Designing for Dark Apparel

The Difference between Dark and Light Apparel

Thanks to a breakthrough in digital printing technology, we can now offer direct digital printing on dark apparel! This enables us to print your designs on dark fabrics with millions of colors resulting in a true realization of your design. We will even print white for the white in your images, which is unavailable for light apparel. Learn how to create images with transparency to ensure that the white parts of your design get printed.

Get Started Designing on Dark Apparel

To begin, select "Basic Dark T-shirt" as your shirt style and pick the color that you prefer: black, deep forest, red, navy blue, or dark grey.

NOTE: When designing for dark apparel, you have the ability to specify which parts of your image should be transparent, and which parts should actually be printed as "white".

For dark apparel specifically, we recommend using PNG images with transparency.

PNG Images
When you are designing for dark apparel, the white portions of your image may be treated either as the color white or as a transparency. After placing the image onto your t-shirt in the design tool, select "Advanced Options" for the image, and specify whether or not you'd like to show white as transparent. All other colors will be printed as intended. Please note that partial transparency is not supported. If an area is not fully transparent, it will be printed as opaque.

JPEG Images
For more information about using JPEG images on dark apparel and for guides on converting JPEG files to PNG format click here.

Dark Apparel Design Tool

Dark Apparel Design Tool Options