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Best Online T-Shirt Designer Tools


Create Custom Apparel Designs

Looking to have customized apparel created? Well you’ve found us, so you’re off to a great start! The tricky part can sometimes be putting your apparel vision into visuals… and good looking ones! Here at Rogue Star, we can provide design services that aren’t just for a flat image, but for designs that wear. If you have an idea, we will work with you to bring it to life, but if you’re more of a do-it-yourself-er (or have a tight budget) then we have a list of great tools for you to use!

Let’s start with a few specialized online tools for creating custom designs.

Word Swag

This is an app that you can use to create custom text layout. You can add captions, create stylish quotes, and make graphics with text overlay. The app can suggest complementary fonts if you want to use more than one and offers backgrounds for your text.

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Ucraft Logo Maker

Refer to this website for designing logos. They have many stylish options for text, icons, shapes, colours, and many more. There are pre-sets to you, but the website gives. you enough freedom to customize the way you want. Bonus: you can download high resolution files to send to printers like us.

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Vector Magic

A website that lets you upload pixel-based images and turn them into scalable vectors. Once you convert them, you can make changes and touch ups (if you want) and you can download the file in a variety of vector-friendly formats. This is perfect, if you have an image of your idea but need it to be bigger and better. ;)

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The following websites and applications are some general design and image editing tools that offer similar features with their own personal twists. These are the best online tools to create custom apparel designs that offer typical features like templates (useful for collages), image editing/effects, image libraries, graphic tools, as well as various fonts.


Canva offers easy drag-and-drop for any elements you want to add to your designs with a heavy focus on offering or suggesting templates. You can edit these templates and the design tools are smart. You'll never get bored of what templates and elements you can use.

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Picmonkey offers photo editing and design tools. They offer standard design tools for adding shapes, text, or other elements, they have a huge menu of overlays, and they offer tools for photo enhancement. This online tool is perfect for giving a photo a quick fix or a little something to spice it up.

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Snappa offers a fast and simple way for you to edit images. They focus on offering different graphics tools, graphic/image libraries, and templates. You can use this tool if you're looking for a quick in and out design experience.

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BeFunky offers smart/intuitive editing tools and templates. The help this tool offers makes it easy to use and their filters and effects will make your images look great. With this tool, you will feel as though you are being guided, but will not feel restricted.

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Fotor offers image editing, collages, and graphic tools. They focus on adding effects to images and retouching them. This online tool allows you to add borders, effects, and image editing. Fotor seems to focus heavily on filters, which will give your images an Instagram look.

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Stencil offers images, editing, and even functions to create quotes that you can explore and use. This online tool focuses on speed and ease of use by using a more straightforward approach in their layout.

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PiZap offers fun but basic edits, and effects. This online tool gets the job done and is another tool/resource for you to explore your creative options, such as background, stickers, text, and template choices.

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Finally, here’s a quick tip for you to apply to any tools you use: choose the highest quality settings possible when you save.

The higher quality and larger size files ensure the best possible results for your designs when we print them to your garments. Artwork that is submitted at low quality, low resolution, or at a small size may result in a low quality or blurry/pixelated print. That simply won't do!

Give these tools a spin and see what you come up with! We'd love to receive designs that you've made, so that we can make your custom apparel dreams come true. However, if you just can't get the hang of these tools, then don’t worry! You can always give us a call and we can do the work for you. We're happy to help!

By Rogue Star | October 19th, 2018 | T-shirt Designer Tools |