best document settings for making t-shirt designs (Quick Design Tips)

You can start your cool T-shirt design for free using either Canva or Placeit or even Envato Elelements. Alternatively, if you prefer using a stand alone software you can download to your computer without eating up your wallet, then, my favorite is Art Text Design, or simply check out Envato Marketplace for some products.

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You can start your cool T-shirt design for free using either Canva or Placeit or even Envato Elelements. Alternatively, if you prefer using a stand alone software you can download to your computer without eating up your wallet, then, my favorite is Art Text Design for Mac, though you may still use softwares like WordArt or simply check out Envato Marketplace for some cool and affordable products that may be used for the same purpose. You may also use free print-on-demand websites like Teepublic to sell items with your artwork designs printed on them and make some cool money from that.

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57 comments

  1. Great video bro. I’m trying to learn the in’s and out’s with illustrator and this was very helpful

  2. When I tried to do inches instead of pixels, it makes up so much space in my computer that it says scratch disks are full…..is it vital for it to be in inches?

  3. Hey Charley, I went back to watch your video similar to this one from 3 years ago. And in that video you mentioned you always used CMYK when making a design for print purposes. And in this one you say use RGB, which one is correct? I based all of my current designs on CMYK so if I try to print those out with my printer is that right to do? Thanks

  4. So… when we are handing off the designs, do we tell the client they need to send the outlined EPS or AI file to the printer? Also what about working in pantone colours, and do we need to separate things into layers with specific names? Do we also need to provide the specific Pantone codes or will they be fine with just the file that’s sent? You mentioned that something was 11inches. Was 11inches the width of the shirt or the width that you wanted the design?

  5. Thank you very much for this, I want to start POD Soon, but I have this question which color mode do you use for your design. If it is CMYK then it will change color if you are uploading it IG or web since they use sRGB color mode

  6. Yes. But lot of the final prints have both illustration as well as text. So how to manage dpi and resolution of these two different layers . And how to manage dpi & resolution of final when we export

  7. Hey, i have a question. I make my designs in GIMP because Adobe is not available in my country. Should i also set the image size and resolution the same as you set it in Adobe for the same results, or do different setting apply for GIMP?

  8. Do you recommend turning off text anti aliasing when designing text based tshirts with photoshop?
    What happens to the semitransparent pixels created in the process during printing?

  9. Hey I’ve tried these settings, but when I open after making new documents settings it/canvas becomes very tiny in size and when I zoom in it shows small boxes and when I drag image in it, image gets blurry and it like new documents inside it . can you please helo me

  10. Hi Charlie. In a previous video you selected CMYK for photoshop set up. Is it better to use RGB for Photoshop and CMYK for illustrator? Thanks 🙂

    1. like multi-color screen printing? you might need to ask your printer how they want the document set up.

    1. I don’t know if you’re still looking for this but Wholesale Ted’s YouTube channel have videos on how to make money with POD. Just substitute purchasing designs with your own work 🙂

  11. Since you’re my teacher how could you advise me to be successful on merch by amazon what’s the secret behind merch by Amazon 7 month on merch by Amazon and only sold 115 t shirts whilst others people sold thousands of tshirts so you recommend me any courses??

    1. Ali Stoica I design shirts for my friend’s business, using a DTG (direct to garment) printer, and I do this for exporting PNG files, for when I am doing a one-color design. I create the design for print in CMYK in illustrator, and then export it as RGB from photoshop, to preserve the transparency.

  12. Just started following your channel. I like the quick design tips. Thank you for sharing.

    Are there other T-shirt designers that you follow on YouTube?

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