Artwork guidelines for t-shirt printing

As printing experts, here at Garment Printing, we’re always on hand to offer you as much advice as possible when it comes to designing and printing your ideal garments, merchandise or t shirts. We’re passionate about what we do and ensuring your garments are printed to a high quality is our biggest priority. 

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T Shirt Printing Guides

There are various printing techniques that you can use for your T-Shirt printing projects, and each one of these techniques has its own guidelines that you need to follow. To help you with withy our next printing project, we have designed easy to follow printing and artwork guidelines that you can use

DTG (Direct to Garment) Printing Guide

In the last few years, DTG printing has gathered pace as the technology has improved and this has led to more and more people realising the high-quality printing that can be achieved using this technique. Digital printing works in a similar way to a standard printer as the clothing is fed through a printing machine and the design is printed directly onto the garment.

Screen Printing Guide

Screen printing is one of the most popular and widely used printing techniques for creating custom printed T-Shirts. This is because a high-quality print can be achieved and it also has the ability to Pantone colour match to ensure that your corporate colours are respected at all times. 

For screen printing, we recommend a minimum order quantity of 25 units because of the cost of the screens which can impact the pricing and make it more expensive on smaller orders.

Embroidery Guide

Embroidery is the ideal choice for staff uniforms as it creates excellent brand recognition with a strong and durable finish. Durability is one of the biggest priorities for children’s clothing, and our embroidery is strong and long wearing – ideal for busy kids and school days. Firstly, your design is loaded into the embroidery machine and then the garment is fixed into place using clamps and then the design is embroidered onto the clothing. 

Embroidery is perfect for all types of garments from corporate clothing, work uniforms, sports kits and anything else you can think of. If you’re unsure whether embroidery is a good choice for you, feel free to get in touch with our team.

Transfer Printing Guide

T-Shirt transfer printing is the process of printing designs onto transfer paper and then applying this paper onto the clothing using a heat-press.

The transfer printing machinery allows us to print full-colour images quickly and efficiently and it makes this process one of the best options for promotional clothing and also for use at events.

Sublimation Printing Guide

Sublimation printing is the process of printing your designs onto a unique transfer paper and this is then heat-pressed over the top of the garment to ensure that the design is transferred correctly.

This means that we are able to print full-colour images incredibly quickly.

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Things you need to think about:


  1. Your required print positions, print sizes and print size limitations:
    A4 or A3 front, A4 or A3 back, sleeves, left or right breast, across the shoulders, lower back, name or number etc.
  2. Your preferred printing technique:
    Screen printing, Direct to garment printingEmbroideryall over T-Shirt printing, vinyl printing for names and numbers and solid colours.
  3. Accepted formats in Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop, PNG, PSD, JPG, EPS, PDF.
    Just send us what you have and we will advise or assist you with your artwork limitations.
  4. Required vector files:
    Ask us for more information.


We’re here to help you with your next t-shirt printing project


We are always here to help you answer any questions, offer full advice and consultation and also provide graphic design assistance where it’s needed – we know that (for most people) deciding on what to print and where is a big decision – so our team are always on hand to give you advice to help make those important decisions. Just review below, send us the artwork that you have and we will provide expert advice to help you achieve all of your printing requirements.

If you require any further information on your artwork or which t shirt printing technique suits your artwork the best, please fill out the Quick Quote form and a member of our team will be able to talk you through the process. They can individually assess your potential order, and ensure that everything works in accordance with our guidelines, so that you’re garments or merchandise turn out exactly how you imagined. We have customers printing t-shirts, tote bags, hoodies, jumpers – the list is endless and so are the possibilities. 

Don’t forget, with our next day T-Shirt printing service, we can get your order back to you in 24 hours!

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