the manufacturer

You can send all kinds of file types, but it gives far from the same result. Let's assume you're sending a JPEG file to a vendor, you'll usually get a bad print if it's not in a large format. Therefore, I recommend that you always send a PDF that is scalable or vector to the vendor for the best print.

You can also send an .eps version to the vendor.

If you have any text on, remember to "expand" it so that it is no longer a font, but objects. It can tease the printer.


A very important point is what resolution you make it in. Here we are talking about DPI. Basically, you should always create your print files in 300dpi. It is simply a must. However, it is often said that one can not see the difference between 150 and 300dpi from a long distance, but when it comes to clothing printing, it must definitely be done in 300dpi. This will ensure that you get the best pressure.


In terms of pruning, consult your manufacturer for advice. You may need to bleed around your pattern or maybe even a stroke (drawing along the edge) around your design.

If you are in doubt about this, I recommend that you take your instructions from the manufacturer on to a designer who can help with this part, as it can be teasing.

Free mock up

Finally, I promised I would provide a free mock up that you can use to put your design into. You can download it here.

Have fun,

Kiranan Luxmy - Grafikr ApS