As a designer, creating images to use on t-shirts gives you an opportunity to bring out your creativity. There are no limitations to keep in mind like while designing logos and banners designing and to make things better, t-shirt designs look the best if they are big, informal and bright!
Despite bringing out your creative side, sometimes you may face a creative block while trying to cater to your client’s specific t-shirt design. If this is the case, here are some tips to help you fight the block!
1. Be original
With so much competition in t-shirt designs, it’s easy to even unintentionally copy someone else’s concept or ideas. This is best avoided by brainstorming and comparing concepts and ideas to develop something unique and new using a new color palette, theme and composition. While pop culture images like action or cartoon heroes look great on t-shirts, use them only for reference and instead, try to come up with a unique design.
2. No need for seriousness
While logos and banners are usually serious stuff, it’s the opposite with t-shirt designs. You can unleash the funny and creative side in you and create something interesting and funny for t-shirt. You can add any joke and humor to your design and enjoy yourself in the process!
3. Keep it simple
Yes, t-shirts are big, and you just may get carried away while creating designs as there’s so much of space available to add even the most intricate of designs. While complex designs are impressive, don’t overdo them as its harder for someone to remember too detailed images. Instead, create something simple but original which easily attracts attention and is easily remembered.
4. Use your color palette
This is your chance to use your imagination and creativity to use contrasting but complementing colors for your designs. The only thing you have to bear in mind is that the same design may be used for differently colored t-shirts, so make sure the design looks great on different colors!
5. Don’t forget to preprint
As you don’t know what size t-shirt your design will finally be used on, it’s important your t-shirt design looks great on any size. So create the design first in its actual size and then in CMYK color profile. If your t-shirt will have some text, it’s better to convert the text to outlines before printing lest it ends up getting automatically replaced by some similar or standard font.