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Logo Placement Guide: The Top 8 Print Locations and Why They Work Best

Before you create your next custom T-shirt in our Design Studio, it’s important to know about the standards. There’s a reason why the vast majority of prints are in standard locations: they are tried and true. We’ve tried them all, and it’s true. Whether you’re getting screen printing, digital printing, or even printed vinyl, there are …

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 …

Top 12 T-Shirt Designers in The World to Watch For Fall 2021

T-shirts are more than just clothing– they have undeniably become an important form of self-expression for the person wearing them, and a canvas for the artists who design them. With that in mind, we begin a new series highlighting some of the best T-shirt designers working today. Each season, twelve handpicked T-shirt artists from around …

RGB vs CMYK: What is the difference?

RGB and CMYK are standards among all the color systems, but how much do you know about them? These two models serve specific purposes and have fundamental differences to understand, whether you’re creating a design, receiving one, or just curious. This colorful post explains those differences in simple terms and gives you some tips for …

Famous Tees of History Series: The True Story of the Smiley Face T-shirt (part 2 of 3)

T-shirts are a uniquely American fashion item that spread to the rest of the world, and the famous designs emblazoned on them each have a history of their own. In this series, I’ll be highlighting the most iconic designs in the T-shirt universe, diving into their origin stories, what made them so popular, then taking …

Famous Tees of History Series: The True Story of the Smiley Face T-shirt (part 1 of 3)

T-shirts are a uniquely American fashion item that spread to the rest of the world, and the famous designs emblazoned on them each have a history of their own. In this series, I’ll be highlighting the most iconic designs in the T-shirt universe, diving into their origin stories, what made them so popular, then taking …

How To Design Youth Baseball Jerseys: Essential Dos and Donts

If you’re a baseball fan, springtime is always right around the corner. And if you’re a coach or organizer for youth baseball, it’s never a bad time to think about how to make your team or league more fun for the kids.  What they wear on the field can go a long way toward informing …

Famous Tees of History Series: The Story of The Rolling Stones Logo T-shirt

T-shirts are a uniquely American fashion item that spread to the rest of the world, and the famous designs emblazoned on them each have a history of their own. In this series, I’ll be highlighting the most iconic designs in the T-shirt universe, diving into their origin stories, what made them so popular, then taking …

Creative and Funny Family Reunion T-Shirt Sayings

With the holidays in the rearview mirror, I’m ready to hibernate. Wake me up for T-shirt weather. Now, if you’re like me, you can’t actually make like a bear and nap your way through the winter– there are student loans to pay. Instead, we’re going to spend as much time as we can planning out …

Famous Tees of History Series: The Story of the I Love New York Shirt

T-shirts are a uniquely American fashion item that spread to the rest of the world, and the famous designs emblazoned on them each have a history of their own. In this series, I’ll be highlighting the most iconic designs in the T-shirt universe, diving into their origin stories, what made them so popular, then taking …

How to Optimize Any Photo for High-Quality T-shirt Printing

Do you want to print a photo on a T-shirt? Maybe a group shot of your family that will be a gift, or a new company logo that is colorful or photo-realistic. Maybe it’s a big picture of your own face (hey, to each their own). In all of these scenarios, your image should be …

6 Ideas for Printing Personalized Holiday Gifts That Everyone Will Love

If you’re looking for a great way to surprise your entire family with customized gifts that are memorable, valuable, and even funny– you’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a few ideas to use as a jumping-off point for your own custom holiday gifts to make everyone on your list happy. Get your order …

5 Simple Rules for Using the Best Fonts in Your T-shirt Design

One of the biggest decisions to make on a T-shirt design– on any design– is the font, also known as a typeface. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of fonts out there, and your job is to choose the best typeface for the job,  arrange it in a way that is graphically pleasing, and conveys your …

10 Borders, Outlines And Frames To Make Better Photo T Shirts

One thing that gets overlooked fairly often in T-shirt designs is how to treat the border of an image or photograph. You may not think it’s important, or even think about it at all. But I’m going to show you how giving some attention to the edges of your images can elevate the design significantly. …

The Best File Types For Printing Perfect Custom T-Shirts

Here are a few design tips to let you know what is the best file type to submit when creating a custom tee with Rush Order Tees.

12 Alternative Print Locations That Will Set Your Design Apart

We’re all familiar with the standard print locations, we’ve seen them all. But when a T-shirt has a unique print location or placement, that can make a memorable impact, especially if you’re crowd is more fashion-conscious (or you would like them to be). In this post, we’ll quickly look at those standard print locations, and …

The Distress Effect: How To Create a Vintage Look for Your Custom T-shirt

Distress may sound like a terrible thing, like something you feel at the DMV or a call you make when you’re lost at sea. But in the T-shirt business, it’s a desirable effect for designs and a trend that has persisted for over 15 years now– with no sign of going away anytime soon. In this …

The Top 8 Locations To Print on a T-shirt and Why They Work

Who doesn’t love the standards? There’s a reason why the vast majority of T-shirt designs get printed in standard locations. They are tried and true. We’ve tried them all, and it’s true.  If you’re ordering standard locations, it’s important to know about the typical print sizes, placements, and if there are any restrictions based on …

The Most Unfortunate Print Placement Ever (and How You Can Easily Avoid It)

When we think about what makes a good-looking custom printed T-shirt, we tend to think of the design. But did you know that the print placement can make it or break it? And I mean really break it. In this post, we’re going to look at one of the most unfortunate (and common) mistakes when …

Does Size Matter? Learn These 9 Printing Terms To Help You Place The Perfect Order

We’ll get to size in a minute. As the term relates to a print, of course. First, have you ever called a company and spoke to someone about their services and had to ask yourself “What the heck are they talking about?” Understanding the terminology is important, especially in the custom apparel business when some of …

T-Shirt Design Tips: How to Avoid The 10 Most Common Mistakes

Everyone loves a great T-shirt design. I know I do. That’s why I’ve been in this business for 15 years (but who’s counting). So what makes for a great design? What makes a T-shirt that people will want to wear over and over again? Some of the greatest designs are simple. But even the most simple …

9 Creative Bachelor Party T-Shirt Ideas

Whether you’re the groom or the best man, we’re willing to bet you’ve got the notorious bachelor party on your mind. The perfect bachelor party t-shirt means great pictures but also acts as an easy way to identify group members whilst more and more drinks get consumed throughout the night.