Top 5 T-Shirt Design Tips

Designing t-shirts, while fun, can sometimes seem daunting. You want your shirts to look good but maybe you’re just not sure where to start. We’ve rounded up these 5 simple tips to help your t-shirt designs reach the pinnacle of quality! Here are our Top 5 T-Shirt Design Tips.

1. Keep It Simple

Good t-shirt design starts with a simple message. Big bold text that’s easy to read from a distance is key when designing shirts. Also, if you’re using art on your shirts make sure the art looks good. Like the text, your artwork should be readable from a distance and not confuse the person who’s looking at it. Finally, don’t use too much text in your design. You’re making a shirt, not writing a novel. Make your statement in as few words as possible.

2. Consider Your Colors

When you’re working on your designs, it’s important to consider the colors that you’re using. Your design should ‘POP’ off the shirt and catch the viewer’s attention. Using garment colors that are similar to the colors in your design (color on color) will lessen the effect of your print or make it impossible to see. Simple color theory, contrasting colors, complementary colors, etc., can make a huge difference in your design. Try experimenting with the colors in your design!

3. Scale & Size

What does scale & size mean? Basically, it means your design should be proportionately sized on the shirt and centered or balanced. Avoid stretching and distorting your image to make it fit. A properly sized, scaled, and centered design is your ticket to awesome tees.

4. Quality Uploads

The best part of on-demand direct to garment (DTG) printing is the ability to easily print beautiful, vibrant, full-color photos on to almost any kind of shirt. That is, as long as you’re using large high-quality images in your designs! Try to avoid low pixel count, blurry, or generally poor quality images when making your shirts. They’ll look equally low quality once they’re printed! We recommend at least a 1000×1000 pixel upload when using your own artwork, logo, or photograph.

5. Fabric Matters

When you’re choosing which shirt to get your print on, take some time to read the product information. 100% cotton produces the best prints, it’s the fabric that most inks are designed for. However, if you want something that’s a little more comfortable and you’re willing to sacrifice a little vibrance with your print, a tri-blend tee may be what you’re looking for. We use filters in our design center to simulate how your image will print, so if it looks faded when you’re designing, expect it to look faded when it arrives!

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Your Words, Your Message

The beauty of on-demand custom printing is the ability to print any message in any quantity for any person or group. You’re not stuck with 600 shirts that all say the same thing. You can make 600 different shirts for 600 of your closest friends and family with unique messages on each one! That’s what truly separates us from other custom apparel printers.

This leads us to a question; what is your message? Is there a political issue on your mind? Are you wanting to stand up for social justice? Maybe you just have a really funny idea for a novelty shirt, or you want to share some inspirational quotes with those around you. Whatever your message may be, we are here to help you spread that message. Put it on a shirt, mug, hat, or bag and show the world your words.

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Group Orders On Customized Girl Just Got WAY Better

Customized Girl has always been your go-to site for custom on-demand printing. Our ‘no minimums’ philosophy has made us arguably the most competitive printer for single and low run print campaigns.

We’re proud to announce that we have completely reconfigured our group pricing strategy in an effort to save our customers as much money as possible.

Our new pricing structure will generate even more savings with every additional shirt you buy, above and beyond what was possible previously. The more you order, the bigger your overall discount percentage becomes, up to 72% off! Now that’s the definition of cheap custom shirts.

Now, when you place a group order with Customized Girl, you get all these benefits at no extra cost:

  • Instant Quote – Don’t worry about calling us to get a price on your order. Just start adding the 6 or more items to your cart and see the savings instantly change before your eyes.
  • Artist Services – Every order that comes through our door gets looked at by a professional artist. They’ll make sure your design is set up for the absolute best print quality possible at no additional cost to you.
  • Concierge Service – When you place a group order, we closely monitor it through the production process and reach out to you if any issues come up. Rest easy knowing we’ve got eyes on your order!
  • Free Shipping – All orders above $70 on our site qualify for free shipping. Chances are, your group order will put you over that amount, which means free shipping for you.
  • Full-Color Printing – Don’t worry about how many colors you want to be printed. With Customized Girl, our prices won’t increase with your color count.
  • No Setup Fees – We’re always prepared to print for your group or business. We won’t ever charge you extra set-up fees.
  • Individual Designs – Want every shirt in your order to be different? No problem. We won’t charge you extra for making each shirt in your order unique.
  • Individual Styles – Your group discount isn’t tied to one specific style of apparel. As long as you have 6 items of any kind, you’re guaranteed a discount.
  • Additional Savings – Want to order more than just what your group needs? Buy them with your group order and those items will be included in your discount.

With so many benefits to group orders on Customized Girl, we’re pretty sure you won’t need to ever go to another custom shirt site again, in fact, we would argue we’re the best custom shirt site.

So what are you waiting for? Start your group order today!

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Amy Poehler Wine Country

Make Custom 50th Birthday Shirts, Like Amy Poehler & Maya Rudolph Wear in Wine Country

Got a big birthday coming up or know someone with a birthday coming up? Celebrate like Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph do in their new Netflix original movie: Wine Country. If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ll give you a little rundown. Six ladies come together to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday in Northern California AKA Wine Country. A lot of wine is consumed, and a lot of futures are questioned. Exactly the way a 50th birthday should be done.

As you know, we love custom t-shirts and we couldn’t help but notice that their group of friends wore a pretty awesome set. These shirts were a striking purple color with big, bold, yellow text that read “The big 5-OH!” If attention is what you’re going for, this look is for you. 50 is a big milestone, you should definitely flaunt it. Feeling inspired? We created a few similar to the one Amy Poehler is wearing.

Thinking this shirt would be *perfect* if you could add your own custom element to it? We’ve got you covered. Anything on our site is customizable – just choose a design and then click “Customize This Design”. You’ll be able to add even more text and choose from a huge selection of art. If you’ve got a big group coming out, names and numbers on the backs of the shirts might be a special touch. Add a custom date to the t-shirt and make it one for the books. The possibilities are endless.

If you’re not digging the whole “bold yellow text on deep purple shirts” aesthetic, check out our other 50th Birthday T-Shirt Design Templates here. We have some cleaner styles too, more blacks and greys and metallic golds.

(You can even upload the birthday girl’s face and we’ll cut out the background and print it on a bunch of shirts for you!)

Or if you’d rather just start from scratch, you can see all of our Custom T-Shirt options here.

Remember: anything you see, you can tweak to your liking. See a funny design on a tank top, but really wish it was on a t-shirt? Just use the swap tab in our design center to make it happen. You only turn 50 once, OWN IT!

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Tacoholic Tank Top

Create Custom Tees & Tanks With Both Ink & Foil

At Customized Girl, you can design your own custom shirts, tanks, and so much more. Some we print with ink. Some we print with a special vinyl film or foil. No minimums required.


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But did you know?

Certain items will allow you to add both ink and specialty foils!

This is true for any of our Promo Tees, Raglan Tees, and Promo Sweatshirts.


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Blonde Brunette Foil Sweatsshirts


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Here’s how it works:

Choose one of those items and visit our design center. In the Add Text and Add Art tabs, you will see a color menu.

Certain colors will have (+$3) or (+$6) next to the name. These are specialty foils!

Choose one of these options, and you will see a pretty sweet rendering. For example, choose Gold Metallic. Move your text around, and you will see it glimmer and change as you move.

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Here’s the trick: these specialty foils are only available on the first tab within Add Text or Add Art.


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Why only the first tab?

Well, it’s not ideal if multiple pieces of foil are layered on top of each other. It can get thick, and it’s not a great feeling on your soft t-shirt. One layer? Super thin and comfy. Two or three layers? Starting to get uncomfy.

So we had to limit it to one type of text foil and one type of art foil. To do that, we limited it to the first text tab and first art tab.


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Firecracker Onesie


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Why is this limited to certain items?

You might have noticed that our Basic Tees, Raglan Tees, and Promo Sweatshirts all have something in common: light colored bodies.

It’s an easier process to get dark ink onto these light colors. Foils will overlap on top of this ink and it will work nicely.

However, if we are printing light ink onto a black t-shirt, we use more processes, including pretreatments and a base layer of white ink. Foils do not want to stick when overlapping this ink.

But again, the basic tees and some other items work great. Which means you can upload your own full color photo, get a beautiful print in ink, and then surround it with a fun foil, like metallic, glitter, opal, or neon!

Here is an example with an uploaded photo and our “gunmetal” vinyl for the text:


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Nurse Squad Custom Tee


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So much potential!

Think of it! Need a funny birthday tee for someone with a glittery personality? Upload a photo of their face, and add glitter text saying “Sarah Sparkles! Happy Birthday!”.

We’ll print the photo in ink, and we’ll decorate the text using our glitter-sparkle foil.

That’s why we love the onesie above that says “Mommy’s Little Firecracker”. Shouldn’t “firecracker” be written in a super-shiny Red Metallic Foil? We think so.


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Vs Everyone


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Use it for emphasis.

We’ve been selling these Your Text vs Everybody shirts for a while, but now you can take that design, put it on a promo tee, and really emphasize the most improtant part. Your part. The custom text.

In this example, we’ve changed the custom text to an Opal Rose foil for only three more dollars.

One important note:

Group discounts are not applied to specialty film & foil upcharges. If you are getting 5 or fewer shirts, yeah, go nuts with the glitter, the metallic, and whatnot. But if you are placing a larger order, we recommend skipping these specialty colors.


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What specialty foils are available?

  • Gunmetal (in the Nurse Squad design above)
  • Pearlescent (Opal Rose, Pearl White, etc.)
  • Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Metallic (Gold, Silver, Copper, Blue, etc.)
  • Glitter (Gold, Black, Green, etc.)
  • Neon (Yellow, Raspberry, Orange, etc.)


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Customize some of our ink and foil designs here.

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Get An A With Custom Back To School Apparel

Get ready for the best year yet with custom back to school apparel!

 

There are so many reasons why you should customize tees, jackets, bags and so much more for the upcoming school year. First off, it’s always easier when designing custom apparel from Customized Girl. You can customize our designs any way you’d like and create a design that’s totally unique to you.  This is the best way to guarantee you won’t be wearing the same outfit as anyone else at school.

 

Easily create a unified look for student activities, fundraisers, and sporting events. Personalize one of our existing designs to match your school name and colors or you can start with a blank design by adding your own idea, graphic or logo for a truly unique shirt. Our gallery is full of all your custom back to school apparel needs. Backpacks, letterman jackets, and hats – you name it and we’ve got it. Customized Girl even has apparel for your whole family to cheer you on from the stands!

 

No minimums and group discounts. Our “no minimum” policy is something we are quite proud of because very few custom apparel websites match us in this offer. Almost all of them have a minimum quantity of at least six on most of their items. This is because those sites will only offer screen printing as an option for those items. As soon as you add 6 items to your cart, group discounts automatically kick in.Unlike screen printers, they don’t have to be identical. Discounts are applied to any 6 items or designs. With every new item you add to your cart, the discount will get bigger, and the price will drop. Amazing, right?

Best, Year, EVER! Start the year off in style with custom back to school outfits & accessories sure to make varsity!

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Shoot For The Stars In A Custom NASA Sweatshirt

It’s the trend that will never die. Millennial’s and preteens around the world are going out this world for NASA apparel. Is it the love of learning what’s out there or is it simply that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon?  Either way, the NASA craze is here to stay and you don’t want to miss out. Go to infinity and beyond with a custom NASA sweatshirt!

So why is this such a cultural phenomenon? Millenial’s love information, discovery, and the promise of better things for the future. and that is exactly what NASA stands for. Science, education, furthering humanity’s discoveries, and creating possibilities for the future. The ultimate expression of creativity and personality is fashion while the ultimate expression of the future is space.  Okay kids, we get it.

The classic version on a grey crewneck will never go out of style but you can easily update this look by swapping the design onto any product that we offer. Beach towel, tote, or water bottle – take this design with you wherever you go. Customized Girl has expanded the selection of this trend with new and custom art that can be swapped out onto any style or product we offer. Express your love for space and fashion by combing the two with your very own custom NASA apparel!

Custom NASA Sweatshir

How will you take on the custom NASA sweatshirt? Show us via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @CustomizedGirl!

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Matching Shirts for Best Friends Day

Where would we be in life without our best friends?  Best friends see us at our greatest and at our lowest moments in life. They are the most loyal and ride or die people anyone can have in their life. Having a true best friend in your life is something that should never be taken for granted and should be celebrated every chance we get. If you’re the friend who doesn’t give her bestie enough love then here’s your chance – design matching shirts for best friends day!

Matching best friend shirts are so hot right now…. Like totally scorching.  Here’s a list of some of our favorite bestie concepts:

 

Partners In Wine

Twinning

Blonde & Boujee and Brunette & Bad

Best Bishes

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Grande and Tall

Bae Nanigans

Mer Mateys

Brownie and Blondie

Partners In Crime

 

Already have nicknames for each other? Customize any design in our gallery by simply clicking the “start customizing the design now” button.  Keep it simple by only adding text and swapping fonts, colors, or the product or take it to the next step by adding one-of-a-kind best friend art.  Customized Girl has the largest and greatest collection of matching best friend shirts that you will not find anywhere else.

 

Matching Shirts for Best Friends Day

Best friends may be hard to find, but life just wouldn’t be the same without them. Today is the opportunity to celebrate that one special person in our lives who has always been there for us. Show some serious love for your bestie with matching shirts for best friends day!

We love seeing pictures of you and your bestie rocking your matching shirts for best friends day. Share your pictures with us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram @customizedgirl!

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Party Like It’s 1776 with Custom 4th of July Shirts

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  This patriotic holiday is the best excuse to get together with friends and families to celebrate our freedom and independence. Most American’s partake in similar activities on this day like parades and fireworks but everyone has their own 4th of July traditions.  Grilling out by the pool or representing in the local parade – you’ll want to be wearing the best red, white, and blue apparel you can find.  Why not exercise your rights this Independence Day with custom Custom 4th of July shirts!

Customized Girl has a huge selection of 4th of July apparel for families to choose from. Crop tops, swimsuits, and even underwear – we’ve got you covered from your head to your toes. Take any design from our gallery and swap it onto the product of your choice. Customize an apron for grilling all those hamburgers and hot dogs or a custom swimsuit to lounge around the pool – Custom 4th of July apparel is the way to go.

Custom shirts are perfect for large groups and special events like Independence Day. Go all out and create matching designs for your entire squad. Our hard to beat no minimums and generous group discounts give users the option to create hundreds of items or that one special design.

To help get your creative juices flowing check out this list of some our go-to favorite patriotic slogans:

I Put The Riot In Patriotic

United States Of Awesome

 Red, White, and Booze

Party Like A Patriot

Patriotic AF

Let’s Get Lit Like The 4th Of July

Start Spangled Hammered

What’s your favorite 4th of July saying or slogan? Celebrate your right to free speech with your own custom 4th of July shirts to say whatever you want!

Custom 4th Of July Shirts

If you’re looking for some last minute ideas to bring your 4th of July party together make sure to check out our 4th of July Pinterest board. It’s filled with decoration tips and tricks, simple DIY’s, and yummy patriotic food!

 

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Celebrate with Custom Birthday Shirts

Birthday’s are always a big deal. It doesn’t matter if it’s the big 4-0 or your little one’s very first birthday – birthday’s are a milestone is each and everyone’s life where one can reflect back on all that they’ve accomplished and the amazing years that are ahead of them. Customers regularly come to Customized Girl looking for custom birthday shirt ideas to make someone else’s birthday extra special. Dirty 30? 5 and fabulous? Birthday shirts are perfect for large groups or just the birthday boy or girl.

Customized Girl has an abundant collection of birthday shirts for you to choose from. Whether your theme is classic or trendy, we’ve got you covered.

We have designs in the following categories as well as many more:

Kids

16th Birthday

21st Birthday

30th Birthday

40th Birthday

50th Birthday

60th Birthday

70th Birthday

Maybe it’s not a monumental birthday celebration and you don’t see the age you are looking for. Every design in our gallery can be customized. This means you can easily change the font, art, and text or even swap the item onto a different product. Think you have a funnier concept than any of our funny shirts? Start from scratch! With over a hundred products to choose from and thousands of pieces of clip art you can make your vision come to life.

Don’t just stop with a shirt. Create matching accessories like koozies, sashes, or shot glasses for the birthday boy or girl. Or better yet, design matching hats for everyone to wear during the birthday festivities!

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