custom t-shirts
Posted By Eve Denehy
How To Customize Your T-Shirts 

Customizing your t-shirt can be a great way to display your brand, stand out from the crowd or just let out your creative juices. There are ample ways to customize your t-shirts. From the different t-shirt styles to the design to the printing options, we’ll go through ways you can customize your t-shirts.

Choose a shirt

The first step in customizing your t-shirt is to choose the shirt itself. While you may think to yourself, ‘how hard is it to choose a t-shirt?’, you’d be surprised at all the options you have available to you! Here are just a few considerations to think about when choosing a shirt:

  • Color: Options for color are literally endless. Make sure you consider your overall design and color scheme when selecting your t-shirt color.
  • Neckline: Probably the most popular is the crew neck style neckline, but there are several styles to choose from. Other neckline options include V-neck, The Henley (Y-neck), Polo t-shirt collar and the ‘Scoop’ neck style.
  • Sleeves: Choose from different sleeve lengths such as sleeveless, cap sleeves, or your half-sleeve t-shirts.
  • Fit: T-shirts come in different fits including, standard, slim, baggy, or muscle fit.
  • Miscellaneous: Some t-shirts come with a pocket and some even with a hood and drawstrings.

Design your shirt

When designing your shirt, you can go one of two routes – DIY or using a designer. If you go the DIY route, you’ll save significantly on cost. The design is also entirely under your control. If you’re looking to save money and have an eye for aesthetics, DIY is an excellent route to go.

Alternatively, you can budget a little more for a professional designer. This may be a good option if you’re using your customized t-shirt for your business or some type of team uniform. In these circumstances, entrusting the design to a professional would ensure a quality design, especially for those who don’t have that creative eye.

Either way, you’ll need to have a preliminary design concept in mind. Some design-related concepts to take into account include:

  • Purpose: What is your t-shirt used for? Whether it’s for your personal brand, a gift, souvenir or merchandise, your design will be influenced by what you’ll be using your t-shirt for.
  • Color scheme: When designing your color scheme, always have the fabric color (background) and ink color in mind. Due to the process of applying ink to the t-shirt, getting the exact shade or hue in mind can be difficult. Try to avoid designing shirts that require a lot of subtle or nuanced shades. There are ways to get exact color matches, but it will be more expensive.
  • Typography: If your shirt has words, make sure you consider the type of font you’ll use. Different fonts convey different feelings and emotions. For example, Sans-Serif fonts convey a casual or innovative feel. Serif fonts, on the other hand, convey elegance or rationality. Choose your typography based on the purpose of your t-shirt design.

Print your shirt 

After you’ve finalized your design, the next step is to print your shirt. Printing your shirt also comes with a variety of options. These options all have their pros & cons – depending on what your vision is for your custom t-shirts.

Screen-Printing

The standard for t-shirt printing, screen-printing offers vivid colors and high-quality printing.

Pros: 

  • Produces vivid and vibrant colors
  • Great for high-volume printing
  • Compatible with most fabrics

Cons:

  • Difficult and messy to DIY
  • Needs a unique stencil for every new design
  • Costly if using lots of colors

Direct-to-Garment Printing

Utilizes inkjet technology that produces full-color prints on t-shirts. Great for printing graphics or designs requiring lots of complex colors.

Pros: 

  • Unlimited colors at no extra cost
  • Process is simpler and printer is smaller
  • Ink is soaked directly into t-shirt (can’t ‘feel’ the ink)

Cons:

  • Only cotton t-shirts produce the best results
  • Extremely costly to print
  • Printer maintenance requirements

Vinyl Printing

Vinyl printing uses a machine to cut your design onto pieces of vinyl. The vinyl is then pressed onto the t-shirt via heat.

Pros: 

  • Great for printing sports numbers, logos, etc. onto t-shirts/jerseys
  • Durable with good lifespan
  • Vinyl can be pressed onto any type of fabric

Cons:

  • Lengthy process to cut & weed vinyl
  • Only applied to simple graphics and text

As you can see, there are so many ways to customize your t-shirts. Consider the types of shirts you’d want and then start with the design process. After the design process, figure out which method is best for printing your t-shirt. There are many options for t-shirt printing in Las Vegas, so do your research and you’ll have your customized t-shirt ready in no time!