Create Your Own T-Shirt Design – For Beginners
In this article we are going to see how to create your own t-shirt design from scratch. We are not going to go into much details as this is an article to get you familiar with the software and tools to get you started.
Before continuing we first should briefly see what it takes to create a custom t-shirt on your own:
- PC software for vector graphics
- Vinyl Cutter
- Heat Press
Oh and also some imagination! The good news here, is that there is a free software to help you design your vector designs. It is a very stable and promising software called Inkscape. Download it and install it. For the other two pieces of equipment we will talk later in this article.
Remember that before you learn to walk you should first learn how to crawl. So for your first designs keep it simple! Try simple designs and then continue to more complicated. So how do you draw in Inkscape? The simplest tool to start with can be activated using SHIFT+F6. You can also enable this tool by clicking it on the menu on the left. It is called ‘Bezier Curves’. By clicking on your canvas once you can start a shape by a simple point. Then you continue by adding more points to form the shape you want. By aware that if you click the mouse button pressed you will create a smooth curve. If you play around with it you will see what I mean.
Remember that you create vectors. Those will be the paths that the cutter will follow and cut a line on the vinyl. If you need an idea to get you started, draw a sports t-shirt with your name on the back. Draw a basketball ball on the front! It is an easy shape.
Now that you have created your vector graphics is the first step for your own custom t-shirt! The next steps are more difficult and require you to own a bit of expensive equipment. But do not worry! Save your vector graphic to a file a take it to your local custom t-shirt printing company. If you do not have one near, there are companies that do this online. You can go to http://www.fanelaki.com and send them your design and they will deliver the t-shirt to you.
Creating your own t-shirts is really fun and satisfying when you wear them! Express yourself, create your own t-shirt and enjoy them.