A great t-shirt design can be used as a ‘free’ walking advertisement for your company. Some of the best t-shirt designs are simple logos on the right colored shirt.
What makes a great t-shirt and how do you design one?
In this article, we will go through our top design tips for how to put a logo on a shirt, so you can avoid a fashion faux pas.
How to Put a Logo on a Shirt: Our Top Design Tips
Follow our 7 top t-shirt design tips below to help you design a great shirt.
This is one of the most important factors when you are deciding to put a logo onto a t-shirt.
If the logo is encompassed in a circle or square shape, you really need to choose the size wisely. Always print out different sizes and place them on a sample t-shirt to get a better idea of how the finished product will look.
Also, remember that you may have to scale the image for different sized t-shirts. The same size logo will look very different on an XS vs an XXL.
Consider the different t-shirt shapes too. Women’s t-shirts are shaped at the waist, while men’s and unisex t-shirts are straight up and down. This could affect the placement of the logo.
The print placement could make or break a great t-shirt design. You don’t want your logo to sit around the wearer’s waistline, nor do you want it so close to the sleeve that it can’t be seen.
There are standard placement areas and we can suggest these areas when you have finalized your design.
If your design includes text, make sure it’s in a readable font and in a large enough size. Enough said.
If you have a complex design with different words, fonts and graphics then make sure your design is laid out correctly. The same text and graphics can look very amateur if they are laid out in a different way.
Any graphics or text you use in the logo should be the highest quality available. Once printed, you should check that the text is legible and the images are clear.
Always use vector file images as they scale to print, and you won’t run into any resolution issues.
6. Colors and Contrast
If you are printing the same design on different colored shirts, ensure that the design is clear on each color or create different designs for different colored shirts.
The colors should contrast each other enough to be readable. Don’t use light yellow on white, or dark grey on black, for example.
7. Borders & Edges
Printing photographs or portraits onto a t-shirt can be a great design on its own. Ensure the borders are correctly edited so just the portrait is printed, and not the surrounding background.
Keep It Simple!
Now you know how to put a logo on a shirt and incorporate good design practices for the best results.
Remember, if in doubt, keep the design simple.
For more logo design tips, check out the other articles on our blog.