How to Choose a T-Shirt Design Layout: Tips and Tricks

Even if you are familiar with doing graphic design online or for posters, brochures or printouts, doing graphic design for a T-shirt is a whole different ballgame. There are many things that you need to consider when thinking about how you want to design the face of your T-shirt. For that matter, you might also want to be thinking about how to design the back and sleeves of your T-shirt as well.

Certain tips and tricks may help you choose the absolute best design for you and your T-shirt project.

1. Keep your budget in mind.

First, if you have a budget, realize that you might not be able to use 10 different colors, eight different fonts and tons of graphic pictures all over in perfect formation. The more detail and added graphics you have on your T-shirts, the more they will cost.

2. Take time thinking about what message you want to convey.

Some people may be creating T-shirts for their intramural sports team while others are creating T-shirts for a job or a club. Whatever you are creating your T-shirt for, make sure you think long and hard about the message you want to convey. Do names need to be prominent on your T-shirts? Do you want graphics that show a logo? Take time working with your design on paper so that you have exactly what you want when you go to the printers.

3. Think about what market you were aiming your T-shirts at.

You may think that this tip is only for those who are creating funny or fun T-shirts that anyone can buy, but this rule goes for any types of T-shirts you may be creating. Employee T-shirts or T-shirts for a group or club
are still targeted to a specific audience, so keep them in mind as you work through your designs.

4. Everything has to do with color.

Aside from the actual design that you create for your T-shirts, color is extremely important. Again, your budget may dictate how much you are able to do with color, but in general, remember that more color doesn’t always mean better. In other words, even if you only use two or three colors, you can create a stylish design that attracts attention and looks great.

5. Properly prepare your design for the screen printers.

Finally, when you get your design ready to send to the screen printers, there are a few things you can do that will help make sure your design comes out just the way you want it. First of all, when it comes to colors, always use Pantone colors. Secondly, use Photoshop or illustrator to do your designs. This is the proper way to send a design to the screen printer.