What are the basics?

Common Design Sizes

What if my design has a higher DPI than 150?

How does the preview work?

What if I want to print text? Will it be crisp and clear when printed?

What settings should I use for digital photographs and scanned images?

Let’s see a design in action! (video)

 

What are the basics?

Spoonflower produces a good quality print at our minimum resolution requirement of 150 dpi. The basic rule of thumb is to make your design file whichever size you'd like your final print to be, when set at 150 dpi. When creating your design for a specific scale, such as for an 8in x 10in final print, create an 8in x 10in (1200 x 1500 pixels) design file at 150 dpi. 

There is also a quick formula to help determine the best size for your design file, if you will be utilizing our repeat options at any scale. To use this, multiply the print width and height in inches by 150 pixels. 

So, if you'd like an image to print at 4in x 4in, you'll want to prepare your file so that it measures at least 600 x 600 pixels, since 4 inches x 150 pixels = 600.

If you may not have access to a design program, please check out some of the free options we recommend here.

 

Common Design Sizes:

  • 4" = 600 pixels
  • 8” = 1200 pixels
  • 10" = 1500 pixels
  • 12" = 1800 pixels
  • 18” = 2700 pixels
  • 21” =3150 pixels
  • 24" = 3600 pixels
  • 27” = 4050 pixels
  • 28” = 4200 pixels
  • 29” = 4350 pixels
  • 36” = 5400 pixels
  • 42" = 6300 pixels
  • ​54” = 8100 pixels
  • 56” = 8400 pixels
  • 58” = 8700 pixels​


Common sizes to print a design for 1 yard of fabric (width x length):

1 yard = 36 inches for length

 

(42" wide)

42” x 36”

Petal Signature Cotton™ / Cotton Poplin

6300 x 5400 pixels

 

(52" wide)

52" x 36"

Poly Crepe de Chine

7800 x 5400 pixels

 

(54" wide)

54” x 36”

Belgian Linen™ / Celosia Velvet™ / Chiffon

Linen Cotton Canvas / Minky / Satin / Silky Faille

8100 x 5400 pixels

 

(56" wide)

56” x 36”

Cypress Cotton Canvas / Dogwood Denim™

Fleece / Modern Jersey / Organic Cotton Knit

Organic Cotton Sateen / Organic Sweet Pea Gauze

Performance Piqué / Sport Lycra

8400 x 5400 pixels

 

(58" wide)

58” x 36”

Lightweight Cotton Twill

8700 x 5400 pixels

 

(60" wide)

60” x 36”

Cotton Spandex Jersey

9000 x 5400 pixels

 

 

What if my design has a higher DPI than 150?

Once your design is uploaded to our site from here, the design preview will default to show your design at 150 dpi. This means that if you upload a file that’s been prepared at 300 pixels per inch, it will appear as double the size in the preview.

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150dpi Preview 300dpi Preview

 

 

How does the design preview work?

The design preview is the best way to predict how a design will print. The rulers along the edge of the preview are also a great way to estimate the finished scale of a repeat. The size of your design file in the preview will always be displayed on this page similar to below.

You can see the exact size of the repeat below the 'Design Size' section. With this image, we can see that the uploaded design is 4in x 4in for the repeat in the preview window.

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What does this information mean?

4.00in x 4.00in, 150 pixels/inch, Half-Drop (example above)

 

1. 4.00in x 4.00 in

1. Size of the repeat as width x height

2. 150 pixels/inch

2. How many pixels per inch

3. Half-Drop

3. Repeat option selected

 

If you may need to change the scale further, use the Bigger, Smaller, or Change DPI options below the Design Size section to increase or decrease the scale. Once you are happy with the layout, you can also use the Save This Layout option to save the selected scale of your design.

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What if I want to print text? Will it be crisp and clear when printed?

The best options for your text based design can vary depending on the style of font you are using, the size, as well as the fabric you would like to use. Generally, it is best to keep any fonts at the 1/2in size. Finer details smaller than 1/2in may not translate well when printed onto the fabric of your choice.

For this reason, it’s always best to proceed with a test swatch first so that further adjustments for your design can be made as needed for the best print possible at a larger quantity.

 

What settings should I use for digital photographs and scanned images?

We suggest that you capture your image using a high quality setting. This will allow you to scale your image without compromising the quality of the image. Here are some additional tips:

  • Digital photographs - As a rule of thumb, a 3 megapixel camera can be used to capture an image that will nicely fill an 8in x 8in swatch. A 10 megapixel camera will capture an image to fill an 18in x 21in fat quarter. A full yard requires 40 megapixels, which at this point is only available in very high end professional cameras.
  • Scanned artwork - Typically scanners have a range of scanning resolutions starting at 150 dpi and escalating to 300, 600, 1200, and 2400. As a rule of thumb, a standard sheet of paper in landscape (11in x 8.5in) scanned at 300 dpi will fill a fat quarter. The same sheet scanned at 600 dpi will fill a yard.

 

Let’s see a design in action!

Please see below for an example working with a seamless design created for the size of 4in x 4in (600 x 600 pixels) and saved to 150 dpi. We’ll be changing the scale of the design to 300 dpi on the design page after uploading in order for the scale to then be 2in x 2in. Once this is changed, the 'Save This Layout' button is selected to save the new scale.

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See Also: Why can't I make my image bigger on Spoonflower?

See Also: What is resolution and how does it affect my image?