What is a T-Shirt Design?
A tee shirt design is a popular way to add a personal, creative touch to a t-shirt, one of the most recognized types of clothing in the world.
There are many options for designs on t-shirts: A design can have images or pictures, words, original art or even logos or slogans. A custom design can let you express your individuality or show your solidarity with a group or team. T-shirt designs can also be a great way to advertise your business or company, and are even used as uniforms in many industries.
How Can I Make a Design for a Tee?
One of the best parts of t-shirt designing is that anyone can do it!
Whether you can already take credit for designing an awesome tee, or you haven't doodled since middle school, we believe there's a t-shirt designer in every one of us.
Don't believe us? That's okay–we're here to show you just how easy it can be.
Dive right in with a t-shirt design app: Apps like our Design Studio can be a great place for beginners. The Design Studio will let you see changes to your design as they happen and give you a real sense of what you're creating.
You can find the perfect t-shirt from our catalog, pick a shirt color and experiment with fonts, clipart and other customization tools to find the layout that works for you. If you know you want to incorporate a logo or image, you can also upload original art.
Start with a template & then make it your own: If you like a little inspiration before you tap into your inner designer, we have a template library full of design ideas for all kinds of tees.
For those of you that want a little help before getting started with your design, we've got some pointers from one of our printing pros below to share with you.
What Makes a Good T-Shirt Design? Tips from Our Experts:
We've rounded up the highlights for you, but you can get a full run-down of do's and don'ts for making a professional design on our post on how to make a good t-shirt design.
1. Make sure your image files are high quality
This is one of the most common problems we see with t-shirt designs, and the image quality of your art can make or break the final product. We recommend images that are 200 dpi or higher at full size. Vector files (PDF, EPS, AI or SVG file types) are also design-friendly.
2. Focus on your fonts
On t-shirts, how your message looks is just as important as the words you use. No pressure, right? So carefully consider the font you want to use and how it might add or detract from what you're trying to say on your shirt.
3. (Print) Location, location, location
A mistake we often see with design placement is what one of our designers calls a "belly print." Belly prints happen when the placement for a standard center front design is too low…and the design ends up (you guessed it!) somewhere closer to your belly area, rather than the center chest where it should be. We've got more print placement tips, including how to avoid the unfortunate belly print, on our blog.
Need some more inspiration? We have a whole gallery of t-shirt design ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
Adding the Final Touches to Your Shirt Design
Once you finalize and save your design with us, it enters the hands of our incredibly talented Art Department. Each design is reviewed, touched up, and proofed to make sure it's the great custom t-shirt that you envisioned.
Want to leave the designing to the pros? Our Art Team is also able to collaborate with you to create a professional, quality design. Give us a call at (800) 620-1233 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start working with our Art Department.