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Custom T-shirt Design Guide: Using Illustrator & Photoshop

If you read my previous article, then you should know how to sell custom T-shirt design online without any investment? But if you’ve missed it then you must read the noob guide to earn money by selling T-shirts online right now. Are you ready to discover about how to T-shirt design?

Create custom Tee designYou should be aware of these three things when selling T-shirts online. Are you prepared to jump inside of online T-shirt business? Oh! Yeah. Sit tight and read further to know more.

Niche selection for custom T-shirt

I told you earlier that it’s easy to start with your suitable (or passionate) niche. But, if you want to go out of your comfort zone then it’s fine. You can try something else, but you should research well before entering into any niche. Take your time and study comprehensively.

Custom T-shirt Design

What is the most important tool to make kick-ass designs? It’s your creativity and then software off course. Now, you can use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Inkscape, etc. But I’ll recommend either Photoshop, Illustrator or both together according to your ability.

Don’t worry if you’ve never touched any of this software before because learning T-shirt isn’t hard too much. Practice skills which are extremely necessary to make your custom T-shirt design.

So, it’s time to design then. Let me tell you about a straightforward method for creating at a particular time. Otherwise, it could be a pain in the butt and time-wasting scenario.

Conceptualize an idea: You may not be able to come up with a fantastic design without a clear perception. You don’t know exactly when something knocks your mind. So, you can draw on paper, take a break or look into different places (offline and online) to find something noteworthy.

If you have done it almost (overall), then paste it on a Mock up to see how it looks. If you aren’t satisfied yet, then keep editing till it makes you happy.

Analysis of market: What happen if you don’t create T-shirt design as per you market’s choice? Then, you can suffer a significant loss. Superb design isn’t well enough often to make a decent profit.

So, you have to make sketches which connect with your target audience and invoke them to buy immediately after watching it.

Types of design (typography, graphics): You’ve gone through niches but still something isn’t correct. If this is your dilemma, then you can experiment with your designs with typography (quotes) or fully graphics? It entirely depends on your audience interest.

If you want to learn online T-shirt designing, then YouTube is the best place undoubtedly. Also, you will find many tutorials on the web that’s extremely helpful for your inspiration.

These are the most valuable guide to know about t-shirt design in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. If you are having a problem with Illustrator, then you can start with Photoshop.

How to make custom T-shirt design in Photoshop and Illustrator?

I’ve handpicked several tutorial to help you in this process.

Are you ready to go? Let’s start.


  1. How to design an impressive graphic tee in Photoshop by Wegraphics
  2. The ultimate round-up of design tuts by Smashing Magazine
  3. 20+ design tutorials by Vandelydesign 

You can see that there aren’t many tutorials available in words thus you should go to YouTube and search ” T-shirt design in Photoshop or Illustrator” and you’ll get numerous suggestions.

Description and my final words

A description is an important aspect next to design and audience. So, you need to make sure that your ad copy is tempting for bringing sales from the visitors. Pay attention and write an interesting description for your targeted audience.

If you’ve something to say or any doubt, then tell me. I’ll try my best to resolve it at once.

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