Design Mistakes to Avoid When Uploading Your Designs

Design mistakes happen, even if you’re a total pro at what you’re doing. Maybe it’s not adjusting the kerning for type or over-designing works. A mistake we’ve all made too often.

This post focuses on mistakes to avoid when uploading your designs to your store. Your designs will shine when a little extra attention is given during the uploading process, and it may even increase your chances of exposure. Every time a customer receives a product with your work on it, you want them to be wowed. These tips will increase chances for maximum wow-age.

Adjust Placement:

When you are uploading designs, place them in the center of the shirt. Don’t place designs on the right, it doesn’t make for an enticing t-shirt Normally, designs such as the one in the example should sit 2-3 inches below the collar, or right at the top of the dotted printing area. At this location the design will stand out and make the design look lively.

Don’t Leave Whitespace:

Without adjusting your design for individual products, you could end up with some accidental white space. One way to remedy this is by choosing a background color that’s dominant in the design, manually adjusting in an image editor using one of our templates or scaled so that it fits the product. Scaling the design to fit the product may crop some of the image out, but it could make the overall product more impactful. Adjust for what works best for your specific design, just make sure that the end product looks the way you and potential customers would love.


Also keep in mind….

  • Avoid uploading images that are too pixelated or not sharp enough. Low quality images don’t look good when printed.
  • Keep background colors consistent for individual products. When changing the background colors, copy the hex code and paste it for the other products associated with that design.
  • Make sure to clean up any stray pixels in your transparent PNG files.


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