Make Your Own T-Shirt Online with Zazzle

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Make Your Own T-Shirt Online with Zazzle

Customized t-shirts are all the rage these days, and with the convenience of Internet technology, you can make your own t-shirt online from scratch and have it delivered straight to your door in just a few days.

Zazzle is one of the leading online retailers for customized merchandise. You can upload your own images and text to create your own t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, posters and other products. The interface is one of the easiest to use for the average individual, making it one of the best choices for digital printing and embroidered decoration on retail items.

Visit Zazzle’s custom t-shirt page: Press the orange button on the right side of the page that says, “Get Started,” and then press the orange button that says, “Create one now” on the following page.

You will be taken to the t-shirt creation page where you will be asked to upload an image or add some optional text to your t-shirt.

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Plan Your T-Shirt Design

You need to have your image, text or combination of image and text planned out before you can start designing your t-shirt. Refrain from using copyrighted images such as company logos or artwork created by someone other than yourself. You must get permission from the copyright holder before you can use any image.

If you want to get a logo or image created professionally, you can outsource the work to a professional designer using third party sites like Elance or 99 Designs.

Alternatively, you can create your own drawing using software like Adobe Illustrator or you can use a photo you took with a digital camera.

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Follow the Guidelines

Make sure your image adheres to Zazzle’s image guidelines. Zazzle gives you some great tips on the file type, resolution, size and a few design recommendations for dark apparel.

Image file type: Zazzle supports images in JPEG, PNG, PDF and Adobe Illustrator (AI) formats. Image transparencies for PNG, PDF and AI image formats are also supported.

Image resolution: For t-shirts and related apparel, the resolution of your image should be 150 pixels per inch or greater to ensure the best results.

Image size: You should aim for your image to measure a width of 14 inches by a length of 12 inches.

Designing for dark apparel: Zazzle has an Apparel Design Tool where you can try out lots of different images and text on different colored t-shirts. Before you start the design stage, you can choose “Basic Dark T-shirt” to see how your design will look on dark fabric.

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Design Your T-Shirt

Upload your image and add your optional text. Use Zazzle’s Design Tool to upload your image in the “Get Started!” window that pops up, or you can press “Skip this step” and add an image or text later using the box labeled “Customize It!”

Customize your image: You can move your image around on your t-shirt with the four arrow buttons, which pushes your image left, right, up or down. You can also use the “Arrange” selection to adjust the spacing, centered position and rotation of your image.

Customize your text: After you enter the option text of your choice on the t-shirt, you’ll notice several settings appear where you can customize the font, size, color, alignment and rotation of the text.

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Choose Your Style and Color

Underneath the first “Customize It!” tab, you should notice a second tab called “Choose your style and color,” where you can choose your preferred t-shirt style and solid color of the fabric.

T-shirt styles include a value t-shirt style, basic American apparel t-shirt style, ladies baby doll (fitted) style and ladies long sleeve style.

Colors include white, ash, gold, grey, light-lbue, lime, natural, orange, pink, stone green and yellow. Please note that t-shirt styles and color choices vary in price.

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Adjust Your Design

Apply the finishing touches to your t-shirt. Above the image of your customized t-shirt, you should see three buttons: “Model,” “Product” and “Design.” The “Model” button will show you what your t-shirt looks like on a person, the “Product” button displays just the t-shirt plus the design and the “Design” button displays just your design without the t-shirt.

Continue to adjust your customized settings until you get the appearance you want.

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Order Your Finished T-Shirt

Now that you’re design is finished and your t-shirt style and color are ready to go, you can choose the size of your t-shirt and quantity you want to order. You can also optionally name your t-shirt by clicking on the “Name Your Shirt” text.

Select “Add to cart” and “Proceed to checkout” if you are finished shopping. You will then be asked to create your Zazzle account if you are a new user or login to an existing Zazzle account if you are a returning user.