Here’s How to Make a Memorable T-Shirt Design from Scratch

December 24, 2018

Whether you live and breathe t-shirt design and run your own business, whether you’re a business owner who makes custom clothing for staff uniforms, or whether you’re just planning a big celebration, you might struggle with the first part about custom clothing: deciding what to put on the garment.

Especially for those who run a t-shirt business, you know how important it is to make quality t-shirt designs in as little time as possible in order to run an efficient production process and always have new, appealing designs in your shop. It’s not difficult to make custom shirts in Toronto or in any other city when you partner with a reputable online retailer of custom clothing like R&P Prints who will support you as you make your clothing. Coming up with a great design, however, can seem like a big challenge.

You Don’t Have to Be a Pro

The good news is that you don’t have to have leading edge graphic design skills and you don’t have to be struck by inspirational lightning every time you want to make a new design. Here are some of the things you can do to design a good-looking custom t-shirt design for whatever occasion you need.

Where to Start

Start out by allowing yourself the time to doodle, draw, and sketch under as little pressure as possible. Take a walk to get the creative juices flowing. Maybe visit one of your favourite coffee shops to enjoy a change of scenery. Are you doing something creative? Are you working with an existing logo? Will your design be mainly lettering? Will it be mainly images? Think about the purpose of your design and go from there.

Once you have a general idea of what you’re planning on doing, you can either start to put together your design digitally in Photoshop or you can work with a t-shirt design generator from the printer you’ll be working with. A huge perk of working within a generator is that it lets you be creative and try new things without having to worry about the technicalities and details of print specifications.

Find a Theme

Especially for those making designs to sell in the competitive t-shirt market, it’s important to make sure that you have a theme and that your theme will attract buyers. For example, when the holiday season is approaching you can look around to see what the holiday t-shirt design scene is like.

Stand Out

You can also check out online t-shirt marketplaces like Teesping and Spreadshirt to see what designs and themes are popular in the t-shirt community. This can help you get some inspiration as well as know what to avoid to end up looking like everyone else.

If you’re looking to make shirts for a party or occasion, then you already have a theme lined up which will take some of the work off your shoulders. To make your shirt memorable, really play with the occasion and mark it on your design so your garment will be both a stylish item to wear as well as a memento to cherish.

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