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5 Best Practices for Designing Your Own Customized Apparel Online

Tips and tricks from Inktastic.com's Marketing Director, Erica Bevington, to keep in mind when designing and ordering personalized apparel online to better ensure an end result you will be proud to show off.
    WOOSTER, OH, June 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- More and more people are turning to the internet for personalized shirts and apparel for fund raisers, charity walks, group outings, and team uniforms. With the growing industry it is easier than ever to purchase one-of-a-kind custom apparel with companies like Inktastic, and often with no minimum purchases. This gives customers the ability to create and buy shirts for nearly any occasion that one can think of: a custom onesie for a first birthday, a shirt celebrating a milestone, even gag gifts for friends.

With all the options out there and the customization possibilities virtually endless- it leaves a lot of room for error. Not everyone is a born and bred designer and that's O.K., as long as you adhere to some basic guidelines chances are high that you will be happy with the end result.

(1) Keep it simple.
Sometimes it's easy to get swept up in all the options available to fully customize a shirt of your very own. If you're trying to add variety to your design with a statement, try to keep in mind that you might be taking away from the message if you are squeezing in a 10 word sentence along with a graphic. Too much information in one place will likely be over looked.

(2) Avoid using similar colors together.
It may look like that royal blue text will stand out against the purple shirt you selected on your screen- but when the ink dries and you get your order in the mail you might not be so happy with the result. Try using colors that contrast well with one another. For example pink and orange aren't usually a hot pair, but light pink and sea green will always look beautiful together. If you are completely unsure just look up a color wheel and pick two colors that lay across from each other. Inktastic's policy is to contact you should your print be completely illegible due to this, but it's a good idea to keep this in mind during the designing process.

(3) Always double check your spelling.
Inktastic will always contact you should we catch a typo, however other companies may not. You might be buying your nephew, "Zack" a onesie for his birthday and missed that "k". You end up with "Zac" in the mail and there is no time to return or exchange for the party. Now your having to explain to your sister that you really aren't the worst aunt in the world, you just ended up missing a letter. The best way to avoid it is simply double checking your design before you hit that order button.

(4) Colors on your screen may look different than they appear.
Remember that the colors on your computer screen may look different than on another computer screen. More importantly, they probably look a little different on the computer than the product itself. If you are trying for an exact color match it may be best to just pick up the phone and call the company you are planning to go with to see if they are able to work with you.

(5) Use a legible font.
This might sound like common sense, but it is something to keep in mind. Certain words do not work out well with certain fonts. The letter 'e' and 'c' may look dangerously close as well as "I" and "L". Carl might love the "Carl is the best" shirt you gave him for his birthday but not appreciate that everyone keeps asking him who the heck "Earl" is every time he wears it.

Keep these tips in mind when creating your first custom printed product and chances are you will end up a happy customer. Inktastic offer's a 30 day return policy for a full refund (minus shipping cost) or exchange to help ensure you are happy with your order. Be cautious when selecting which company you will choose to place your order with. With other companies, if you end up with something you don't like, you might be stuck with it. Above all else remember that creating your own unique look should be fun. Be proud and enjoy showing off your self designed clothes.

Inktastic is a family owned print on demand company founded in 2007 by owner's Alan Dail, Angie Smith-Dail, and Joyce Dail in their basement. With determination and growing online popularity, Inktastic's headquarters quickly outgrew the basement, and soon after would outgrow it's leased building. In 2012, Inktastic built it's 10k square foot production facility to accommodate it's rapidly expanding business. Inktastic's rule is simple, "If we wouldn't buy it, we won't sell it".


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Erica Bevington
Inktastic, INC

Wooster, Ohio
United States
Voice: 330-345-0911
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