What are safe areas and bleeds?
When it comes to printing on non-DTG products, it’s important to understand the print area markings in order to position your design correctly within the print area and avoid issues with production.
You can also download templates for products that have a bleed area to ensure that your design covers the entire surface and is accurately positioned:
In general, repetitive patterns work best with non-DTG products, as they allow a design to cover 100% of the template area by duplicating the file.
Safe area is the area that is surrounded by a dashed line. All important design elements (such as text, for example) should be kept within this area.
Print area is the white area shown in the “editor” view of the Product Creator (colored green in the image below). Your design should fully cover these areas.
Bleed area is the gray area around the outside of the printable area. Avoid placing important elements (such as text) in the bleed area.
We strongly recommend covering 100% of the bleed area with your design. That being said, the full bleed area will unlikely be visible on the final product, as the material in this area is typically used for functional purposes (i.e., inner seams).