How to design your own t-shirt at home?
Designing one’s own t-shirt at home can indeed be a real fun and it shall surely be a creative activity. One can also choose to decide about selling these designs and earn some good amount of money. You may either choose to print the shirts all by yourself or go to the professional printers to get them printed. You can still start designing the things right from your home.
Here is how you can design your own t-shirt by following these simple steps:-
Decide the design that you shall be representing on your t-shirt
If you are intending something to represent your own company or some rock band or a sports team, you can represent that on your t-shirt. You can also use some personal illustrations. You may also fetch a stock image or add your own picture based on your preferences.
Choosing an appropriate colour scheme
When you are designing the t-shirt, make sure that you have chosen a contrasting colour scheme. If you have got a lighter coloured shirt, make sure that you choose a darker ink to make designs on it. This is important to ensure that the shirt appears vibrant. You may also decide to use Adobe Illustrator that shall help one immensely to choose the right colour schemes.
Adding dimension to the design
Once you have successfully added colours to the design, you can prevent making it appear flat or one dimensional. Add proper shades to give dimensions to it. Use high capacity for manipulation or create a vector outline to resize a photo or a design and add some professional look to it.
Balancing the design
This depends totally upon the composition of your design. It may either contain plenty of smaller elements or a single large figure or image. Think about how you can make the whole design look cohesive. This will help in catching the eyes of the buyers if you are planning to give it out for sale.
Determining the placement of the designs on the t-shirt
Decide where to position the image or the design, you can either place it at the centre or at either of the sides or choose a wrap around the image. If you are creating it for a brand, you may also include a brand slogan along with.
The screen print t-shirts are also quite popular these days, so you may design it to gift it to people in your circle. For screen printing, prepare the printing screen, mix the sensitizer with the emulsion in proper proportion, apply the emulsion on the screen and place the transparency down backwards on the screen, burn the design into the emulsion into the design, rinse the screen and place waterproof tape around the edges. Now, lay your t-shirt and squeegee the screen after spreading the screen printing ink. Next, cure the ink and wash the screen as you will be done!
A final mock up
Before you put them on the t-shirt, choose to sketch your best ideas and try out different designs and colour combinations before you finally put them on your T-shirt.