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Do you have a fantastic design idea for a t-shirt that you’re not sure how to bring to life? Or perhaps you’re looking for a way to advertise promotions and events via your team’s uniforms? Whatever the requirements for your custom t-shirts, the purpose remains the same. To stand out and catch the eye with a unique design! 

To help you with the ideation and creation of your t-shirt designs, we have put together a few hints and tips to think about before you get started. Plus, don’t forget, our friendly team are on hand to help you with all your concerns and queries, or you can find the answers to your questions in our FAQs online now.

What is the Purpose of your Custom T-shirts?

Before you start designing your t-shirt, have a think about the purpose of your design. Is it to raise awareness of your business or brand? Are the t-shirts going to be given away as a promotional item? Or, are you simply designing a t-shirt for a personal event, like a stag or a hen do? 

Making sure you have a clear idea in mind for the purpose of your printed t-shirts means that it’ll be easier to start designing them. For example, if your t-shirt will be for promotional purposes, you’ll know that you should opt for an eye-catching design that encapsulates your brand.

Think About Your Budget

The quantity and colours of your t-shirts will impact the price, so make sure you consider what you need in relation to your budget. If you only need a small print run with a simple, single-colour logo, then heat transfer printing would be the most cost-effective option. Colourful designs on a lower-quantity printing run lend themselves well to digital printing, whereas if you are looking to print 100+ shirts, screen printing could be the best way to go. When creating ideas for your t-shirt design, think about these different options available, which your style is most appropriate for and factor this into your overall cost and budget.

Brainstorm Your Design

Now it’s time for the fun part! Get creative and brainstorm your design ideas that you think would look great on your t-shirts. Gather some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, whether it’s colours, imagery, patterns or font; pull together some designs to help you come up with your own ideas. 

When it comes to actually creating the design, you do not need to be a Photoshop wizard to make something impactful. There are a number of free design tools that make the design process a breeze, even for beginners! Tools like Canva and Vector are easy-to-use options for budding designers, allowing you to bring your ideas to life. 

Play around with the size, fonts, and colours of your design until you’ve come up with an idea that feels right to you. Again, consider the purpose of your t-shirt when you’re working on the design – if it’s to advertise your brand, for example, you might want to have your phone number on the shirt. In that case, is it in a clear enough font? Does the colour stand out? Think about your audience and what they might expect to see on a shirt.

Get Your Colours Right

Before you get carried away with magnificent ideas that look good on paper, make sure you’re thinking about how they will transfer to t-shirt printing. Namely, getting the colours right! You need to need to consider what will stand out against the colour you’ll be printing on. If you’re opting for a simple white t-shirt, go for dark colours that will stand out. If you’re printing on a darker background, light or bright inks will really pop.

Remember when you’re designing your t-shirt that your artwork colours will need to be set to CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black) – as these are the colours used during the printing process. Computer screens show colours in the RGB colour profile (Red, Blue, Green), so the colours on the screen will look different to the colours that you’ll print. To make sure you get a perfect match, make sure your artwork is in CMYK.

Print Ready Artwork

Once your design is ready to go, you’ll need to export it in a high-resolution format to ensure you get the best quality print. If you’re using a tool like Adobe Illustrator, this would be a vector file like an AI or EPS, but for other tools, it could be a print-ready PDF or a high-resolution JPEG.

Buytshirtsonline will send you a handy digital proof of what your artwork will look like to make sure you’re completely happy with the design before it gets printed. Then, you’re all done! You can look forward to the arrival of your high-quality, eye-catching and comfortable tees.

More Help

By now we hope you have all the hints and tips you need to design your own t-shirts, but if you still have some concerns then we are happy to help. We’re here to help you with any queries you might have about printing your own t-shirts, so if you’d like to find out more about our printing options or have any other questions, our friendly team are on hand, so get in touch today.

You can also find more information on our t-shirt printing hub and our FAQs!