Basic Graphic Design for Print On Demand (POD) and Merch
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Basic Graphic Design for Print On Demand (POD) and Merch

Learn the fundamentals of good t-shirt design which apply to any POD design you may create
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4.5 (45 ratings)
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209 students enrolled
Created by Laura Burke
Last updated 7/2019
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Four basic graphic design principles and examples specifically as they apply to print-on-demand design
  • How to take a boring, mediocre design and make it pop
  • Skills that will help you confidently create designs that stand up against the competition
  • How to choose and pair fonts together
  • Various composition methods that will bring variety to your designs
  • Real-world examples - what works and what doesn't
Requirements
  • No
Description

This course teaches basic graphic design principles and examples specifically as they apply to t-shirt and print-on-demand design. It is geared toward beginners and those who may have been designing for a while but feel they're just winging it and would like some real training. This is not abstract theory; rather, you'll see real-life examples of good and bad design and how to make a "meh" design better.

Sellers are entering the print-on-demand field in record numbers. Most have no graphic design training whatsoever. This course gives you a foundation for creating sellable designs, which will put you ahead of 95% of the competition. This can make or break you in the POD field; I want to help you make it!

I use Photoshop and Illustrator to teach this course. However, the principles you'll learn are not software-dependent, which makes it super flexible and applicable to anyone in print on demand, even if you're designing primarily on mobile.

Who this course is for:
  • Print-on-demand designers who are new to graphic design and want a foundation for creating sellable designs
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 02:17:00
+ Resources for Print on Demand
1 lecture 00:03

This downloadable PDF has a ton of resources for print-on-demand designers. Some of the lectures refer to links in this document so please feel free to download it now!

Resources PDF
00:03
+ Basic Principles of Design
6 lectures 17:06

An overview of the four fundamentals of good design. If you apply these to your artwork, you will see vast improvement.

Preview 01:38

In this lecture, we discuss the first principle, contrast (although they are not necessarily in order of importance).

Preview 05:05

What types of elements can you repeat in a design, and how to do it.

Preview 02:12

Alignment can make or break a design. Learn how to design with it in mind.

Preview 02:47

Proximity helps with readability and overall meaning of a design.

Principle #4: Proximity
03:18

An addendum of sorts to the proximity lesson: How proximity should be applied in a block of text.

Line Breaks and Proximity
02:06
+ How to choose fonts
5 lectures 21:10

Pairing two fonts can be challenging for many. Here's how to do it with confidence.

Pairing fonts
05:06

A free online resource for choosing fonts for your designs.

Using Wordmark.it
02:10

Fonts shouldn't be chosen at random. You'll learn in this lecture how to make them suit the words they are applied to.

Making fonts and colors suit a phrase
09:12

You should also keep in mind matching fonts to the niche itself - here are some examples.

Examples of matching a font to a niche
02:44

Learn about one of the biggest no-no's in font usage! This makes graphic designers cry! :)

What not to do with a font
01:58
+ Techy stuff
4 lectures 18:49

How to ensure that you'll be able to use your design on a variety of POD products.

Sizing art to be useful on a wide variety of products
03:05

Learn the difference between vectors and rasters and how it applies to POD design.

Vectors vs. rasters
08:20

Resolution can be confusing, but it's nothing to be afraid of!

Resolution: 72 ppi vs. 300 ppi
04:03

A warning about JPGs and when you should use them.

JPG format is "lossy"
03:21
+ Basics of Composition/Layout
6 lectures 34:28

Composition video #1: How to design with the "rule of thirds" in mind.

Rule of thirds
07:37

Composition video #2: How to "frame" your design, tying it all together.

Framing your design
05:26

Composition video #3: Lead the viewer's eye to the most important part of the design.

Leading the eye
05:02

Composition video #4: Several ways to incorporate text and graphics in the same artwork.

Incorporating text with graphics
07:08

Composition video #5: How the overall shape of a design can itself be an element of the design.

Overall shape
04:57

Composition video #6: Changing the text orientation as a composition technique.

Text orientation
04:18
+ Design Inspiration Tips
2 lectures 04:44

What a swipe file is and how it can help you with ideas.

Keeping a swipe file
01:10

No, you shouldn't STEAL other people's work...but, here's how to be INSPIRED by it.

"Stealing like an artist"
03:34
+ Design Critique and Design Makeover
2 lectures 32:09

Here we take a random design from Merch by Amazon and tear it apart. Nicely. :)

Design critique
05:00

In this video, we'll take a very boring, mediocre design and give it a complete makeover.

Design makeover
27:09
+ Bonus Lecture
1 lecture 08:30

Two Photoshop tips that are very common in POD and how to accomplish them - it's easier than it looks!

Two Photoshop techniques that are popular in POD
08:30