The Complete Guide to Creating a Cool Custom Hoodie

People love hoodies for a reason. They’re warm, comfortable and come in a range of design options so you can wear them with anything from casual outfits to formal wear. Hoodies are a popular design choice for many clothing companies who use the design to promote their product. However, these designs aren’t always customizable, making it difficult for customers to show off their own tastes and creativity.

Designing your own hoodie is an option that lets you create your design exactly how you want it without waiting or worrying about quality issues. In this guide we’ll go over how to design your own hoodie from scratch. We’ll cover where to get great graphic design software, all the steps necessary when creating a design and even some ideas on design ideas.

Graphic design software:

There are a number of options when it comes to design software and not all designs can be created with all types. To ensure you get the best design possible, we recommend using Adobe Illustrator as your design software for this project. It’s very versatile and can handle many design elements such as logos, illustrations and buttons. You can download a trial version of Adobe Illustrator here if you don’t already own the program. If you do happen to have access to Adobe Photoshop that is also an acceptable option but slightly more limited than its sister product Illustrator. While design programs like Microsoft Paint aren’t good enough for professional projects they may work in a pinch so feel free to try them out if needed.

Getting design ideas:

Designing your own hoodie design can be daunting for even professionals so don’t feel like you need to come up with the design all by yourself. Do some research on design ideas first before starting your design. Sites like Pinterest are great for this type of work as they have a lot of design elements that may inspire your design. Consider including their design theme into your design if you use an element from another source or just save it for inspiration later on down the road. You can also do some digging online through Google images to find unique designs that people have already created to get inspiration for your custom hoodie design. Using these techniques at the beginning will help give you an idea of what kind of design you want to create.

Creating design:

The design process can be broken down into 5 common stages when creating a design for printing. They are design, editing, coloring, preparing and exporting. We’ll go over each of these steps in detail so you have an idea about what you’ll need to do at each step along the way.

Designing your own hoodie design is not exactly simple since it’s usually more complex than people realize upon first glance. When designing your design it is recommended that you use different layers included when working with Adobe Illustrator or whatever design software you’re using so that all items are editable later on down the road if needed. Some examples of basic design elements include buttons, fonts and images but this list goes on for quite a while if you really get into design.

Coloring your design:

Chances are, your design won’t look exactly like the way you want it to on first run so don’t be afraid to play around with design elements and change them up until the design is perfect for printing. Depending on the design itself this step can take anywhere from five minutes all the way up to several hours, weeks or even months depending on how much work is involved in changing things. When choosing colors for your design consider what they will look like when printed. You may need to change some of the design elements slightly to make sure that they are visible enough on the hoodie especially since printers print using RGB colors most of the time. If RGB colors aren’t your design style then consider using CYMK colors instead which are often available with cheap printing services.

Preparing for printing:

Once you design is ready to go it’s time to make sure that it will be compatible when printed. Since most computer screens use RGB colors and printers mostly use CYMK, there can be some slight differences between the design as displayed on-screen and the design after it has been printed. Adjusting color values (the lightness or darkness of each color) can help solve this issue but if necessary, you may need to change up how your design is finally presented including its file format. This step isn’t always needed depending on what kind of design software you’re using so don’t worry too much about taking care of it if it isn’t required.

Exporting design:

This is the final stage in design and pretty much what you’ve been working towards for a while now. Exporting design elements won’t always save the design exactly as they are displayed on-screen so make sure to double check everything before going forward with printing. If you used design layers earlier, make sure to flatten all of them together since this helps maintain quality when printing. You can also follow any additional steps that your design software recommends depending on what kind of files you’re exporting as well as how often the design may change from now until when it’s printed.


I hope this design guide was useful for you and you’ll be able to design your own custom hoodies or any other clothing with ease. Remember that design is what you make of it so the sky’s the limit when designing your design. Don’t let anything stop you and design away!

Designing a custom hoodie design can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be if approached wisely. Make sure to do some research before getting started in order to get an idea about how complicated the design might end up being when printing since there are several design elements that are important in helping give your design quality once printed on paper or cloth.

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