How To Create Powerful & World Class T-shirt Designs

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Are you a t-shirt designer?

Love creativity, art and design?

Here at Graphic Tide, we sell the best t-shirt designs around, from Heroes by ANDYrc to Gentlemen in the Woods by LiukSL.

We’re passionate about t-shirt design and promoting our artists on our website, and we wanted to share some epic tips and tricks that you can take forward into your t-shirt designs!

Within this blog post you’ll learn our top tips and tricks to help you create eye catching, unique and world class t-shirt designs, that not only are you proud of, but become popular on our voting platform, and expose you as a great artist that you know you are!

Think About Your Medium Carefully

One aspect of t-shirt designs that you need to think carefully about is your medium that you’re using.

From drawing, painting to digital vector illustrations, they’re lots of different ways you can create your artwork, but are these going to be appropriate for t-shirt designs?

Not always, let me explain;

With a painting for example, as we require a transparent background with all of our t-shirt designs that are submitted to us, a painting can be quite difficult to cut around to reveal the background below, especially if you have a complicated design.

When you submit your t-shirt designs to us, we require transparent .PNG files.

As we print onto lots of different t-shirt colours, from vibrant red, blue, all the way through to green, this is make or break for us.

We’ve found that digital art looks the best as t-shirt designs, as you can easily create transparent .PNGs from this, that we highly recommend.

Use The Right Colours

Depending on the t-shirt design that you’re creating, you need to think about your colours, and picking the colours that perfectly represent your design and idea.

What do I mean by this?

If you’re going for a bold and eye catching t-shirt design, and you choose subtle, calm and peaceful colours, then your colours aren’t going to match your ambition.

When you’ve thought of your brilliant t-shirt design idea, and you have an image that you’ve sketched, thought about and developed within your sketchbook, you need to choose colours that match this too.

We’ve shared some great tips on colour here!

Researching Popular Culture Is Always Beneficial

Creating a cool t-shirt design that you want to create should always be a priority, however it’s always good to look at popular culture, and see what other people are interested in.

What do lots of people wear?

What are they interested in?

What topics can I get my teeth into?

Doing your research into these sort of questions can help you to create popular t-shirt designs, and help spread the word about your creative talent.

Even though it’s not ideal to create a t-shirt design based on popular culture, and producing a piece of design that you think other people will like, sometimes it’s important within the world of t-shirt designs.

If you feel like your t-shirts aren’t popular and not being sold, then looking into popular cultural themes is always advisable.

Create Cool T-shirt Designs Today!

We’ve shared some epic tips and tricks to help you create cool t-shirt designs today, from looking into popular culture to support your designs, thinking about the colours you’re using, to choosing the right medium for your designs, you now have some of the tools to help create the t-shirt designs of your dreams!

T-shirt designs can help promote your creative talents to the world, and you can gain a commission on every t-shirt sold with us at Graphic Tide!

We’re always on the look out for talented creatives out there, so if you think you have what it takes (well you do now with this epic blog post), come and submit to us at any point!

Creating popular t-shirt designs can bring a lot of joy to many creatives, as you know that other people are wearing your designs, which is so cool!

Follow these tips to help you create epic t-shirt designs!

Summary Of Points

  • Think about your medium carefully, as not all mediums work on t-shirt designs. We require transparent .PNG for printing, so choose a medium that works with this
  • Using the right colours for your designs is a must, that perfectly represents the idea of your t-shirt design
  • If you feel your t-shirt designs aren’t popular, looking into popular culture and creating something around this can be well worth it, and make your work more popular as a result
  • Have fun with it, practise your art everyday, and you’ll start creating t-shirt designs that you’re proud of

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About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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