Goal of 1
Goal of 1 makes tipping your campaigns so much easier! Continue reading to learn more about how to access goal of 1 for your next campaign.
What file type is required?
You can access goal of one using any of these file types: PNG/JPEG/JPG/GIF. However, keep in mind your artwork needs to meet a minimum threshold for quality to access goal of 1. For US campaigns, this means that the image should be greater than 120 DPI at the scale of print. And for EU campaigns, this means that the image should be greater than 300 DPI at the scale of print.
What is DPI? DPI stands for dots per inch and refers to the physical dot density of an image when it is reproduced as a real physical entity (e.g. on a shirt). Monitors do not have dots, but do have pixels so a closely related concept is PPI or pixels per inch.
In order to ensure a high quality print, Teespring asks that your image meet a minimum DPI threshold after you’ve adjusted it to the size you want for print. As you adjust your image on Step One of the Composer, you’ll see these visual cues letting you know what DPI your image currently is.
What happens if my image doesn’t hit the minimum DPI requirement? If your image doesn’t hit the minimum DPI requirement, we prevent you from continuing to Step 2 in the Composer. There are 2 things you can do:
- You can size your image down until it hits the right DPI threshold
- You can upload a higher resolution image
Are full color designs eligible for Goal of One? For US campaigns, any high quality PNG upload will now be eligible for Goal of One regardless of colors in the design! This means that any image that meets the minimum 120 DPI at the scale of print will now be eligible for Goal of One and you no longer need to have exclusively vector graphics. This goes for EU campaigns as well, just make sure to use PNG design files with a minimum 300 DPI.
More about Vector Art
Vector art is created using vector illustration software programs such as Inkscape, DrawIt or Adobe Illustrator. These programs use mathematical equations and geometric primitives (points, lines, and shapes) to create designs that can be scaled to fit a printing screen for example, and won’t lose their quality or resolution as the image is expanded.
Examples of raster graphics are photographs and designs made through programs like Adobe Photoshop, GIMP and Corel Photo-Paint. While these designs can appear to have a high resolution, for teeshirt printing purposes you will need to use vector graphics.
Things to remember when using Vector Graphics
- If you usually purchase tee designs from a designer make sure that he or she gives you the design file in the .eps vector file format
- Design files should not be larger than 10 MB
- To maximize profit per item limit design to 1 to 3 colors
- Make sure your designs are made using a vector editing program, like CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator.
If you have vector graphics you can update any campaign to have a Goal of One; just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include the campaign URL and vector artwork file in your message.
How to Convert JPG and PNG Files to EPS for Goal of 1
Video 1: Using Vector Magic
The first design tutorial includes a step-by-step guide on how to convert any JPG and PNG image into a vector EPS image by using an online software called Vector Magic. Vector Magic is a program that is both easy to learn and quick to convert images and can be tried out completely free for two vectorizations.
Video 2: Using Inkscape
In this tutorial, you will learn the quick and easy process to take the SVG saved from Vector Magic and remove the background color in Inkscape (a free vector program). This tutorial also shows how to save the image from Inkscape as an EPS and then upload to Teespring so the campaign can have a goal of one.
Goal of 3 and Beyond: Do I need to use Vector Graphics?
In order to launch campaigns with a goal of 3 or higher you do not need to use vector graphics...however it is always recommended if possible. Ideally non-vector designs should be at least 3000x3000 pixels and feature a resolution of 300 DPI. You are able to launch campaigns using other types of image files like PNGs and JPGs; make sure that your design features a transparent background.