Make Your Own Hoodie, Creating the perfect custom hoodie design is not rocket science. Follow our systematic guide and you will be up and designing in no time.
1. Select the right type of hoodie.
There are many kinds of hoodies, and they differ based on the material used and what they are for, specifically. If you are thinking of hoodies used for casual wear, then you are thinking of classic hoodies.
Classic hoodies can either be lightweight or slightly heavier, with thicker fabric. These are the ones that are usually printed with college logos and are a favorite in colleges and universities.
If you want hoodies that can be used for working out in the gym, or while performing other athletic activities, then you are looking for specialty performance/athletic hoodies.
Performance hoodies are constructed differently from regular hoodies because they wick away moisture and they tend to let go of water through evaporation more quickly than regular hoodies. Performance hoodies also help insulate the body so if the wearer is working out outside on a cold day, it will help with the body’s natural thermoregulation.
There are also hoodies for women and kids. These hoodies are made from lighter fabrics and come in a spectrum of colors from white to pastel pink. If you are thinking of creating custom designs for women and pre-teens, these hoodies would be excellent.
2. Discover what your design is about.
Discovering what your design is all about will require a little soul searching, and a lot of brainstorming.
The first thing you must determine when creating a design is the message that you want to communicate in the first place. Think long and deep: you are using a visual medium to say something, what it is that you want to say exactly?
Write down the message either as a phrase or complete statement. When you have the message down pat in words, you will be able to craft a visual representation of your message.
As for the visual representation, you can always reference pop culture, movies, books, and the Internet in general. There are just so many possible sources of inspiration that “lack of inspiration” shouldn’t be a problem at all. A basic Google search will show you original works of art and designs from other artist that you can take inspiration from.
Should you imitate other designs? If you are just starting out then the answer would be yes, you can imitate other designs if you have absolutely no idea as to what your design might look like. From our experience people just need a simple cue or direction and they can start creating their own designs at home.
It would also be a good idea to start a notebook of design ideas, so you can list down all the stuff you are learning prior to brainstorming. This idea notebook will help you move forward when you feel that a creative block is hindering you from finishing a design.
3. Start making mistakes.
This may sound a little off because we don’t want to create bad designs, but we have to remind people here that the best designs are actually the result of several rectifications of past mistakes.
A mistake only appears so because you have a better design idea in tow. So, when you set out to create a design for the first time, do not be afraid to make mistakes. Do everything your way, don’t be afraid to “color outside the lines,” and most of all, don’t be afraid to have fun.
Because art is all about emotion, thought, and how the art connects to people, your own emotions are an important set of tools in determining if your design is in the right direction. You can experiment with so many things, including the lines, colors, texts, and images involved in your design. Even if your design doesn’t look good the first time around, you can always go back and fix it before having the design finally printed.
4. Framing matters
Framing, or the act putting borders around images and words are of paramount importance in hoodie design. Why? Because images that are loose and are not bound by some line, box, or set of lines tends to look “naked” and makes the design look amateurish. You can be experimental and innovative, but you don’t have to make your design loose and amateur-looking.
You can avoid this common mistake by using boxes to frame your design, or by using lines (different directions) to accentuate or de-accentuate specific lines of texts in the design. If the design looks solid to you and everything seems well-kept, then you have succeeded in creating a professional-looking design.
However, if the design looks a little off because you have images that look like stragglers in relation to other elements, then your design definitely needs to be tightened, and bound to make the design more intact.
5. Pay attention to the fine details.
When you are done adding and combining all the elements in a canvas, you might be tempted to just go ahead and print the design. Don’t – because chances are, you might still have some things to improve in terms of the smaller details of the design.
Some of the things that you have to recheck are: the alignment of the text in relation to other lines of text, the alignment of the text in relation to the images, the left and right balance of the images, the color saturation of the background and its effect on the foreground, etc.
Take a good look at the image and project it on the shirt. Does it look good when finally on the shirt? If your answer is “I’m not sure” then there are still some elements that need modification. Go back to the drawing board and see if you can rectify the issues with these elements.
And finally, take a breather before finally printing your design. Review your work with fresh eyes always before marking it complete.