Updated on 07-13-2016
Wondering how to prepare your file before uploading it to Spoonflower? Here’s our quick and dirty guide.
Acceptable file formats: JPG, PNG or TIF (8-bit, uncompressed).
FILE SIZE: Your file must be smaller than 40MB.
RESOLUTION: Set up your image at 150 dpi (dots per inch). If you want to design an 8″x8″ swatch, for example, you need to upload an image that is 1200 pixels x 1200 pixels. The print size of your image in pixel dimensions will be 150x the number of inches.
We will tile your design to fill the space of the fabric you order. If you upload an image larger than the area of fabric you order, then we will crop it using the lower left corner as the point of origin.
FORMAT & COLOR NOTES: When printing a design onto fabric using Spoonflower you’ll have the best experience when you upload a file in JPG format that consists of colors that fall within the RGB color space. You can also upload PNG or TIF. When you check image size, try to make sure the fields show the physical output size you want with the a digital resolution set at 150 pixels per inch.
If you don’t have Photoshop and talking about JPGs and RGB color make you anxious, don’t worry. JPG is the most common image format for digital designs and most images will print nicely. It’s important to keep in mind that there may be colors in your image that can’t be reproduced on fabric by the pigments in our printer (very bright colors, absolute blacks, and very saturated colors, for example). If that is the case you will sometimes observe colors in a printed image appear somewhat different from what you expected.
If you’re curious, read more about preparing files in the Spoonflower Help Section.