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T-Shirt Design > Huge List of T-Shirt Design Articles, Tutorials and Resources

Huge List of T-Shirt Design Articles, Tutorials and Resources

Below is our list of 31 of the best resources found on the interwebs that can take your t-shirt game to the next level.

Gradients and Halftones in Screen Printing

Gradients and Halftones in Screen Printing

This article was written by Liz from Pop Culture Tees in response to Blake from You Design It's post about how to take your t-shirt artwork from good to great. This article explains what halftones are and explains the importance of the screen's mesh size with regard to printing halftones. It includes pros and cons of large versus small mesh, explains underbasing and how they relate to halftones, and also includes tips for properly formatting your gradient artwork such as using a Pantone color, not flattening images, and avoiding using gradients in a small or highly detailed area of the design.

T-Shirt Printing with Halftones

T-Shirt Printing with Halftones

This article, written by Blake from You Design It, explains what halftones are explains the benefits of using them to add colors to your design without having to pay the higher prices usually associated with adding colors. There is also an example of a design printed with halftones and an image showing what some common colors look like in halftone form at 40%.

How I Do Halftones by Sitting Duck

How I Do Halftones by Sitting Duck

This tutorial posted on Emptees by sittingduck describes his approach to using halftones in artwork. The tutorial includes step by step instructions for taking a simple, text design in Adobe Photoshop and turning it into a complex design with halftones and texture. This article also discusses the benefits of using textures with halftones and gives instructions for how to do both a distressed look design and a grunge look design.

How to Prepare For Your First Printing Experience

How to Prepare for Your First Printing Experience

Robert Hartland, owner of Envee Apparel, wrote this article for Pop Culture Tees with the goal of teaching a first time t-shirt company owner or designer how to print their design for the first time. The article includes information how to prepare your files for print which is further broken down into knowing where the print is going, how many colors are used, the Pantone color codes for all colors used, the type of printing method you are using, whether or not speciality inks are being used, how many units are being printed, and what type of ink you are using. From there Robert briefly explains the many various printing methods with pros and cons for each, such as Screen Printing, Heat Press Transfers, Direct to Garment, Dye Sublimation, and a variety of speciality ink applications like Puff, Super Glow, UV Color Change, and many others. In conclusion Robert supplies a few more tips now that you've reached the printing phrase.

How to Take Your T-Shirt Artwork from Good to Great

How to Take Your T-Shirt Artwork from Good to Great

This article was written by Blake from You Design It for a guest post on Pop Culture Tees. The article gives the reader tips for how to take their design from good to great for t-shirt printing. Blake uses an example design and highlights particular problem areas and then shows the reader how to overcome these problems.

Converting Artwork for T-Shirt Printing

Converting Artwork for T-Shirt Printing

This article by Blake at You Design It explains what Vector images are, especially as they are contrasted with photographs or Jpegs. The article also explains the difference between printing on paper versus printing on a t-shirt and briefly discusses 4 Color Process and general screen printing requirements. The article also shows a design that was originally used for a paper poster which had to be converted into a single print color for the purpose of printing on a t-shirt.

Artwork for T-Shirt Printing - Vector vs Bitmap

Artwork for T-Shirt Printing - Vector vs Bitmap

This video post by Joe from PSI Screen printing for psionline goes into detail about the difference between a vector image versus a bitmap image. Joe also explains the which design programs, such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, are best for doing artwork in each format and what the pros and cons are for each type of artwork and for using each program for their respective formats. In conclusion Joe also points viewers toward free programs which might be helpful.

47 Essential Resources for T-Shirt Designers

47 Essential Resources for T-Shirt Designers

This article from Go Media Zine includes a list of very helpful resources for people starting their own clothing line or doing their own t-shirt design. The information is not based merely to resources available at Go Media Zine but also includes Books - with prices and where they can be found - a list of t-shirt communities where your designs can be sold, resources for blank clothing, vectors, and templates, inspiration, and even a list of tutorials. This is a must see post for people looking for more resources.

101 Handy T-Shirt Design Resource Link

101 Handy T-Shirt Design Resource Link

Studio 7 Designs posted this list of 101 handy resources for people involved in design. The list was created with a primary focus on inspiration and a secondary focus on improving design skills. It features such things as sites with offer fonts, both for free and paid, photos and vectors, again both free and paid, website templates, CSS galleries, inspiration, tutorials, free photosphop downloads, design blogs, color palettes, tips and tricks, coders, and designer geek merch. Finding inspiration and resources just got a lot easier!

Huge Collection of T-Shirt Mockups/Templates

Huge Collection of T-Shirt Mockups/Templates

One of the most simple yet important things in t-shirt design is having a good template on which to display a mock up of your design. This post from Spoon Graphics includes a list of templates to use for your design. There’s quite a variety here from general items such as blank t-shirts, hoodies, and polos to more specific items like American Apparel t-shirts or templates used by Design By Humans.

25 Must Read T-Shirt Design Tutorials

25 Must Read T-Shirt Design Tutorials

This article from You The Designer features another awesome list based resource. This list includes 25 terrific tutorials that will help with your design. You The Designer has pulled from a wide variety of places and covers a good variety of different subjects with this list. There’s sure to be a tutorial here that can help you!

30 Handy T-Shirt Resources for Designers

30 Handy T-Shirt Resources for Designers

More great resources for designers from You The Designer. This one features 30 resources from a variety of categories which will help designers. The resources come from categories such as t-shirt design galleries, t-shirt blogs, and t-shirt contests. This list is also a great way to keep a finger on the pulse of the t-shirt world in general.

The T-Shirt Designer's Toolbox

The T-Shirt Designer's Toolbox

Dead Wings Designs supply us with this terrific post. It features a variety packed list of resources designed to comprise a complete toolbox for the t-shirt designer. There are things categories in this list such as templates, tutorials, free vectors, blogs, places to submit your designs, and inspiration. Don't miss the related posts links at the end for even more great resources.

Pointers for T-Shirt Designers Working With Clients

Pointers for T-Shirt Designers Working With Clients

Dave Pearson, from the UK based clothing company Paint the Stars, did this article for Go Media Zine. The article consists of a series of suggestions for designer/client relationships which are very insightful and helpful. Dave offers such useful suggestions as showing proofs throughout the design process, not taking a critique personally, listening to what the client wants, knowing background information about the client, and being nice and professional to the client. These terrific suggestions, cultivated from personal experience and observation, are sure to make the working relationship between designer and client more productive.

How to Break into T-Shirt Design

How to Break into T-Shirt Design

This article from Creative Pro is designed to help people interested in doing t-shirt design break into the t-shirt design world. The article primarily on the tact of using Threadless (or a rival site) to gain exposure and traction and then possibly shifting gears to running your own t-shirt store after your portfolio and experience have fallen into place. Threadless is a dominating force in the t-shirt world and this article offers a lot of great insight about the company.

How to Create Sweet T-Shirt Mockups

How to Create Sweet T-Shirt Mockups

In this article Jimiyo demonstrates how easy it is to use Go Media Zine’s new women’s t-shirt template. He also gives us a few tips to make the design look even more sharp. Go Media Zine’s women’s t-shirt template is very easy to use and produces great results.

Go Media Rapid Fire Illustration Technique

Go Media Rapid Fire Illustration Technique

William Beachy from GoMediaZine wrote this tutorial as an example of a time saving technique to help designers on a deadline who still need to churn out high quality, hand drawn looking work. The trick is to use a photo montage and then a light box to sketch the montage. However, there are tons more terrific specifics in the article, as well as a great general tutorial on how to turn out good artwork in Illustrator. Don't miss this one!

Designers’ Guide to the Apparel Printing Industry

Designers’ Guide to the Apparel Printing Industry

Adam Wagner from Go Media Zine wrote this article as an insight into the printing industry. It's written from the assumption that that designer already has a design and wants to get information about how to print it and what to expect. To answer these questions he assembled a panel of 5 experienced people who have worked extensively in the industry and asked them for their thoughts. The responses are insightful and helpful, check it out!

Photoshop T-Shirt Design

Photoshop T-Shirt Design

This tutorial from Computer Arts teaches designers how to create a simple, 1 color design in Adobe Photoshop that still looks stylish and innovative. The idea is that by reducing the number of print colors as well as the number of templates and digital files this saves the designer on a lot of expenses.

Product Packaging and Presentation

Product Packaging and Presentation

This tutorial from Beetnik Aesthetics deals with teaching people with clothing companies how to present and package their apparel in a way that is appealing to the customer. This step by step tutorial covers basic things like washing and folding the t-shirts as well as more advanced things like tags and other goodies which help with branding and presenting your company in a professional manner. There are lots more great tips here.

Super Slick Screen Printing Separations in Illustrator

Super Slick Screen Printing Separations in Illustrator

In this thorough tutorial by Chad Holmes for Vector Tuts, Chad explains to the reader how to take their design from the computer screen and get it onto the actual t-shirt without driving themselves or their screen printer crazy. The tutorial also deals with color separation and layers in a way that is straightforward and helpful. This is definitely one you’ll want to bookmark for future reference.

Apparel Printing Techniques

Apparel Printing Techniques

One of the things which can be most intimidating to those just starting out in the t-shirt industry is the plethora of different terms and printing techniques. It’s often very difficult for a designer to know which technique is best for their design. In this comprehensive post by Catalyst on Emptees each printing method is listed and briefly described. This is a must read overview for anyone who has ever wondered what the actual differences between these techniques are and why it matters.

Step by Step Coloring Method with Halftones in Photoshop

Step by Step Coloring Method with Halftones in Photoshop

In this Threadless blog post ndstillie aka Nathan provides readers with a step by step tutorial on how to color Photoshop files using halftones. The tutorial even features annotations handwritten on the images which call the viewer’s attention to specific points being mentioned. This is extremely helpful, especially for readers who aren’t already familiar with Photoshop. The end results are excellent!

Interview with T-Shirt Designer - Matthew Skiff

Interview with T-Shirt Designer - Matthew Skiff

In this Vector Tuts interview t-shirt designer Matthew Skiff reveals information about his history and past as they relate to designing and illustrating as well as his fascination with the 80s and how this fascination influences his work. Matthew also reveals his work method and how his style has evolved over time. There are some great gems in this interview!

12 Questions with a T-Shirt Designer - Jimiyo

12 Questions with a T-Shirt Designer - Jimiyo

In this interview with the highly successful t-shirt designer Jimiyo, Stephen from Pop Culture Tees asks a variety of 12 very interesting questions which range from the to be expected “How did you get started in design and what inspired you to become a designer?” to the less conventional “What’s outside your window right now?” For Jimiyo’s answers please check out the article!

Tips for Storing, Folding and Keeping Your Tees Fresh

Tips for Storing, Folding and Keeping Your Tees Fresh

This article by Tim Hyde from I AM THE TREND deals with the proper folding and storage of your t-shirts. This is especially important to designers because it is essential to protect your investment. There are several great tips in this article such as never hanging the t-shirt, never folding them with the neck folded in half, and making sure to keep them bagged. For the reasons behind these directives as well as more great advice follow the link to the article.

The 4 P's of Tees - Packaging

The 4 P's of Tees - Packaging

I AM THE TREND contributor Adam Hendle wrote a four part article series about the “4P’s of Tees” to compliment the I AM THE TREND tv live segments in which they used to go through and grade the tees by each of the “P’s.” This first P deals with packaging and looks at effective packaging of t-shirts from both the t-shirt company and the t-shirt customer’s point of view. There’s also a video in the post which features examples of really cool indie t-shirt packaging.

The 4 P's of Tees - Printing

The 4 P's of Tees - Printing

This second part of the four part “4P’s of Tees” article series by I AM THE TREND’s Adam Hendle deals with t-shirt printing. This article asks the two basic questions “How does it look?” and “How does it feel?” The article also answers the question of why some screen printed shirts are softer and more comfortable than others. It concludes with a bottom line analysis as well as a video interview with Iain, who is the head screen printer over at Threadless, which gives more information about inks and screen printing.

The 4 P's of Tees - Pricing

The 4 P's of Tees - Pricing

The third part of I AM THE TREND’s four part article series on the “4P’s of tees” deals with pricing. On this point the author of the article, Adam Hendle, encourages new startup companies to keep their prices in the $18-$24 dollar range rather than making the mistake of trying to see the designs for $30+ which can only be achieved after brand loyalty has been established. Check out the article for other important pricing considerations.

The 4 P's of Tees - Presentation

The 4 P's of Tees - Presentation

Adam Hendle’s four part article series the “4P’s of Tees” concludes with presentation. Presentation deals with branding and the overall way in which you present your company. Is the website functional and easy to navigate? Are there high quality product pictures which represent the t-shirts in an attractive manner? The initial investment involved in setting up these aspects of the company can be expensive but the returns gained from good presentation more than make up for it. Check out the article for more!

The Master Twitter List of T-Shirt Designers

The Master Twitter List of T-Shirt Designers

This list from You Design It is a master list of the different t-shirt designers and t-shirt companies that are on Twitter. Following these designers and companies is a great way to keep abreast of current trends in the industry, get the latest industry news, and generally just have fun and connect with people who have similar interests. The list is continually growing so check back periodically for updates!