Are you an aspiring designer looking to make your mark? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned creator searching for fresh inspiration? Welcome to Spreadshop’s guide on how to create exceptional designs that resonate with your audience and leave a lasting impression. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the key steps to craft designs that not only look great but also sell like hotcakes. Let’s dive in!
How to Create Great Designs
Find a Topic/Niche
Before you embark on your design journey, it’s crucial to identify your target audience and the niche you want to cater to. Are you passionate about sports, pop culture, nature, or a specific cause? Understanding your niche helps you tailor your designs to a specific group, making them more relatable and appealing.
Find Your Spark
Inspiration is the fuel that drives creativity. Immerse yourself in various art forms, such as painting, photography, and even literature, to ignite your creative spark. Online platforms like Pinterest, Behance, and Instagram are treasure troves of design ideas. Remember, the goal is not to copy but to gather ideas that you can infuse with your unique style.
Choose Your Design Tool
Armed with inspiration, it’s time to pick the right design tool to bring your ideas to life. Whether you’re a seasoned graphic designer or a newcomer, there’s an array of tools to choose from. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are popular choices for professionals, offering a plethora of advanced features. On the other hand, user-friendly options like Canva are perfect for beginners, or free open-source options like GIMP are great for those who don’t mind a steep learning curve. We’ve put together an in-depth comparison of the top 10 design tools to help you make an informed choice on which is best for you.
Tips from the Professionals
We asked our in-house professionals the Design Supply Team for their key takeaways for Spreadshop designers and these were their 5 top tips:
- Research best practices for your theme in advance and compile them into a mood board for inspiration and reference.
- Create a design that tells a story and evokes emotion – whether it’s a fun online joke or a profound message.
- Think about your design and the product as a whole! For example, consider the different product colors and the different print areas – or even consider different body shapes and sizes.
- Stick to one style within the theme! Choose coherent color schemes and a harmonious font selection depending on the theme.
- Make sure that your design goes into print error-free.
If you want a more in-depth discussion of design practices and a whole lot more info, head over to their blog-length guide to better designs and happy customers. They give you a ton of info about how to optimize designs for printing, which file types to work with (hint: pixel graphics are better than vectors), and how to adjust your images for best results!
Why Placement Matters
The placement of your design on the T-shirt is a design aspect often overlooked but immensely important. Think about the message you want to convey and how it will be perceived when someone wears your T-shirt. The chest area is the most common spot, but don’t hesitate to experiment with pocket, back, or a mix of placements for a more adventurous look. For a list of helpful placement tips, check out this post on why design placement matters.
Better Safe than Sorry
One final thing to keep in mind when you are creating your designs is the use of any non-original materials – in other words, mind your copyright! While there are many legitimate sources or uses of existing artwork that aren’t covered by copyright, if you don’t have explicit permission to use a certain artwork or element, it’s better to play it safe. For a rundown of how you can stay on the right side of the law, check out our more detailed blog post on copyright dos and don’ts.
In the dynamic world of fashion design, creativity knows no bounds. Finding your niche, drawing inspiration, and mastering your design tools are essential steps on your path to creating standout designs. Remember, every stroke of your virtual brush is an opportunity to tell a story, evoke emotions, and connect with people on a personal level.
Whether you’re a seasoned designer or a newbie, Spreadshop is here to support you on your creative journey. So, roll up your sleeves and start crafting designs that will amaze your fans. Your imagination is the limit, and your canvas awaits!
What are your top tips for creating a great design? Or what do your favorite designs just get so right? Let us know in the comments!