The issue I was having on Threadless was that, for no reason I could discern, the images I was uploading were acting unpredictably in terms of scale and alignment. Let me show you an example.
Here is the .png file I was trying to upload:
As you can see, it is a simple rectangle with no transparent space around it. And here is how it looked when placed on Threadless' laundry bag:
It's small and centred on the bag. Why? I tried to manually scale it up, and sometimes that scaling would undo itself once I tried to re-edit the product. Needless to say, it was irritating!
What made things stranger was that sometimes the images I uploaded would cover the product perfectly, and other times it would be shrunk and centred on the product.
The Problem Was File Type
I contacted Threadless about this problem, and here is the answer I received from their customer support team via email [bold added by me]:
"The issues you're running into may depend on the file format your are uploading. PNG files will work for all our products but will have padding added on all sides so they may not cover the entire item. JPG's created with our set dimensions will print full bleed and cover the entire product without needing to adjust."
Was that really my problem? Was I just using the wrong file extension? What an easy thing to solve!
And it turns out that the Threadless website has a page talking about design placement on non-apparel items, and describes just this issue!:
Applying the Solution
Once I uploaded the file again as a JPG, the padding disappeared, and the artwork covered the laundry bag as I intended. Phew!
Here's how it looked in the Threadless upload screen:
I though it was worth bringing this aspect of file preparation to people's attention because I have been in the habit of reusing a lot of files between multiple print-on-demand websites, especiall Redbubble and Threadless. Redbubble is fine with .PNG files, no matter the dimensions, and never adds padding to them. I would often upload these same .PNGs onto Threadless. For apparel, that's fine. But now I know how non-apparel files are handled, I'll have to save my Threadless files as .JPGs instead. Which does mean more space taken up on my hard disk, but considering all the benefits of print-on-demand, that's not a big deal.
Are there any litte tips and tricks you want to share about Threadless? Leave a comment and share your wisdom!
Peace, love and sunshine,
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