Should I use a .jpg file format for sublimation printing?

A .jpg file is a “loss” compression format, meaning that when you save a .jpg, it throws away data every time you close it. Each time it throws data away, it degrades the image quality, and before long, you will have a .jpg file with corruption, small squares in the image, and color pixel halos around things. While .jpg is the most popular digital format in the world, it’s the worst one sublimators could possibly use.

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Dane Clement, president of Great Dane Graphics and vice president of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL, is well-known for his art expertise in computer graphics for various garment decoration techniques. He has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1995, and has authored artwork training books for various decoration methods such as Artwork for Vinyl Cutting, Artwork for DTG Printing, Artwork for White Toner Transfers, and T-shirt Artwork Simplified for Adobe and Corel users. For more information visit

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