Nowadays, a lot of designers are trying to get into the t-shirt business. Over the past couple of years, this trend has been growing rapidly. Thereare a lot of great t-shirt lines and many apparel companies out there to compete with.
It usually seem likeit's going to be very difficult for new and young designers to make a name in the the clothing business. It is however not necessarily so, by taking things one step at a time, planning, and having the end goal in your mind when you tackle each task; it will become easier for you to get into the tee-shirt industry.
I didn't write this article to help you use your existing designs to create a clothing line. There is tons of information out there about that already. This article is for the beginners that want to try their hands at t-shirt design. What we're focusing on how to get inspired for your first design available on TeeJunction, how and where to print it, and also a little self-promo and marketing for good measure.
The best method to handle small run jobs is digital printing. Many printers will only print few shirts like 5 at a time. It is great if only need a couple of designs to wear around, or to show in a portfolio. With digital printing, there are no restrictions on colors. In my own opinion however, it is not the same as a standard printed T-shirt.
On Demand Printers
Over the past couple of years, several on-demand printers have started springing up on the internet. Vendors like SpreadShirt and CafePress. These vendors let you upload your tee design, signup for an online store, and upon order, they'll have your tees printed.
This is a great solution for a solo design shop.
Try to research on various vendors as experience and quality may differ from one to next A few of the popular ones are SpreadShirt, Cafepress, and Zazzle.