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At what DPI or image size should I print for textiles?

This question gets asked a lot. Now I have found (in practice, in reality) that whatever the technical stuff says you cannot tell the difference between 150 DPI and 300 DPI when printed on cloth. If you print an image which is 12 inches wide this translates to :

12 x 150 = 1800 pixels wide

In Gliftex you can set the design width to whatever you want, have a look at the screenshot below:

Printing Image Size

In the Size box I've typed 1800, and in the Aspect Ratio I've made the image a simple square.

(I know it may look a bit complicated, but it isn't. Also it looks like a screenshot from Windows 98, that is because though Gliftex is designed for and runs on Vista, XP and Windows 7. I don't like the way those systems eat all my lovely screen space with fat distracting blue shaded bars. So when I use those systems I always reset the display to the simplest one available, which I think is called "Windows Classic". )

Now, your milage may vary, but I think you should test and see with your own eyes whether you can really tell the difference between 150 DPI and 300 DPI when your designs are printed on textiles. That is the important point, textiles, however fine they are, are not high quality photo paper!

End of rant!


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