The Ins & Outs of T-Shirt Design

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T-shirt design at Threadbird is so much more than just picking up a design, plopping it on a plain white tee, and then shipping it off to you. We take a custom approach to everything we do and we want you to know about all the incredible options you have with us. Get all the t-shirt design information you need below!

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2 Undeniable Reasons Custom Clothing Always Comes Out On Top!

“I can’t find ANYTHING I like!” Sound familiar? If you’ve ever spent countless hours looking for new clothes and end up with a whole lot of nothing – it might be time to take things into your own hands. What better way to get something you actually like than to have the resources readily available to create your own custom clothing?

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Rise & Design: Tuesday Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration to jumpstart your creativity this week?  Hopefully they brighten your day and inspire your creativity!

DKNG Studios

The guys at DKNG do great work. Being music lovers here at Threadbird, we love what this print is communicating. Music is beautiful. Coupled with a great, old-timey vibe.

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Rise & Design: Tuesday Inspiration

Creativity a little low this morning? Check out these projects from some designers we discovered this week. Grab that cup of joe and check out today’s design inspiration.

Jennifer Hood

We love this project because it features the creative process and the variety designers can create for one simple idea. This designer also includes a number of great little touches that make the logo design options all something different and unique. Notice her touches like the descender on the X in the top left design and connected t and F in the top right that create cohesive looks.

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Sergey Shapiro

This project looked great from early on in the process and we love the final design that this designer created for a yoga label. The bold and curvy lettering is just our style. It’s perfect for a hip screen printed t-shirt.

Gustavo Zambelli

This design made the cut for two reasons: first, pizza. The Threadbird team can’t resist it. In any form. But more importantly, we love how this fingerprint-esque design breaks down a common image in a whole new way. The digital strokes and colors result in a design that sparks both creativity and hunger. This one inspires us to see things a little differently today.

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Rise & Design: A Little Inspiration

Mornings can be tough. We get it. Some days coffee just isn’t enough to get the creativity flowing, so we’ve decided to help you out!

We’re kicking off this series of super cool designs to get the creative juices flowing with designs from some of our very own Art & Mocks team! So grab that cup of joe and check out today’s inspiration.

Josh Metts

“I’ve always been impressed by the illustrations of Ed Roth, so I wanted to do something in the same vein and a little out of my style for a friend of mine. I always start with pen and paper and bring it to digital for the coloring.”

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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.

  • Low Resolution Artwork File
  • High Resolution Artwork File

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