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How to Design Your Own T-Shirts

Designing your own T-shirts and other apparel is a fun process and can be pretty simple. The first thing you need to know is what printing method you will be using for your T-shirts. The second thing you need is the appropriate software. As a graphic designer, I highly recommend the Adobe software. For the methods outlined in this article, you will require Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Types of T-shirt prints

Transfers is a simple but cheap method of T-shirt printing. It consists of printing on a special sheet of paper and then transferring the design onto the t-shirt using a heat source such as a house hold iron or T-shirt heat press. This method is cheap and the transferred design will not stay very long. Sometimes you will notice chips and cracks after just a few washes. The advantage of this method however is that you can print full color designs in raster format.

The best method of T-shirt printing is Silk Screening. Silk screening consists of ink being pressed through templates called screens and applied directly to the T-shirt. This process is done once per color, so if your T-shirt has 3 colors, it must pass through 3 color screens. Once all colors have been screened on, the T-shirt passes through an oven of sorts where the ink dries and becomes permanent. You can also look for different printing companies or products online such as https://yoohoomanapparel.store/products/ and many more.