RGB or CMYK for digital print?

Hi There,

What are the required color settings for Digital Print: CMYK or RGB?
And for the other Print techniques?

Thanks in advance,
Kind regards,

Ahoy @User_EU-396dba80,

for pixelgraphics we recommend to upload png-files which always only support rgb-mode. But:
Best way would be to create a design in CMYK-mode and than save it as png, which converts the design into rgb. This way you ensure that no overly bright colours appear in your design that could not be printed identically anyway.
Because although the uploadfiles are in png mode - when it comes to print every file wil be converted into cmyk as all printers only support cmyk. RGB is just the best colormode to display on screens, whereas CMYK is a colormode for printing.
Long story short: Create a design in CMYK and save it as PNG. Then upload.

You could also upload a vectorfile that meets our criteria. With vectorfiles also the flexprint is possible and the customer has the possibility to change colors of the design before ordering it.
But most Vectordesigns will be printed in Digital Direct anyway - you as a designer and the customer has no chance to determine the printing method. Only if no other printing method than flexprint is possible on a specific product than we print in flexprint.

I hope this helps.
Best Rico


thank you for all the info, this helps me, :grinning:
one more question though: what is the ideal px/inch settings, for print i normally use 300px/inch, but i don’t know what standards you use.
I wanted to use following settings:
4000px x 4000 (= +/- 33 cm x 33 cm)
px 300 px/inch CMYK
is that ok?
thank again and have a nice day!
Kind regards, A.

Instead of using centimeters, millimeteres, inch… you simply should use pixel because if you determine the size of your image in pixel than the resolution is obsolet.

Your design should be at least 4000 pixel x 4000 pixel if you want to sell.

If you just want to create a design ro order yourself in our “Create Yourself” section than the imagesize should be 4000 x 4000 pixel max

Hi thnx it is for my designs i want to upload in the my (future) spreadshop :star_struck:

I just design everything in 10k pixels, Unless I’m making a component of a larger image or something, but typically I always just do 10k pixels as it’s going to be large enough to be clean and pretty and also big enough to put on queen size blanket without getting blurry or pixelated. Also it’s easy to divide since it’s a nice even number so that is helpful sometimes. Third and final reason is: especially with Spreadshirt, since you can put each design on so many different items, you don’t want to have to do that every time. So do it once with your standard size, if it’s not 10k, then fine just keep it the same every time. Even it’s it’s just like a two word text only design, look at your other shirts and imagine where you would want those two words to be knowing how big your 10k one looks on different items. It might even be helpful to make a outline design just put a simple square or grid on the 10k then upload that and see where the squares and then place your design within that accordingly. It might look silly having a small design tiny in the middle of this huge square - but it will look good on the product. Then using a real design and your standard 10k (or whatever you choose) size load it and really take the time to make every product awesome, it will take some time, so you should def put on my podcast about fantasy novels, Book Reviews Kill (enjoy :blush:) but once you do that you can save the placement and color choices and then select that template when you load a different design (try to pick mainly black or white as the main display image or a color that you always design around, so you don’t have to go through and change your “main” color every time. Some designs you can’t get around that but it can save a ton of time as a general rule.) Then you can always just use that same design template every time knowing from your grid shot - maybe even snip out a picture of a shirt or some Spreadshirt product with your grid one loaded on it so when placing the new one regardless of how big you actually want it you can use your grid shot to know where to place it and how big to make it using your 10k “standard” size grid design as a guide. My grid is of course a PNG with no back ground so sometimes to be precise I even load it on top of whatever design I’m making so I can see exactly where my new design fits on the grid one knowing that the grid is placed in (X) location on each item. This has saved me from probably hundreds of hours of optimizing the placement of different sized and shaped designs. Hope this helps! Happy designing!!

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