How to Design Personalized Basketball Uniforms

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How to Design Personalized Basketball Uniforms
A custom basketball jersey can make you look cooler on the court. (basketball image by Kit Wai Chan from

Basketball is a sport with its own personality. Fans wear jerseys as a statement about which team they root for, and often get their favourite player's name on the back. Licensed National Basketball Association jerseys can cost hundreds of dollars, a price that many people simply can't afford to pay. By taking a plain basketball jersey and customising it, a hoops aficionado can not only create a one-of-a-kind article of sports clothing, he can do so for a fraction of the cost of a licensed NBA product.

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Things you need

  • Plain basketball uniform
  • Photoshop software

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    Find a plain basketball jersey. If you don't already own one, head to a discount clothing store and search for one. Sports apparel stores offer plain jerseys, but they will likely be cheaper at a store that sells second-hand clothes.

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    Choose a logo. You can opt for an existing logo or variation of one, or your own custom-designed logo. This can be done using a digital design program like Photoshop. You can also choose to design a logo using a standard pencil and paper, if the design you have in mind can't easily be manipulated in a Photoshop program.

  3. 3

    Submit your logo for a price quote. Sites like will examine custom logos and provide an estimate for how much it will cost to produce the logo and affix it to a jersey. For those who want a jersey with their own crest on it, this is the best route to take.

  4. 4

    Choose your custom lettering. Different jersey lettering designs can be found on dozens of sites, which offer lettering used by professional sports teams, standard styles employed by high schools and odd, off-the-wall selections.

  5. 5

    Send the jersey off to a jersey design store either in person or online. Once you have obtained a price quote on the logo you chose and have selected the style of lettering you want, it's time to have the jersey made. It's possible to order the logo and lettering yourself, but having it done professionally will ensure the best quality. If the company makes a mistake, the jersey can be redone. If you don't affix the crest or lettering properly on your own, there is no do-over.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're looking to purchase several basketball jerseys, ask a jersey store if it might be willing to offer a discounted rate. Be willing to shop around until you get a price that satisfies your budget, but don't sacrifice quality in order to do so.

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