Design the printing and branding of corporate clothing 

Preparation and planning of the T-shirt printing design

  • Source a good printer and ask them what the specs are, which format is needed for the design, what does the contract fine print say.
  • Do a proof or sketch of your design. When creating the T-shirt design, Consider the following:
  • Quality of the T-shirt - the better the shirt, the better the result.
  • Consider the target market when creating a t-shirt design. 
  • Keep designs simple, even though intricate
  • If you want to self - print at home - this can be pricey to purchase the machine initially and would all the trial and errors be worth it. 

Preparing the artwork – planning your T-shirt print design:

Sketch your design or find a design that you would like to rearrange online. You could even use online images for inspiration for your own design. Sites like Pinterest could help you add the features you are looking for. For selling printed T-shirts which you have designed, remember the copyright guidelines and use the free images available for commercial uses only.

Sizing of DPI for T-shirt printing:

High quality images for printing should be 300DPI. These images get uploaded onto your selected printing program.

Images should be either 300DPI or vector images. In PDF format regular images are converted using the Live Trace tool. 

Which computer program should you use for printing:


Adobe Illustrator 

GIMP - A free online image processing program


Tips when designing your images for T-shirt printing:

* Check with your printer what format is required and the specs needed to prevent potential problems

  • Convert all your text to outlines. This is done on the design program being used such as Illustrator, Photoshop or Pantone. By doing this the text gets converted from text into a graphic image and cannot be accidentally split over lines when the printing is done, it makes the design easier to scale

On Adobe Illustrator:

 - Choose the selection tool

 - Select the required text

 - Select “Type”

 - Select “Create Outlines”

  • Lock the layers by selecting the layer and clicking on the lock option.
  • Double check the spelling of text and get a second opinion, and third.
  • Do colour matching using RGB and hex colours to ensure correct colour, or PMS swatches colour chart 
  • What is a half tone: saves on amount of colours printed, slide down the scale of percentage on the PMS colour chart Pantone program. This will use less ink than 100%
  • Create artwork as actual size – to make sure what you want is what you get
  • Use Vector artwork in designing the t-shirt printing template

File formats for T-shirt printing:

Always check which format the printer requires the images in and save your image in this format

PDF (Portable Document Format) a compacted format
EPS – large signs and banners
Jpeg – used for images
TIFF – high res images


Photoshop design courses

Why do we print corporate clothing

They say variety is the spice of life and so is wrapping colour and style on your body. Not only do we do this individually, but organisations have found this to be of great importance so as to market and brand themselves in order to make their companies more visible and create awareness of their products. 

Corporate Shirt        Screen Printing            Printed cap

Branded Material

Most times corporates use t-shirts/golf shirts and caps as part of their uniforms or casual wear. This makes it more exciting, different and unique for the individuals wearing the brand.

T-Shirt/Golf shirt Printing

Types of T-shirt Printing:

  •  Screen Printing 

Screen Printing


  • Direct To Garment 

   Direct To Garment Printing          

  • Sublimation Printing


Sublimation Printing


  • Sticker Printing/Embroidery

                                                                                 Embroidered Clothing




T-shirt Sizes

















What to consider before T-shirt printing?

  1. How many colours are going to be in your design?
  2. What method are you going to use?
  3. What quantity do you need?
  4. What type of material will be used?
  5. Which printer to use to print the garment 
  6. How many will be printed
  7. Which format is needed to print on?
  8. Which program is needed for creating the design
For more information or a quote on printing T-shirts, try a quote from Fourways Minuteman Press