The Ultimate Round-Up Of T-Shirt Design Tutorials

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Among all of the graphic designers in the world, many of them have probably had a go at designing some cool artwork for t-shirts. The t-shirt, after all, is one of the world’s most purchased products, and a lot of us wouldn’t know what to do without them!

If you have yet to design for apparel goods, today is your lucky day! Below, we present over 20 useful t-shirt graphic tutorials written by fellow designers, followed by a selection of great resources (such as vector apparel mock-up templates), an inspirational showcase to get your brain thinking and some great websites where you can submit your new t-shirt graphics.

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T-Shirt Graphic Tutorials

Create a Balanced T-Shirt Graphic

  • Work with vector image tools to trace stock photos.
  • Learn how to make great compositions.

Balanced T-Shirt Graphic

How to Design a T-Shirt on a Budget and a Tight Deadline

  • Use existing vector packs to produce new graphics.
  • Work with limited color schemes.

Designing on a budget and tight deadline

T-Shirt Design in Photoshop

  • Work with the Saturation Settings to manipulate photos.
  • Use the Circular Marquee Tool to produce custom shapes.

T-Shirt Design in Photoshop

Super-Slick Screen-Printing Separations with Illustrator

  • Set up documents and bleeds ready for screen printing.
  • Use Calligraphic Brushes to trace photographs.
  • Separate colors to be ready for screen printing.

Screen Printing Separations

How to Create Photorealistic T-Shirt Mock-Ups

  • Use apparel templates to produce realistic digital mock-ups.
  • Use layer masks to hide unwanted areas of a graphic.

Photorealistic T-Shirt Mock-Ups

Screen Printing Effects

  • Simulate silk screen imperfections in Photoshop.
  • Learn how to use alpha channels.

Screen Printing Effects

Create a Custom T-Shirt Stencil Design

  • Create stencils for your t-shirt artwork.
  • Use craft knifes and spray paint to produce home-made t-shirts.

Custom T-Shirt Stencil Design

Screen Printing Tricks

  • Get your hands dirty and produce home-made screen-printed t-shirts.
  • Use various objects from around the home to save money on one-off production tees.

Screen Printing Tricks

Separating Colors for Screen Printing in Photoshop

  • Use the Magic Wand Tool to select individual colors.
  • Use registration marks to help line up artwork when screen printing.

Separating Colors for Screen-Printing

How to Win at Design by Humans

  • Learn tips and tricks for submitting your artwork to Design by Humans.
  • Use Pantone Color books to get your colors correct.

How to win at Design by Humans

How to Prepare Artwork for Screen Printing in Illustrator

  • Use various Pathfinder Tools to separate your colors.
  • Use the Magic Wand Tool to select individual colors.

Prepare Artwork for Screen-Printing

Designing Ultra SceneXCore Apparel

  • Manipulate stock photos using various tools.
  • Use existing vector images to spice up your artwork.

Ultra SceneXCore Apparel

Create a Three-Color Illustration for Screen-Printing

  • Separate colors in Photoshop to be ready for screen printing.
  • Learn about trapping to avoid slight alignment on press.

Three-Color Illustration for Screen-Printing

Easy Color Separations for Screen-Printing in Photoshop

  • Learn the process of screen printing and how it all works.
  • Learn how to separate your artwork colors in Photoshop.

Color Separations for Screen-Printing

How to Create Awesome T-Shirt Mock-Ups like Jimiyo

  • Use the Transform Tool to correctly position your artwork.
  • Use the highlight and shadow levels to give your digital mock-up a realistic look.

Awesome T-Shirt Mock-Ups

DIY Vintage T-Shirts

  • Combine Photoshop and Illustrator to produce stunning artwork.
  • Use an imported sketch as a guideline.

DIY Vintage T-Shirts

Rapid-Fire Illustration Tutorial

  • Use the Live Trace Tool to quickly and effectively trace traditional ink drawings.
  • Use the Pen Tool to create custom shapes.

Rapid-Fire Illustration

How to Create a T-Shirt from Scratch

  • Use various Photoshop Tools to create custom shapes.
  • Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to delete unwanted areas of artwork.

T-Shirt from Scratch

Create a Complete Apparel Tech Pack

  • Learn how to prepare your files correctly.
  • Learn how to separate colors correctly.

Complete Apparel Tech Pack

CMYK Process Printing for the Emerging T-Shirt Designer

  • Learn how to mix existing resources to create a good composition.
  • Work with unusual color schemes to produce eye-catching artwork.

CMYK Process Printing

Digital T-Shirt Mock-Up Resources

After giving a few of the above tutorials the once over, you should have enough knowledge to begin making your own separated t-shirt artwork. Below are several links we have collected to help you present your work in the most stylish way possible.

GoMedia Ultimate Apparel Vector Collection
GoMedia Ultimate Apparel Vector Collection

Freebie T-Shirt Template
Freebie T-Shirt Template

T-Shirt Templates: Free and Paid
T-Shirt Templates: Free and Paid

Free Blank Vector Clothing
Free Blank Vector Clothing

Huge Collection of T-Shirt Design Mock-Up Templates
Collection of T-Shirt Mock-Up Templates

VIP Mock-Up Templates
VIP Mock-Up Templates

T-Shirt Inspiration

Now you’ve got everything you need… except maybe for some ideas! Take a look at these great inspirational posts to help you get your thinking cap on!

Where To Sell And Submit Your Artwork

Below we have collected various online stores and open-ended competitions that invite you to submit your t-shirt designs, with the chance of getting them printed and taking home some well-earned cash!

  • Design by Humans
    An ongoing design contest and community where artists and t-shirt lovers can create, buy and talk about everything related to art and t-shirts.
  • Threadless
    Threadless is a community-based tee-shirt company with an ongoing open call for design submissions.
  • Teetonic
    Teetonic is about passion for design. It wants to create the best t-shirts and is always open for submissions.
  • Allmightys
    Submit designs to win tees, commisions, fame, friends and more!
  • Oddica
    Submit your artwork for a chance to earn 41% of every sale made.
  • Zazzle
    Make money online by selling your designs on hundreds of retail-quality products! It’s free and easy.
  • Cafepress
    Design, make and sell your t-shirts.
  • La Fraise
    This is pretty much the French version of Design by Humans.
  • Spreadshirt
    Create your own t-shirt shop for free, and fill it with your very own designs.
  • BigCartel
    BigCartel is a simple shopping cart for artists. Create an account and start selling!

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Callum Chapman is a self-employed blogger and graphic/web designer. He has recently launched a blog dedicated to visual inspiration for designers, photographers and artists called The Inspiration Blog.

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    I love t-shirt design. Thanks for the great post, especially those resources.

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    I found this awesome tshirt tutorial (made by david from iloveyourshirt) some years ago.

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    Cool graphics, i just find t-shit graphic trends change too quickly. but, cool stuff.

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    This article is a great starting resource for sure.

    jacob bannon of converge does some amazing t-shirt artwork. check out his site: http://www.jacobbannon.com/ he sells most of his stuff through his record lable deathwish inc.

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    This rocks!

    My friend does screen printing and we’ve been recently talking about possibly opening a T-Shirt design business.

    This should help with a lot of what we were talking about :)

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    Cool stuff! thanks!

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    What a great roundup!!! I’ve recently starting doing more t-shirt design and I can’t wait to dig in to more of these articles. For me, the 4th one from the top (Super-Slick Screen-Printing Separations with Illustrator) was REALLY helpful!

    By the way, you forgot about Shirt.Woot! derbies (shirt.woot.com/derby/) for places you can submit your artwork and get paid!

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    Wow! Thanx. I can remember I requested for some T-shirt design from you guys. Nice to see these come out.

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    this new thing you do on round ups, telling what techniques are covered, is awesome!!! thanks for the posts!!

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    Thanks for the list of resources, I can never remember them when I’m looking for them.

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    The article about “CMYK Process Printing for the Emerging T-Shirt Designer” points to another article.

    (SM) Thanks, it is fixed now.

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    Does anyone know how to actually know how to start selling T-Shirts online?

    Say.. I start with 10 T-shirt designs..Is it easier to mass produce T-shirts or create T-Shirts as the order comes in?

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    Nice roundup. Although i miss Emptees.com as a source of inspiration…

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    Mike, your question is kind of vague. If you’ve already printed the shirts, you can setup a webpage with a shopping cart and start publicizing it. Or, use Printfection, Zazzle, or Cafepress to print on demand.

    Good luck!

    Below are my examples of a Printfection site and also a site for shirts I printed:
    http://www.murchadaoutfitters.com – Viking, Celtic, Spartan, Roman, and more t-shirts
    http://www.scotlandshirt.com – the ultimate Scotland shirt

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    This is exactly what i’ve been looking for. Thanks SM!

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    @Mike

    It’s going to be more expensive to make them as they’re ordered. It’s always cheaper to mass produce t-shirts because of screen printing costs. Call up a screen printer and ask them how much it costs for to do 1 shirt compared to 101 shirts.

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    Thanks for the AMAZING list of tutorials!

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    This is great! just got home and this was on my RSS. Earlier today a client asked me to do a t-shirt mock-up and this will be a big help! Smashing Mag to rescue again!

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    And don’t forget the cool t-shirts featured on Justice’s video “Dance”! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49esza4eiK4

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    Glad you all like it guys.

    @Mike: The more you get printed, the cheaper each ‘unit’ will cost – although if you’re just starting out it would probably be best going a long the lines of printed on demand with Cafepress etc. Or alternatively you could look at screen-printing the shirts yourself? It’s quite expensive to get set-up but if you’re t-shirts are well designed and are of good quality you’ll make your money back in no time ;)

    @Oliver: Great song and a great video, I forgot about that!

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    What a great post!!
    When designing a t-shirt…what size and dpi sould i use??

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    May I suggest also Monsieur Poulet (for Mister Chicken) http://www.monsieurpoulet.com/home.html?lang=en – the french shop for fairtrade teeshirts. Also in France, the well known Agnes B brand currently runs a teeshirt contest : http://jeu.agnesb.fr/ (soRRRy, only foRR fRRench speackinGGe)

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    The best is the first. Balance is something most artists struggle with and J3′s tutorial helps explain some of that. Thanks for the links guys!!

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    Great collection of resources for would-be designers. At Indigo we get a large number of novice designers each month and this post would be a great starting place for many who want to get into professional t-shirt printing.

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    ummmm some thing new and awesome. I stopped all my official work and started my t-shirt tutorial. My boss saw the posting and demanded me the link to buy one…..lol

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    I found these other great t-shirt designs the other day. Quality of the designs are great got myself couple of them, and the coolest thing was that they deliver them in a pizza box.

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    @Murray
    I use inknburn for my t-shirt printing. they seem to be the only direct to garment printer around here (California, USA). VERY High quality compared to just screen printing.

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    This is an astonishingly awesome selection of good material for designers and enthusiasts. Excellent post

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    A lot of these tutorials are incorrect for screen printing. You should be separating your colors in the channels palette ( for screen printing ) not in layers in photoshop. Esp if you are mass producing shirts via screen printing. In Illustrator you be using spot colors in your swatches palette. Take it from someone in the buiz for nine years, and not the web kiddies. And of course most don’t talk about balancing art as in how big should it be, compared to sizes of shirt, wrap around, etc. you kids are getting too spoiled with DTG . Talk to the people at http://www.screenprinters.net for the real deal.

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    This is an absolutely brilliant resource, many thanks!

    I’ve been teaching myself how to bring the ideas that pour from my cranium to reality for some months now, and I’ll be at the stage of starting a website within a fortnight.

    One question I had though, I’ve done all my designs on Photoshop and they’re all around A3 in size, and this is a nightmare when it comes to submitting to any of the above sites using their templates. Is there an easy way to re-size/drag and drop that I’m missing??

    Many thanks folks!

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    be sure to check out http://www.badashellclothing.com we got alot of cool graphic tee shirts done by professional Artists. Come Check out our on going tee shirt design contest.

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    Exactly what I need right now! So thorough and informative. Thanks so much!

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    Hi, thanks for the great post! Hopefully I am not getting too off-topic? I was wondering if anybody knew any software for actually designing the actual t-shirt garment itself? If it’s trial or freeware, even better!

    Cheers! and thanks again!
    Decbrad

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    Nice blog i cant wait to buy them.
    Cool tshirst you have..

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    Here’s a pointer for would be designers…don’t churn out the same rubbish as everyone else – big splash of color, favorite media characters etc. Where’s the afterthought in that? What sticks in your memory about those designs? Put a question mark in the design. Make people think about your design. Here’s one of the most original designers out there – don’t copy the designs but do copy the inferences, the angle, the originality – then you can call yourself a t-shirt “designer” http://www.glasssiren.co.uk

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    Great Resources for designers for make a great design. Keep posting.
    T-shirt design from hundreds designers around the world.

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    Great post!!! i need a t-shirt screen printer?

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