Uploaded Image Requirements & Best Practices
When uploading your own images and artwork in the Design Studio, following a few best practices will make customizing easier and your t-shirts just that much better when you get them.
First, files can be uploaded in the following formats:
.gif, .png, .jpg, .bmp, .tif, .ai, .eps, .pdf, and .psd
Second, consider the resolution of the image you’re uploading. Below are explanations and recommendations for the two primary types of digital images — raster and vector.
We recommend 150 dpi or greater for the best printing results. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Let us explain.
Raster images, the more common of the two, are images that are made up of a grid of square pixels, that when viewed all together, look like a seamless image. Typical file types are .jpg, .png, .gif, .tif, .psd, and .bmp.
Raster images that have more pixels can print larger than images with fewer pixels. As you try to enlarge a raster image, the once small, unnoticeable pixels get larger and make the image look blocky or blurry. For this reason, it’s important that the image you upload has enough pixels to print at the size you’d like so that there is no loss in quality.
The number of pixels can either be expressed as the total number — like 1500 pixels wide x 1200 pixels tall — or as density, usually referred to as the image’s resolution. This number is given in dpi (dots-per-inch) and for our printing purposes, it’s best if your image is 150 dpi or greater to ensure the best results.
This means that if you'd like to print your uploaded image at 4” x 3” for a typical left chest placement, your image would only need to be 600 pixels x 450 pixels. If instead you’d like to print your image across the whole front at 10” x 12”, it’s best if it’s 1500 pixels x 1800 pixels. You can usually find this information by right clicking on the image file, selecting properties, and looking under details.
If your image doesn't quite meet this recommendation, you’re still free to use it and if there’s any concern about your design’s print quality we’ll be sure to contact you.
Be sure to outline text so any fonts print the way you’ve designed them.
For those that are unfamiliar, vector images are made up of crisp lines called paths and angles called anchors. Instead of the square pixels used in raster images, vector images use these paths to precisely outline each shape resulting in a smooth and never blurry image. Typical file types are: .ai, .eps, .pdf, and .cdr.
This means that vector images can also be enlarged indefinitely without ever compromising quality, so there are no concerns about resolution or dimensions like there are for raster images. However, these types of images are generally less common and customers often only use them if they’ve made them themselves or gotten them from a designer they’re working with.
Problems Uploading An Image?
If your image can’t be uploaded or doesn't display correctly in the Design Studio, send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll convert it to a format that we can use. And, as always, don’t hesitate to Contact Us; our customer service team would be glad to help you through the process.
Designing with Fraternity and Sorority Emblems and Logos
UberPrints is an Official Greek Licensed Printer. This means that you’re free to use your fraternity or sorority letters and logos in your design. During our review process, all custom Greek t-shirts are submitted for approval to Affinity Marketing Consultants who’s in charge of administering the use of these trademarks. AMC forbids the use of alcohol, drugs, sex, or profanity on shirts with your fraternity or sorority name. As soon as the design is approved, your order moves forward in the process.