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Otto Cap

Print file guidelines

General info

For high quality results, we need high quality embroidery files. So here are Printful's embroidery file guidelines.

  • 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

Graphic placement

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". 

NB: We do not offer 3D Puff on the side of hats.

High Profile Hat
5.5" x 2"
Side logo (can be placed on both sides)
1" max height
2" max width
Low Profile Hat
Five-panel hat
4" x 1.75"
Side logo (can be placed on both sides)
1" max height
2" max width
5" x 1.75"

Must follow print file guides

  1. Use solid shapes only
    Do not include photographic imagery: no gradients, no blends.
  2. Use solid colors only
    Use only solid colors. Maximum of 2 colors for 3D Puff, 4 colors for Flat embroidery, and 6 for Partial 3D (3D Puff and Flat embroidery used in one design).
  3. Outline your fonts
    All fonts in the embroidery files should be converted to outlines so you don't have to send over the font files. See this tutorial on how fonts affect your files and how to format them.
  4. 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. 
  5. Background
    Background color must be transparent.
  6. 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.

1801 White
1800 Black
1718 Grey *
1672 Old Gold
1951 Gold *
1987 Orange *
19101 Flamingo
1839 Red *
1784 Maroon
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.

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