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Spring into color this Easter

It's March and that means the spring season is in full swing and the time for bright colors, budding flowers and Easter egg hunts! Get ready for jellybeans, chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps because the Easter bunny is bringing baskets of sweets and surprises! Spring is a time of renewal and growth, the weather begins to change and sleeping plants begin to blossom as the drab winter gray is awakened with vibrant colors. We have a plethora of options for bright colored shirts and numerous options for ink as well. Check out our previous blog post for some general ideas on matching up colors.

Pick from over forty colors when choosing the Hanes Beefy T-shirt, or try out some nice pastel color options from American Apparel. Some of the most popular Easter colors are light blue, purple, pink, and light yellow. Once you have picked a great color base for a shirt, check out our clip art for some bunnies, eggs, and religious icons to create your shirt masterpiece. Spring is all about growth so try sporting a color that is a little your of your comfort zone and see how it feels, you might be pleasantly surprised how you look in an orange, purple, or yellow shirt...be bold!

Remember to get creative with color this spring when you create a custom shirt. Easter is a great time to celebrate renewal and growth with family and friends so be bright with color and remember to share the jellybeans!

T-Shirt Color Guide

There are several key factors that make for memorable T-shirt designs. Some top elements to keep in mind include interesting artwork, a catchy or funny saying, and most importantly great color selection. When you are creating a custom T-shirt you may be tempted to splash all your favorite colors onto the design. Green shirt, red letters, purple artwork, more orange letters... it doesn't take long for any design to become a mess of a rainbow when you are wildly adding colors for every new addition. Unfocused color selection not only looks bad, but it can run up production cost quickly without being a benefit to the overall design aesthetic. Lets take a quick look at how to effectively select colors.

You may remember learning the color wheel in art class. One of the simplest ways to to create contrast is to use colors that are opposite each other on the wheel. This can be especially helpful when you have words that you want to stand out. If there is too little contrast it will be hard for people to read your shirt, especially from a distance.

     

You can see that the shirt on the left has much more dynamic contrast than the shirt on the right. Also keep in mind that dark colors such as maroon and royal blue may look decent on a black shirt when working in the Design Studio, however the final printed result might appear darker than it first looked when designing on a vibrant computer screen.

When working in our design studio you will able to choose from thirty different ink colors. Although this is often more than enough choice for most orders we know that sometimes there might be a specific color you have in mind that is not listed. Send us a message in the design notes and we will work to see if we can get your specific color mixed up. The easiest way to communicate what color you want is to use the Pantone color match system (PMS).

Pantone color match is a universal system that assigns numbers to colors so that there is a shared consensus between designers on how to match up colors. For example if you tell us you want Pantone 15-5519, then we know you are talking about a specific color of turquoise. This can be especially important for a color shade like turquoise because there are several combinations of blue and green. We can also work to use special T-shirt inks such as neon colors, glitter ink, and even glow in the dark ink!

Having lots of colors can make your shirt a hit, just make sure that you are choosing colors that will appropriately compliment and contrast each other for the best effect. Have fun designing custom T-shirts!