In order to print high quality prints, we need high quality print files. So here are Printful's print file design guidelines.
All print files must be scaled to print size. Graphics that do not meet our guidelines might not be printed correctly.
Every print file needs to be converted to a format that the embroidery supports. This process is called digitization. The same digitized file won’t work for all three styles of embroidery (3D puff, partial 3D puff and flat embroidery). Each style requires a separate digitized file, $10 per file.
We digitize only print files that are part of an order. We don't accept embroidery file types you have digitized yourself.
Embroidery for side graphics is additional $3 per each side.
Partial and full 3D puff is an extra $1.50.
Print File Tutorial Videos
3D PUFF + Side Logo
Please specify the details of your order (e.g. the placement of graphic, the colors of threads, and details about 3D puff ) during the order checkout process. Use max of 2 colors for 3D puff and max of 4 colors for flat embroidery. If you mix 3D puff and flat embroidery the total amount of colors per file should not exceed 4 colors. We do not offer 3D puff on the side of hats.
When using both 3D Puff & Flat, please make sure the stroke is no less than 4pt as in the attached Printful_4ptStroke. The larger the Flat part is the better the end result.
All objects with 3D puff must have at least one diameter that is less than 0.5". The minimum thickness for objects that are 3-D puff is 0.25".
Font and detail size Fonts and details should be a minimum of .5" high and when using a different color outline they should be no less than 4pt.
Background Background color must be transparent.
True to size graphics We can only adjust the size by 10% once digitized.
File formats Vector graphics files (AI, PDF, EPS) are highly recommended. If you don't have vector files available, raster graphics can be used as well if the resolution is at least 300 dpi. We don't accept embroidery file types you have digitized yourself.
Embroidery on beanies Due to the highly elastic nature of beanies and slouch beanies, designs may not be uniformly embroidered or justified.
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.
If your design is complex (such as it covering a very large part of the maximum printable area),
then your design might exceed 15,000 stitches and we'll need to contact you to revise your graphic.