Once you get the hang of production, you can start marketing your services. Custom t-shirts can hold their own both in the online and the offline market. Online, simply post good quality photos of the shirts and post them on social networking sites to lead people back to your website. Offline, you can sell the creative shirts to your friends and acquaintances.
Make sure you wear clothes depending on the people you expect to meet. Funny t-shirts can be of various kinds: Family Jokes, Adult Humour, Sex Jokes etc. You don’t want to wear an Adult joke t-shirt to a kids only party!
After you are done with these purchases, come home and look for some cool designs on the internet. If you already have a design in your mind, take a notepad and pencil, and draw the rough sketch just to check how it would look. If it seems just fine, then draw the same sketch or write the same message and caption on your shirt with the pencil. Take out your paints and start using your color technique skills and creativity to make your shirt look beautiful and cool. After you are done with the painting on your shirt, let it dry and iron at the back of the painted portion to make the paints look neat and clear.
If you already have your design, you can simply upload it to the online retail shop, complete the forms and away you go. However, it is worth bearing in mind that if you plan to use one of your own designs, and then make sure the image is high quality or else the designs will look poor and blurred when printed. One helpful tip is to make the T shirt design size much larger than the actual size when printed.
Some of the newer companies now use digital printing for custom t-shirts. To do this, thy use a transfer paper with the design and it is pressed on to the t-shirt to transfer the design with the use of a pressing machine. Since there are many colors around, the shirts also have different requirements. For example, there are white shirts and those with lighter fabrics while there are also darker fabrics. These two types of fabrics should be printed on differently.
Printing’s final step is the easiest of all. Once the printing of T-shirts are done, the T-shirts are then placed in a dryer. The heat produced by these dryers is twice than that of an oven. This step is very important as the ink printed onto the T-shirt has to dry completely and the heat helps in drying quickly.
Once your design is set, you’ll need to decide on the type of custom apparel you want to have done. You can either screen print the shirts (the most popular choice), heat transfer, direct to garment print, or print with special effects like «distressed» printing. This is the «washed out» type of look you get that is presently very popular on custom t shirt printing.