Direct to Garment and Dye Sublimation

Our DTG and dye sublimation printing software can't parse transparencies that involve colour. Creating a colour by reducing its opacity to blend it with the empty space beneath it creates a design element that our software simply can't read. 

The printing software we use can't parse gradients from colour transparent, so pixels that include any element of transparency. In simple terms, we can't print with a translucent ink. The software reads the colours and lays down the corresponding ink but there's no corresponding ink for transparency! The results can be unexpected and usually won't match your expectation. 

100% transparency is fine, so transparent backgrounds can be included in your artwork. Other than this, you're free to create artwork as you wish:

  • Unlimited colours.
  • Gradients (colour to colour, not colour to transparency) can be used.
  • Complex or simple designs.

The inability to use gradients doesn't need to impact your designs though. For example, you can use textures or patterns to distress your designs if this is the effect you're going for. 

If you'd like any more information about gradients and transparencies, or any other limitations to your artwork when it comes to printing you can send us an email, message on live chat, or call our office on 01254 777 070.

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