Why are my colors off?

Because of the large network of printers/facilities across the world we use, colors will not always match your mock up. When printing on garments, it’s important to consider fabric material and garment color. The same color value will look a little different on when printed on 100% cotton vs. a fabric blend. Similarly, the same color value will look different when printed on a light vs. dark colored garment.

  1. Comparing a computer screen to an actual printed product there will always be a difference. Computer screens are back lit LED screens with millions of color pixels.  When choosing the colors for your artwork, it’s important to note that they may look different on printed products than what you see on your computer monitor.
  2. DTG is the process of an ink head moving across a garment at high speeds spraying ink into the fibers.  Because of the color of the garment and the use of a white base on color garments, the final color can be a different shade.
  3. We also print a white under base layer beneath prints on colored garments so that the colors look vibrant and stand out from the fabric.  This can change the shade of your colors.
  4. Because of this, we can’t guarantee color accuracy 100%.

The two most popular color systems are RGB and CMYK. RGB has a wider gamut (the range of colors that can be expressed) and print files made in RGB can be saved as png files (used for all garment files). CMYK, on the other hand, is the system used when printing. Our printers automatically convert your submitted print files from RGB to CMYK, and this conversion changes the color gamut. We suggest you design your file within the CMYK color space, but convert the file to RGB before saving. This way your colors will stay within the gamut.

If you are looking to get a match or hit a certain Pantone color you would need to look into screen printing.

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