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Artwork Guidelines

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By CustomCat - May 18, 2018- in Knowledge Base Resources

Knowing the correct artwork specifications is important to achieving the best possible print quality on your products. After all, a printed product is only as good as the file used to create it.

Below, you’ll find the tools you need to create the perfect print on demand artwork.

Our Design Guidelines & Best Practices will walk you through the file types, color profiles, & design effects that will translate to the best printed products for each decoration method. Our product-specific artwork templates are also provided for all dye-sublimation products to give you the exact artwork specifications if you’d like to utilize the maximum print area.

With these tools, you’ll be able to sell flawless designs on any product.

Have a question not mentioned in our instructions? Visit our FAQ section or shoot us an email at [email protected] with specific details.

Click the above image to download our design guidelines, or follow this link.

For your convenience, we’ve also divided this information into separate documents for each decoration method. Please note that all information found in the documents below is included in the comprehensive Design Guidelines & Best Practices document above.

Click the image above or follow this link.


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Art Templates

Below is our complete selection of art templates used for designing within the full printable area of our dye-sublimation products. Each template comes with a .png  detailing Safe Area, Bleed, etc. Simply click the download button; the template will open in a new tab so you can save & begin selling!

To use an Art Template:

  • Open the CustomCat art template for your selected product in Photoshop or another design program.
  • Insert your artwork in a new layer, placing all important parts of your design within the designated “Safe Area” on the art template to ensure your design will not be cut off during the printing process.
  • If you’re designing drinkware, use the indicated centering lines to ensure your artwork is placed exactly where you’d like.
  • Hide or delete the Art Template layer from your file.
  • Save as a .png, .jpg, or another accepted file type.
  • Ta-da! You’ve now used a CustomCat art template to create artwork exactly to the recommended specs for that product.

To ensure your design prints properly on each product:

    • Ensure all important elements of your design are within the safe area on the product template.
    • Fill the entire design template! The outer edge of the template represents “Bleed Area,” which signifies the areas which may print on the outer edges of your product.
    • Failure to fill the bleed area will likely result in unprinted white unprinted areas around the edge of your product. 

Please note: if you are using “CC Preset” positioning within the CustomCat platform, you can use a transparent PNG file & any of our colored backgrounds to ensure your design will print perfectly. There’s no need to utilize a design template for this option. 

Vegan Leather Hat Patches:

Circle Patch (3″ Diameter)

*Can also be used for 2.2″ diameter circle

Small Circle Patch (2.2″ Diameter)

*Cannot be used for 3″ diameter circle without resolution loss

Rectangle Patch (3.46″x2.44″)
Oval Patch (3.46″x2.44″)


Luggage Bag Tag


Baby Apparel:

Baby Bib


30″ x 40″ Sublimated Blanket
50″ x 60″ Sublimated Blankets
60″ x 80″ Sublimated Blankets



11oz Mug
11oz Black Mug
15oz Mug
15oz Black Mug
Beer Stein
Silver Travel Mug
White Travel Mug
11oz Color-Changing Mug
15oz Color-Changing Mug
11oz Accent Mug
15oz Accent Mug
Enamel Camping Mug


Rugs & Mats:

Indoor Doormat


Holiday Ornaments:

Circle Ornament
Heart Ornament
Oval Ornament
Star Ornament


Wall Art:

Square Canvas 0.75in Wrap
Portrait Canvas 0.75in Wrap
Landscape Canvas 0.75in Wrap
Square Canvas 1.5in Wrap
Portrait Canvas 1.5in Wrap
Landscape Canvas 1.5in Wrap
Square Poster Print
Portrait Poster Print
Landscape Poster Print



15″ x 30″ Hand Towel
35″ x 60″ Bath Towel
35″ x 70″ Beach Towel



Small Square Pillow
Medium Square Pillow
Large Square Pillow


All-Over-Print Apparel:

Cut & Sew Leggings
Adult Flip Flops (All Sizes)


42 thoughts on “Artwork Guidelines

    1. Hi Alexis — you can find our embroidery guidelines in the Design Guidelines & Best Practices document linked at the top of the page. 🙂

  1. I’m having a hard time finding the templates for your DTG products. When I select a garment and hit ‘artwork guidelines,’ it bumps me to the general guidelines page, not the measurements for the specific garment. Am I looking in the wrong place?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi, Rebecca — We’re in the process of adding print dimensions to all the products in our catalog, but that information isn’t available on the site just yet. In the meantime, you can find our DTG/Embroidery design guideline document here:
      If you need the print dimensions of a specific garment, please feel free to email me directly at [email protected]

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