Print Guide

We print exactly as designed by you and do not make any edits.

Preparing Your Designs

Once you've read How to Get Started, follow the steps below for best print quality and a great experience.

  1. Check out our Print Guide video.
  2. Prepare your design to meet our artwork guidelines.
  3. View our disclaimers and print methods.



0:07- 0:30  Safe Print Area  1:46- 2:25  Change Background Color 3:05- 3:45  Custom Branding
0:31- 1:05  Use Full Bleed Images 2:26- 2:48  Removing Backgrounds 3:46- 4:04  What Color Scale to Use
1:06- 1:45  DPI Instructions 2:49- 3:04  Shadowing with DTG 4:05- 4:44 Flyknit vs. Canvas

Disclaimers

As a print on-demand company using sustainable business practices, it's important to understand the craftsmanship that goes into every handmade product. The disclaimers below will help guide you in what to expect when designing and receiving your merchandise. 

  • Safe Print Area
    Keep your design elements within this area. Pattern elements are actual representation of your finished product. Text or graphics outside of this may not appear on the final product once sewn.
  • Use Full-Bleed Images
    For all-over print, use full-bleed images that span across each end of the pattern. If your all-over print design does not span across, space left will show the actual fabric. 
  • DPI
    When preparing your design file, you will need to make sure it meets the artwork guidelines. Please do not manually enlarge the DPI as print quality can be poor. If you do not have the correct resolution, we recommend using the right software such as Photoshop to make the desired changes. Designs using ink or watercolors are not recommended as the level of detail may not be able to be printed.
  • Print Color Variations
    Due to different screen resolutions, materials and print methods, we cannot guarantee to color match each product. You may place a sample order to ensure products are printed to your liking. If there are exact color tones you wish to print, please convert your file to an RGB scale and make adjustments to your design file. Dark colors such as black are printed onto white raw materials. When printing a product primarily in a dark color (black), the color will not be as dark as you would typically have with black dyed material.
  • Removing Backgrounds
    We do not modify or remove backgrounds. For any blank space, your product will be the material color. Please use transparent PNG files for sublimation and UV and DTG will need to use transparent PNG files only, not semi-transparent. 
  • Product & Model Mockups
    The mockups we provide are to be used as an overall product visual to use at your discretion. Because our mockups are generated using internal technology, they are not able to replicate every exact detail as shown on a finished product. Please submit a help ticket if you have questions related to specific detailing prior to purchasing an order. If you would like exact representation, we also suggest making arrangements to use your own imagery.
  • Cut & Sewing
    Because each item is handmade on-demand, it’s not possible to exactly align your design elements due to seam placement. Thread color cannot be matched to the design color and black threading will be used for dark prints and white thread for light prints. Materials out of stock will use a substitute fabric as close to the original as possible.
  • Sublimation on Shoes
    For shoes using sublimation, when stretched on ribbed or flyknit material may expose the white raw material. Lighter color prints are recommended instead of dark colors.
  • Product Branding
    For your own branding, you may set-up custom branding in 'Settings' or Kin Custom logos will be used.

Print Methods

Each product uses a different print method due to its material. For specific print method by product, please click the 'Product Info' tab inside Creator Studio or click the product in our Product Selection!

  • Sublimation
    We print designs onto specialty paper and use heat to press the dye onto the garment.
  • UV
    UV printing is a form of digital printing using ultra-violet light to dry the ink instantly. When designing shoes with UV print method, it's recommended to use a light color design to avoid peeling. Natural movement of foot may cause print to peel in creases of shoe.
  • DTG
    Using specialized ink jet printing technology, we apply ink directly to your custom made apparel.