How To: Getting the Best Screen Print from Your Design Files

So you’re ready to place a garment order. What’s next, you ask? There will be a number of steps to make sure we have everything you need, one being “high resolution or vectorized artwork”. What the heck does that mean? Well, allow us to explain.

High quality artwork is crucial in the screen printing process. The design you print is a major selling point for any clothing brand, band or retail company. It’s the reason your customers want to buy it from you, and we want all of our customers to succeed. Below we’ll answer some of the top questions that our customers have about artwork files.

“What’s a vector file?”

A vector file is a scalable art format that is most commonly associated with Adobe Illustrator. It’s a file that can be sized small enough to print on a baby onesie or large enough to fit on a billboard without any degradation or loss of clarity. It’s the favored file format of screen printers because it can be easily resized should the artwork require it.

“What does ‘high resolution artwork’ mean?”

It means that when zoomed in at 100% on an image, it has well defined, crisp lines. The two images below help illustrate that. On the top you see two seemingly identical images, but when you zoom in on the two images you’ll see the contrast between the two. The left image is muddy and not well defined. The image on the right, however, is clean without any blurriness or distortion.

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Video: Johnny Crap Process Print

We’re pumped to finally share a project we’ve been working on with Johnny Crap. We recently completed a 10 color Simulation Process print using our Premium Standard inks and wanted to give you a glimpse into the process from beginning to end!

Premium Standard is our special hybrid style of printing in which we use a discharge underbase with our special soft inks on top. This allows us to create a strong print with bright colors while keeping the printing really soft (even on dark colored shirts). The Johnny Crap design was a fun project to test out a 10 color print.

You can order one of the prints for $8 today! Go here to check it out.

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Be sure to keep an eye on what we’ve been up to on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

Want to find out more or place an order? You can start here!


Turnaround Time: What’s Really Happening?

So you’ve placed an order with us and are wondering, “What’s next?” or “How long is all this production stuff going to take?” Well, we can assure you that the Threadbird team is hard at work to keep your order moving and to get the best final product possible to your door.

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Here’s what happens once you submit and pay for your order.

Your digital mocks are created. Our Art & Mocks team immediately starts working to put together your designs and all necessary details for your approval before handing the final mock off to the printing team. You should receive it within 24 hours and the faster you approve the faster we can keep your order moving.

Our purchasing department orders your blank garments. We order your blanks right away to speed up your turnaround time. If you want to change your blanks, please let your customer service rep know as soon as possible to prevent additional delays and/or fees.

Your order goes into production. The average production time from mock approval is 5-7 business days. Any finishings or complex jobs may require additional time, which means turnaround time is an estimate and not guaranteed. If you have a specific due date, please be sure to let your customer service rep know when placing your order. If you have any questions or concerns about your order in the meantime, please contact us at printing@threadbird.com.

 And finally, your order is on the way! We’re big fans of this part. We love when our customers finally get to see their finished product in person. Once you receive your order let us know what you think! Share some pictures and tag us on Twitter or Instagram or let us know if we can do anything else. We want to know how your experience was.

And that’s it! Not too bad, huh? If you’re ready to start the process, you can go here, or you can contact us at printing@threadbird.com.


Threadbird Apparel Finishing: What are Hem Tags

“What the heck is a hem tag?”

A great way to add an extra branded touch to your shirts is by having custom tags sewn onto the shirt. We can put them in the neck of the shirt, but we can also put a hem tag on the sleeve or at the bottom of the shirt. Threadbird does not manufacture these, but if you supply them we will take care of adding them to your shirts. We recommend ordering your tags from www.clothinglabels4u.com.


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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Continues

12 Days of Christmas

We’re halfway through our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways and there’s no shortage of holiday cheer for the last six days!

In addition to the regular daily posts, you can earn one entry towards the final giveaway on Dec. 23rd for every 50 apparel prints ordered from Dec. 16-23. For example, order 1,000 shirts and you will earn 20 entries towards the final giveaway – $500 in Threadbird Printing credit!

And don’t forget about all of the awesome giveaways left:

  • Dec. 16th – 1000 Business Cards (14 pt (Gloss or Uncoated)
  • Dec. 17th – 250 1” Buttons (up to 5 different designs)
  • Dec. 18th – $25 Amazon gift card
  • Dec. 19th – 250 Vinyl Stickers (up to 5×3)
  • Dec. 22nd – Apple TV
  • Dec. 23rd – $500 in Threadbird Printing Credit

So go ahead, FOLLOW US and LIKE US for your shot at all the final giveaways! 

We hope everybody has a safe and joyful holiday!