How To Design T-shirts and Sell Them Online

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Do you have killer ideas of making & designing t-shirt and suspect others will feel the same way? Are you looking for an alternative way of promoting your business? Whatever your purpose, the basic theories of designing t-shirts remain the same. Your creativity matters the most. 

So today we are going to teach you how to design your own kinds of t-shirts and how to sell them on the internet.

So let’s talk about the process of making your custom t-shirts.

  1. Figure out your needs.

You can design your t-shirt for many purposes. If you’re designing t-shirts for promotional purposes, branding is your main goal. So those t-shirts should communicate about your brand clearly. If you're designing for personal use, you need to make sure your t-shirt design looks attractive.

Whatever your purpose, first what you need to do is write out a list of the key themes, styles, and personality traits you want your brand and shirts to convey.


  1. Define your budget and quantity of T-shirts

Even though you are in a hurry to go to the designing part, you need to settle down some details first so you can focus your design better: namely, your budget and quantity. These things really impact your design. 

For an example, to determine how many colors you can use for your product is depending on your budget, printing method and quantity.

  1. Know what printing method suits for you

There are some important things to consider like; cost, appearance, production time, materials when you are looking for the best printing method.

Screen printing: These are ideal for large orders over 30 and this printer makes original screens of your design.

Vinyl graphics: Vinyl printers use more durable vinyl instead of just ink.

Direct-to-garment: This uses the freedom of inkjet printing, but prints directly on fabric which is a newer option.

  1. Design concept

When we start designing our custom T-shirt, we should keep an eye on the following facts.

Type of your T-shirt:



Before deciding the right type of t-shirt, you need to think about your audience and intended goals. A revealing crop top or a skinny might not be the best promotion for a law firm. Likewise the type of T-shirt depends on the intended goals.

Color, Style and imagery:

Color contrast means how certain ink colors in the design will appear against a lighter colored shirt or a darker colored shirt. There are two sets of colors called 'the fabric color and the print color'. You need to match the colors with your fabric and choose what best for your fabric and to the design.

Then you can print your T-shirt using a printer which is suitable for your fabric. 


When it comes to selling your T-shirts online, there are some facts that you need to be concerned about.

After doing some research you need to understand who your audience is and what their needs are. 

Then you need to set up an online store like a website. For that you can get some help from web developers.

Next what you have to do is add your products to your store.

Then you can start selling them on the internet.

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