Having your shirt printed is quite a trend nowadays. People from every walk of life prefer these comfortable, personalized shirts for themselves and to gift others. Designing something you wear adds that extra effect to the garment which makes it special, which is why many people go for these designs and wearables every day. However, a frequent problem that many people encounter is image selection. Which quality should you choose? What is the difference between an 8-bit image and a 16-bit image? What is a 'Bit' to begin with? Here we tell you the difference between these formats and also help you find the image that will give the perfect result when printed.

What is a 'Bit'?

'Bits' is actually the tonal variation in an image. Once you understand the tonal values, it becomes much easier for you to decide which image to choose and which not. Then again, what is tonal variation? It is basically how light or dark a color is. We can create a variety of tones by adding either white or black to a color.

8-Bit vs 16-bit images

So, now that you know what a bit is, you can guess that the difference between them is of tones. 16-bit images have a greater variety of tones. Depending on the format used, an 8bit image can have 256 tones of cyan, magenta, yellow and black for the CMYK format or 256 tones of Red, Green, and Blue in the RGB format. In contrast, a 16-bit image in the CMYK format has a total of 65,536 tones, which is quite a sum!

So, which image should you choose? You may think that a higher tone image is better for printing and that is the case if you have an option. However, it's much better to ask the printing company of the printer specifics. This is because many printers are primarily geared to print specific formats and need an appropriate image for best results. You can also convert a 16-bit image to an 8-bit one using simple editing tools in Photoshop.

All you need to do is to open the image in the Photoshop app on your desktop. Access the top menu and open the bar that says 'image'. Select 'mode' and chose the '8-bits/Channel' to change the format of the image. It's really very simple.

Clearly, the printing quality of the image can be influenced by the bits of the image you chose. Wherever possible, it's always a good idea to ask the Singapore printing company for their formats. If you have a choice, always opt for a 16-bit image as it will give a more realistic picture with a variety of tones and transitions. However, the bits are not the only determinant of the quality of the image on the printed shirt, the pixel density plays a prominent role also. We, at tprints, pay particular attention to the quality of the image to produce the best prints. Contact us for an amazing shirt, fabulously printed according to your specifics today!