5 Tips For Making Awesome Tees at Home
Why pay for expensive t-shirts when you can invest in a beginner heat press machine and start making your own awesome tees from the comfort of your home. You could even start your own small business producing them. Even if you don’t have aspirations to open up your own Shopify, Etsy, Amazon or eBay shop, you will still find that making t-shirts at home is a fun way to add interesting items to your wardrobe and give it a breath of fresh air.
At-home use presses are easy to use, but that doesn’t automatically mean you are going to be able to make amazing t-shirts straight away. There is a lot more involved in a memorable t-shirt design, especially if it one for a fan of comic books, superheroes or video games. To give you a head start, we are going to look at some great tips that will help you make awesome t-shirts.
Consider Your Designs Carefully
Once you have committed your design to an actual physical t-shirt there is no turning back. Even if you make mistakes, you can’t undo them. So, it’s crucial that you spend as much time as possible planning your designs before you actually print anything, to make sure you are completely satisfied with your ideas. Make a few versions of the design and then maybe even sleep on it. Even if you come up with an idea straight away, you should still ponder on it a little.
Try to Keep Things Simple
Details are important to the design, because everyone loves a well-thought-out design with lots of fine details. However, if you overcomplicate it, your t-shirt design will look too messy and distracting. Therefore, it is often best to follow the old rule of ‘less is better than more’. A minimalist design in vibrant colours and an eye-catching background will often do a better job of appealing to the people you want to buy or wear your t-shirts than something you’ve cluttered with far too many ideas.
Think Carefully about your Target Audience
Whether you are planning on selling these t-shirts or not, your target audience is still something you should be thinking of when coming up with the designs and producing the tees. Ask yourself who you want to wear your t-shirts? Are they old or young, female or male? Even if they aren’t for sale, you are designing them for someone. Work out who that person is and even draft up a description of them, including everything about them, what they like, the brands they tend to be interested in and you will have a better chance of producing t-shirts they are going to want to wear.
Colours Are Important
Colours can really help to bring an image or slogan to life when it’s on a t-shirt. Choosing the best colours possible for your t-shirt goes hand in hand with the other points we have already discussed. You want attractive colours that work well together. No-one is going to want to buy or wear your t-shirt if it doesn’t display clearly the message, logo, image or other kind of design you’ve got on it to the full. So, it’s important to make sure the background colour of the t-shirt works well with the other colours in any imagery you have on it.
It’s also important, when trying to recreate some well-known characters, or even your own interpretations of them, that you try to choose colours that people will associate with those particular characters. Superman has a red cape, after all, and not a yellow and green striped one.
Make sure you Know How to Use the Press Properly!
If you are printing your own t-shirts using your own press, it is vital that you familiarise yourself with the controls and functions of the machine before you start making a batch of t-shirts. Carry out practice runs and do a lot of reading. You may also be able to find video tutorials on YouTube that will help you get the best out of your printer.