Designing a new custom hoodie with its own unique look doesn’t have to be difficult at all. A bit of artistic know-how and access to image editing software is all you need to get started with making ultimate hoodie designs. Here are some pro tips so you can create your design quickly and effectively:
1. Determine the central message
This will always be the first step in creating any design for hoodies and shirts – the message that you want to convey through the design. Unlike traditional artwork that may leave viewers guessing what the meaning of the work of art is, custom hoodies are more of a personal expression more than anything else, and because of this peculiarity, people expect to immediately understand what a design is all about.
2. Get inspiration for your design.
This is where many people get stumped when Design Your Own Hoodie for the first time. What should they put in the design? What kinds of texts and images would complete their work? The fact of the matter is that you can get inspiration from almost anything when you are working with you hoodie designs. There are no gatekeepers, no one to tell you that you cannot add something to the design.
However, it’s also important that you keep your designed focused so that it is not all over the place. You still want to be able to convey the central message effectively, using peculiar elements that suit whatever it is that you want to communicate.
Here’s an example: let’s say that you are interested in telling people about your athletic passions. For you, football is life. But merely writing “Football is Life” on your hoodie sounds a little plain, and a lot of people have probably done the same. So how can you gain inspiration from things around you while remaining faithful to your central message?
Start from what you know. If you are a fan of NFL, you are probably aware of the star players, the best players so far in the season. What are they all about? Any memorable quotes from these players that you can use for your design? Perhaps you can take inspiration from how these people train or play?
By going deep into what interests you and what you want to actually do with the design, you can get plenty of inspiration, for sure.
The same goes for people who want to use their favorite books and movies as inspiration. The common route is to get an image and combine it with a quote from a novel, comic book, or movie. But what if we tell you that you can bring this one level up by creating an original image from a concept in the pop culture reference that you want to use?
If you are into creating original art, we highly encourage you to create original art and then combine this with lines of text or blocks of text that would complement the central message.
3. Combine the text and image
Combining the text and image for the first time can be difficult, owing to the fact that there is no natural harmony between words and images. This harmony can be achieved later on when you begin to balance the elements on design. The first thing that you should try to do is to figure out what kind of mood your design is projecting so far.
Is your design projecting a happy mood? Excitement, or even fear? Try to get into the emotional psychology of what is happening in the design and from this point going forward, you can begin selecting the font typefaces that you can use.
Can you use just images?
Yes, you can definitely use just images on your design. However, your job in designing does not stop with just adding the images. The image still has to be tweaked and adjusted to make sure it looks good on the shirt. What you see as a digital image will look slightly different projected on a shirt, so make sure you preview your design several times before having it actually printed on the hoodie.
4. Harmonize your colors
Colors need to harmonize and complement each other. If you are printing bare lines on a piece of clothing, the natural color of the fabric becomes the canvas of the work of art, and this in turn will affect how the image looks when finally printed.
If the color of the fabric is dark and your original intention was to create a happy or bright design, you need to work on the lines of the image to make it more vibrant, so that it would contrast heavily with the dark background. Using secondary colors (even bright neon ones) can do wonders when you are printing on dark fabrics.
5. Don’t forget to use white space
White space between elements creates a sense of movement and helps the eyes of the viewers track the position of elements on a canvas. If there aren’t enough spaces between elements, a design will look too compressed, and chaotic. We definitely do not want your hoodie design to look chaotic at all when you are creating custom hoodies.
Also, learn to respect the positions of the elements and make sure that you employ a hierarchy to prioritize the most important elements, so that less important elements in the designs (such as embellishments) will give way to the central items.
Researching is your number one ally when you aren’t sure what to do. Check out other shirt designs, see how other designers are doing it. Find out how specific designs are carried out, like what typefaces are being used, the colors being employed, and so on. It’s important that you know what others are doing, not to copy them, but so your knowledge of design will improve, too. In the end, it is your creativity that will help you complete a design.