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T-shirt Printing – Placing Your Image in the Correct Position

Placing Your Image – Setting Up Your T-shirt Printing Project

When we begin your t-shirt printing project, it is crucial that we place your images correctly on the shirt so that they look their best. This is particularly important when we are placing your image on the left chest area. I’m sure you’ve seen T-shirts where the image is placed almost under the arm. We make sure that doesn’t happen.



Printing Across the Chest of Your Shirt

Our maximum print area is 10.5″ x 8″. When we line this up on the T-shirt the top of the image is normally about 3 inches below the bottom of the collar hem. This is determined by centering the image and also viewing where the line across the bottom of the sleeves would intersect. The image is centered so that the top two thirds of the image is above that imaginary line and the bottom third is below.


Printing In the Left Chest Area

This is somewhat trickier if you don’t know the system. At TshirtsCanada we have a procedure and guidelines that we follow.  The correct placement of an image or graphic in the left chest area, is that the center of the image is directly below the collar hem at the top of the shirt and either sitting on the line from the bottom of the sleeves or slightly above it.

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Now naturally different images are going to display differently on the T-shirts so one thing that we do is we put a T-shirt on a mannequin or a person, place the image and then evaluate that printing position by measuring. We do not just eyeball it – simply because we want all of the shirts to look consistent.


Creating a Template for Your T-shirt Printing

Once we have determined the optimal position for your logo,  we create and print a template on cardstock. We cut out the image so that we can place the transfer into the hole. This allows us to lay the template on top of the shirt, place a transfer through the hole directly onto the shirt, line the transfer up, hold the transfer in place while removing the cardstock template  and then pressing  the shirt. This way the printing is on straight and the shirts look great!


Printing On The Back Of Your Shirt

When printing on the back, the same general guidelines apply as for the front. So again, this means centering on the shirt with two thirds of the image being above the line that would intersect the bottom of each sleeve and the other third below the line. Now there are times when the image sits on that line because it’s all about how it visually looks. There are also times when we will shift the transfer up so that the printing remains balanced looking.


Placing Your Image When Printing Just Below the Collar

Frequently we are asked to print a smaller  image directly below the collar. Due to the nature of our printing operation the image must be about 4 inches below the bottom of the collar since when the T-shirt is laid flat on our heat press, the hem of the collar on the front is lower than the hem on the back. So to maintain a flat printing surface we must be below that.

By us taking a little time to make sure everything is lined up properly your printed T-shirts will arrive looking great! Naturally we can also print on different areas of the shirt such as the sleeves and down at the bottom hem or off to the side, but this should give you an idea how we go about lining up your artwork. If you would like some information on ladies t-shirts please go to printing on ladies t-shirts or to go back to our home page for a custom t-shirts overview.


  For any t-shirt printing questions or if you’d like a quote please send an email to [email protected]  

Setting Up Your Tshirt Printing Project.mpg This Tshirts Canada video focuses on lining up the correct tshirt printing positions on custom tshirts. More information is at our website.