Reasons for Design Rejection

We can only accept designs that meet certain quality criteria and appeal to a wide range of potential customers. This is why we will reject designs 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:

Rights Unaccounted

As a Designer, you can earn money with your ideas at Spreadshirt. Protecting rights of use and copyrights is in your best interest. Generally, we’ll refuse to publish designs if we’re unable to directly trace or connect the design to you. Even if a design is labelled as public domain content by third parties, the rights of use might not be clearly stated. If this is the case, then we must reject the design. All in all, we want to avoid multiple offers and err on the safe side. If you’re the actual creator of a design and have questions or concerns, please contact us.


As a print-on-demand provider, we need to respect requests from intellectual property owners. We may reject designs that show elements of protected intellectual property, even in cases of parodies. The same is true for images or names of real-life persons who are entitled to a right to privacy.
If you are not sure if your design violates existing rights, consult an attorney.
Also, sometimes the legal situation changes and we remove designs from our platform, even if they were originally published online.

Community Standards

We value peaceful coexistence, and we want to make life more beautiful with the designs people find through our Spreadshirt community. Please remember that designs violating our community guidelines will be rejected if they contain illegal content, hate speech, pornography or glorify violence. Based on our Community Standards we reserve the right to remove sensitive content or limit its visibility. This is especially true for the protection of minors or if we find it necessary to protect the needs of our diverse community. Legally prohibited content won’t be printed by us. Please contact us should you see any designs on our platform which violate our Community Guidelines.

Design Quality

Spreadshirt stands for quality. All the products you can buy on our platforms have been selected to make buyers happy. That's why we've defined a set of quality criteria for designs that need to be met.

  • Designs must be completely cropped. Be sure to completely remove the background on your designs. If you do need a background, it should be visible in its entirety and not be pixilated. The same is true for any other kind of pixelation. Edges should be clean and accurate.
  • In order to achieve a good print result, pixel graphics need a sufficiently high resolution without pixelation. Read more about the requirements on pixel designs.
  • Blurred or washed-out designs can’t be published, because the print result would not meet your expectations or our high quality standards.
  • Low contrast designs often look dull after printing and don’t come out right. Be sure to upload designs that are rich in contrast and color. Remember, what looks like a bit “overkill” on your monitor will render well on fabric.
  • With automatically vectorized designs, some of the design elements may not be be cleanly rendered. Common problems include rounded corners, deformed objects or incorrectly set anchor points. Pay attention to clean vector graphics so we can publish your design quickly.
  • Digital prints deliver the best print results, but production is more demanding than other print methods. Digital direct printing requires spraying a base-layer on the product before applying the design. This is necessary to bring the colors out nicely. On semi-transparent prints, you’ll see the pre-treatment shine through later (which is of course not ideal). On dark and colorful products, this effect is more pronounced. Our tip: Avoid semi-transparencies and sprinkle these areas with spots of color instead.
  • If we should spot accidental typos, we'll do you a favor by not publishing your design. It’ll give you a chance to correct the slip and re-upload the design.
  • Valuable tips on how to optimize your graphics quickly and easily can be found in this blog post. Our design experts are happy to help you: Spreadshirt’s graphic service helps you realize your design ideas in a professional and inexpensive way.

Marketplace Standards

  • Please don’t upload anything to the Marketplace that has highly personal or specific content, like e.g. names, birth dates, email or website addresses. Those designs are of no interest to Marketplace buyers and hold next to no sales opportunities. Please offer such designs in your Spreadshop instead.
  • The quality of search results in the Marketplace is largely determined by tags, descriptions, titles and categories. Choose tags that fit your design. If half of your tags or more won’t fit your design, we reserve the right to not publish the design on the Marketplace.