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T-shirt designs today are becoming more and more creative and popular. Whether you are an illustrator, graphic designer or a regular customer, the idea of creating your own t-shirt is kind of cool. However, the process for creating a custom screen printed t-shirt can be daunting when you think about it. Here are some tips to get the most out of your custom screen printed t-shirt design.

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1 Take Your Time

Don’t just wing it! Sketch out some ideas on paper. Put down several ideas of what you would like in your t-shirt design. Once you have it down on paper, then sleep on it. Sometimes it works best after you get all of those ideas out to look at it with fresh eyes. You might come up with a new idea or design.


2 Mockup Your T-shirt

After you have come up with a design, print it out on paper and tape it to the front of a t-shirt. What does it look like? It is something that catches your eye? Get a few other people involved and ask them their opinion about your masterpiece.


3 Bring Us Your Design

Okay, now that you have an idea of what you want for a basic layout, talk to our art department. We can help you put all of those sketches into a design that works well on your t-shirt. Besides having a great design, Cody and Tracy can work with you to come up with the right type of shirt to match your new design.

There are hundreds of different kinds of materials and styles on the market today. What you think might look good just may not. Think about who is going to wear your custom screen printed t-shirt design. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are these shirts for men or women or both?
  2. Are they for kids or adults?
  3. Is this a fun design or for a professional business?
  4. How many do you need?
  5. What colors are you looking for in a t-shirt?
  6. Where is the shirt primarily going to be worn?

All of these questions are diving into the market you are trying to appeal to. As a good marketer, you need to know who your audience is. When you work with Top Stitch Embroidery on your designs, we can help you think through these aspects.


4 Complexity

Don’t go overboard in your designs. Simple is really better when designing a t-shirt for customer embroidery or custom screen printing. There is an age-old acronym called K.I.S.S. = Keep it Simple Stupid! Often in design and marketing, we try to complicate over things to attract more customers. Simple is the most effective manner in reaching consumers today in a technology driven society.


5 Prepare Your Artwork

Whether you have a completed design ready for us in an Illustrator file or a sketch on a piece of paper, stop in and talk to Lindsay in our art department. She has years of experience in working with businesses throughout the Upper Valley region in creating beautiful and professional t-shirt designs.