File Types | T-Shirt Elephant


Welcome to our guide on the best file types and resolution practices for printing your designs on shirts. Ensuring your artwork meets these requirements is essential for achieving high-quality prints on your apparel. We do our best to review all artwork, and if possible fix up pixelated and low resolution artwork. That said, please follow the guidelines below to ensure your design comes out perfectly.

1. File Types:

  • Vector Files (Recommended): PDF, EPS, AI, SVG
    Vector files are ideal for printing as they can be scaled to any size without losing quality. They're perfect for logos, text, and designs with solid colors.
  • Raster Files: JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF
    High-resolution raster files can also produce excellent prints. Ensure they have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch) for optimal results.

2. Resolution Guidelines:

  • Vector Files: Resolution-independent, as they're based on mathematical equations rather than pixels.
  • Raster Files: Aim for a minimum resolution of 300 DPI to ensure sharp and clear prints.
  • For larger prints or intricate designs, higher resolutions may be necessary to maintain quality.

3. File Preparation Tips:

  • Provide Original, Uncompressed Files: Avoid compressing or resizing your artwork to maintain quality.
  • Use CMYK Color Mode: Ensure your files are in CMYK color mode for accurate color reproduction in print.

4. Mock-Up Accuracy:

  • Please note that mock-ups in our design studio may not perfectly represent the final print result. Actual print colors and sizes may vary slightly.

5. Additional Information:

  • If you're unsure about your artwork's suitability for printing, feel free to contact our customer service team for assistance.


By following these best practices for file types and resolution, you can ensure your designs are ready for high-quality printing on shirts. For further inquiries or assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our team!