01. Take time to explore your concept Sketch your T-shirt design out, and create a few variations, do a full brainstorming process. Then sleep on it. 02. Create a mock-up Don't be afraid to mock up your T-shirt design on a photo of a model. Print it out if necessary and place it on an actual tee. Make sure you see your artwork at its actual size.
03. Detail is great, but keep things simple Everyone appreciates great drawing ability and attention to detail. There's nothing better than seeing a really well-executed masterpiece on a tee. But, equally, some of the most classic T-shirt designs are the simplest – and get the message across through their simplest form. 04. Consider your market This is an important one. Are you designing for males or females; young or old? At the end of the day, you're designing a product that you want people to wear. As a good brand designer would do, write down the exact person you want to attract to your T-shirt design – who they are, what they like, what other brands they like and go from there.
05. Keep your humor subtle If you're going for a humorous T-shirt design, you don't want it to come across as a cheap and low-cost joke shirt. Even the most successful loud and in-your-face designs have subtle humor. Humor can turn heads if done correctly.
06. Choose the right colors Use the T-shirt color effectively and try choosing complementary colors. If you're using Adobe Illustrator, turn on Global Colors. It's an absolute lifesaver and will save you so much time. 07. Prepare your artwork properly There are plenty of good tutorials out there, depending on whether you're using Illustrator or Photoshop.
08. Source a good printer So, your design is finished and properly art worked, but your tee will only be as ever as good as your printer. Try a reputable company like 3 Dot Tees Savannah a family own business located in Savannah, GA. They specialize in both Direct-To-Garment and Digital Heat Transfers. It is best to deal with a company that wants to treat your tee as an end retail product and will handle your work with care.
09. Get educated It's important to take time to learn about what type of tee you want to print on. The weight, sizes, labeling options, cost and so on all affect the end product. To have a good understanding of anything, you need to study it and understand its context. Tees have come out of every subculture phenomenon that has ever existed, whether it's music, skateboarding, street art, sport, or general pop culture. Find out about them and have an appreciation for it all. 10. Be ahead of the game Be inspired by the latest trends, but don't copy them. Chances are by the time you've seen that T-shirt produced, other designers are moving onto something else behind closed doors.