There is no shortage of websites that allow you to print customized T-Shirts. When I found myself looking for a reputable site that could print a quality shirt at a reasonable price, my head was spinning with all the options.
Fibers.com was my site of choice, and I’m glad I settled on them. Fibers offers a ton of shirt options; long-sleeve, short-sleeve, sweatshirts, T-Shirts, tank-tops, and more, and the prices are reasonable. What I loved the most was the feeling that I knew exactly what I was going to get when my shirt arrived.
Many sites offer a customization process that is lacking, to say the least. You choose a color from a limited visual palette and the color is overlaid on the image of the shirt. It’s not an exact photo of that colored shirt, so you’re never sure exactly what the shirt will look like. Uploading your custom artwork can also be a crapshoot. In most cases, sites have an upload button, and very basic placement options (size & rough placement of art on the shirt), but not much more.
Fibers offers variety and simplicity
Fibers.com offers a ton of options when it comes to styles and colors of shirts. You start the customization process by choosing a product (T-Shirt, long-sleeve, seatshirt, etc.). The options are based on the cut/style of shirt, mens, women’s, and material (they offer cotton, bamboo and performance-grade). Next, you choose the size and color. As soon as you choose the color of the shirt, the large preview image is updated with a photo of your shirt.
At that point, you can use Fibers’ built-in type, image and effects tools to create your shirt online, or upload your own artwork in a variety of file formats (including .eps, .jpg, .tif, .bmp, and a few more).
Fibers.com offers plenty of easy-to-use customization tools
Once you upload your custom artwork, you can scale it, rotate it, flip it, align multiple pieces of art, add layers, and of course place it exactly where you want it within the printable area of the shirt. Once you’re done with the front, you can add artwork to the back as well (at an additional cost which is constantly updated in the upper portion of the screen). If you’re not sure about your design, you can save it for later updating.
The checkout process is quick and easy, and they offer a variety of shipping options.
The final product
I was pleasantly surprised when I received my shirt in the mail. It came in a relatively tiny box, but the shirt itself was nearly wearable out of the box – little wrinkling to speak of.
The color of the shirt was exactly as it appeared on the website in the preview image. Excellent! The placement of my logo was exactly as it appeared in the preview image as well, both on the front and the back.
Close-up of The Graphic Mac T-Shirt logo
The quality of the print was pretty good considering I chose a dark charcoal gray shirt, and have white and bright green subtle gradient in the artwork. After the first wash, I saw no visible fading to the artwork on the shirt – but time will tell how the print holds up. I suspect it will be no different than any other printed shirt.
At just under $30, I’m pretty happy with my custom T-Shirt. There are cheaper sites out there, and I suppose some of them actually offer a decent product. For me though, Fibers.com delivered a great user experience, and a quality product at a reasonable price. I’ll definitely be ordering more from them.