Why File Size Matters for Artwork Uploads

Why File Size Matters for Artwork Uploads


Essential Tips for T-Shirt Designers

When it comes to uploading artwork for custom products like shirts, hats, or accessories, the size of your file matters more than you might think. At our design studio, we want to ensure every piece of artwork you upload is perfect, both in terms of quality and usability. That's why understanding the importance of file size and how to adjust it can make all the difference.

Why File Size Should Be a Priority

Upload Limits on Our Site

Our maximum file upload limit is 5MB. You might think that's restrictive, but a large file size doesn't always equate to higher quality. In fact, oversized files can cause several issues:

  • Uploading Delays: The bigger the file, the longer it takes to upload.
  • Processing Problems: Large files can bog down our system, making it difficult to process your order quickly.
  • Quality Misconceptions: A larger file isn't necessarily better. Often, it's filled with unnecessary data that doesn't contribute to the final product's quality.

Common Issues with Oversized Files

Here are some common problems we encounter with artwork files:

  • Excessive Dimensions: Anything over 12" wide is overkill. It doesn't improve the quality and only adds unnecessary bulk.
  • Large Canvas Area: Sometimes, the canvas area far exceeds the actual art. This extra space takes up file size without adding value.
  • High DPI Bitmaps: Bitmaps with exceptionally large dimensions at 300+ dpi result in a heavy file size. While high resolution is good, there's a point where it becomes excessive.

How to Fix Art Files That Are Too Big

Luckily, there are ways to manage and reduce your file size without sacrificing quality. Here are some tips:

Use Editable Vector Files

For best results, use editable vector files like AI, EPS, PDF, or SVG. Here’s how to prepare your vector files:

  • Convert Fonts to Outlines: Ensure that all text is converted to outlines to avoid font issues.
  • Flatten Outlines: This helps reduce file complexity.
  • Remove Clipping Masks and Compound Paths: These elements can add unnecessary complexity and file size.
  • No Need for Excessive Width: Keep your file at a maximum width of 12". Anything more won't be utilized.

Optimize Bitmap Files

If you're using formats like JPEG, PNG, or TIFF, aim for these specs:

  • Dimensions: Keep the width around 10" at 150 dpi. This resolution is sufficient for most printing purposes and keeps the file size manageable.

Double-Check Your Canvas Size

Ensure the canvas size matches the artwork dimensions with minimal excess space. This will keep the file size down and make your uploads smoother.


In summary, paying close attention to your artwork's file size is crucial. Not only does it streamline the upload process, but it also ensures that your final product is of the highest quality. If you're still unsure about how to adjust your file, our customer service team is always here to help. Happy designing!

Ready to get started? Upload your perfectly sized artwork to our design studio today and create something amazing.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further assistance. We're here to help!