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Designing for Threadless mugs can be challenging. Their uploader-specified dimensions are different to their template dimensions, both look weird in the uploader and different again when published. Aaahhh! What is an artist to do!? Well, I decided to look all over the internet for other people's photos of their Threadless mugs, so we can have a look at how the published products compare to how they look online.
Microbial Medley by Hodgepodge Bricolage
Hodgepodge Bricolage is a store that has a strong focus on patterns featuring cells, viruses, and other imagery of a medical nature.
There is a blog post by the artist that shows off several Threadless products, including a [presumingly 11oz] mug with the design 'Microbial Medley'.
Here's what they had to say about Threadless mugs...
"the mugs are semi-annoying because the print doesn’t continue under the handle, so if you get a seamless pattern from me that doesn’t have a white background, it doesn’t look as awesome as it could be"
And here is how the same mug looks in their online Threadless store:
We can see that the print looks very close to how it looks in the store. There's a tiny amount of cropping happening to the top edge of the artwork, and slight more cropped at the bottom.
Cozy and Despairing by FoxShiver
A GoodReads blog post happened to show off a [presuming 15oz] mug purchased by 'karen', with a design titled 'Cozy and Despairing'.
A quick Googling revealed that this design was by the store FoxShiver. And here is how the mug looks in their store:
This comparison illustrates that designs will look more stretched horizontally online than in person.
Also, this design is on the front only, which leads me to assume the artist uploaded a transparent .png that was automatically centred. Though it does not look centred on the website photo, it does look centred in real life.
by James Victore
The next photograph I found came from Twitter. User James Vitore posted this image of a [presuming 150z] mug.
The mug features the design 'The Universe Salutes You', and this is how it looks on his Threadless store:
The comparison of these two images is a good illustration of the fidelity of Threadless' printing methods. Even though the lines are very fine in this scribbled artwork, the reproduction is pretty perfect.
[We can also see that the artist has since updated the artwork by removing his sigature and putting it on the other side of the mug].
If you have any Threadless mug photos to share, please comment below and I'll include them here :)
Peace, love and sunshine,