Direct to Garment and Dye Sublimation

Our DTG and dye sublimation printing software can't read 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. Instead, it'll try to compensate for what it can't read and the printed result won't look like what you've imagined! 

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. 


The limitations of vinyl printing mean your artwork needs to be simple. It works best with bold designs, with elements within the design no thinner than 3mm:

  • Single colour designs only
  • Bold, striking artwork with relatively simple design elements compared to DTG
  • No gradients or transparent elements

Designs for vinyl are basically cut out of a sheet of ink and heat pressed to cure the ink onto the garment. There's no facility to create colour gradients or transparencies at all. That being said, vinyl can achieve something that DTG can't: metallic foil prints (gold and silver, see the image above).

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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