5 Ways to Design Your Own T Shirt

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Design tips | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Design Your Own T Shirt


Creating and designing your own custom t shirts can be a fulfilling and inspiring activity for the whole family. Whether you are designing team logos, family reunion shirts, or just want to show off your own creative talents on an easily visible and wearable canvas, then here are the top 5 ways to design your own t-shirt.

1. The Planning Stage

Take this time to really think about what kind of design you want on your t shirt. What do you want the logo, brawhy_you_must_think_positivend, symbol, words, etc to look like? Maybe you’re advertising for a business or a rock band. Perhaps you’re using a personal illustration for this purpose. The main intent of the design should govern the way it looks.

2. Logistical Considerations

Think about placement on the shirt and what color fabric will work well with the colors used in the design. When using lighter shirts, it’s best to choose a color that will make the design pop out from the shirt. Dark colors can sometimes distort the ink, so make sure to either ask your printer or experiment at home before you decide. Consider the dimensions of the shirt and the design before you settle on what it’s going to look like.

3. The Digital Image

Most sources suggest using an Adobe product like Photoshop or Illustrator to create your t shirt design. You can scan in your hand drawn sketches and touch them up by creating stronger lines. You can also brighten colors, change contrasts and saturations, and add myriad filters that deepen and enrich your original design concept. It’s suggested that you keep within the dimensions of the frame of the shirt and keep proportions reasonable.


4. Save! Save! Save!

Don’t forget to save the design to an appropriate file. If you are getting your design professionally printed, make sure that the printer’s software is compatible with the design file’s type. If you plan on using the design for other projects (album covers, merchandise, more apparel, etc) then make sure the design is saved to a universal file type (like PDF) that can be accessed from most operating systems.

5. Creating a Prototype and Experimenting

Make sure that the digital image of the design translates well into printing. You can do this by simply printing out the file onto a regular sheet of paper. This is a great way to see how the final product looks without wasting a perfectly good t shirt. If you want your design on a colored t shirt, then simply use a sheet of paper that has a similar color.

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