Careful... This Nicebleed Interview Is Nsft!

by jeffreyg / None /


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How about giving us a quick introduction? Where does the name Nicebleed originate from?
Nicebleed is a collaboration project with two brothers Francis and Laurence. The name was a username from when we used to play counterstrike. It was 'nosebleed' back then, and then later changed to nicebleed. We thought it was nice. :)

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Have you ever spotted any Threadless shirts in the Philippines?

Yes! There are many Threadless shirts here.

Congratulations on your winning design, Mona Lisa Glitch in the Not Safe for Threadless challenge- could you guys walk us through your process? Do you have any process photos you could share with us?

Thanks! Basically the process is.. Idea - Execution (Sketch or directly to photoshop) then finalized with the colors and textures. For this challenge we used photo manipulation and some distort filters. We thought that this image is so popular that glitching it would add a twist. It's fun to play with those filters and it's an extra tool for us to create visual elements.


What did "not safe" for Threadless mean for you? How did this influence your approach to designing a submission for this challenge?

Something unusual for Threadless' taste. For this challenge, we decided to create a dark and pop image with a glitchy effect with the overall print. It was a style we haven't seen on Threadless shirts.

Do you think Threadless needs more shirts of this aesthetic and style?

Yeah, we definitely would love to see more of this style printed in the future.

As a collaboration duo, is one of you the brains behind a concept or is it pure collaborative? Do you ever find that your visions clash?

Whoever gets the idea first, we reinforce it then by suggestions and building it together to make it visually strong.


What do you think an artist can benefit from by collaborating with other artists?

A collaboration is teamwork. Both parties can learn to each other's style and it can result to surprising outcomes.

Negative space seems to be a huge influence in a bunch of your designs - would you describe this as your style, if not, how would you describe your style?

Negative space is magical and fun to make but for us we don't limit to that area. We have a wide range of style. Depends on the idea we have.

What is your favorite thing to draw? Is there anything you guys try to avoid having to draw?

We love elements from nature. Animals and florals, skulls to pop culture elements. We haven't really tried to draw realistic elements in our designs but we embrace all things in this universe. There's nothing to avoid.

Besides deadlines, what is the hardest part of being freelance illustrators?

When procrastination strikes. We can't control them. There's no production going on.

How does it feel to know that a t-shirt or art you create can be shared and worn by millions of people around the world?

So inspiring to us!

Are you guys working on any cool projects at the moment?

Doing some illustrations for shirts maybe for future Threadless submissions or for wall art prints.

Any last words or shout outs?

Thanks Threadless and to all our friends out there! Enjoy! :)


You can pick up Nicebleed's winning design today along with other rad new designs in the catalog!

Teetorials: Illustrator Align Tool

by jesshanebury / None /

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Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Threadless designer Speedy Joe’s tutorial for using the align tool in Illustrator.

First go into Window > Align Tool. Open that up and put it somewhere on the screen where you will be able to access it easily.
I created 4 basic squares so you can easily see what's going on here. They are all just sitting randomly on the screen and we want them nice and lined up.

Select all the squares with the black arrow (selection tool).

Once you have your objects selected, again using the black arrow, click on one of the squares once and it will make it a "key object". You can see the thicker blue outline on my key object. This is the square we are going to align everything to.

Now I want everything centered on my key object, so I select the vertical align center on my align window.

We got everything nice and centered on our green square now, next we want everything touching.

Again, select the first object as your key object, this time we want to distribute the spacing horizontally. I have it at 0 inches so they all touch, but if you have a specific amount of space you want between the objects you can put that in.

And there it is! Nice and lined up and all touching.
If you have any questions for Joe, ask them in this blog!

Help Celebrate Artists By Wearing The #Bigtee Of The Day!

by jesshanebury / None /

There's $10,000 on the line in The Next Big Tee challenge. To celebrate the artists who have created some of the most popular Threadless designs recently, we'll be highlighting one best-selling tee a day and throwin' some fun facts at ya!

Friday 10/4

Today’s #bigtee denies all of the laws of evolution. Ultimate Fusion by Chawit Waewsawangwong illustrates how the lovable panda came to be… via a Dragon Ball Z-esque fusion! This explosive tee has been a Threadless staple from the day it was released.

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Launched: March 21, 2012
Biggest Sale Date: March 21, 2012

Check out all of these beautiful folks rocking Ultimate Fusion. You’re all Super Saiyans in our book!

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THURSDAY 10/3

Today's #BigTee is The Communist Party by Tom Burns, a real Threadless classic. Check Instagramlater to cheers with the Threadstaff while we enjoy some brew and pizza! One lucky commenter will get a $25 gift code!

Launched: January 16, 2006
Biggest Sale Date: September 9, 2009

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WEDNESDAY 10/2

Sure, it's Wednesday, but Wednesday WHEN? All of Time and Space by Alice X. Zhang is Wednesday's #bigtee.

Launched: December 10, 2012
Biggest Sale Date: December 10, 2012 (The day it launched!)

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TUESDAY 10/1

Today's #bigtee is A French Ninja Cat! by Kyle Walters

Launched: February 27, 2012
Biggest Sale Date: June 26, 2012

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Did you wear your French Ninja Cat tee today? These folks did:

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Make sure to wear your All of Time and Space tee for tomorrow’s #bigtee, ya Whovians!

MONDAY 9/30

Today's #bigtee is The City that Never Sleeps by Dina Prasetyawan.

Launched June 4, 2012
Biggest sale day friday Nov. 23, 2012

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What's something great about the city you live in?

Psst: Tomorrow's Big Tee is A French Ninja Cat! Make sure to wear it.

FRIDAY 9/27

Friday's big tee was Funkalicious by Christopher Golebiowski! Did you wear your tee?

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Things got fun and funky when Ranch Ghost stopped by!

Thursday 9/26

The #bigtee for today comes to us all the way from space! Hope you wore your Mr. Mittens! tee today! This classic bestseller was designed by Joe Van Wetering.

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Mr. Mittens has been printed on tees, water bottles, iPhone cases and more. Today, our very own Mo shared how she put Mr. Mittens onto shoes!


Launched July 21, 2008
Biggest sale day friday Nov. 27, 2009 (Black Friday)

Speaking of Threadless classics, tomorrow's #bigtee is Funkalicious!

Wednesday 9/25

Today's #bigtee is bigger on the inside! Are you wearing Adventure Awaits by Karen Hallion today?

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Launched Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Biggest Sale Day: Monday, March 18 2013

The Threadless van is bigger on the inside!


Tomorrow's #BigTee is Mr. Mittens! Wear your tee, hoody, bag or iPhone case! Well, maybe you can't wear an iPhone case.

Tuesday 9/24

The #bigtee of the day is A Pixel of My Childhood tee by Adam Jhesu Rufino Nakamura from Mexico. Did you wear your tee today?

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Released Monday, Jan 21 2013
Biggest sale day: Wednesday, Mar 20 2013

Gamers, let's hang out! What platform do you play on? What's your current game of choice? Tell us your username so we can all play together!

Tomorrow we're hypin' Adventure Awaits. Make sure to wear yours!

Monday 9/23


Today’s #bigtee feature is “Magic Bacon Ride” - and for the occasion, we ordered and enjoyed a big ol’ bin full of bacony goodness this morning. Note the veggie “bacon” slices there too!

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Every Monday here at Threadless, we treat the staff with a nice catered breakfast and this morning, it was a “make your own breakfast sammy” sort of day. In terms of preference here, the “make your own” option is clearly the winner. Note this recent poll:

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Now that our bellies are full of delicious breakfast, we can better spread the word of Threadless here, there, and everywhere on this magnificent Monday. Won’t you help us?

Tell us your #bacon stories, show us your #bacon pride, take us on a #MagicBaconRide.

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Magic Bacon Ride by George Otsubo from NYC
@georgeotsubo
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Launched Monday, May 27, 2013
Biggest day of sales: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Also available as:
Zip hoody
iPhone case
Wall Art

Tomorrow, make sure to wear your A Pixel of My Childhood tee and high five anyone else that does the same!

Announcing New Hi-Res Dimensions For Design Submissions!

by skaw / None /

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You can now submit your designs in a more glorious, larger format! 1200 by 1200 pixels of pure ultimate power. One MILLION four hundred and forty thousand pixels! That's a whole lot of real estate to show off your work. In a few days, when new hi-res designs are submitted and approved, you'll start to see much larger images when scoring designs.

It's no secret that submission dimensions have been one of the biggest issues with submitting to design challenges. We've been listening and we're excited to see what you do with all this extra space. In fact, we're so pumped that spoiler alert we're launching a new special design challenge tomorrow that should inspire everyone to give it a go! In fact there are 10,000 inspiring reasons. Hint hint.

But wait there's more! Bonus new features:
• You can now embed videos from Youtube and Vimeo in the forum!
• You can also now delete your own comments!
• Pssst … @skaw

Do Us A Solid And Check Out Michal And His Winning Regular Show Design!

by jeffreyg / None /


Hello Michal! How about a quick introduction?
I'm just a simple man with simple needs that’s searching for an answer of what I want to do in my life. It took me some time to ensure myself that it might be designing.

Out of 343 submissions, Now Clean Up This Mess! cleaned up the competition as one of the grand prize winners! How did you celebrate when you got the notification that you won?
Oh, the time for celebration is yet to come! It would be the nicest to celebrate after showing people my design up for sale :) Maybe I even treat my Threadless account to a thumbnail at last?

As a big Regular Show fan myself, I can't WAIT to own your design. It's packed with references and highlights each character perfectly. Could you do me a solid and share some process photos and explain how you developed this design?
Why, thank you for your kind words. I’ve loved complex and detailed illustration since I was a child, especially when I spent hours gazing in picture books like Where's Waldo? I thought it is general rule in Regular Show scenario to make specific items, often with some out-of-this-world characteristics, a basis of the plot. Almost every time Mordecai and Rigby struggle with some weird antagonist from the other dimension it ends up with park devastation and a huge mess which drives Benson insane. So why not mix these two distinctive Regular Show features and make a huge mess out of the series' finest devices? It wasn't a minute work, as I didn't have the idea of the right composition at the start. I had to draw every element and character separately and after that put it all together like a jigsaw puzzle right on a t-shirt template.

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Out of all the references in your design, which one is your favorite?
It is hard to pick one, I would say I adore all the ‘80s things the most. In Regular Show, music still plays from walkman and boxy cassette ghettoblaster, 8-bit arcade games are still hot (not just ironically or sentimentally cool like in the world of today), movies on VHS are still being rented from video rental shops, party people happen to wear mullets and it gets really serious after tasting ‘80s beverage...

Do you have a favorite character and/or episode?
Before the t-shirt contest, I had only seen a few episodes and I simply liked it. But I generally love cartoons and every time I notice Threadless launch contest with some cartoon as a subject, it motivates me to give the show a try. I started from the very first episode and was hooked. So far my favorite episodes are those featuring Sensai – “Death Punchies” and “Sandwich of Death” (in my opinion the most random plot ideas written for the show so far, and I love RS' randomness). Oh, please excuse me, “Gut Model” with Muscle Man as a pregnant photo model was even more random! That's why it also has a special place in my heart! :)

Which of the characters do you think you relate to the most?
It's really hard to say as I admit to be notorious slacker, seasonal workaholic, I enjoy jolly good shows, plus sometimes I overuse “yeah, I've seen this before” phrase...

You’re from Warsaw, Poland. Is Regular Show a popular show over there? Have you spotted a lot of Threadless shirts there?
I think Regular Show still hasn't gained here attention it deserves, especially in comparison to an also great Adventure Time. But maybe as a childless 30-year-old I just have no idea! :) I occasionally meet people wearing Threadless tees on the streets - one time there was a guy in the same shirt as mine in a club (Polar Gardening by Jean-Sebastien Deheeger). But it could be bigger craze, especially considering how often I'm asked where I got my tees from.

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What got you to start submitting designs for Threadless?
I’ve purchased tees from Threadless since I heard of it in 2008. I've always liked the styles and how it promotes artists. So, when I thought I learned how to operate in graphic programs smoothly enough, it was a natural move for me to try. I don’t submit too often, so when I won the first contest after only 2 or 3 submissions I was very surprised, but it motivated me to try whenever I see a chance for myself.

As an artist, how does it feel to be able to share your art with the rest of the world?
The internet is a blessing for a designer - why have I discovered it so late? I'd never have the opportunity to feel this great without it.

Any last words or shout outs?
Nah, I'm done ;) Thanks Threadless for putting me in a good mood!

You can pick up Now Clean Up This Mess! and the other winning designs in the Regular Show Collection!

Behold! The Winner Of The Bravest Warriors Challenge, Stacy Eyles!

by jeffreyg / None /


HI STACY! How about an introduction? Who are you and what's a typical day like for you?
My name is Stacy, I live in the latest Zealand, and a typical day for me would be something like this.. 5:45am - Wake to an alarm
5:46am - Sleep
6:00am - Wake to a second alarm
6:03am - Fight sleep
6:15am - Wake to a third alarm
6:18am - get up
7:00am - Do something
9:00pm - Youtube
12:30am - Sleep
*Eating and talking takes place in there somewhere

Congratulations on your Bravest Warriors challenge win with your amazing design, Impossibear! What was your inspiration for this? Can you share some process photos with us?
Thank you! I can't tell you how excited I was when I found out I had won! It was VERY exciting! I guess I can tell you how excited I was...Very. Funnily enough, I was inspired by this show on the Frederator channel, it's called Bravest Warriors, and it's from Pendleton Ward (The Adventure Time guy), you can go watch it on the internet right now. (..I'll wait.)

Here's some process shots of Impossibear.

What’s your favorite Bravest Warriors episode and who’s your favorite character?
I love Bravest Warriors - it's the goodness of Adventure Time, with sci-fi themes and is quicker to employ absurdity and a non sequitur or twelve. I'm big into the comic as well, and it certainly provides some good back story and side story to the universe.

My favourite episode is Memory Donk, where the guys are on board a speeding bus, and no one remembers anything. It reminds me of the type of storyline that would show up in Red Dwarf, or that movie Speed, starring Alan Ruck. My favourite character is The Emotion Lord, just because he's an entirely new layer of absurdity. Also, Jelly Kid is a very close second.

What's it like to be able to design for a show that you're a fan of?
It's the best! Threadless has provided me with the avenue to design for one of my favourite bands (check out Stacy’s design for The Flaming Lips), and now, one of my favourite shows! So thanks, Threadless!

What made you decide to go the realistic illustration route rather than keeping the cartoony look of Impossibear?
He sits in the background of these people’s lives, a rainbow coloured bear, enthralled with a stick, and nobody pays him much thought at all ..If he were in our lives, he'd capture EVERYONE'S attention! So I decided to bring him over to our side and get him some of that fame he deserves.

So let’s say Impossibear actually existed IN REAL LIFE - how would you react if you came in contact with it?
My fight or fight response would kick in (I lack the flight part of instinct) and would more than likely throw the first punch. I'd hopefully get the chance to try something I've been designing in my spare time, where I weld a boot to a glove and put them on, so every time I kick, a punch comes with it, and every time I punch, a kick occurs. And then there's the devastating Haymaker/Roundhouse.

If you gained x-ray vision from a Gas Powered Stick, how would you put your powers to use?
I would most likely just ruin magicians' days, go blindbox shopping or finally get my money back from Three card Montgomery.

This is your 5th print on Threadless, and your style ranges from 16-bit to mixed media, to detailed illustration - how do you define your style?
My style? I try to keep it malleable and design to the content or message. I do try to keep a spirit about it, having my style be more of an undertone, rather than something easily identifiable, as a line-weight might or hatching or how I use colour... ...is what a boring nerd would say, but, I would say my style is like if a lightning-sword made hard passionate love to a laser-sword, in a kayak at summer camp.

Do you have any plans for your winnings?
I'll probably just buy a bunch of Jewels or Pizzabeers.

Any last words or shout outs?
Thanks to those that believed in me, we did this together! Thank you to those who said it could never be done, proving you wrong was the greatest part of this whole thing.

also, Thanks Obama! (non-ironic)

You can pick up Stacy’s Impossibear and the rest of the winnings designs in the Bravest Warriors Collection!

Creating A Font In Typetool

by jesshanebury / None /

Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Threadless designer Jillian's tutorial for creating your own font in TypeTool.

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A while back I did a short post with behind the scenes shots of how the Threadless holiday typeface was made. I didn’t go into too much detail then, so I’m going to do that now! I'm using TypeTool 3, which you can download here. There should be a free trial.

As a reference, here are some relevant terms used in talking about and making typefaces:

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The actual typeface design and how you create it is up to you, but eventually it has to end up in vector format. I always design mine in Illustrator to skip the scan/live-trace/edit steps. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll do a cleaner typeface (rather than hand-drawn) that I’ve already designed. It looks like this:

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*Tip: I was taught to start with the letters A, B, M, N, O, S first when designing an entire alphabet as they generally cover every stroke/shape you’ll encounter when making the rest of the letters. That way you can copy/paste recurring lines and contours to maintain consistency and help speed up the process. Grids and guides help too.

Here is a short gif of how I made the Z. It’s one of the easier letters, and still looks like its traditional letterform… unlike C. And L. And N, etc. I made all of the letters using the pen tool.

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Cool. Once you have all your letters designed you’ll want to get them ready to import into TypeTool (or any other similar program). I’m using TypeTool 3.

TypeTool reads vector points but not strokes and stroke weight, so you’ll want to outline the stroke and merge the resulting overlapping shapes so you have one complete shape. Here’s how, in two steps.

1. Select all of the points in your letter. Go to Object > Path > Outline stroke

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It’s going to end up looking like this:

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2. Merge these separate shapes so they form one complete shape by opening the Pathfinder window and selecting “Merge”.

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Now it’ll look like this:

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THEN: 3. Open TypeTool. When you make a new font, this is the grid that will appear. To edit a letter, double click on it in the grid and a workspace will open.

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4. This is the trial and error part. I designed my typeface on a relatively large artboard, but it is still smaller than the workspace in TypeTool. When I import it--which is simply copying it from Illustrator, and then pasting it into the TypeTool workspace-- it looks like this (lolthat’sreallysmall)

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To make it fit, you will need to scale it up quite a bit. I’ve determined that I need to scale each of my letters up 800% (this could vary for you). Select the letter you want to scale up and duplicate it anywhere on the artboard. Right-click (or option+click)>Transform>Scale

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Enter the percentage you want to scale it up in the dialog box. Again, I had to try a few times to get to 800%.

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5. Cut (or copy, but you don’t need the copy) the giant letter from the artboard and paste it into the TypeTool workspace for that letter.

The two lines on either side of the letter represent how much space will remain around it when you’re typing. I usually line up the vector points at the left with the first line, but leave a little space between the letter and the second line so the characters don’t touch when typing, as they shouldn’t.

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Repeat these 5 steps for the entire character set.

If you want to get a feel for how the font is looking as a whole when you type, go to Tools>Quick Test As. This will give you an idea of how your letters are tracked (spaced) out and how they look at different point sizes.

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Once you’re done importing all of the letters, name it! Go to File > Font Info and write what you want to call it in the “Family Name” field. Fill out any other info you want attached to it like copyright, designer name, website, etc.

Then, save it by going to File > Generate Font. Install it like any other font by double clicking the .otf or .ttf file and hitting “install”.

**Edit: I should clarify that you can skip the scaling of each letter if they are designed large enough to be copy/pasted right into TypeTool. However, it's a good thing to remember as it will come up when doing hand-drawn type, which I will cover next time.

Score Minecraft Designs For Threadless Cash.

by jesshanebury / None /

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'Crafters, there are over 300 Minecraft submissions up for scoring and we want to print your favorites. Score 100 Minecraft submissions and you'll automatically be entered to win one of five $50 Threadless gift codes!

Take your votin' finger and give those subs the old 1 through 5 before Monday, Sept 16, 11:59pm CT.

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Which Character Do You Want To Put On A Tee?

by karaed / None /

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We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Threadless really likes TV and movies and cartoons and all that fun stuff. We know you’re right there with us obsessing over your favorite plot twists and inside jokes. But we need advice on which characters and pop culture icons you’d like to see in future design challenges. Do you want to explore your dark side with Dexter Morgan or sip a white Russian with The Dude?

Check out some of the ideas we’ve been tossing around, or suggest something new.

  • Classic Nicktoons
  • X-Men
  • Family Guy
  • The Incredibles
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Labyrinth
  • Dexter
  • Anchorman
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Star Trek
  • Twin Peaks

Threadless Teetorials: Coloring In Layers

by jesshanebury / None /

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Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Threadless designer Alex Solis' tutorial for coloring in layers.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how I color in layers. This is helpful for a few different reasons:

  • It makes it easier for printers to print your artwork

  • It makes it easier to modify the colors individually and keep all your colors in a consistent palette

  • It keeps everything clean and organized.


I'll explain this video from start to finish so you guys get an idea of what's going on:

  1. I start with my linework in one layer.

  2. Once that's done I create a new layer directly underneath and use the color overlay option, I pick my color of choice, but still color everything in black.

  3. I continue doing this until I have 8 layers or less to keep that color limit to 8. (You can do a ton more colors if you decided to have it printed using 4 color process but we'll go over that in a different tutorial)

  4. The Shadow layers: I usually put the layer above the color I want to add the shadows, and with the color overlay I pick a color slightly darker from the color palette.<

  5. Now, you can go back to the color overlay layers and adjust your colors until you're satisfied with your palette.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in this blog, and I'll try my best to answer. Hope this helps! - Alex

Meet Artist Alberto Montt, Designer Of New Tee Unscrewed Owl!

by jeffreyg / None /

Hey Alberto! Thanks for doing an interview with us. How about a quick introduction about yourself? Tell us who you are and what you do!
I'm a Chilean illustrator. I work mostly on graphic projects such as book illustration, publicity, and cartoons.

What’s the art scene like in Chile? Have you ever spotted any Threadless t-shirts there?
Chile is a small country with nearly 17 million people. Even though the art scene is growing and very active, it’s still a very limited market compared to other Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina, or Mexico. I knew what Threadless was because I started seeing nice tees around Chile. I decided to ask where those came from, then I was one click away! I became a compulsive collector :)

You are known for a daily comic strip you’ve been publishing every day since 2006 called Dosis diarias—could you tell us a little bit more about that project and how it started?
I was a little tired of illustrating for other people. I needed a place to reconnect with the things that made me fall in love with drawing. A place for doing stuff for myself. That’s why I started my blog. I just wanted a place to play with "stupid" ideas and images again. Now Dosis diarias has become bigger than I expected, getting more than 100K views per post.

How does it feel to share your art with the world?
It is amazing to see how similar to other people we are. Sometimes I draw an idea that I think is bizarre or personal that wouldn't be appreciated by someone else and I am always surprised of how many people connect with it. I guess the best part of sharing is to be able to connect with others. Also having a voice, a place to comment or be able to say things.

Congratulations on your first print, Unscrewed Owl; what was your inspiration for this? Could you share any process photos with us?
This was an idea I had a few years ago. It was first published in my blog. Like almost everybody else, I have always found the way owls turn their heads around pretty disturbing. I remember thinking as a child, "It's gonna come out!" The idea was there, i'm sure lots of people must have thought the same.

Do you have a favorite Dosis Diarias entry?
I have many. I have a special love for one I did many years ago that became so viral on the internet that I actually keep receiving variations, translations, and copies from people. It's about a broccoli, a nut, and a mushroom talking. It became so popular and nobody ever linked it to my page. I even tried to start "Dosis diarias" in English so people could have the real version of it, but it didn't last too long.

How do you stay creative? It must be hard to come up with a new idea every day.
I guess most people have very good ideas every day, I just draw them. It is my way of saving those images. Kind of like a polaroid photo taken in my brain at that specific moment. Sometimes I don't have the time to draw a daily strip and I can feel those ideas piling up waiting to get out. It is like an ideas exorcism :)

I’ve noticed you like to experiment with different styles. How would you define your style?
I always try to find new ways to say things with my drawings. I keep a sketchbook with me all the time so I can capture things that call my attention. Watching how other people do things and being very curious must be part of it.

Are you currently working on any new projects?
Right now I’m finishing a small limited collection for "PUMA Latinoamérica" which includes a couple of shoes, a skateboard, and a hoodie. I’m also finishing my first graphic novel.

Can we expect more submissions from you in the future?
You won't be able to get rid of me :)

Any last words or shout outs?
I really hope people enjoy my design and see the humor in it. Watching things from a different point of view is my favorite kind of freedom.

You can pick up Alberto’s new design, Unscrewed Owl, today!

Oh My Ganache, Threadcakes Has Returned!

by KyleGeib / None /

Let’s admit it, we love all forms of cake. Angel food cake, Devil’s food cake, bundt cake, birthday cake, urinal cakes… OK, so maybe not every form of cake, but you get the idea. Well, we’re happy to announce that this year’s annual Threadcakes competition is past the preheating stage and has officially kicked off!

Every year since 2007, talented bakers have slaved away in the kitchen to combine their love of dessert and Threadless into some outstanding looking (and tasting) confections. Open to both 2D and 3D submissions, Threadcakes competitors bring your favorite Threadless designs to life… so you can eat them!

Check out last year’s 2D and 3D winners:

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Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Threadcake by Lauren Babis (design by Chris Gerringer)

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Hooded Threadcake by Elizabeth Marek (design by Diego Fernandez)

There are already some impressive cakes up in this year’s competition, so dig in! Keep an eye (and sweet tooth) on this year’s Threadcakes to see how this round pans out!

Visit Sean Mort's Gallery Show "United Prints Of America" In Chicago All September

by jesshanebury / None /

Artist Sean Mort from the UK has been making his way across the US this summer creating art inspired by his travels. His gallery show, United Prints of America opens tomorrow night, Sept. 6 at Galerie F in Logan Square, Chicago.

There will be an artist reception tomorrow from 6-10 pm and the show will be open until the end of September. Chicago friends, we'll see ya there! For those who can't stop by, check out some of his work and a brief Q & A below!

what: Sean Mort's United Prints of America
where: Galerie F- 2381 N Milwaukee avenue
when: Sept. 6 - 27
artist reception: Sept. 6 6-10 pm

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We had a brief Q & A with Sean:

Where are you from?

I'm from Manchester in the UK & I live in Leeds.

Why did you decide to visit the US this summer?

I have been doing my own screen printed posters for a few years now & have visited the US previously for poster shows like Pitchfork, Renegade Craft Fair & SXSW but this summer I decided to do a bunch of shows and have a long vacation to save on the constant air fare & jet lag so I have done 4 shows in Chicago & San Francisco & seen a load of places in between.

What's the first thing you'll do/visit when you get home?

I can't wait to get home to see my amazing niece & eat fish & chips.

Meet Us In Ohio This Weekend For The Cincy Comicon!

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Ohioans, and folks in the surrounding area, we'll have a booth the Cincy Comicon this weekend!

We’ll have Dr. Who, Marvel, Tony Moore and other geek-themed shirts at our zombie-occupied booth. Thread Zombie is dying to eat you!

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There's a charity Drink & Draw Friday night so make sure to hang with us there, too.

Come hang with the Threadless crew for a good cause and amazing art!

Threadless Teetorials: Halftones

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Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Threadless designer Alex Solis' quick halftone teetorial.


  1. Start by creating a new layer on your artwork. Add the gradients and shadows that you want halftoned.

  2. Once you're satisfied with how it looks, select the new layer with gradients you created. Copy and Paste it into a new document.

  3. Go to image > mode to convert to grayscale. It will ask you to flattened the file. It's OK to do so at this time.

  4. Once that step is done, go to image > mode and select bitmap. Once it's bitmap, select halftone screen, and select the options you want. I usually try to keep it 300dpi and choose round for the bitmap shape.

  5. Once you have the halftone screen, turn it back to grayscale (image > grayscale)

  6. Duplicate a layer so it's not locked anymore. Then on the new layer click select > color range, and click on the white area. This will select everything that's white.

  7. Once it's selected, just hit delete to get rid of the white. Drag the layer with just the black halftone back to your artwork file.

  8. Align the layer so it fits where you did the gradient before, then do a color overlay, I usually try and select the same color as the main layer, and then make it slightly darker color.

If you have any trouble or have questions, just write in the comments below and I'll be happy to help! - Alex

Win Threadless Cash By Sharing Which Artists You Follow!

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Tees are $15! As you fill up your carts, make sure to hover over the artists’ names and follow them. Do you have a favorite Threadless artist? Shout it from the rooftops!

During the $15 tee sale, post about your favorite Threadless artist via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or Tumblr so they can become someone else's favorite artist too! We'll pick one person on each network to win a $50 Threadless gift code! Your post should include a link to your favorite artist and #followup.

Post by 5pm CST on Thursday, Sept. 5. We can't wait to see which artists you love the most!