T-shirts sold by brands like patriot tactical have a lot of uses. T-shirts are flexible, and works extremely well as an advertising or marketing material, as giveaways, or to provide teams and groups matching t-shirt designs for activities. Aside from those uses, t-shirts can also be ordered and customized for events like family, friends or school reunion, or at parties. Despite the seemingly endless applications of designing t-shirts, there are still some errors to watch out for when creating a design. In this article, we will provide you with some tips on what common mistakes you should avoid when making a t-shirt design. Without further ado, let’s start:
1. Using cheap fabric
Regardless of how beautiful your design is, a cheap fabric will not do it justice. The quality of the fabric used in the t-shirt is just as important as the design itself. After all, fabric that is obtained for a cheap price can have some major disadvantages, like itchiness and not comfortable to wear. Additionally, the design can even fade out quicker.
There are a lot of high quality fabric in the market that can be bought for a reasonable price, so you should avoid cutting costs by cheapening out on the fabric. This tip is especially important if the t-shirts will be used as an advertising material or for employee use, since you need to show a good first impression, and being cheap on fabric is not a good one.
2. Using banners or logos without editing them
A t-shirt is a type of cloth, not a banner or tarpaulin. Directly copying the contents of a banner to the t-shirt without editing it to fit the dimensions of a t-shirt is not a good design. You should at least edit the design to make it complement the dimensions of a t-shirt.
3. Complicated design or layout
There is a limit on the information that a t-shirt can convey. As such, keep your design simple. Avoid cramming in too many texts, color, images, graphics, and other design elements in a single t-shirt. You should only incorporate important information inside your design. The graphics should be simple, and the colors shouldn’t be overwhelming. The next tip focuses on color, so stay tuned to find out more.
With t-shirt design, the concept of less is more applies very well.
4. Do not use a lot of colors
Including many colors in a design is never a good idea, except if your design revolves around rainbows. Avoid using a lot of colors, since it can overwhelm the t-shirt and take the attention away from the information that you actually want to convey. Additionally, using a lot of colors in a t-shirt will increase the printing costs. This can cost you a lot of money if you are printing a large batch of t-shirts. Try to keep the color usage of your t-shirt designs to 3 colors at most.
5. Create a separate design for every size
This is a basic fundamental of designing clothes, but it is a common error nonetheless. Be sure to make separate designs for different sizes to avoid sizing problems later.
6. Using images with bad quality
Downloading images from the internet to use in a t-shirt design is really easy. All you need to do is copy and paste or download the image from the web, impose it on your t-shirt layout, make some adjustments, and your design is finished. However, there is one disadvantage to this – the image quality. Generally, images downloaded from the internet are not suitable for printing. They look good on a computer or mobile phone screen, however, they do not translate well once printed.
Try to use high quality images, with at least 300 px of resolution. Going lower than 300 pixels will guarantee that your t-shirt will be a blurry mess once it is printed.
7. Choosing improper fonts
There are fonts that look pretty or sophisticated but don’t fit the theme of the t-shirt overall. If the t-shirt is for a formal event, like a company gathering, you should use a formal font to complement it. Reserve stylish fonts for more casual events.
Samira Gutoc is the founder and managing editor of Atlas and Co. She is also a content writer, blogger, poet, photographer and an editorial associate.