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Announcing new inks and print methods for artists to use in their designs!

  • by the ThreadStaff
  • posted Nov 05, 2007
  • 224 Comments

When we started Threadless back in 2000, designs were printed using fairly basic screen printing methods. With the launch of our Select line in 2006, we began to encourage artists to explore new inks and printing techniques allowing them more creative involvement during production. We decided to end the separation between regular Threadless tees and Threadless Select tees by offering the use of all inks and printing techniques that we use for Select to any artist that submits.


This is super exciting for everyone! Before today, most chosen designs were printed with plastisol inks, some with a chino additive and a few with water-based or discharge inks. Starting today, designers can now use up to 8 colors, specify super glow, puff, high density, suede, UV color change, shimmer, metallic clear, glitter, blister, flock, vinyl, foils, embroidery, gradients, simulated process and even belt printing. Here's a PDF explaining in detail each of the new capabilities.


Head on over to the submit page to read more. You can also download the new submission kit which includes new tee templates in Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash, new placement photographs and PDFs explaining the new specialty printing and decline reasons.


Hold on to your hats, Threadless! Things are about to get krrrrr-azy!


A few other, smaller bonuses this change means:

  • You may now submit GIF, PNG, JPG and SWF images :)

  • Rather than 640x480, designs can now be submitted at 640 pixels wide by up to 800 pixels tall. The default size of the downloadable template is 640x640.

  • Rather than 120kb, designs can now be submitted at up to 250kb.

And don't forget! If your design is chosen you will receive $2,500 in cash & gift certificates right away and then up to another $10,000 more if you win a Bestee at the yearly Threadless Awards! You will also receive an Alumni Club Starter Kit the first time a design of yours is chosen. The kit includes a totally sweet Alumni Club Medal of Honor, an official Alumni Club membership card, tee shirt, coffee mug and mouse pad.


We are really excited to see the submissions start rolling in after this announcement. I'm sure ya'll are going to blow some minds!


:)

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ir0cko
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whoa

bsweber
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oh snap!

Ian Leino
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I was going to type something here but I'm too stunned to come up with anything sufficiently witty, so I'll have to settle for... wow. Just wow.

0Jim0
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WOO!! HOO!!

it's about time.
;)

lemonalle

cooooooooooooooooooooollll

littlem

OMG! my mind is blown!!

taz-pie

oh my goodness. how excitingggg :D

skaw
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pdf link is fixed!

telaine

weeeeeee!

stevetrpi

Dude, even belt printing, this is so sweet!

Tonteau
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Hahaha! Oh baby!

chelly

"designers can now use up to 8 colors"


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

telaine

man, I don't even know what half of those specialty thingies are! ... *downloads PDF

Tonteau
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If you reprint biggie was right, can it haz foil, plz?

maija

Oh crap!

blam

There goes my effing mind.

sonmi
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yay! this is exciting.

so what will be the fate of select shirts, then?

Tonteau
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Invisible selcects, FTW.

bsweber
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lol @ that jpg of craig in the packet

telaine

anyone else having a problem opening the PDF? Acrobat and Preview say the file is bad :(

valorandvellum
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I have to say again, this is so sweet!!! 640x800 makes me tingle with delight!

maija

"designers can now use up to 8 colors"

The bad designs are about to get a whole lot scarier.

stevetrpi

Are you guys switching over to the new tees then?

gamejunkie

I love you guys more every day. =) But yes, what will be the fate of the select tees?

Tonteau
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Tesco, you got Burial's new album, yet?

Tonteau
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maija on Nov 05 '07 at 10:48am "designers can now use up to 8 colors"

The bad designs are about to get a whole lot scarier.


But the good designs!

fat pigeon
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I'm going to have a field day with this! Now I can submit designs here that I was going to submit elsewhere!

maija

telaine: I'm also getting a corruption error.

amaliaslash

noice! kevin brown shakedown was totally psychic. or inspirational.

blooqkazoo

Oh cool! I can't wait to see the results of this!

telaine

... and the Threadless Tee Templates folder is empty too! The Threadless Blank photos one worked tho

chelly

yeh, are these on THE threadless tees now???????

maija

Tonteau on Nov 05 '07 at 10:49am
maija on Nov 05 '07 at 10:48am "designers can now use up to 8 colors"

The bad designs are about to get a whole lot scarier.

But the good designs!


Okay both the good and bad designs will be more interesting.

"The teeth will be gold foil, the hair will be flocked and the nipples will be printed in puff ink."

^this may be a good or bad design, depending.

valorandvellum
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Uhhh... nice picture of bologna Craig...





Bahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

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