Designing Faqs

How can I make sure my design is of the color I want?

Our cutting edge digital print process allows designers to use as many colors as they want in their designs and create millions of unique colors.

None the less every computer monitor is different and hence the printed fabric may not print colour exactly as it appears on the screen. While we always try to ensure that colors are as bright and accurate as possible, here are a few tricks you can use:

When you are purchasing design from marketplace

Order a test swatch before purchasing yardage. The printed sample will give you a closest preview of how the print colour will appear.

Although we hardly ever receive complains with regard to colour changes, testing is great when getting the colors absolutely right is intrinsic to your goal.

Creating Your Own Design?

  • Use our color map or color guide
  • Working in sRGB color space not only produces beautiful color prints, but also the DFW Color Guide and Map (in sRGB color) will be a great color management tool. You can purchase the color map or color guide here:Design Tools.
The Color Guideis an 8" x 8" swatch of printed Basic Combed Cotton with 171 color chips and their hex codes comes with DFW Sample Pack.

The Color Map prints onto one full yard of any of our fabrics. This color map is comprised of over 1400 color chips and their hex codes.

They can be used with almost all image editing programs, the user has to create the design in sRGB and use the hex code for the color required in the design:

Color Map example

If user uses an alternate colour space, the colour difference will be seen as our system automatically converts to sRGB for printing.

Users can still use whatever color space they are most comfortable with, but you need to ensure sticking with it on all of the designs from start to finish, and testing.

General Tips For Color On Fabric

  1. While screen and fabric print colours are different in appearance, the printed version on your home printer will also not look the same as the DFW print since the inks, material, and technology are different.
  2. The difference in results also depends on the weight of the fabric chosen.
  3. Dark colors, similar to each other, may blend while printing if there is not enough contrast; a perfect example is black stripes on a dark grey background.
  4. Highly saturated dark colors printed in large, solid areas don't have similar visual impact they usually have on your monitor. Inks tend to render saturated colors a bit different than you desired output.
  5. Inks on fabrics with natural fibers aren’t capable of rendering a true, rich, saturated black. This is especially obvious in designs that use black in large amount. To avoid your black from looking noticeably dark charcoal gray we recommend using in small amounts, with a lot of lighter colors.
  6. We only print on white fabric (there are no white inks); so a dark fabric with a lighter colored design on top of it is not possible.
  7. Fine details are best printed in high contrast. Digital printing gives the designer an opportunity to get into the finest details on print while only ensuring a good contrast.
  8. Dark colors work excellent as foreground and detail elements.
  9. We do not use metallic ink, hence you will need imitate that look with your colors.