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Custom t-shirt design: creative ideas from professional designers

There’s no better platform to get a t-shirt designed. With two ways to work, you get the design you want, in the manner that works best for you. No templates. No robots. No frustrating apps. Just a 100% unique shirt.

Run a t-shirt design contest

Designers from around the world enter your contest by sending you ideas. You give feedback to create the ideal tee.
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Hire a professional shirt designer

Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll match you with the perfect design partner. Or, if you’d prefer, browse portfolios and pick your own.
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We’re your creative partner

No matter how you choose to work, rest assured you’re working with the best. All of our designers are hand-vetted and rated, and our team provides 24/7 support.
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The t-shirt design process

Create a design brief.

1. Describe your perfect shirt

Our creative brief makes it easy to describe your vision for the perfect t-shirt design and set your budget.

Pick your winning design.

2. Find an amazing design partner

We’ll help you connect with professional designers to bring your vision to life. You’ll collaborate and give feedback to create the ideal tee.

Get dozens of designs.

3. Get a t-shirt you love

We’re your creative partner from start to finish. Once you finalize your design, we’ll transfer the copyright and send you the image files.

Courtside to couture. Shirts for all occasions.

We saved a spot for your t-shirt design.
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Monster Mouthguards T-shirt
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Professional t-shirt designs, no matter your budget

We guarantee that you’ll get a great shirt design no matter what your budget is. If you hire a designer, you can negotiate a budget that works for both you and your designer. If you launch a contest, we offer four fixed-price options. Prices exclude Sales Tax.

Design concepts (approx.)
Design concepts (approx.)
100% money-back guarantee
100% money-back guarantee
Full copyright ownership
Full copyright ownership
Mid & Top Level designers only
Mid & Top Level designers only
Top Level designers only
Top Level designers only
Dedicated manager
Dedicated manager
Prioritized support
Prioritized support

Your burning t-shirt design FAQs, answered.

Everything you need to move to production. Your t-shirt design will be uploaded in the correct formats to send to a printer. Typically this means a production-ready Adobe Illustrator file, Adobe Photoshop file, PDF file or EPS file.

Plus, you’ll get the full legal copyright, so the design will be all yours.
Yes. If you have any specific images (like a logo) that need to be included on your t-shirt design, please submit them to designers with your brief.

Unless you request otherwise, your designer may also use stock images (purchased from a third party) in your design. If a designer uses stock art in a design, they’ll tell you which images they are and use watermarked versions of them in their entries. Once you choose the winning design, you’ll need to purchase the stock art and provide it to the winning designer so they can complete the design.
Absolutely (and we love it when that happens)! When your t-shirt design contest has finished, you can start a 1-to-1 project with your winning designer.
We guarantee that you’ll get a great t-shirt design at any pricing level, but our higher-priced packages give you more design options and better support.

Here’s how it works: When you pay more, the prize for the winning designer is bigger, too. More experienced designers participate in your contest, so you get more high-quality designs to choose from. More options means additional time that's needed to review your designs. That’s why our Gold and Platinum packages offer dedicated managers to help streamline that process by writing creative briefs and giving your designers feedback.

When selecting your custom t-shirt contest package, think about how much time you’ll have and what experience you have writing briefs and working with designers. If you're still unsure, contact us for a design consultation.
We offer a 100% money-back guarantee within 60 days of payment on all T-shirt Design Contests, except those with a guaranteed prize and those that have entered the Final Round. You can also call us anytime to help you rewrite your brief, reopen your project to ensure you get a good result and help you pick a winning design. Remember, if we refund your contest, you aren’t legally entitled to use any of the designs submitted to your contest.
Lots of ideas! Get inspiration by searching for past t-shirt design ideas created by our design community. 

Bring as many specifics as you can, too. Include t-shirt sizes, style, number of colors, printable dimensions, printing requirements and any other specifications that would affect your design.

The more you give the designers, the better they can design a t-shirt for you!
Your custom t-shirt design contest includes one winning shirt. If you need a second t-shirt design, you have a few options. You can award multiple winners to your contest. You can run a second contest. Or you can start a 1-to-1 Project with your winning designer to create additional assets.
On 99designs, designers agree to upload only original artwork, so each designer owns the rights to their design submissions until you choose your contest’s winner. During the design handover stage, the designer agrees to transfer the rights, and you become the owner of the copyright of your winning t-shirt design.
Choose “Make your contest private” from the Contest options section before you launch your t-shirt design contest. This will prohibit designers from using their designs elsewhere, and your contest will be un-searchable on the web.

This will automatically attach a standard NDA template to your contest. If you prefer, you can also upload your own NDA.
In a design contest, designers from all over the world submit concepts unique to your brief. You choose finalists, give feedback to hone the designs and ultimately award your favorite shirt as the winner. If ideation and seeing a variety of different design styles is important to you, we’d recommend a design contest.

On the other hand, if you have a clear idea of the style and direction you’d like to take with your t-shirt, or if you have a more complex design project, it’s best to start a project with a freelance designer.

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