If we ask you a question about your favorite t-shirt, you will definitely have more than just one that you would love to wear again and again. This is true with most of us because there are few t-shirts that are close to our hearts. But why few and not all?
Well, the simple reason is that some t-shirts are just made perfect. But how do you claim that a t-shirt is ideal for you? It depends on its design.
Designing a t-shirt can be very tricky if you are an amateur, and that is why we are here to present some pointers to help you make your dream custom tee without facing hurdles.
You will be amazed to know that sometimes it is easier to decide and print an intricate design, but it gets really tricky to get a simple design perfect because we unknowingly commit mistakes. So, let’s see what is right and wrong for the perfect t-shirt designs.
T-Shirt Design: Dos and Don’ts That Will Save You Time
Before you start reading, we would like to mention that some points would feel evident to you but remember that there is no harm in re-learning the obvious to avoid silly mistakes.
The Logo Placement
Do: If you are getting a t-shirt printed with your company logo, then pay attention to the sizing of the logo. This is a myth that one size fits all. It is not true, period! Check your fabric and logo design and give it some thought before finally getting it printed.
Don’t: A round logo may not look as big on a t-shirt as a square logo because a square takes up more space. This may not sound important right now, but just imagine if your logo is on the onlooker’s face, it may disturb the person’s interest. So better watch it!
Selecting the Graphic
Do: You can be as creative in this as you want. A dragon or a butterfly is up to you. But it is important that you must think about the meaning of the graphic that you are choosing. Selecting the right design takes the most of the time, and to save that time, you must know what is good and bad.
Don’t: Do not at any cost forget the target audience. For example, if you are going to a children’s event, wearing a graphic custom tee with a dangerous animal print may not be a wise selection. Similarly, if you are heading to a family event, a double-meaning joke on your custom tee can create awkward stares. So, here you must know what to focus on.
Typography At Its Best
Do: If you are a fan of words, typography is bliss. However, typography completely changes the design of a t-shirt. And if you want to be seen, you must care about the fonts you choose for your print. Therefore, it is important to select readable fonts, even for single words. Some of the best fonts for t-shirt designs are Montserrat, Graduate, Shrikhand, Oswald, Sacramento, Permanent Marker, Ostrich Sans, and cursive.
Don’t: Words are a boon for you but confusing for the readers as you walk. So, think about the audience and get easily readable fonts. For example, if you are heading for a corporate look, comic sans font may not suit the look. Also, be very specific about letter spacing and line spacing while designing your tee. To be honest, we think that some standard fonts work well in any condition, fabric, or event type. And then, there are few fonts that have a purpose or which can be used for specific occasions. And while talking about that, we would strongly suggest avoiding using the Comic Sans font as it is not a pretty one for custom t-shirt printing.
Choosing the Fabric
Do: Choose the best material while choosing the fabric of your tee because a lot depends on the fabric you choose. Think about your design and then select the fabric to match each other. Incompatibility in the fabric can cause serious damage to your design. We suggest that cotton and polyester are amongst the best materials to get your print on.
Don’t: (Pro-tip) Do not compromise on the fabric. Like never!
Poor fabric can end up in bad results, fading, breaking, poor color print, and other similar issues. Know the fabric and its application first. For instance, cotton fabric is suitable for DTG (Direct-To-Garment) printing or screen printing. However, polyester is great for sublimation printing. So, we say that experiment with the fabric but do your homework first and see what fabric suits your demand and get a sample print first and then go for larger batches. This will not just save you time but also money and hard work.
Fabric and Contrast
Do: Yes, it is obvious, but you may still commit this mistake in the absence of proper guidance, and that is why we are here. First, the color of your chosen base fabric should be in complete contrast with the design to make your t-shirt look great. This is done so that the graphic design or typography stands out and is noticeable or readable. Now, imagine if you get a pure white t-shirt with typography in lemon yellow color.
Even by thinking about it, we assume you get confused. Or think of a bright orange t-shirt with a yellow sunset design. Don’t you think it will make you shine too bright without any reason!
See, these combinations may look dreamy, like who doesn’t like the sunset orange and yellow mix but is that the right combination for a corporate Monday attire? Think about it.
Don’t: ‘Less is more.’ Do not go over with contrast colors and try to keep it simple. Your design can work wonders only if people understand it. Also, do not fill your entire t-shirt with an edge-to-edge graphic as it looks sluggish on your part that you didn’t give it a thought. So, choose wisely before printing. Avoid variations of the same color as fabric color and print color to make the t-shirt design look better.
When it comes to designing your t-shirt, we all look for variety. Be it colors, graphics, typography, or printing technique. Therefore, having your concept clear and ready before entering the printing and payment stage is very important.
Do not only prepare Plan A or Plan B. Always be open to more plans. Think of a custom design and do thorough research. Look for colors, designs, fabrics that will suit your audience, motive, and budget. T-shirt designing isn’t rocket science, but it sure needs patience, motivation, and enthusiasm.
You can be good at getting your designs correct on the first attempt only if you are prepared to commit mistakes and avoid them as much. Try to focus on the latest trends when it comes to color selection, designs, and fonts. You will be surprised to understand how quickly the trend changes. And we hope this simple guide helps you the next time you plan to get your customized t-shirt design.