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3 tips for creating successful product designs on Teespring

Want to know what it takes to create products shoppers will love? It all starts with having an awesome design. Elements like design color and size can have a big impact on the number of products you sell—make sure to check out our tips below as you begin brainstorming new designs to sell on Teespring.

Design file quality

Your design files should be high quality from the start. The reason file quality is important is because it can impact your “target sale” options. For example, if you create designs using the Teespring Launcher or if you upload a high-quality file your “target sale” will only be 1 item. This means you will have to sell just 1 item to receive the profits and for the order to go to production.

You can check your design’s DPI during campaign setup.

If you use a low-quality design file (i.e. the design doesn’t meet our minimum DPI requirements), the lowest target sale you can select is 3. This means you would need to sell at least 3 items for the campaign to be considered successful (and to receive profits / have orders go to production). Learn more about DPI and design file requirements in the  Teespring Training Center.

Product selection

Keep in mind some designs look better on certain products. If you’ve got a large design then you may want to consider only adding products to your campaign with large printable areas (ex. unisex shirts, stickers, totes, mugs, and sweatshirts will not decrease the printable area—but women’s products and hoodies may decrease the printable area for other products in the campaign). Don’t forget about seasonality too! Hoodies tend to be very popular during the cold winter months, but in spring and summer you’ll want to showcase your tees and tanks to potential shoppers.

Take advantage of large printable areas.

So what are the most popular products from the past 30 days?

  1. Unisex tee
  2. Premium unisex tee
  3. Hoodie
  4. Women’s flowy tank
  5. Women’s premium tee
  6. Women’s relaxed tee
  7. Mug
  8. Long sleeve tee
  9. Sticker
  10. Women’s v-neck tee

Design size & color

Look at the two designs below, which one is more eye-catching?

It’s obviously the design on the left. This design is large and its bright colors create an eye-catching contrast against the dark background.  As you create new designs you should consider how they will appear not only on the products but also how they’ll look when shared on social media.

The second design, although very interesting, doesn’t have the same visual impact compared to the first design. Also, the second design would be difficult to see clearly in an advertisement. Use contrasting colors to ensure your designs stand out on the garment and when shared online or in advertisements. Check out our most popular colors choices for the following products:

Unisex tees:

  1. Black
  2. Navy
  3. Grey
  4. Red
  5. Blue

Unisex hoodies:

  1. Black
  2. Navy
  3. Maroon
  4. Dark Grey
  5. White

Women’s tank tops & tees:

  1. Black
  2. Navy
  3. Grey
  4. Purple
  5. Blue

Ready to put our tips to the test?




24 responses to “3 tips for creating successful product designs on Teespring

  1. Anna says:

    Ideas: all shirts and all products should have the same colors. Even the pastels. ????

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Anna, we would love to offer that option in the future!

  2. Joyce says:

    Is it possible to add a black with white tekst design on a black shirt to a listing with the same design but with black text on coloured shirts or do I have to make a new listing just for the black shirt? It would be nice to offer all clour options in one listing.
    (please discard my precious reply, I putt in the wrong e-mailaddress)

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Joyce It is possible to offer different color products with the same design in one listing. You will have to create a new product with the other design and then add it to the existing listing after – please check out this video to see how to do it . Hope this makes sense!

      1. yk says:

        Doesn’t make sense. The design is the same, just the color inverted. We want to publish the same design on the same listing so people can easily choose the color without going to another listing. This has much better user experience. Please allow us to do that. Thanks.

        1. Lucy Ford says:

          Hey there you can do this but you just have to create a new product with the other design first, please check out this video to see how you can add new products to existing listings

          1. Jade says:

            The video linked specifically says you can’t do that. For example, I have a text design that I want on a black tee shirt and a white tee shirt. I want the white tee shirt to have black text, and the black tee shirt to have white text. It seems like this has to be two different listings, even though it’s the same design, just inverted. I think what we’re all looking for is the ability to have multiple teeshirts featuring the same design in different colors in one listening. Is there a way to do that?

          2. Lucy Ford says:

            Hi Jade, if the designs are different colors you will have to create different listings. We are constantly working on platform improvements though, so watch this space

  3. David says:

    Hi is it possible to have a product say premium tee, offer it in white and black, however have 1 upload image for black and another upload image for white. Both contained within the 1 listing ? I saw another teespring account with this, but no idea how to do it

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hi David, check out our video on adding multiple to products to one listing here

  4. Izzy says:

    In the colour selection option for clothing, it says that some colours are only fulfilled in the US. Is there any list or way to tell which colours are only available in the US and which are available in other places like the EU?

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Izzy – yes you can find that information HERE under the Product Details button of each product.

  5. David says:

    Hi, my question is, do I have to decide what kind of items I wanna sell or should I upload the same design on every item? I don’t wan’t it to look messy, having too many items, like every type of t-shits, sweaters, hoodies, stickers, pillows and so on…
    But at the same time I don’t wanna loose a costumer. If someone likes the design of my “premium” t-shirt, but I only have “classic” t-shirt, or maybe they want this design on a hoodie, or a pillow?
    Do I add this same design to every item available?

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hi there! Take a look at our top trending products right now and this may help you decide which products you’d like to sell!

  6. Smith says:

    My Question is i get an error message always that “Please remove all images with low image resolution warnings to continue”.
    Could you please help on this.

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey, this is because the image you have used in your design is not the correct resolution to be be printed clearly. The main thing is to ensure your design image is of sufficient size and sharpness. Take a look here:

  7. nicholas says:

    how can i ensure i get an accurate color match from my design to the finished prodcut? is there any way to know or control the color accuracy of deisngs

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      The color system you should use depends on your design goal. Teespring’s printers use an RGB workflow so if bright/saturated colors is your goal, then use RGB. Just note that printers do have a limited color gamut and it is not possible to reproduce every single color—for example we don’t recommend using overly bright colors like neons. If color accuracy is your main priority, then the CMYK color space is recommended.

  8. 鋼琴班 says:

    Thank you for sharing the tips, to be able to make a simple and beautiful design.

  9. rohit says:

    hi i am new in teespring ,i am unable to change product color since yesterday , i was able to change a few days before but now the change product color button does not work . now i can only design with white color. pls help

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey! We had issues earlier on today with a bug on the site, but looks like it should be fixed now. Please could you try again and let us know by reaching out to [email protected] if the issue is still persisting?

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  11. cri says:

    how the heck you use the “Select First Image Buyers See” ,Select First Image Buyers See” when publishing a listing
    I tried 10 times, everytime, It automatically selects one of the items( no idea what rule) with a random color, and I can’t change that .. in the Edit page, I can only change to show the front or the back of the items. Is this the bug that everyone sees ?!?!

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Uh-oh! Sorry to hear you’re experiencing that. Please in future make sure you contact [email protected] first as we can identify your problem much faster there as well as fix it as soon as we’re aware.

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