TOP 5 Free Design Apps For Creating T-Shirt Designs

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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I Come With Peace and Love Pullover Hoodie

Remember Safety – A campaign Safety Officers Slogan T-Shirt

Be Safe Always! – Safety Campaign Slogan Wear T-Shirt

Be Careful Carelessness Can Hurt You – Safety Slogan T-Shirt

Before You Start Be Safety Smart – Safety Slogan Sweatshirt

Before You Start Be Safety Smart – Safety Slogan T-Shirt

Safety First – Safety Slogan T-Shirt

I’m a Safety Champion – Safety Slogan T-Shirt

Follow Proper Work Procedures Sweatshirt

Safety Is My Goal, What’s Yours? – Safety Slogan T-Shirt

No Racism, No Terrorism, No Islamophobia T-Shirt

Kiss me I’m Pretending To Be Holy Sweatshirt

Simenual Bandage Tie Dye Hollow Out Rompers Womens Jumpsuit

Simenual Bandage Tie Dye Hollow Out Rompers Women’s Jumpsuit

Simenual Women's Workout Ribbed Rompers Jumpsuit Active Wear

Simenual Women’s Workout Ribbed Rompers Jumpsuit Active Wear

Laamei Women High Waist Fitness Workout Push Up Leggings

Laamei Women High Waist Fitness Workout Push Up Leggings

Laamei Winter Loose Denim Women Oversized Fur Collar Plus Velvet Padded Jacket

Laamei Winter Loose Denim Women Oversized Fur Collar Plus Velvet Padded Jacket

Women's Casual Large Size Fashion Long sleeve Sexy Turn-Down Collar V-Neck Print Loose Zipper T-Shirt

Women’s Casual Large Size Fashion Long Sleeve Sexy Turn-Down Collar V-Neck Print Loose Zipper T-Shirt

New Fashion Women's Sexy Off-shoulder Long-sleeved Solid Color T-Shirt

New Fashion Women’s Sexy Off-shoulder Long-sleeved Solid Color T-Shirt

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.

Please don't forget to share this on your social media platforms and bookmark this website for future tutorials! You can also join us on Telegram at https://t.me/T_ShirtsChannel

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  1. Watch our new video about the best graphic design apps for Android and iOS➡️ https://youtu.be/7ywsEC_HsS4

    📍Table of Contents:
    0:00 – Introduction
    0:53 – Photopea
    1:50 – GIMP
    2:47 – Krita
    3:35 – Inkscape
    4:28 – Canva
    5:08 – 🔥Bonus Tool🔥

  2. When we create a design using canva free elements, is it allow from etsy?? (I mean design t-shirt using prinfull and connect etsy)

    1. Of course, there are more design apps than these five that we’ve mentioned in this video. Please feel free to browse through other available options—at the end of the day, it’s all about everyone’s individual preferences, so it’s very important to find the one the works the best for you ❤️

    1. Hey! As it’s a personal preference, we suggest downloading these apps and testing them out yourself to see what better suits your needs 😊

    1. It’s a tough question, and we won’t really be able to answer as they’re all different in terms of their features and functionality, and in the end of the day, it really does depend on your own personal preferences, design specifics, and other important aspects 😊

  3. im just trying to figure out what software is best to cut out a background so i can use transfer paper

  4. I operate on chrome os. How can I make an image at a high resolution for Teespring? Every dpi increaser I find is fake. I’m just in a deep hole of confusion

    1. Hey, we’re not sure what are requirements for Teespring, but from this list, it’s definitely possible to increase resolution on Canva. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it ➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjDh5PmHiyM 😊

    1. We’re afraid, we won’t be able to advise you on this one—it really depends on the design you have in mind, as well as your preferences in terms of app functionality, and other reasons. They all are great for creating new t-shirt designs 😊

  5. i used canva but printful wouldnt accept it’s png files because it can only produce 120 dpi png. is there a way to get 300 dpi png in canva?

    1. Here’s a video tutorial of how to adjust image resolution on Canva ➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjDh5PmHiyM 😊

    1. Hey, we’re sorry to hear that you didn’t find the video useful. Our intention is to always provide our audience with inspiring and useful content, however, we do appreciate you sharing your feedback.

  6. Hii there , Please reply . I’m a college student now and trying to be a good freelancer on T-shirt designing . I am using photoshop cs6( for downloading problem of cc 2020 in my windows 7 64 bit ) and GIMP(as it is free of cost ) so please advise me what should I use exactly for T-shirt designing 1)Photoshop cc 2020 /photoshop cs6 2)Gimp 3)Canva ??? Awaiting for your response .

  7. Hi Wes, I come up with ideas for t-shirts, but I’m not an artist. I created a custom t-shirt through Custom Ink, and I wear it myself. I’d love to find a company that prints on-demand, that will help with the design, so I can sell them. Also with jewelry too. Any advice? I’d love to just take one idea, create it, have someone host it, figure the marketing and launch. My goal is to make $300.00 per week after taxes etc. My financial goals are simple and not large at the moment. Thanks!

    1. Hey, Carla, you can take a look at our store setup and design services to help you create your designs and launch your store ➡️https://www.printful.com/services 🧐 However, we don’t offer marketing services at the moment, so we suggest looking for a professional in this field that could help you drive the traffic to your store.

    1. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us! It’s good to know what our customers prefer to use. 😊

    1. These apps are created for iOS or Android devices. We’re no experts with Cricut explore 2, however, it looks like this cutting device requires its specific app to navigate it.

  8. Hi it is Richard from Surf Talk Live News in Johannesburg South Africa, I have clicked on your web link and have made products to sell and I would like to know if you can s
    hip to South Africa and can I get a better deal on the items? Thanks from Richard.

    1. Hey Richard, unfortunately, at the moment, we don’t ship to South Africa due to restrictions in place. You can see the full list of the countries we currently don’t ship to here > https://www.printful.com/covid-19 (under the “Shipping” section below). We regularly evaluate the situation and update the page accordingly. As for better deals, we’re not entirely sure how you mean this. We have two types of discounts: bulk discounts > https://help.printful.com/hc/en-us/articles/360014009700-Are-there-any-discounts-for-bulk-orders- and monthly discounts > https://www.printful.com/monthly-discounts Perhaps that helps!

  9. Like and su subscribe only because within first minute you revealed these top 5 apps and wrote on the screen !

  10. why is it that i can never find on my Printful account anything you guys show in the videos? i cant find MOCKUP janirator

    1. @Printful Custom Printing I found these to be softwares, ain’t available as apps for Android phones 🙁

  11. Please answer my question , can i use abstract designed images from google , to create a design of a tshirt , is it illegal , or i use a design from google images and make a phone case ?

    1. Hey! If you download these pictures without a permission of the creator and these pictures are not available on the public domain, then this would be a violation of copyrights.

  12. I want to iron on Bible verses on hats, ect. Which one is best for that and which one will give me the most fonts?

  13. Does anyone know what font that is that was on that mug that said MORE and how to get it? I would really appreciate it

  14. teespring.com/stores/pleasure-3

    please check out my teespring store .i`m sure you will find cool things

  15. great video, I’m a designer too, i design handbags for aspinal of London. i have done a very similar video about the top 5 apps you need if you want to be a successfully designer your content seems very similar to mine keep it up ❤❤❤

    1. It really depends on what features you would like the app to have! Easiest and most similar to Photoshop is probably GIMP 🙂

  16. I’m interested to know if I can use Canva designs with Merch by Amazon, and other similar websites? I can’t seem to find any information that could clarify this for me.

  17. Thanks God I get free Adobe CC 2019… however I would say that if I didn’t would buy Affinity Designer and Photo… once you get it is yours!
    If not I would just used Krita…
    … I would never recommend GIMP… learning curve sucks and it doesn’t work like anything else.

    1. Hey Diana, you can check some of ours that are available in the File library as sample files. Make sure to also check our free cliparts. 🙂

  18. Thanks for the great video that helps a lot. However, I’m a bit confused about fonts licensing. Adobe’s subscription allows to use its fonts for printing. What about the fonts included in those apps? Are they free to be used for commercial print?

    1. Hey Alexander, we’re not sure about it. You should reach out to these design apps to learn more about it.

    1. Hi there, it’s up to your preferences which design app to use. They all should be suitable for all over print, sublimation, and pattern designs. 🙂

  19. Where i can find the info about limitation for Canva FREE icons to insure they can be used for printing and commercial purposes? I tried contacting them, but they never replied. So currently i am doing my T-shirt design with their free icons but still want to make sure that i do everything legal and correctly.
    Please help.

    Thank you so much for this very useful and important information on the video.

  20. There are no mobile apps here. Take oShirt for example https://oshirtshop.com has all the features of Canva, many that are hard to do in Photoshop and full of fonts, shapes, emojis, photos etc. Best part is you can design on an actual t-shirt not on a rectangle!

    1. @Printful Custom Printing Hey, Krita is the Best Thanks For That, Actually i already have photoshop cs6 but it didnt have symmetry tool, i did symmetry work in krita and then imported it in photoshop and i am feeling like a pro now 🙂 i also follow you on instagram

    2. Hey, Krita has the Wrap Around Mode that works similarly to Adobe’s Live Symmetry Tool. You can see how it works at 3:07. 🙂

  21. I tried using both the free and paid versions of Canva. Every single design I worked on had a dpi that was too low for printful. I couldn’t find any help at all and no way to contact someone at Canva to find out why or if I was doing something wrong.

    1. I had to same problem, using PNG with Transparent option, then using 3x size (pixels around 4000) gave a good DPI

    2. Hey Claudia, did you try creating bigger designs in terms of dimensions? That should fix the DPI issue.

    1. ¡Hola! Acabamos de añadir subtítulos en español. Tal vez quieres volver a echar un vistazo de nuevo al vídeo. 🙂

  22. I love Canva for doing my social media stuff. I have macs but use my iPad Pro all day. Canva is more fully featured on the web browser version for Mac. The iOS safari version is ok too but there are some element resizing limits. For designing in vector I love Affinity Designer. For doing raster art I use Procreate. I have a bunch of others but those are my main players. I rarely use my Adobe suite anymore. It’s a great time to be a designer. The equipment and software has been broadly democratized and thanks to Printful, we can run smaller independent online stores. You guys are shaking up the game and I’m loving it.

  23. You guys do a great job, thanks for putting this list together and sharing the highlights. I use an old desktop version of PS Elements which lacks some of functions I need so I’m looking for alternatives. Also, thank you for mentioning the offline/online options because as someone living remotely and relying on a data plan for wifi, the ability to work offline is critical! Very pleased with Printful!

  24. Really helpful info, shame you didn’t include links in the description below though. Cheers

  25. I use Gimp on my Chromebook. I turn on Linux to run on it first.
    And you can change the keyboard short cuts to what ever you want. So you can change it to be the same as Photo Shop.

  26. Affinity Designer is just as good, on some parts better, than Adobe Illustrator and way cheaper (one time payment instead of subscription).

  27. Superb info! Thanks! 😘 For your information some people use iPads for work with your service only.
    For example I use: Pixelmator and Artstudio Pro (for raster) , Graphic (for vector), Canva, and Safari browser (for use your mock-up generator and Shopify) That’s all work on my old iPad mini 2 (and even on iPhone we can use this stuff)
    This is minimalistic version for creative designers.

    “Printful always in my pocket” 😃😂

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