Designers & Loyals

  • Can you print on my own fabric?

    We can potentially print on your fabric but there needs to be a high percentage of polyester (min 85%) for our Dye Sublimation process to give great results. 

    If you want Direct to Textile (Digital Printing), we can potentially print on your natural, organic other fabric and we do not need to test print, but we do need to test that the roll fits our machines. In all cases it needs to be WHITE. Whiter the better.

    Here is how to order a test print on your own fabric:

    1. Click here: 
    2. In the "Product Options" tab, select:
      • "supply your own polyester"
      • Required sample size from A5 to A1
    3. Upload your design and add to the design interface. Move/resize as you wish.
    4. Place your order.
    5. Send/bring us a piece of your fabric (a bit bigger than the size ordered) to Contrado / 750-756 Harrow Road / London NW105LE
    6. We will test and tell you if it works / send it back

    Then if all fine, here is how to make a full-size order here:

    1. Click here: 
    2. In the "Product Options" tab, select:
      • "supply your own polyester"
      • Your own dimensions, update
    3. Upload your design and add to the design interface. Move/resize as you wish.
    4. Make sure you are happy with the design as what you see online will be printed as it is.
    5. Place your order.
    6. Send/bring us your fabric, ensure that it is:
      • 50cm longer and about 8-10% wider than the print ordered (fabrics shrnik 2-8% when pressing)
      • Rolled up on a cardboard core (we can provide one at our premises in west London)
      • The side to be printed should be rolled facing inwards, the back of the fabric facing outwards
      • The orientation and grain direction should match your print layout in our online design system, so that we print your graphic from top to bottom along the length of the fabric
      • The fabrics are clean and free from dust, fluff and other contaminates that can ruin a print.
      • We may return custom fabrics unprinted if not supplied as above to avoid printing mistakes.

  • Colour Profiles and Pantones

    CMYK colourspaces are your best choice for graphic art, and where your images don’t contain millions of colours (eg photographic work). We get best results using “uncoated fogra29”.

    RGB colour spaces are best for photographic work. Submitting files with “adobe RGB” or “sRGB” will preserve the relationships between colours, meaning your image will match fairly closely to what you see on screen.

    PANTONES should be referenced from the “pantone textile colour libraries”. The pantone “coated and uncoated” colour mixes are intended for laser and lithographic printing which are not suitable for textile printing. Pantones should be created within a CMYK colour space. Whilst we try to closely match pantone, due to the nature of our printing an exact match is not always possible. If an exact pantone match is essential please contact us prior to ordering.


    Keep in mind that only specialist graphic monitors under strict lighting conditions will be able to reproduce printed colours. Your average laptop or PC screen will look great, but will not necessarily be accurate and a lot of the colours are so bright that printers cannot reproduce them. For further reading search for “subtractive colour vs additive colour” to understand the limitations of colours on monitors and printed media.


    If you place repeat orders remember to keep your colour space and profiles consistent. If you upload a graphic as rgb and then order again with a cmyk profile there will be a difference in the way our printers translate the colours, resulting in different perceived colours on the finished item.


    To get best neutral black and white we advise uploading your file as a greyscale file.

    You can only upload PNG, JPG and flattened TIFF files. If you upload unflattened tiffs this will cause unintended changes to your design (not visible in our preview) and for which we cannot cover liability.

  • Prepare your design

    Our design interface will accurately enough advise whether your uploaded design is of sufficient quality to print at the physical size you selected.

    Do make sure to only upload JPG, PNG or flattened TIFF files. Uploading unflattened tiffs can cause unintended changes to your design, which you will not see in our preview and for which we cannot cannot accept liability.

    On the design interface, if you see an orange low quality warning you have a few options to ensure your print is as sharp as possible:

    1. Reduce the size of your graphic as well as tile. You could reduce the size of your image until the LQ warning is gone, then use our variety of tiling options to fill the whole print area.
    2. Reduce the size of your images and potentially add a background color. Again reduce your graphic size until the LQ warning goes away.
    3. Using software to upscale.

    WORD OF CAUTION: this can also further reduce the quality of your design, and should be used as a last resort only. Recapturing the original image at a much higher resolution is best practice if at all possible. Do not simply increase the dpi/resolution of a file as it will only confuse online systems into believing the updated image ise of good quality when it actually still is not.

    Use the image size dialogue in Photoshop or any other design tool and you can re-sample your design/graphic/image via Preserve Details (enlargement) or Bicubic Smoother (enlargement) > then do increase the resolution or width/height.

    Resampling your image also means that what was originally one pixel is enlarged into many more. This will increase the size of your graphic (in terms of file size, physical size and resolution) but will not necessarily increase the actual quality, and straight lines as well as fine details can become fuzzy. Careful sharpening after enlarging can bring detail back into focus.

    Photoshop plugins such as “Real Fractals” can do a better job of enlarging, there are many more available for a small fee or free of charge.

    If your graphic is simple enough (low details, low number of colors) you can import into a tool like Adobe Illustrator and use its image trace preview, playing around with the settings to get an accurate trace of your image.

    Always export your image at max quality, using formats such as tiff or PSD when editing, and only saving to a jpeg when you are uploading your file for print.

  • Grain direction of the fabrics

    This information is intended for designers and is only about fabric printing.

    Grain runs across the width of the roll on all our fabrics.

    In case grain direction is important to you, this means that when creating your design on the design interface and after selecting your own dimensions in the "Product Options", you need to make sure that you add and position your file(s) on the design interface keeping in mind that the grain direction will be running accross the width of the design interface (= width of the fabric)

    For your information, we print your artwork in the orientation that you design in our online preview. Imagine the preview is a roll of fabric running from top to bottom, the width of the roll is left to right.

    This is especially important for fabric destined to become clothing as the stretch on our jerseys runs across the width of the roll. If you make the width wider than the fabric selected we rotate by 90° in order to fit it on the roll.