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How To Design Custom T-Shirts, Apparel, And Merch Online | DesignAShirt


Looking to design your own custom t-shirts online?

Since 2003, we've printed thousands of custom shirts and shipped them super fast! Our Design Studio lets you design your own tee with easy-to-use tools including uploading your own photos and adding text and clip art. If you're looking to create a professional design, you can also use our T-Shirt Concierge™ service, offering free expert design.

This tutorial shows everything you need to know about using the Design Studio when designing your own custom apparel. Here are the list of tools you can use:

Add Images – Use this button to add any of our thousands of clipart images. Collections include; alphabet, animals, events, food & drink, Greek, holidays, interests, mascots, military, nature / geography, occupations, people/life, school, shapes / symbols, sports / recreation, and travel. You can also upload your own images and photos to print on a shirt.

Add Words – Use this button to add the text of your choice. Choose from dozens of fonts from various font families including foreign, collegiate / athletic, distressed / futuristic, outline / bubble, script, western, decorative, retro, old English, stencil, funky, classic, handwriting, and more. The Design Studio will let you adjust sizing, flip horizontal or vertical and add special effects like outlines, distressing, and arcs.

Add Team Names & Numbers – Looking to outfit your team? You can add numbers to t-shirts and jerseys with ease by entering the name and number of each team member. You can also upload your team information with CSV format.

Change Shirt Or Color – This feature lets you design on the garment of your choice. You can choose from t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, women, juniors, children's, and more. The Design Studio will show the item of your choice so you can see how your design looks on anything!


The top menu features controls you can use to help with design. Undo and redo help you along as you design. Go back anytime with the undo feature. The Tools button allows you to zoom in, select all, or align your artwork left, right or center.

The layers button shows you how your art pieces are stacked. Want to put your text behind an image? Use the layers screen to drag and drop your artwork. The top to bottom approach makes it easy to order your art!

If you prefer to have us design for you, the Try Concierge button at the top of the design studio is your way to free expert design. Simply submit your inspiration to us and our artists will return a design you can print on anything!

Have questions? Reach out to us at or 888-487-4478.



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Date: July 9, 2022

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