Tips and Tricks: Designing for fuZe

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At Zazzle, we believe art and technology should stick together—especially when it comes to iron-on printing. Until now, standard transfer processes have made it nearly impossible to give consumers exactly what they want when it comes to quality, quantity, price-point and variety. Introducing fuZe, a new iron-on technology that gives your customers the ability to print your designs on virtually any fabric. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the final result that you—and the people who buy your designs—want.

  • Save your design at 300 dpi (dots per inch).
    • Even though it may be tempting, avoid plucking images off the Internet. Most of them are created at 72 dpi, which is just too low a resolution for printing.
  • Don’t increase the original size of your image.
    • Scaling an image to be larger can cause pixilation. Ick.
  • Save your image with a transparent background.
    • Unless the background behind your image is part of the overall design, save it out with a transparent background. Whether you’re using PhotoShop or Illustrator, you can preserve the full transparency of your design by saving or exporting it as a PNG file. The background is critical to the process because what we do is take your design and match all of the transparent places to the actual color the fabric it is being printed on.
  • Think big. Larger designs work better than super-small intricate details. If your design has a lot of small, blank areas, they may be color matched to the bag, and not cut out. We do this to achieve the best possible result for your customer.
  • Make sure you don’t have hidden design areas. We flatten the final image, so if you can’t see it in the preview, it won’t be printed on the bag.
  • Double-check your final design on our design view. This is a good way to make sure your designs will turn out exactly the way you and your customers want.

 

For a more in-depth look at fuZe, check out our fuZe education video. Happy designing!

 

 

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