It’s one thing to have a great design, but another to have a great place to place it. Lots of people tend to disregard design placement as a big factor when making their custom t-shirts. Often times they simply throw the design in an arbitrary spot on the shirt, thinking that the placement of their design is not important. However, having some knowledge on design placement does have use and can make sure that you end up with a shirt that best compliments your occasion.
Front or Back matters
Say you are trying to advertise something and you stick it on the chest area front of your shirt. People will be hesitant to look at your design on the front of your shirt because it is awkward to look at your chest right in front of you. To avoid that awkward situation, you can simply stick it on your back where you won’t have to be in visible eye contact with the people looking at your design, so you’ll get more views.
Watch its size
Make sure your design is not too huge on your shirt. Most custom shirt printers can only print in a allotted box (around 18′ x 12′) and cannot have designs that escape that area. Very large designs may result in extra charges, or cut off parts (a good custom t-shirt company would certainly notify you of this before it happened).
Also, be aware that if your design’s image is not high-resolution, the design may come out worse in a large size than it would in a small size. Smaller images are able to hide low-resolution images, but large ones will look low quality.
If a image you have only looks good when sized down a lot, putting it where a pocket would be on a pocket shirt is usually a good looking spot.
Usually custom t-shirt companies are suited for taking designs only on the front or the back. If you try to place a design on a sleeve, it may incur an extra cost because of the location of the design.
If you are placing it on the front, towards the chest region is usually a more natural spot for a design than towards the stomach area. Same goes for the back; the upper-back is a more natural spot to place your design. The bottom of shirts wiggle, whereas the tops stay relatively still and flat, leaving your design extra visible. However make sure to leave a sufficient amount of margin between your collar and the top of your design. If the design is too close to the collar, it will look awkward.
Most good custom t-shirt companies will center your design for you, so don’t worry about that.
Hopefully with these tips you can feel more confident about placing your design in its optimal location.