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Direct-To-Garment (DTG) Best Practices
Direct-To-Garment (DTG) Best Practices
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Written by Hector Delgado
Updated over a week ago

The majority of Fuel’s products are DTG. Garments are pre-treated, a white underbase is applied, and the designs are printed and cured to allow the colors to bind with the fabric.

DTG Max Print Dimensions/Size

After uploading your designs, they are automatically resized according to the proportions you’ve set. You can reposition and resize the designs to your liking.

Below, you'll find the maximum print area for each of our garment types. Click here to find the specific maximum print area varies for each product.


Print Size


Print Size

Adult Classic Unisex T-Shirts

14x16 in

Adult Sweatshirts

14x16 in/ 10x14 in

Adult Premium Fit Men’s T-Shirts

14x16 in

Adult Hoodies

14x16 in

Adult Premium Fit Ladies’ T-Shirts

10x12 in

Youth T-Shirts

10x12 in

Adult Unisex V-Neck T-shirts

14x16 in

Youth Sweatshirts

10x6 in

Women’s V-Neck T-shirts

10x12 in

Youth Hoodies

10x6 in

Adult Long Sleeve Tees

14x16 in

**Some smaller ladies' apparel will use max print dimensions of 9.5” x 10.9”

Resolution / DPI

Vector files will produce the highest quality results. For non-vector files, submit high-resolution files of ​at least 300 DPI​ (dots per inch). The standard print area for most garments is 15" x 19" or 4500 x 5700 pixels.

Text size should be at least 300 DPI and a minimum of 10 points (13 pixels) to ensure crisp and legible fonts.

Protip: Before exporting your design, improve the clarity by turning off the “anti-aliasing” feature in your design editor.

Advanced Design Considerations

When using fine lines, ensure that there are at least 6 pixels of transparency around all sides of the design elements. Also, ensure ink is not printed into small areas of transparency that you included 6 pixels.

Design Artwork in an Actual Print Size

Low-resolution designs will print with low quality. Resizing designs can also affect the overall image quality, too. Ensure the edges of your artwork are clean and crisp at print size.

The Fuel app will indicate the estimated print quality. You have the option to reduce the print size or upload another design if the print quality is poor.

Avoid negative space around your designs.

Crop all designs to the bounds of the artwork, leaving a few pixels wide on all sides. Negative space is OK inside the design itself, but space between the edge of the canvas will get factored in while printing. Click here to learn about how negative space can impact the design.


Transparent Glow/Transitions/Fades

Fuel supports printing transparent glow, transitions, and fades. However, when using transparent glows or gradient effects on dark garments, a lot of the design’s color may be removed because the white underbase will be visible.

Use 100% Black or a Recommended Color

We recommend you use the colors listed below for the best results.


Hex code

RGB code

CMYK code

Athletic Gold


(235, 186, 48)

(8, 26, 95, 0)



(0, 0, 0)

(0, 0, 0, 100)



(148, 81, 55)

(31, 71, 81, 23)

Dark Blue


(13, 50, 103)

(100, 89, 32, 21)

Dark Red


(139, 0, 48)

(29, 200, 73, 30)

Forest Green


(5, 94, 53)

(90, 36, 94, 33)



(0, 166, 61)

(83, 6, 96, 1)

Hot Pink


(236, 0, 140)

(1, 99, 1, 0)

Light Blue


(8, 133, 198)

(82, 38, 1, 0)

Light Green


(109, 185, 74)

(62, 3, 96, 0)

Light Grey


(208, 219, 218)

(18, 7, 12, 0)



(237, 91, 44)

(2, 79, 94, 0)



(130, 83, 155)

(57, 79, 4, 0)



(237, 28, 36)

(1, 99, 97, 0)



(226, 182, 123)

(11, 29, 58, 0)



(57, 188, 177)

(69, 0, 37, 0)



(255, 255, 255)




(255, 242, 0)

(3, 2, 96, 0)

Typically reds, browns, blues, and purples are the hardest colors to print in CMYK, but here is an example to see how they printed.

Depending on the garment color, off-black and off-white inks may print inaccurately. 100% black has a value of (0, 0, 0) for RGB, and 100% white has a value of (255, 255, 255). Please see the image below for an example of an off-black design.

Avoid contrast issues

It is difficult for dark designs to stand out on dark garments and vice versa. For dark designs to pop, adding white/contrast or picking a light garment would be best. Conversely, place darker designs on light-colored garments.


  • Stay away from designs with transparent elements. Ink will not be printed on transparent parts of the artwork file.

  • Ditch the solid background. Your design will look cleaner and more flexible to print on various garment colors.

  • Boost your colors by increasing the contrast and saturation. It may look bright on your computer screen, but it will look just right in print.

  • Avoid using metallic colors in your artwork. We do not use any metallic inks in DTG.

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