Monday, 1 August 2011

To you, the T-shirt designer...

We love design of all sorts here at Spicetag - but designing T-shirts is what we love doing best.

We see T-shirts as being the most versatile design media. You can express yourself to no end with an image on a T-shirt. You'll see on that we have catagories containing many different designs. However, there are some designs that you simply cannot catagorise, and it's something we are looking to expand on -

This is where YOU come in...

Whatever creative background you may or may not have, whatever artistic or technical abilities you possess or what your intentions are - we want to see what ideas you have, and we're just a click away here.

Below are a few pointers to help you get started.

File types

All you have to do is send us your design via our contact form here. We accept many file types, .jpg, .pdf, .gif, .bmp and preferably the Photoshop .psd.

Printing on white T-shirts is very straightforward - we'll print flat files like a jpeg no problem. If we're to print a design on a coloured tee other than white, then we usually use a Photoshop file with the background removed - just think that the T-shirt colour is the image's background. 

Here's an example using the 'Luxure' tee.

This design has a black background, so we naturally use a black tee. We remove the image's black background for our printing process, as we use the colour of the tee as the background.

To show what we mean, below is how the print file would look on a blue tee.

Notice that not all the black has been knocked out - we've left the black detail on the woman's eyes as this achieves a high definition on the white.

Below is an example of a solid image(e.g. a jpeg file) on a white tee.

We have no problems printing a flat image(jpeg) on coloured tees, but we strongly recommend backgrounds are removed if they are the same colour as the T-shirt - you will not achieve a consistent quality as the black print will look terrible against a black cotton tee as the colours are not exactly the same.

If you're unsure how to do this, don't worry - we'll do it for you. This goes for any touch-ups we might find necessary and we will send you a final visual for you to assess if need be.

Document Sizes

Our maximum print area for all mens T-shirt sizes and womens T-shirt sizes from medium or larger is 390mm X 483mm. The maximum print area for womens small tees and all hoodies is 300mm X 250mm. We recommend an image resolution of 300dpi or larger.

Therefore, send us the largest image you can because we'll reduce the size for the smaller garments.

So, if you have any queries at all don't hesitate to contact us via the site here or send us an email at

And remember, once one of your designs is accepted on our site, you are a T-shirt designer. You can make a start right here.

Good luck

The Spicetag Team