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Designing Custom Shirts 101

Designing Custom Shirts 101

Going to a rock concert and want to show off your love for the band? Attending a demonstration and want to spread the message far and wide? Or are you just one of those people who are crazy about customized merchandise? Get your message printed on your shirts! Yes, that’s right, your very own customized t shirts!

Almost every one is familiar with this undying trend. These kind of shirts are never out of fashion (if you know what you are doing!).

So what does it take to get yourself a custom t shirt? Pretty simple. First, get yourself some art. Search the web, the local graffiti alleys, browse through some of your photo albums or if you want to get really original, design something yourself.

When that is done, find yourself a custom shirt printer. You can find a lot of them all over the internet and after a bit of snooping around, you are sure to find something that’s right for you.

But there is a lot that you need to know before sending your designs in for printing. One, the designs that you create or find would have been designed in the RGB environment. RGB means red-blue-green. This environment is the standard for digital designing. The ‘gamut’ (set of colors in a certain color space) of RGB environments is possible of producing numerous combinations of colors, whereas CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-black) gamut can produce also a numerous combination of colors but rather different ones than RGB. The former is used in printing applications and therefore your digital designs would look far off on the shirts you would get it printed on than its digital copy.

To attain the best results, make sure you work in a CMYK environment while designing your shirts. Through this technique, you will be able to obtain closer results.

Almost every image rendering and design software has this technology built in. Play around with your software a little bit and you are sure to stumble upon the relevant options to change your color environment.

The second important piece of information that you need to know is the requirements of your printers. They all have different requirements as to which kind of a digital design is the most compatible with their equipment. Mostly there are two kinds, vector and pixel based. The former is the format most printers are comfortable with. Check with your printers, they will let you know which file types are the best for them to work with.

Get your custom shirts on and show your true colors because this kind of fashion is never out of style.