7 Great Ideas to use for your Next Custom T-shirt Design

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Custom T-shirts are a popular way to show your individuality. Whether you’re designing for yourself or as a way to make some extra cash, designing custom tees is a fun and creative outlet almost anyone can enjoy. Check out the following custom t-shirt design ideas.

Emoticons
Emoticons are a sort of shorthand for communicating on the web. I’ve seen people use them on Twitter as a way around the 140 character limit as well as on tees to spell out a cryptic message, like a puzzle. You’d have to be okay with strangers staring at your chest while they figure it out. I bet you’d make lots of new friends (or maybe you should just put your message on the back.)

Protest
Maybe you’re against fracking, want to save the whales or endorse your favorite presidential candidate. Show people what’s on your mind by putting it on a T-shirt. It’s a great way to find like-minded friends at political events and charity fundraisers. Create your own graphics and use unique fonts to make your message stand out.

Quotes
When you want to make an impression, a simple quote is sometimes enough. A carefully selected words emblazoned across the front of a tee makes a strong statement. The internet is full of them, some by famous people like Benjamin Franklin or Mahatma Gandhi, some funny and others inspirational. A simple typeface font works great for designing T-shirts with quotes.

Art work
Anything that can be scanned and uploaded to the internet can become a winning T-shirt. Display your artwork proudly with your own, custom design. Regardless if the medium is photography, painting or pencil drawings, showcase your artistic talent by turning it into a custom T-shirt design.

Fandoms
If you want to see what fandoms are all about, attend any “con” (like Comicon,) in your area and you’ll be amazed by the limitless variations on fandom. Their tees pay homage to Captain Kirk, Dr. Who and every comic book superhero there ever was.

If you’re the kind of person that walks around repeating your favorite superhero’s catch phrase over and over, show your individuality and put it on a T-shirt.

Maternity
When it becomes obvious that someone is going to become a mother, the questions begin. “Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?” “When is it due?” “Can I touch your belly?” A T-shirt design that displays answers to all the questions is a creative way to save time without worrying about being rude. People mean well, but honestly, it’s exhausting!

Show your Pride
Proudly display your alma mater, team name or hometown.

What are you proud of? Maybe your son or daughter is on the honor roll for the first time ever, or made the football team. Let everyone know how excited you are to share their accomplishments. You can add a photo of your precious baby and wear it to all of their games.

It’s okay to embarrass your children. Really, it is.

There are a few things to keep in mind when coming up with your design. First, be sure to read all instructions and size requirements for images on the site you plan to use. T-Shirt Champions said, “If you use an image that is too small, it will be distorted when enlarged to be placed on the garment.”

Something else to be aware of are copyright infringement laws. Be careful that you don’t use licensed images pulled from someone else’s designs. A good way to avoid getting in trouble is to look for public domain images. Those are free for anyone to use.

Or of course, create your own.

Custom designed T-shirts are a fun way to show your creative side. Consider designing your own for the next family vacation (it makes it easier to find the kids in a crowd,) or to celebrate this year’s family reunion.