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The Fine Print: Let's talk about tees!

How to Design T-Shirts

Designing t-shirts is a fun and easy process but we can understand how designer newbies can sometimes think otherwise. Don't worry, the hardest part is probably already done, you just don't know it yet. So, here's a quick checklist to help you out.

Location. Location. Location. Knowing where you're printing beforehand will let you know how much space you have to work with. Do you need a front and back print, just the front or just the back? Full front or left chest print only? Left chest print area will be a lot smaller space to work with than a full front or back print.

$aving Tip: Keeping your print to one side (front or back) will keep your costs down.

What's the occasion or event? Is it for a family reunion? Club? Senior Class? Football league? Walk-a-thon? Knowing why you're designing the shirt can set the tone for your custom t-shirt design and if you're in need of design inspiration, check out our Idea Gallery.

What does the shirt need to say? A family reunion shirt might need the family's name and the year while a senior class t-shirt may need the name of the school and the words “class of 2011” or “seniors 2011”. Don't be afraid to change it up a bit. If there's a catch phrase or theme, try that. DesignAShirt has hundreds, if not thousands of fonts to make those words pop!

Choosing the right colors for your design can really make your design pop! If it's for a school t-shirt, what are the school colors? A company or event, what are the colors in the logo? Also, keep in mind the t-shirts don't have to be white, it can be one of your chosen colors.

$aving Tip: To keep costs down, try to limit your design to one or two colors.

You know what you want to say and how you're going to say it, now look for objects or shapes that compliment your vision. Upload your own logo and/or artwork or browse the thousands of clipart on our site. We've made it easy for you to find just what you're looking for. From sports balls to stars and stripes, we have something for everyone.

Knowing the answers to some or all of these pointers can help you on your way to a great design and our customer care team and design consultants can help you every step of the way. Above all else, have fun with it!

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