For high quality results, we need high quality embroidery files. So here are Printful's embroidery fileguidelines.
All files must be scaled to fit the embroidery area size. Graphics that do not meet our guidelines might not be embroidered correctly.
Every file needs to be converted to a format that the embroidery supports. This process is called digitization. We only digitize files that are part of an order. We don't accept embroidery file types you have digitized yourself.
Each style of embroidery (3D Puff, Partial 3D, or Flat embroidery) requires a separate digitized file, $10 per file. 3D Puff and Partial 3D are an extra $1.50.
Embroidery for side graphics is additional $3 per side.
Print File Tutorial Videos
3D PUFF + Side Logo
For the best embroidery results, please pay attention to the information available on this page, and make sure to select thread colors that reflect your artwork (scroll down for a list of available colors). If you need to make additional placement etc. specifications, they can be added in your order in the Embroidery Notes section.
Use max of 2 colors for 3D Puff and max of 4 colors for Flat embroidery. If you choose Partial 3D (3D Puff and Flat embroidery used in one design), the total amount of colors per file should not exceed 6 colors.
When using Partial 3D (3D Puff & Flat), make sure the stroke is no less than 0.05” (1.3 mm or 4pt) as in the attached example. The larger the Flat part is, the better the end result.
For all objects in 3D Puff the minimum thickness is 0.2" and the maximum thickness is 0.5".
Font and detail size Fonts and details should be a minimum of 0.3'' high for upper case letters and 0.25'' for lower case letters. When using a different color outline, they should be no less than 4pt. For side logos, there's a maximum of 10 characters per 2'' line.
Background Background color must be transparent.
File formats Vector graphics files (AI, PDF, EPS) are highly recommended. If you don't have vector files available, raster graphics (PNG) can be used as well if the resolution is at least 300 dpi. We don't accept embroidery file types you have digitized yourself.
Available embroidery colors
Use only solid colors, max of 2 colors for 3D puff and max of 4
colors for flat embroidery. Make sure that your print file uses only these colors.
1718 Grey *
1672 Old Gold
1951 Gold *
1987 Orange *
1839 Red *
1966 Navy *
1842 Royal *
1695 Aqua/Teal *
1832 Purple *
1751 Kelly Green
1848 Kiwi Green
* These colors match the bill to our Otto & Yupoong Caps.
Important embroidery facts
If your design is too complex - it contains lots of intricate
details (small text, delicate lines, etc.) or gradients -
we'll need to contact you to revise your graphic.
If your design covers most of the maximum embroidery area, it may exceed the
limit of 15,000 stitches. In that case we’ll either ask you to revise your
graphic, or simply downscale it to reduce the stitch count.
Due to the high elasticity of beanies and slouch beanies, designs on
these items may not be uniformly embroidered or justified.
Once digitized, we can only adjust the size of the file by 10%.
Be sure to submit graphics that are true to size.