Threadless Prints 4-Color Process?

March 4, 2009 | Written by Blake | Category: Cool T Shirts

This is our first guest post from Blake at You Design It.  Hopefully, this will become a regular guest spot as he gives us a t-shirt printer’s perspective to help you design t-shirts.

Now I may be wrong about this, but it appears that the artwork of one of the new prints at Threadless isn’t really artwork at all.  Or, I should say, artwork we are used to it at the t-shirt design competition site.  It appears this design was crafted by hand and photographed as opposed to created in Photoshop or Illustrator.  And I’m sure that there was some Photoshop work done to the photograph afterward, but I think you get what I’m saying. Let me explain why this is so significant…

First, let me begin with showing you the shirt print that I am referring to:

threadless_4colorBesides this candy giving you a toothache, 4-color process printing on apparel can often give the printer a headache. It is a science in itself and can produce lackluster results when not created properly. You can refer to another post I recently did at MyInkBlog about 4-color process printing to get into the meat and potatoes on the subject. I just wanted to show this print because it seems like a new door opening at Threadless on both the creativity side of submitted designs and the capability side of their printing. This may not be their first full color print but it looks like they went all out and are not shying away from it!

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