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Design Makeovers: 15 Real Examples of How To Dramatically Improve T-shirt Designs

Many of us have been there: up late at night working on a design that you just can’t get to look right. Or maybe you have sat in front of our Design Studio and found yourself drawing a blank deciding on what direction to go in the first...

How To Easily Wash Your Favorite Hat Without Ruining The Shape [Surprising Test Results]

Everyone has a favorite hat. The problem with favorites is the more you wear something, the more it gets dirty. And those dark stains are not a good look. Do you try to wash it and risk it losing its perfect shape and fit? There is reason to be...


Apparel

How To Easily Wash Your Favorite Hat Without Ruining The Shape [Surprising Test Results]

Everyone has a favorite hat. The problem with favorites is the more you wear something, the more it gets dirty. And those dark stains are not a good look. Do you try to wash it and risk it losing its perfect shape and fit? There is reason to be worried: clean it the wrong way, …

23 Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas That Your Staff Will Love in 2021

Giving gifts to your employees is a great way to make them feel appreciated– and boost morale. Certain gifts (like company swag) cultivate team spirit and cohesion, so everyone wins. Consider it an investment: 40% of employed Americans say they’d put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often. Source: Harvard Business Review While the …

Easy Stain Removal Hacks for Clothing that Actually Work

Life is messy. No matter how careful we are, there will be spills and splashes– and stains. We researched the tools and techniques you need to remove almost every kind of stain there is from your favorite T-shirts and other clothing, using everyday items, home remedies, as well as products you might have next to …


Archive

Top 5 Street Art and Streetwear Collaborations

Street artists and streetwear have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly, salt-n-pepper, and aerosol cans and freshly painted walls.  “Street art” has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings. Today it includes countless mediums, materials, and styles. Its most prominent artists have risen through the ranks of the art world to earn high respects, both …

Designer’s Guide to Graffiti Fonts

In many ways, graffiti is humankind’s earliest attempt to leave its mark on the world. By some accounts, we’ve been doing it for nearly 40,000 years. From the charcoal briquettes and crude tools of the prehistoric peoples of North America, ancient Egyptians, and the earliest manmade art in the caves of Indonesia, it has been a long …

Critical Information to Include on a Charity Event Shirt

Planning a charity event is hard work. In order for an event to be a smash hit, you must pay careful attention to every detail. One particularly important detail is the thing your participants will leave with–their event shirt. Charity event t-shirts make for a great wearable on the day of your event, unite your participants …


Design

Design Makeovers: 15 Real Examples of How To Dramatically Improve T-shirt Designs

Many of us have been there: up late at night working on a design that you just can’t get to look right. Or maybe you have sat in front of our Design Studio and found yourself drawing a blank deciding on what direction to go in the first place. Design can be a challenge. Whether it’s …

The Top 8 Free Alternatives to Photoshop in 2021

“Is that Photoshopped?” It’s clear that a company has cemented itself in history when its name is used as a verb. (Just ask Google.) Adobe Photoshop has long dominated the market for image editing applications, transcending photography to encompass graphic design, illustration, digital painting, marketing, website building, and animation. And that’s just Photoshop. The Adobe …

Guide to Using Pantone Colors and The Pantone Matching System

Choosing colors can be one of the most important decisions for your designs, brand, clothing, or home interiors. The problem is we all experience colors differently– and imagine them differently. We don’t even use the same names. If you tell someone “sky blue”, are you both thinking of the same color? Most likely not. How …


Marketing

What You Need to Know About Copyright Before Designing Your T-Shirt

I bet you have a ton of great ideas for custom T-shirt designs. But are they legal? The last thing you want to do is send your latest creation off to get printed, only to find out it can’t because you’re using something that’s been copyrighted.  You might be thinking, “who cares? Everyone uses copyrighted …

Fun Softball Practice Drills and Team Building Exercises

Ready for this upcoming softball season to be the one where your team runs roughshod over the rest of the league? You’re going to have to practice better. It’s such a cliche, but drills really are the only way to get better. That’s because so much of softball is about muscle memory. The closer you …

5 Things You Need to Know About Softball

Everyone from kids to senior citizens can enjoy softball. And there’s really never a bad time to introduce yourself to the game. Still, first-timers (and their parents) might want to get acclimated to the game before their first practice. Before you have your first catch, get to know these essential things about the game of …


Our Journey

RushOrderTees to Invest $1,000,000 in Cryptocurrencies

RushOrderTees is excited to announce that we’re investing in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and a number of other cryptocurrencies. Over the next two months, we’ll convert one million dollars of our cash reserves.  We are using the cryptocurrency brokerage platform Coinbase Prime to process the transactions.  Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are definitely gaining popularity lately, with everyone …

Six Shooter Challenge 2019 Recap with Photos, Video, and an Interview With Joe Wolos

Another exciting Six-Shooter Challenge is in the books, and the theme this year seemed to be “expect the unexpected.” From shocking upsets to unconventional techniques, and even a rule change, this year had it all. That includes puppies and dance performances. The ink flowed and the shirts flew off the presses. Everyone had a blast, …

The T-shirt as a Blank Canvas: RushOrderTees Featured in Wearables Magazine Annual Fashion Issue

Earlier this summer, Wearables Magazine contacted RushOrderTees and invited us to participate in their annual fashion issue. They tasked seven different custom apparel companies to come up with a floral-themed T-shirt design inspired by the idea of “the T-shirt as a blank canvas”. And ours was to be digitally printed, aka DTG (direct-to-garment). One of …


Print Methods

Which Screen Printing Ink is the Best? Comparing Water-based Ink vs Plastisol

In the decorated apparel world, there are many different techniques to print custom graphics, and screen printing continues to be the fan-favorite. But there are two broad categories of inks: Plastisol and water-based. Naturally, the next question asked is: Which one is better? In this post, I’ll compare and contrast the two main types of …

Glow For It: How To Design a Magical T-shirt Using Glow-In-The-Dark Ink

Of all the various specialty inks out there, only one is visible in a dark room: glow-in-the-dark ink. This effect is all-too-often overlooked, which is odd because it can make a T-shirt design become magical when the lights go out, eliciting ooo’s and ahh’s from anyone in proximity. And if done creatively, it can transform …

Ask the Expert: Manual vs Automatic Screen Printing

Screen printing machines for the decorated apparel market mostly fit into two categories: manual presses and automatic presses. Yes, there are belt printers that do the all-over prints, but they’re pretty rare. For the purpose of this post, we’re comparing the two main types. As you would expect, automatic presses print much faster than manual …