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    How to Design Your Own Custom T-Shirt

    Whether you need an order of screen-printed t-shirts to promote your company or event, your sports team or staff uniforms, as merch for your social media brand, or to sell online/in-person as a business, you need high-quality, cost-effective t-shirts and a professional-looking screen print design.

    The first step is to partner with a supplier like R&P Pints Canada that provides the flexibility of low minimum order quantities and also offers free delivery in Canada, lower than average worldwide shipping and a lowest price guarantee. It is also crucial that your t-shirt supplier have graphic designers and screen-printing experts on standby in case you need help with your design.

    Once you have the right supplier sorted, you can then focus on how to design a screen print for your custom t-shirts.

    How to Design a Screen Print for a T-Shirt

    What it is you are designing, its size, shape and layout and the style of shirt or garment are all factors that affect how your print should be designed. Colors also play a factor and must be considered.

    That being said,  here are a few general tips on how to design a print for a t-shirt and other apparel:

    • Consider the layout of your design. In other words, this is how you choose and space out the elements in your design. So if you want to have both text and images, for example, you need to consider the overall size of the print and choose your font accordingly so that it is readable and that your image and text aren’t too bunched together or too far apart.
    • Match your design to the shape and style of the t-shirt. As a general rule of thumb, you want a t-shirt design to be more vertical than horizontal, but you also have to consider the type of shirts you’re printing on, i.e., a screen print for a V-neck should be shorter than for a t-shirt with a regular collar.
    • Placement of your design in relation to the t-shirt. Consider how complicated your design, logo, or catchphrase is, and keep in mind that you’ll want to scale it for optimal visibility. When it comes to where to place the design on the t-shirt, you don’t want the design to start any higher than approx. four inches below the collar or run all the way to the bottom. Another consideration regarding placement is the area of focus of your design. Where the eye is attracted to may not be your design’s mathematic Centre, especially if you have an image below or beside the text. Ideally, you want to place the focus of your design at the Centre of the t-shirt.
    • Choose colors that give your t-shirt the right contrast. Basically, if you are designing a brightly-coloured print, choose a neutral-coloured t-shirt, e.g. white, beige, black, and vice versa, so that your design stands out.
    • Use high-quality digital images. If you have your logo or design saved as a digital file, it should ideally be:
      • Created or saved in a vector-based program (one that allows you to create images using geometric shapes.)
      • A minimum of 300 dpi so that it retains its quality when you resize it as needed.
      • Saved as a universal image file like a .jpeg or .pdf to ensure that you can upload it/use it on multiple platforms.

    Now that you have the basics of screen print designing for t-shirts, use your creativity within these parameters for a professional-quality custom t-shirt.

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