Rejection Reasons for Designs

We can only accept designs that meet certain quality criteria and appeal to a wide range of potential customers. We will reject designs (prior to publication) if one of the following reasons apply: If you have any questions as to why your design was rejected, please get in touch with our legal service:

Bad resolution

Pixel graphics published in the Marketplace should be of sufficient quality to realize good print results. Please make sure your designs have sufficient resolution and aren’t pixellated. Find out more about pixel graphics requirements .

Not (completely) cropped

For the Marketplace, we don’t accept designs with a background (except for non textiles). Please make sure to rid your design completely of its background, remaining pixel artefacts or sloppy borders.

Highly personal design

Please don’t upload any designs with highly personal or specific content like names, birth dates, email or website addresses. This type of design isn’t interesting for people searching the Marketplace, which means it won’t sell.

Rights unaccounted for

We'll reject your design if we find it online and aren't able to associate it with you. Even if your design should be marked as “public domain content” with a third-party provider, we need to reject it. This is because the usage rights and trademarks of third-party providers are often unclear or not easily understood. We are also eager to avoid multiple publications. If you should indeed hold the rights to the rejected design based on the reasons mentioned above, please do get in touch.

Design mark

Spreadshirt reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any design based on alleged or suspected copyright infringement. If you believe your copyright is infringed by content on, please report it according to our DMCA policy .


Semi-transparent designs will result in poor digital direct printing quality on colored products. Digital direct printing requires spraying a base-layer beneath the design in order to bring the colors out better. Semi-transparent designs would make this sub-layer visible and create an unpleasant grey fog. Try adding flecks of color to the appropriate areas of your design.


Spreadshirt reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any design based on alleged or suspected trademark infringement. If you believe your trademark is infringed by content on, please report it according to our DMCA policy. Use the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to find out whether your idea has already been registered as a trademark in the International (Nice) Classification Code for clothing and shoes: class 025.


Our Marketplace is a distinguished playground of ideas created by the community. This is what distinguishes us from other platforms specialising in photo prints. That’s why we can’t accept simple photo snapshots unless the image has been edited to reflect an artistic approach of sorts. Designs for smartphone cases and posters are the exception here.

Design is blurry

Designs lacking sharpness or blurred Marketplace designs will not be cleared since print results are bound to look bad. Find out more about pixel graphics requirements .

Personal rights

Spreadshirt reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject any design based on alleged or suspected infringement of personality or publicity rights. In some jurisdictions, these exist even after the person’s death.

Series of designs

We reject a series of designs, in which only some elements vary. For example, a series of designs like “Vintage since YEAR” with all numbered years from 1901 to 2025 or “5 Star JOB” with all kinds of jobs from accountant to zookeeper isn’t permissible.

Description inappropriate

You are looking for “birthday” and expect designs featuring cakes and balloons, but end up finding city names and iguanas? That’s why sensible tagging is most desirable. Your sales possibilities will improve as long as people actually find what they are looking for. Your tags should be in line with your designs. Please try to find fitting tags that describe your design as best as possible. Designs with unsuitable tags won't be published on the Marketplace or may be deleted later.

Wrong vectorisation

If you vectorized your design automatically, it is possible that some areas came out untidy. Sometimes edges are rounded, parts are deformed or anchor points are newly set. This may lead to unpleasant shapes or irregularities displayed in a font.


If we come across obvious typos, we will reject the design in question. It will give you a chance to correct it and upload it again.

Contrast problems

Low contrast designs are often hard to make out. Only upload designs rich in contrast and colour.

Violation of Community Guidelines

We reject designs violating our community guidelines if they contain illegal content, hate speech, pornography or glorified violence. We also reserve the right to remove sensitive content or restrict its visibility if it defies child and youth protection, or if it benefits the demands of our diverse community.

New legal regulation

Because legal regulations are subject to change, we must often delete designs from our platform, even if they have been online for a while. This is why we are unable to provide a guarantee for a design to stay on our platform.

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