Design Considerations for Screen Printed T-shirts

If you will be using your own design software, please download our T-shirt template. Designs are screen printed onto T-shirts in 12.5" x 17.5" rectangle print areas.

Placement of Design

The print area of 12.5" x 17.5" can be placed anywhere on the shirt you would like.

Two 12.5" x 17.5" print areas can be placed on one shirt (such as sleeve and chest) – however you will need to place an order for multiple print areas. Two print areas can be combined to make a larger print area on the shirt however there can be registration shift of up to 4pt (0.05 inches).

We can print on any areas of the shirt:

  • Chest and front
  • Back
  • Sleeve/s

Each of these areas will require another 12.5" x 17.5" print area (or “pass”). One print area is included with each order – additional areas can be added to your order at extra cost.



We recommend keeping your print area at least 0.5 inches away from seams and the neck line. The maximum recommended size for artwork on the sleeve is 6.5" x 5". These areas can be printed on, however you must accept the risk of an inconsistent outcome caused by the seam.

Please supply a press-ready PDF file (bleed and crop marks are not required) of your design. Vector format graphics and illustrations are recommended for the best outcome. For raster (or pixel-based) designs, the resolution must be 300PPI (pixels per inch) or higher.

The finest detail we recommend is a 2pt line thickness (or equivalent). For metallic and other specialty inks, the finest detail recommended is 4pt.

The ink-colours will need to specified using Spot-CMYK colours (1 spot colour for a 1-colour order; 2 spot colours for a 2-colour order etc.).

We have an Online Creator to help you create your design, or our design department can also help you design your T-Shirt or help you set up your files for screen printing. Please place a Design Quote request for this service.

Remember when choosing shirt colours to keep in mind what ink-colour you are using and if it will work on the shirt colour. For example, a light coloured shirt with light ink (or a dark coloured shirt with dark ink) might not contrast enough for the design to be visible.

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