Making T Shirt Designs in Photoshop


Designing your own T-shirts using Adobe Photoshop can be a fun and profitable endeavor. If you have never used Photoshop before, you will be amazed by how straightforward and easy to use the program is. When you use Photoshop to design your T-shirts, you can upload your image files onto a print-on-demand website. This allows you to create your own custom T-shirts quickly and inexpensively.

Create a File

  • Create a new image file within Adobe Photoshop. Click on the word "File" at the top of the Photoshop screen, then click on "New" from the drop-down list that appears. A new screen will come up asking for the specific image dimensions. For a standard T-shirt, the height and the width should be 2000 pixels; the resolution should be 300 DPI or higher. Click "OK" when you are finished.

Design the Image

  • You can add text and pictures into your image, making it easy to create a custom T-shirt design. To add text, click on the capital "T" on the right-hand side of the screen. Click on your image, holding down the left mouse button. Stretch the marquee box that appears across your image; click inside the box to begin typing. To add an image, visit one of the many stock photography websites that offer free pictures and photographs, such as Fotosearch (see Resources) and locate a picture you would like to use for your T-shirt design. Right-click on the picture and select "Copy Image" form the list that appears. Go back into Photoshop; click on the word "Edit" at the top of the page. Select "Paste" from the list. Your picture will appear inside your image.

Save the Image

  • It is important to save the image using the right file type to make it easier to upload your T-shirt design onto a reputable print-on-demand web company, such as Cafepress (see Resources). Click on "File" again, then select "Save As." A box will appear. Type in a name for your file, then click on the drop-down list of file type choices. Select JPEG for the file type, then click "OK." Your image file is now saved and ready to upload.

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