Unlike DTG and AOP printing, embroidery has strict designing requirements. This is due to the limited capabilities of embroidery machines and the threading techniques.

Following these important requirements will ensure that the finished product matches the mockup preview.

Size requirements

  • Minimum thickness for shapes:
    0.05” (1.3 mm)

  • Maximum thickness for shapes:
    0.5” (12.5 mm)

  • Lowercase letter height from:
    0.25” (6.4 mm)

  • Uppercase letter height from:
    0.3” (7.6 mm)

Design do’s

  • Use solid shapes and colors

  • Use only these 16 thread colors

  • Use a high-quality file. Try to aim for 300 DPI. Use a file with a resolution of at least 1200 × 720 pixels (for hats) or 1200 × 1200 pixels (other products).

  • Use a PNG file (with a transparent background) or a JPG file

  • Simplify the design as much as you can; the best outcome will be achieved if the design is simple

  • The embroidery design cannot be resized or repositioned after uploading it to the Mockup Generator. That’s why we recommend that you prepare your design using a template and ensure that the design element touches two of the opposing sides of the embroidery area (as shown below).

Design don’ts

  • Don’t use gradients, blend effects, or photographs

  • Avoid having small gaps in the design; minimize negative space

  • Avoid backgrounds; the background will be removed as part of the digitization process

  • Avoid having transparency around the edges of the design — it will be automatically cropped, and the design will be scaled up (as shown below)

More information is available in our Embroidery Guide.

What’s next?

Embroidery products are set up and made differently than other Printify products, which is why we recommend ordering a sample before you launch the product in your store. This way, you’ll have full confidence in the product before offering it to customers.

Please note: Samples are completed products — the same as what your customer would receive.

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