SPOD’s design tool is fast and intuitive, allowing you to add designs, text, or uploaded images to create products just the way you want them. In order to achieve printed products that are as perfect in real life as they are in your mind, there are a few things you should know:
Know your print areas
A product’s print area consists of all the areas that can be printed on. In the Design Tool, you can see a square that’s either black or white. That’s the print area. Designs and text can only be placed inside those.
Design frame is red: Design cannot be printed. Drag it into the print area.
Design frame is green: Perfect!
Placing designs correctly
These tips will get the best out of your designs, regardless of the product:
Big Design: A big design usually looks best on the front of the shirt. To help you hit the center, you’ll find an aid line when your design hits the spot.
Small design: Small designs and logos come out great on the left or right chest. But make sure the design doesn’t get too close to the armpit. A third of the width is a fair measure for placement.
The design is too close to the armpit.
Drag it to the middle: Perfect!
Choose contrasting design and product colors
A dark design on a dark product will not come out great, even if it may look okay on your monitor. The same is true for bright designs on bright products, as well as all other color combinations that are too similar. Choose a contrasting color and product combination to make your designs come out great.
Product and design colors don’t offer enough contrast
Adjust design size to product size
Our product image in the Design Tool shows you a standard size (i.e. M). Choose your design size in relation to the standard size. If you order the product in a different size, the design cannot automatically be adjusted to the product size. The absolute size of your design will remain, regardless of whether you order it in S or 4XL. This is why the design may appear somewhat bigger or smaller on the actual product you receive.
- You’re ordering for a group:Order tops for kids and adults separately, and adjust the design size manually. Make the design a bit smaller (i.e. for XS) or bigger (i.e. for XL) for favorable results.
- You’re ordering a product with a huge printing area: Make sure that the design won’t look too small. Make it a bit bigger on products like aprons, blankets or pillows to achieve favorable results.
No design on zipper, fly or seams
Printing on the fly, seams, or zippers can’t be done. Never put your design, photos and text in these places. It may be possible to create a product this way (and to check out with the order), but we won’t be able to process the order.