Why We Prefer PNG Images

The Reason We Effectively Ship
February 2, 2021
Here at 4C Print Shop, we prefer PNG images for DTG printing. Portable Network Graphics (PNG) is a compressed graphics format introduced long after the JPEG format. However, now the use of PNG formats is quite popular. This is because it holds various benefits. Firstly, it is a lightweight file format, and it supports transparencies. Supporting transparencies is very beneficial to DTG printing. For instance, suppose you have an image of a design that has a box around it, but you do not want the box printed on the garment; if the file is PNG, you can simply remove the background, making part of the image transparent. Secondly, PNG images support over 15 million colors; this is because it has the same color depth as a JPEG. Another advantage of PNG images is that it uses lossless compression, meaning that the image quality is less likely to diminish if the size of the file increases or decreases. This is because lossless compression does not remove any data from the file; rather it removes excess information to reduce the file size.
For these reasons, here at 4C Print Shop we prefer the use of PNG images. For direct to garment (DTG) printing, PNG is highly recommended. There is an increased chance that the colors in your artwork will print truer to the image. In addition, if you as a customer want your artwork be printed at a larger capacity, the quality is less likely to decrease if the image is a PNG.
Nevertheless, we still print JPEG images. Instances in which JPEG is most acceptable, is when a customer provides a photo of someone, or something. Though we still do prefer you convert them to PNG images because it is easier for us to transport from system to system within our shop.
In most circumstances, we prefer PNG images, especially when a customer provides a logo or design.
If you are not sure what file your image is, just look at the extension; such as, “.jpg”, or “.png”.  Also, if you do not know how to convert your image, you can simply search up an image converter on the internet, for free!


Here are some links for JPEG to PNG conversions:
1)  https://jpg2png.com/.
2) https://cloudconvert.com/jpg-to-png.
3) https://convertio.co/jpg-png/.
Here are some links to free PNG images:
1) https://pngtree.com/free-png.
2) https://snipstock.com/.
3) https://www.stickpng.com/.