T-Shirt Idea Methods

6 Free T-Shirt Idea Methods For Any Niche, Topic or Trend (A Step-By-Step Guide)

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: April 26, 2021

Generating original design ideas is a skill every T-Shirt designer should develop.

If you can come up with unique, funny and witty ideas on-demand – then you can hop on the latest trend with ease, create loads of winning designs to build your brand, and flood your Print on Demand accounts with high numbers of buyer-friendly products.

In this Step-by-step guide I’ll share 6 Idea generation techniques that will work for ANY niche, topic, trend or market – simply follow the steps below and you’ll be generating your own unique ideas in no time at all.

Note: If you find this guide useful, then you’ll love my Ideas Workshop course – a comprehensive class teaching everything I know about creating original design ideas that sell. Find out more here.

Ok – let’s get into the guide, and start generating some original ideas!

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Creating A T-Shirt Design In Procreate

How To Make T-Shirt Designs With Procreate

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: March 25, 2021

Is it possible to create a great looking T-Shirt design just using Procreate on the iPad?

The answer is yes – but there’s a few things you should bear in mind.

In this video, I walk you through my T-Shirt design process inside Procreate on the iPad – covering everything from illustration, to adding custom text, to finishing off with textures and a vintage effect.

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Obinsun Interview: Cute Skulls, Cats, Rainbows – Oh My!

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: July 20, 2020

Joel Robinson (aka. Obinsun) is an artist I’ve admired for a while.

You’ll regularly see his work being promoted and featured on the homepages of Redbubble, Teepublic or Threadless – and his simple but attractive style is highly recognisable.

Joel was kind enough to answer some questions from me about how he got started, what his creative process looks like, and what advice he would give to up and coming T-Shirt artists.

Let’s get into it!

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Merch by Amazon Phone Cases: 6 Tips To Boost Sales

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: July 10, 2020

Phone Cases have landed at Merch by Amazon – allowing artists to create designs for iPhone and Samsung cell phone cases, across various models.

In this article I’ll cover the basics of the phone cases, show you how to setup your artwork for optimum results, and share 6 tips and tricks to help you identify target markets for your designs.

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How To Sell On Teepublic: The Definitive Guide [With 8 Top Selling Tips]

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: December 18, 2020

Welcome to How To Sell On Teepublic – my comprehensive guide to selling your art on Teepublic.

Whether you’re just getting started with Teepublic – or if you’re a succesful Teepublic designer already – this guide has something useful for you.

I’ll explain how Teepublic works, why it’s a great place to sell your artwork, and give you 8 practical Teepublic selling tips that will help grow your sales.

So let’s dive in!

Sell On Teepublic

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The Best Print On Demand Sites for Artists & Designers [November 2022]

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: November 1, 2022

This is my guide to the best Print on Demand sites for artists and designers.

Whether you’re looking for the best place to sell shirts or merch online, or you just want to find more sites like Redbubble – this guide has got you covered.

I’ll compare Redbubble vs. TeeSpring, plus many more – to help you find the best place to post your art.

Best Print on Demand Sites

The 7 Best Print On Demand Sites:

First up, here’s my list of the best Print on Demand websites right now:
(click the name to jump to my in-dept review of each)

In this guide I’ll discuss each of these Print on Demand site in detail, explain why you should use them, and share my personal experience with each site.

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Printify Sample Order

How To Place Your First Printify Order

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: March 23, 2020

Are you thinking of trying out Printify as a potential Print on Demand Fulfilment Partner – but not sure where to start?

If so – I got you. In this article I’ll show you how you can place a sample order with Printify, without having to integrate with any marketplace or storefront. 

In other words, you can test the quality of various Printify providers, without the effort of setting up a full integration. 

I’ll show you:

So let’s dive in!

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Printful Sample Order

How To Place Your First Order With Printful The Right Way (with FREE Shipping & 20% Off)

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: May 12, 2022

If you’re thinking of using Printful as your Print-on-demand fulfilment partner – then placing a sample order is an absolute must.

By placing a sample order you’ll get familiar with Printful’s website and ordering process, plus you’ll be able to judge for yourself the quality of Printful’s products and printing.

In this article I’ll show you..

So let’s get to it!

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Print-On-Demand FAQs

Print-On-Demand For Beginners: Your FAQs Answered

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: February 11, 2021

If you’re new to selling your designs via Print-On-Demand sites, then you probably have questions. Lots of them.

I get a lot of Print-On-Demand questions, and I see the same ones popping up time and time again.

So I thought I would start a ‘FAQs’ page for common print-on-demand questions that can serve as a useful resource for beginners and veterans alike.

I will keep adding FAQs and updating the information regularly – so if you have a question you’d like to ask, please do so by commenting below. 

I hope this helps!

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Jim Benton

Billions From Bunnies: An Interview With Jim Benton

by Michael Essek   ·   Updated: March 7, 2020

Is it a cartoonist? Is it a children’s author? Is it the mind behind the licensing behemoth ‘It’s Happy Bunny®’? 

The answer is yes – because it’s Jim Benton

I bumped into Mr. Benton at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas last year, and he was kind enough to let me pick his brain for this ‘ere blog post.

My personal thoughts and takeaways follow, but first let’s dive into the incredibly productive mind of the man himself. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Jim Benton

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