Designing for Dark Apparel

To design your dark apparel shirt, start with our powerful Apparel Design Tool where you can add multiple images and text in hundreds of fonts and colours to your shirt.

Once you have started your shirt, simply select "Basic Dark T-shirt" as your shirt style on the "Apparel Info" tab and pick the colour you prefer: black, deep forest, red, navy blue, dark grey. Please note the following:

  • When designing for dark apparel, you now have the ability to specify which parts of your image should be transparent, and which parts should actually be printed as "white".
  • When you design for our light apparel styles and colours, any 'white' in your design is ignored and not printed. It is treated as transparent, so that the colour of the shirt shows through.

Designing with Text

You can easily add text in any colour on your design. White text looks great on a black t-shirt!

For more information on transparency in Dark Apparel Images, please see the instructions below:

Designing with Images

Image Formats

As with all other products, Zazzle supports images in PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIF, PDF or AI formats. For dark apparel specifically, we recommend using PNG images with transparency.

Images with the colour white

When you design for our non-dark styles and colours, any 'white' in your design is ignored and not printed. It is treated as transparent, so that the colour of the shirt shows through.

When designing for dark apparel, you now have the ability to specify which parts of your design should be transparent, and which parts should actually be printed as 'white'.

PNG Images

For dark apparel, we recommend PNG images with transparency. For transparency to be supported, your images must be PNGs w with transparency.
Any areas that are supposed to be transparent will not be printed. White can be treated as either white or as transparent for dark apparel – after adding your image to the design, choose the 'More' option for the image and you may specify to show white as transparent if desired. All other colours will be printed as intended. Please note: partial transparency is not supported, if an area is not fully transparent, it will be printed as opaque.

Most graphics programmes (e.g. Photoshop) support PNG images with transparency.

Please note that for designing on all styles aside from Zazzle Basic Dark T-shirts, white areas will not be printed regardless of image format.

If your design is showing white where you don't want it, we recommend you convert your JPEG or other image format to a PNG image with transparency. That way your image will appear exactly as you'd like it.

To convert your JPEG or other image format to PNG with Adobe Photoshop:

  1. Open your JPEG file in Photoshop
  2. Select Layer -> New Layer from Background
    Your image should now be on Layer 0.
  3. Select Layer -> New Layer and click OK.
    This creates a new blank layer
  4. Reorder the layers so that the layer with your image is on top
  5. Select the layer with your image
  6. If there are any areas of your image that you would like to be transparent, clear those areas. You may do this using the "select tool" or the "magic wand" tool. When you have selected the area you want to be transparent, select Edit -> Clear to remove that image data and make it transparent. You should see the background "checkerboard" in its place.
  7. Once you are finished setting your transparent regions, save your file as a PNG by selecting File -> Save As... and choosing PNG as your output format.
  8. Upload the file to Zazzle and design your shirt!

A Note About Using Images with the Colour White

In any image, there are areas that you may want to be transparent (i.e. the area or background behind it shows through) or areas that you may want to be non-transparent. If you create PNG images with transparency, then those transparency settings will be obeyed. In photos, we would guess that no area should be transparent.

But if you have a JPEG image (or PNG image without transparency), you cannot specify which areas are to be treated as transparent. In that case, we let you specify all white in your image as transparent. To do this, under the "Customise It" tab, please check "show whites as transparent" on the image module.

"Show whites as transparent"

  • When checked: The background colour, shirt colour or any objects behind your image will appear in place of any white in your image.
  • When unchecked: The white in your image will appear as you see it on screen.

CHECKED:

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UNCHECKED:

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