Jan 18 2017

Creating one color artwork that pops!

Screen printing still uses individual screens for each color in the printed artwork and because of this it can drastically effect the pricing when it comes to printing smaller quantities. The ‘good ol’ one color artwork has always been a staple in our industry due to it’s cost effectiveness. Here’s a very simple image that shows the use of negative space to bring out the shirt color into the design.

Next time your designing your artwork think about how you can include some negative space in the design to make it really pop!



Jan 5 2017

Hot new apparel styles for 2017

As we enter into a new year here are a few new styles for 2017.

Full catalogs are on our website at www.innothreadgraphics.com/catalog.html

The Bella+Canvas 3001 tee in Black Heather.

3001C Bella + Canvas Unisex Jersey Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

The Next Level 6245 Pocket V-Neck CVC tee

Next Level Apparel Men's CVC Pocket V

The Next Level Tri-Blend Unisex 3/4 Raglan

*NEW Tri-Blend Unisex 3/4 Raglan

The Bella+Canvas Women’s Flowy Muscle Tee with Rolled Cuff


Jun 10 2011

InnoThread Graphics Moves to Anaheim

InnoThread Graphics, Orange County, California, has moved its office and warehouse to a new location at 1161 N Cosby Way Ste W, Anaheim, CA 92806.

The new location will allow us to increase our production capabilities by adding new and improved equipment.

Apr 27 2010

New Styles from Tultex

Tultex has come out with a few new styles to compliment their fine jersey t-shirts.  Firstly, they have their new Tutlex V-Neck 0206 which boasts a 4.5 oz. 100% ring-spun cotton 30/1’s fine knit jersey, tubular construction, ribbed V-Neck, taped neck and shoulders with double needle sleeves and bottom hem.  The downside is that is only available in Black or White.  Secondly, Tultex has come out with a new blended tee that is 65% cotton and 35% polyester another take off of American Apparels popular blended tees.  These will be available in Black,  Heather Brown, Heather Charcoal, Heather Grey, Heather Navy, Heather Orange, Heather Red, and White.

Opinions:  Despite the Tultex V-Neck being quite a bit cheaper than most of it’s rivals the lack of colors and the shorter cut V make it a little disappointing.

Opinions:  We just got some samples of the new Tultex blended tee and they seem to be very comparable to American Apparel’s.  Great job…we give them two thumbs up!

Feb 12 2010

Specialty Screen Prints: Foil, Metallic, Shimmer and Glitter

Most customers don’t realize all the options and specialty prints that can be used in their custom printed t-shirts.  Next time your designing your t-shirts graphics you may want to keep in mind that adding foil or glitter to your artwork might really make it pop.  The foil printing method is a two step process.  The area of the design that the foil will adhere to is printed just like any other screen print except we use a foil adhesive as opposed to a pigmented ink.  The ink is then sent through the dryer to be cured.  The shirt is then placed on the heat press a piece of foil that will cover the whole design is then cut and placed on top.  The foil is heat pressed for 10-20 seconds on the heat press and then allowed to cool for another 20-30 seconds.  Once cool the foil is removed from the shirt leaving it only in the correct areas of the design.  Foil imprints can be a very powerful marketing addition to a clothing line or a way to boost profits with a college or school fundraiser.  Get a custom t-shirt quote right here. Just let us know you want them done with foil.

Feb 10 2010

New Alstyle Apparel V-Necks NEW for 2010!

Alstyle Apparel has just released two new v-neck styles for the 2010 calender year.  Recently it’s been hard to find a cheaper alternative to American Apparel’s v-neck and with the V’s increase in popularity this past year it’s a refreshing welcome.  The style 5300 is the Adult fine jersey v-neck.  It’s 4.3 oz. 100% combed ring spun cotton and is light weight and slim fit.  The 550 is the Juniors Sheer Jersey v-neck and is also 4.3 oz. 100% ring spun cotton super soft with  a slight stretch for a perfect fit.  The current colors available in the adult tee are athletic heather, black, white, charcoal, charcoal heather, purple, silver and turquoise.  The available colors for the juniors tee are athletic heather, black, charcoal heather, dark chocolate, hot pink, purple, turquoise and white.  These tees are great for custom screen printing or embroidery and start at as low as $4.59 ea. for a quantity of 72.  Find out more at www.InnoThreadGraphics.com or www.Alstyle.com.

Jan 16 2010

What to look for when ordering custom printed t-shirts for your business

Being put in charge of ordering custom screen printed t-shirts for the business or organization can seem like a daunting task.  And truly, it can, depending on who you decide to work with.  The very first step is the artwork.  Decide whether your business or group will be supplying the artwork or if you’ll be having a design firm or screen printing company producing it.  If you supply your own artwork it is extremely important that it be camera ready artwork.  The term camera ready means that it is ready for print and nothing else needs to be done to it.  It’s probably been designed in a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.  Vector art can be re-sized to any size and not lose any resolution.  Quality starts with the artwork and it’s very important to have nice crisp lines.  Secondly, if you decide to contract the artwork out it may be important to look for a screen printer, who you’ll be working with anyway for the shirts, that does graphic design work.  Many times since you’ll be ordering a bunch of t-shirts you’ll get a much better price on the artwork as opposed to a graphic design firm.  On the flip side, a well experienced graphic design firm may be producing better work.

Now that our artwork is ready to go it’s time to find the best screen printer.  We’ll start with price.  This can get to be a bit tricky.  One shop may quote you $5 per shirt for 50 shirts, but they may also have a $30 screen setup and $10 film charge therefore the shirts are really $6.20 ea.  Where as another shop may be quoting you an all inclusive price of $5.99 ea.  Be very careful and always do the math (including shipping and tax) to find out what your real unit price is.  This also brings up the question on whether to shop locally or online.  There are a lot of online screen printing shops that offer free shipping and by ordering out of state you’ll also save on sales tax.  For rush orders it’s always nice to have a neighborhood shop.  The other tricky part with price is the quality.  How do I know that screen printer A is quoting me for the same thing as screen printer B?  Generally there are two types of t-shirts: the 6.1 oz. cotton tee and the 5.5 oz. cotton tee.  Most manufactures will call the 5.5 oz. t-shirt a heavyweight and 6.1 oz. t-shirt Ultra heavyweight.  Here’s the truth; the 6.1 oz. is heavyweight and the normal weight of most t-shirts you would see in a store the 5.5 oz. is lightweight.  Some shops will always quote the cheapest shirt and some will always quote the 6.1 oz. tees, so make sure you make it known which type you’d like.

Quality ranges dramatically from shop to shop.  The best way to find out is to get a referral from a friend or relative.  Most companies are using the same brands of t-shirts and blanks, so it’s not really the quality of the actual shirt to worry about.  A good shop will have great attention to detail, pride itself in good artwork and use high quality equipment and retensionable screens.  A good rule of thumb is to check out their website for creativity, quality and samples.  A screen printer should be artistic and creative; therefore their website should represent that.

Service is extremely important.  How fast do you get a quote back from the printer?  Probably one of the most important signs to whether you’ll receive good service or not.  Service is very important in this business since 90% of all orders have a deadline.  When working with deadlines it’s very important to have good communication between customer and printer.  Also, look at the turn around times that each company has before they charge you a rush fee.  Most companies have a standard turn around time of 7-10 business days.  If you need it sooner then they’ll start charging rush fees between 10%-50%, so don’t forget to calculate that into the original price.  If you find companies with shorter turn times like 3-5 business days consider if that is worth money to you.  Another important service question is what is your guarantee?  It’s important you find a printer that is willing to stand behind their work.  If you get your shirts delivered after the event date do you still have to pay for them?  What if there is a misspelled word? Do I still have to pay?  These are good things to get squared away before placing a big order.

Good Luck!

InnoThread Graphics
screen printing | embroidery | promotional
Orange County, California

Jan 3 2010

Why use printed t shirts for your marketing

Marketing and advertising are very important for every business and in a tough economy it becomes even more important to spend your budget the right way.  The goal is to bring in new business and for people to recognize and remember your name.  Promotional products such as pens, mugs and custom t-shirts are a good way to get your name out there for a relatively low cost.  A pen can be left behind and used by a client for the cost of pennies or how about a t-shirt with your companies name and logo?  A billboard in the Orange County area can cost upwards of thousands of dollars per month and that doesn’t include the printing, but when you hand out one of your t-shirts it becomes a walking billboard for a one time cost of approximately $6-7.  Even if you don’t hand out some custom printed t-shirts to your clients, printing shirts and giving them out to your employees is a great way to show them appreciation.  And by doing so, will grow pride and commitment to your business.

Dec 16 2009

We provide custom athletic uniforms

We Print Custom Team Apparel for Your Team Image!

All of our athletic team jerseys, team uniforms, team warm-ups and hats are made to the highest quality and print workmanship.  InnoThread Graphics will decorate your custom team jerseys, uniforms or any other athletic apparel complete with your team logo, players names and numbers.

You can also order your uniforms blank from our in stock jerseys, uniforms, caps and warmups made by Teamwork Athletic and Augusta Sportswear and hard to beat prices.

Art Services for Custom Jerseys Available

Our graphics designers and artists can create any unique team logo for your uniforms or jerseys.  Or you can send us your existing team logo/crest on our upload page.

Dec 5 2009

Boxercraft Donates Apparel to Local Non-Profit

December 01, 2009

Boxercraft, Atlanta, recently donated more than 600 apparel items to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, including fleece shorts, flannel pants, hoodies, blankets and bags.

In the emergency room, kids’ clothes often are damaged or cut during treatment. Now, patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have received Boxercraft apparel replacements in a variety of trendy patterns and colors, according to the company.

This is one of the largest donations of new apparel in bulk that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has received, and it has allowed them to have different items and sizes in stock, according to the hospital. “It’s been very helpful,” says Molly Duggan, child life specialist at Children’s Healthcare. “If we need to get a kid home or a family comfortable while they’re here, we can do that now.”

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta runs largely on donations. Boxercraft’s youth apparel donation directly supports the hospital’s mission to brighten the stay of patients and their families, Duggan says.

InnoThread Graphics t shirt screen printing is proud to carry Boxercraft Spiritwear line of apparel.

Article provided by Impressions Magazine.