How to Put Text on a T-Shirt in Photoshop

Written by kelly sundstrom
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Designing your own T-shirts is a fun and potentially profitable venture. T-shirts can be designed using Adobe Photoshop. Many people have the desire to start their own T-shirt business, but do not know how to put text onto a T-shirt using Photoshop. Adding text is easy; it involves using Photoshop tools, and saving your work onto your computer so that it can be uploaded to a print-on-demand website.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Home computer
  • Adobe Photoshop program
  • T-shirt ideas

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    Open Adobe Photoshop on your home computer. If you do not own Photoshop, download a free trial version of it from a reliable website, or purchase it from an office supply or computer software store. Once you have the program open, click "File" at the top of the screen. When the drop-down list appears, click "New." A window will pop up requesting the image dimensions. For a standard print-on-demand format T-shirt, type in 2000 pixels for both the height and width, with 300 DPI for the resolution, then click "OK." The image template will then appear on the screen, ready to have text added to it.

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    Click on the "Text" tool, which resembles a capital "T," and is located inside the toolbox on the right side of the screen. Click on the text selector at the top of the screen, which will allow you to choose the specific font style, size and colour you want on your T-shirt. Click anywhere inside the T-shirt template to begin writing the text. To move the text inside the template, click the "Move" tool inside the toolbox, which resembles a small arrow. Move the text to where you want it.

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    Save your T-shirt template into the correct format in order to upload it to a print-on-demand website. Click the "File" tab at the top of the screen, then select "Save as" from the drop-down list. A window will appear asking for you to fill in a file name and to select the file type it will be saved as. Type any name you want to call your file, then select the file type "JPEG." When finished, click "OK." Your file can now be uploaded to a website such as CafePress or Zazzle, which will print the T-shirts as they are ordered.

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