How to Make a Threadless T-shirt


Printing t-shirts at Threadless ( can be an opportunity for self-expression and a chance to market your designs to a wide audience. Threadless has a specific submission protocol; follow it, and your design may be selected by the online community to be printed and sold on the website. If the Threadless community votes to print your t-shirt, you'll get $2,000 from the site and $500 in store credit. Put some time and artistry into your creation, and your efforts may pay off.

Things You'll Need

  • High-resolution scanner
  • Computer art software (such as Adobe Photoshop, Flash or Illustrator)


  • Create an original design. Threadless is only interested in printing designs it hasn't seen before, so to make a Threadless t-shirt, ensure it's an imaginative and unusual idea. Draw your design by hand, or use an art program to draw the design on the computer.

  • If you have prepared your design on paper, scan the design onto your computer at as high a resolution as you can, and then save a copy at 72 dpi. Make sure to save it as a .gif, .jpg, .fla or .png file.

  • Download the submission templates from Choose the colors and styles of shirts that you want to use from the template options, and use Adobe Photoshop, Flash or Illustrator to copy your design onto the template t-shirt. Alternatively, you can copy your design onto your own outline or photograph of a blank t-shirt using any digital art program.

  • Choose part of your final image to use as a thumbnail. Select the "Save for Web" option and save it as a separate image. Make sure it's in .gif format and smaller than 10kb.

  • Upload your design at The Threadless community will then vote on whether or not to print it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want feedback on your design, submit your design for a critique by the Threadless community before you make your final submission.
  • If your submission is declined, it may be because the image isn't clear or innovative enough, the text you use is not visible or the image is almost all text, your design uses too many colors or is too large, the image is inappropriate, or your design infringes someone's copyright.

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