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Full color designs FAQ

What is a full color design? Traditionally, Teespring has only allowed design uploads of 9 colors or fewer. Today, we want to unlock an entirely new world of design possibilities by allowing all of our sellers to upload designs with as many colors as they’d like! Full color simply refers to designs with 10 or more colors.

What will the pricing be? Full color designs will be digitally printed and therefore will have digital pricing. That means you will not get the economies of scale of screen-printing, but you’re also not getting charged for each additional color added.

What kinds of files will be accepted? All of the file types that Teespring currently accepts will also be accepted for full color designs. However, we have a few restrictions depending on what kind of file gets uploaded in the Composer.

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EPS If you have an EPS file, upload away! The only restriction is that we ask for it to be a fully vector only image. Sometimes, especially if you’re converting an image, it will contain embedded rasters even though it is an EPS file. EPS files with embedded rasters will get rejected upon upload.

PNG/JPEG/JPG/GIF If you have any of the file types above, we require that your artwork meet a minimum threshold for high quality. For US campaigns, this means that the image should be greater than 120 DPI at the scale of print. And for EU campaigns, this means that the image should be greater than 300DPI at the scale of print.

What is DPI? 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 inch.

In order to ensure a high quality print, Teespring asks that your image meet a minimum DPI threshold after you’ve adjusted it to the size you want for print. As you adjust your image on Step One of the Composer, you’ll see these visual cues letting you know what DPI your image currently is.

What happens if my image doesn’t hit the minimum DPI requirement? If your image doesn’t hit the minimum DPI requirement, we prevent you from continuing to Step 2 in the Composer. There are 2 things you can do:

  1. You can size your image down until it hits the right DPI threshold
  2. You can upload a higher resolution image

Are full color designs eligible for Goal of One? For US campaigns, any high quality PNG upload will now be eligible for Goal of One regardless of colors in the design! This means that any image that meets the minimum 120 DPI at the scale of print will now be eligible for Goal of One and you no longer need to have exclusively vector graphics. This goes for EU campaigns as well, just make sure to use PNG design files with a minimum 300 DPI.

43 responses to “Full color designs FAQ

  1. ANNETTE M SANTANA says:

    Hello,

    I really want to make the shirts, but I don’t know what to do about the low resolution. I’ve tried everything. I used many different online converters and GIMP, but nothing. every time it says that the DPI needs to be 120. Is there anyway I can send the image to you and you can edit it to where it needs to be? I don’t know what to do.

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey there! I’ve added some updates to the design file guide – if you’re still having trouble contact campaigns@teespring.com https://community.teespring.com/training-center/design-file-tips-best-practices/

  2. seleshi says:

    I share the same problem with Antte as well.On top of that,would you mind telling me the difference between “image scale”and “print size”.should I make the DPI in both ways?

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey there! The link I shared previously should help answer your questions. If you need further assistance you can reach out to campaigns@teespring.com 🙂

  3. Cindy Holt says:

    I am looking for a fitting chart. Where is that located?

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      You can check out our sizing guide here: http://answers.teespring.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1712657-sizing-guide?b_id=4589 Or reach out to our customer support team for more info via support@teespring.com. Keep in mind there is a sizing chart on each campaign page (click “what’s your size” above the color options on the campaign page).

  4. Tony says:

    I submitted a design with over 250 dpi. However the end result looks blurry on the preview of the website. Is this normal?

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey Tony,

      It’s not normal…it sounds like a resolution issue possibly. Check out our design file tips here – if you think this is a technical issue please notify campaigns@teespring.com

  5. Carmen Alu says:

    Hi. I am trying to create a design and I want all buyers to have the option of what color they choose. Right now it seems like it is only showing Navy. Can you help?

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey Carmen – Check out the video in this post to see how to offer multiple product options/colors: https://community.teespring.com/training-center/how-to-set-up-a-teespring-campaign/ Keep in mind you can reach out to campaigns@teespring.com if you need assistance too!

  6. Jen says:

    Where to do I set the t shirts for #boosted Network to a goal of 1? It automatically comes out to 50.

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      You can set the goal to 1 during campaign setup. Either way, regardless of your goal we’ve removed printing minimums so now you just need to sell 1 product.

  7. michael marcial says:

    Im confused so hypothetically speaking if I put a design up and only one person buys it will ship it out is my question? My design quality was done professionally so quality wise it should be outstanding

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Correct – if you sell 1 item we’ll print and ship 1 item. There is no longer a goal requirement. We are removing this language/feature from the launcher in our new update (we know it’s confusing).

  8. michael marcial says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for reaching out! So the goals don’t really matter anymore. We’re able to print just 1 item if ordered on a listing, no matter what — as long as the design is within our recommendations for high quality print designs here – https://community.teespring.com/training-center/design-file-tips-best-practices/.

    So we’re able to offer single printing. (Especially with our digital printers!) 🙂

    Hope this helps! Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with!

    Sincerely,

    Megan

    Hypothetically if make a campaign and one one person buys a shirt will you make it and ship it out?

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Yes! If you sell 1 item we’ll print and ship 1 item.

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  11. Cornia says:

    Hi, can I add a dash of silver or gold to some of my designs? Real silver and gold color, like foil … not gray or mustard?
    If yes, how do I do that?
    Thanks

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Corina, unfortunately we don’t have the capability to do this for all users right now!

  12. Gail Lynch says:

    the colors seem limited here. for e.g I am trying to find a lime green shirt. Is there no option to choose a color by the RGB or CMYK code?

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Gail, we only have the color options available for selection in the launcher currently!

  13. Sevan Karkasjan says:

    Hello,
    I’m trying to get my designs printed mainly on shirts and iphone cases. The designs are make are bright, neon colors, like Vaporwave type of stuff. My question is, should I submit images made in RGB or CMYK mode for maximum color quality? Whenever I upload an RGB image, it looks just like the original, but if I upload a CMYK image, it becomes brighter and the colors are changed completely. So, should I upload RGB or CMYK?

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey there, Both RGB and CMYK are modes for mixing color in graphic design. RGB color mode is best for digital work, while CMYK is used for print products, so it is recommended you upload using CMYK.

  14. Peter says:

    Will there ever be the opportunity for the hoodies, t-shirts etc to be in any colour? I am asking this because I was planning to make this hoodie with a nice robin eggshell but noticed that there was no option for that colour

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hi Peter, there’s no current plans to expand our color range at the moment but check out our extensive color range for each product here

  15. Color printed differently says:

    I recent printed a sample of my t-shirt “Social” The colors came out bland and unsaturated is this common or was this just a bad print??

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Sorry to hear about this! I would recommend reaching out to sellers@teespring.com or message us on our social media accounts

  16. Kayla Payeur says:

    I’ve just uploaded my first design, and the colors seem washed out. I know my DPI is 300, and the quality on the launcher said it was great, so what’s going on with it?

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hello there, please check out our design file tips there are a few points on color you may find useful.

  17. Neslihan says:

    Hi There,
    I live in Europe and just started to design tees with you. There isn’t much color choice in Europe as much as in the US. For example I have limited color choices to design premium tank tops. There are more color choices with the classic tank tops but I would prefer to use premium tank tops. Do you think anything can be done about it?
    I also designed & ordered and ordered for myself Women’s Comfort Tee & the quality is not that great. I based all my design on that t-shirt. I had to change it all over again to unisex Premium Tee.
    Thank you.

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      When offering global product options we make it a priority to offer consistent colors between US and EU products (so buyers receive the same color no matter where they’re located). We recommend choosing global products if you’re based in the EU to give your buyers the best shipping timelines and prices possible. We’re always looking to expand our color options. I’ll pass this feedback on to our operations team.

  18. wayne says:

    Hi, I am setting up graphics for someone using your service… does the print on demand process apply for digital printing only or (digital and screen printing) and does the price change weather i do 1 or 4 colours by printing digitally? the quality would be betting if screen printed but would that require a minimum order?
    thanks

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey there. The type of printing varies depending on the type of product you are looking to apply your design to. For the actual design image, you’re not limited to the amount of colors and it doesn’t effect the cost of the garment. Take a look at the design resources we have in the training center, you may find them helpful.

  19. Christopher Singh says:

    I created a design for a shirt but one of the colors (Purple) on the wording of the design keeps coming back very light and faded when printed on the shirt. I’ve tried a few different changes to the design, changing res, changing contrast, brightness and even the shade of the color, but every sample order has come back virtually the same. I was told that the issue may be the material of the shirt but all choices are 100% cotton. I’m going on my 4th sample order and am out of ideas. please help! thanks

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey, have you contacted sellers@teespring.com and made them aware of this issue?

  20. Naila Magsi says:

    Hello team.
    I have problem in my teespring seller account is that.
    My background of listing not working..
    Here just working on white color

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey Naila! Would you mind please giving me some more details of your issue so I can understand how to help you?

      1. Ritu says:

        Hello,
        I am facing same issue as Naila. The background color options are not there while designing any product. It only displays white and the corresponsing ‘+’ button to add color is not working. I tried with the app too, same issue.

        1. Luiza Jordan says:

          Hey! We had issues earlier on today with a bug on the site, but it should be fixed now. Please could you try again and let us know by reaching out at sellers@teespring.com if the issue is still persisting?

  21. robin provost says:

    Same here. I am unable to select a color. It won’t give me that option either.

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey! We had issues earlier on today with a bug on the site, but it should be fixed now. Please could you try again and let us know if the issue is still persisting?

  22. nathaniel says:

    Hello Christopher Singh, my thoughts are that you may have to increase the saturation of the color purple that returns very light and faded. I believe your process of changing contrast is only adding/subtracting darkness (grays/blacks), changing brightness adds light/white thereby decreases color, and adjusting shades adds darkness too. Saturation increases the amount/intensity of a color. it should help it pop a little more. Another thing you may want to consider is to look at color values in your image (ex: R:152, G:22, B:235 …or C:60, M:80, Y:0, K:0), and compare to a physical color wheel or color swatch. The physical color wheel/swatch will give a closer representation of what will actually print … regardless of what your computer screen looks like. Of course, printing on paper vs. fabric is different, but that’s why we have to order samples before going big. 🙂
    I hope this helps.

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