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How can one make the best possible designs when making custom hoodies? The process can be broken down to specific phases, with each phase focused on a different aspect of the final design. Here are some guidelines that you can use in creating the best possible designs before having printed on hoodies:
Sketch first on paper.
This is one of the secrets of great designers that do not occur easily to younger, beginning designers. Yes, the image editing software are cool because they allow you to tweak colors and add effects easily. However, the sketchpad is still your number one ally when it comes to brainstorming ideas.
There is a certain kind of freedom when using pens or pencils while working that you can’t get from digital art. Maybe it’s the tactile nature of manually drawing something, or maybe it’s in the look of manually drawn images. Whatever it is, it works.
So in the first phase of brainstorming your logo design or general hoodie design, do it on paper first. It might not look great the first time, but that’s not the point, really: you are sketching on paper because you do not want to be pressured to create something perfectly the first time around.
Separate line work from coloring.
Comic book teams know this well: the process of creating the lines of a design is different from the process of adding color. That’s why these two steps are always performed separately.
This is a good principle to work by when you are creating hoodie designs yourself. You can use pencils, tech pens, and other implements to create the black and white design first. When you are satisfied with the black and white design, you can begin choosing the colors that will satisfy the final hurdle of the design process.
When coloring a black and white design, it would be an awesome idea to first study color theory. Color theory reveals the intricate relations of colors with each other, as well as how you can successfully combine different colors to achieve a certain effect. Because colors have lives of their own and elicit different types of moods and energies, it would be a good idea ot select colors based on the desired impact of the design.
Ask yourself: does your design want to make people laugh? Is the design meant to make people contemplative? What type of mood does the design aspire to create in the people who see it?
All kinds of moods can be created with the right color selection. Of course, to make the coloration process easier, do it digitally, with the help of image editing software. This way you can experiment as much as you like, and you can reverse changes easily.
Another tip we can give you is to use image filters, or pre-set values that change the color saturation, temperature, and other aspects of color within an image. Image filters are used extensively in mobile apps like Instagram and Snapchat, so we don’t see why you shouldn’t use it in creating great hoodie designs.
Design for the purpose of the hoodie.
Unless you are designing a hoodie for yourself only, chances are you creating one for an event, organization, commercial brand, or any other specific purpose.
The purpose of creating the custom hoodie will determine the message that you will want to communicate to viewers, and the message in turn will guide you in creating the design. So start with the purpose of the hoodie, and then follow it up with finding out what exactly you want to say with the help of the design.
When the purpose of a design is highly specific, there are certain approaches, images, and phrases that you can’t use, obviously. The hoodie design has to be highly appropriate to its assigned function.
If you go beyond the bounds of the initial function of the hoodie, the wearers may not like the final rendering of the design. If you are unsure, it would be a good idea to talk to people about their expectations in the design, so you will have a good idea as to what you can safely add to the canvas.
Recall is synonymous with being understood in the world of hoodie and shirt design. If people cannot recall an image, that means the image is either too complicated, or has not been rendered properly, and so people cannot recall it properly.
Designing for instant recall revolves around taking recognizable symbols, images, and words, and combining these elements in such a way that people will make new mental associations without losing sight of the central message that you want to communicate to your audience in the first place.
Try to be different.
Innovating upon an existing concept will help Make Your Own Hoodie design stand out and this is so important if you want people to appreciate your design.
If you create a design that is so similar to what is already being done, people will recall the earlier renditions of the same design and forget about yours. We definitely do not want this to happen, so if you are imitating a certain art style, you still need to innovate.
Innovating isn’t really that difficult when you’re talking about visual design. You can innovate by adding elements that previously were not there, or by tweaking elements that are recognizable for having a certain impact on people.
For example, how many shirts have you seen where the end of a large letter was tipped with what looked like the devil’s tail? The devil’s tail is often depicted as having a spade-shaped end. Well what if instead of a spade-shaped tail tip, you replace it with what looks like the fluffy backside of a bunny?
Innovating means taking an old concept and giving it a fresh spin, and to create a slightly different impact on people. Of course, when you innovate the innovation on the design still has to be aligned with the central message that you have in the first place.