Teespring Launcher design file tips

Using the Teespring Launcher to create new products is easier than ever! Below we’ll share some tips to help you optimize your design files for this tool to ensure your design appears as best as possible on your products.

If you’re creating designs to sell on leggings keep in mind we offer a leggings design template and instructional video if you need extra assistance. Also, if you add a design on the front and back of products this will increase their base cost—to minimize base cost and maximize profit you may want to keep your design on one side of the products only.

Design file tips:

  • File format: PNG files are best but the launcher also accepts other types of image files (please note the launcher does not accept EPS files). File size limit for the launcher is 50 MB.
  • Artwork dimensions: We recommend creating design files with 3000 x 3000 pixel dimensions. Design size should be at least 500 x 500 pixels.
  • Image resolution: We recommend creating designs with the 300 DPI possible (dots per inch). The minimum DPI the launcher will accept is 120.
  • Color System: We use an RGB workflow. Our DTG machines print Red and Green, as well as the traditional CMYK, which allows for a larger color gamut.
  • Photographs & art: If you plan to sell your own photographs or art (learn more) it’s best to upload high-resolution images that are close to the print specifications – e.g., if printing at 11″ x 8″ tall, an 11″ x 8″ image at 300 DPI is best.  Any scaling-up of lower resolution images can lead to reduced print quality.
  • Text: To ensure text print quality and legibility we recommend using fonts that are 10pts or larger.

Example of how a PNG file appears when uploaded to the launcher 



Design File FAQs

What is Print Quality?

Teespring uses DPI to determine if your design’s print quality is poor, good, or great. DPI stands for dots per inch and refers to the physical dot density of an image when it is reproduced as a real physical entity (e.g. on a shirt). Monitors do not have dots but do have pixels so a closely related concept is PPI or pixels per inchIn order to ensure a high-quality print, Teespring requires your design to meet a minimum DPI threshold (150 DPI). As you adjust your image in Step 1 of the Teespring Launcher, you’ll see visual cues indicating your design’s print quality as either poor, good, or great.


What can I do if my print quality is showing as “Poor” in the launcher?

If your image doesn’t meet the minimum quality requirement, we prevent you from continuing to Step 2 in the Launcher. There are 2 things you can do:

  1. You can resize your image (smaller) until it hits the minimum quality threshold
  2. You can upload a higher resolution image

My design file is too big when I try to meet the minimum print quality requirement…

If you’re having trouble staying under the 50MB limit and meeting the quality requirements (DPI) in the Teespring Launcher there are a few things you can try:

  1. Within your design software, resize the design to match the artboard size of 11.7″x17.9″ (3570 x 5370px) and export/save it as a PNG.
  2. In photoshop, use ‘change image size’ option to get your design to at least 3570 x 5370px and then export/save it as a PNG.
  3. Keep in mind you may have to resize the design once it’s uploaded to the Teespring Launcher; sometimes by adjusting the design to a slightly smaller size you can raise the DPI (quality).