With The Merch Club's design tool, you can create custom apparel and accessories right from your own home. Add your own text and uploaded designs, or you can choose from our library of 50K+ free designs. The tool is fast and intuitive, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind products for any occasion
Add a photo or high-quality design to any of our customizable products.
When you’re in our design tool, simply click Upload to add your graphic. You’ll want to increase the resolution or size of the image to fit your desired product, and you should also accommodate the built-in print area (which we touch on later in this article).
A picture says a thousand words, but sometimes you need to add some text to drive home the point. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to add custom text to any of our customizable products.
When you’re using our design tool, simply click Add Text, and a customizable text bubble will pop up on the product. You can also modify the font, text color, text size… the possibilities are endless.
While we pride ourselves on the intuitiveness of the design tool, there are still some factors that you’ll want to be aware of. We’ve provided some tips below that can help you achieve your desired end product.
Be Aware of Print Areas
A product’s print area includes the part(s) of the clothing or accessory that can be printed on. In the Design Tool, you’ll see a square that’s either black or white - that’s the print area. Designs and text can only be placed inside those.
If the design frame is red, that means the design cannot be printed. Drag it into the print area, and the frame will turn green. That means you’re successful!
Larger designs generally look better on the front of a shirt. To help you hit the center, you’ll see an aid line when your design hits the proper spot. Smaller designs and logos come out great on the left or right chest. Of course, make sure the design doesn’t get too close to the armpit. A third of the width is a fair measure for placement. Transparent .png's work best wherever you do not need the background.
Design frame is red: Design cannot be printed. Drag it into the print area.
If the design frame is green, you’re good to go!
Use Contrasting Design + Product Colours
A dark design on a dark product will not come out great, even if it may look okay on your monitor. The same is true for bright designs on bright products, as well as any other colour combinations that are too similar. Choose a contrasting colour and product combination to assure that your products come out top-notch.
Product and design colour don’t offer enough contrast.
Adjust Design Size for Product Size
Our product image in the Design Tool shows you a standard size (i.e. M). Choose your design size in relation to the standard size. If a customer is eyeing a different size, the design won’t automatically be adjusted to the product.
Specifically, if you’re preparing a product with a huge printing area, you should make sure that the design doesn’t look too small. You’ll want to make the design a bit larger on products like aprons, blankets, or pillows to achieve optimal results.
Beware of Zippers or Seams
We can’t print on the seams or zippers. Never put your design, photos, and text in these areas. It may be possible to create a product this way in the design tool, but we won’t be able to process and print the order.
As you are designing your own products we are unable to accept responsibility for design related issues. Please reach out to us with any questions before submitting your order, we are happy to advise.