Practical Design Tips to Create the Perfect T-Shirt

Practical Design Tips to Create the Perfect T-Shirt

Practical Design Tips to Create the Perfect T-Shirt

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Actually, it’s whatever you decide to design and print on your shirt. In a world with billions of people out there, hundreds of millions if not billions of t-shirt designs and other apparel designs have been screen printed by custom screen printing companies like us here at Studio One. Some designs are clever, easy to read from a distance, and stand the test of time in terms of modern aesthetic and appeal. Other t-shirt designs…well, let’s just say that they don’t look good and they probably weren’t given much consideration prior to printing.

Our goal is to help you avoid such a design disaster by thinking about what goes into a great t-shirt design before you hand it off to our screen printers in Reston.

Our Custom Screen Printers Make Great Designs Easy

If you’re reading this thinking “I want a killer t-shirt design but my artistic ability is limited to drawing stick figures,” fear not. Studio One Screen Printing & Embroidery has a team of experienced and passionate in-house designers who can handle any design job that you throw their way. Niche market? Obscure art? Provocative slogans? We’ve created many interesting designs and we’re ready to do yours next.

Turn your ideas to wearable life by contacting our custom screen printing company in Reston today.

What’s the Intention Behind Your Shirt Design?

Here at Studio One, we work with many different industries which means that we’ve screen printed clothing for a variety of reasons. From charity events to corporate swag and raising awareness for important issues, we’ll want to know the “why” behind your t-shirt design or what you’d like us to create for you.

Perhaps you don’t have an underlying purpose for your t-shirt printing job. Heck, maybe you just want the satisfaction of wearing a comfortable t-shirt with a sweet design printed on it that you created. Ragstock ain’t got nothing on you, artistic pioneer.

In any case, our takeaway is that you should have an image in your mind of what the design will look like and who will be wearing the shirt.

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Remember That Less is More

In the design world, more often than not, you’ll find that using less space to create a strong visual impact is something that’s well-received. Some of the most clever designs out there are remarkably simple: they catch the eye, they inspire a little bit of curiosity, and they leave an impact on the viewer. Best of all, you don’t need to stare at the t-shirt design for several seconds to recognize what it actually looks like. All it takes is one glance and your brain automatically registers what your eyeballs are fixating on.

In other words, your design shouldn’t be a complex puzzle that’s “busy,” taking up most of the shirt space — that is, unless your intention is to create a puzzling shirt design. In that case, do as you please!

Take Materials Into Consideration Before Running Your Print

There are many different fabrics blends and shirt styles to keep in mind; a design that’s screen printed onto a cotton henley may yield a much different result than if it was printed on a polyester tank top. The thickness of material, surface area of the shirt, porosity of the fibers, and other elements create a dynamic where you’ll want to make sure that your design works well with the material that you’re printing it on. Just take a look at our catalog and see for yourself how many apparel options we offer!

Of course, you’re not the one actually doing the printing. That’s our job. As such, we’ll make sure that it’s a successful print job by running a trial print and notifying you of any concerns prior to starting your printing job.

Imagine How It Would Actually Look On a Shirt

Eventually, you’ll see the final product on an actual shirt, but until then, you’ll want to look at a rendered version of your design on a computer. It’s never the exact same as a physical t-shirt print, but laying out your design in a program will help give you a pretty clear sense of how your print is going to come out. Again, our custom screen printers have you covered in this area!

Work With Our Custom Screen Printing Company In Reston Today

From Reston to Tysons Corner and Ashburn, Studio One Screen Printing & Embroidery is prepared to execute your printing job without a hitch. Are you in need of professionally-embroidered apparel? Consider it done. Going to a conference and need company swag and giveaways to help market your business? Promotional product printing is for you.

At the end of the day, we’re the clear and comprehensive solution for all things clothing-related, and our perfect 5-star reviews agree. So, what are you waiting for? Get a quote today!

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