Different Types of T-shirts with Lots of Graphics

Last Updated on 25/10/2023

Different Types of T-shirts with Lots of Graphics

Kiran Bhardwaj
B.Sc. in Fashion Designing
College of Home Science
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India
Email: bhardwajkiran648@gmail.com


Graphic design, also known as communication design, is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. The form of the communication can be physical or virtual, and may include images, words, or graphic forms. Such a communication form can be used in the most common and favorite attire of our wardroom i.e. the TEEs. We have seen many and have many types of printed t-shirts, they could be either in picture form (the pictorial way) or the text form (the typography). These tees were seen first between the Spanish-American war and 1913, when the U.S. Navy began issuing them as undergarments. A T-shirt (or tee shirt, or tee) is a style of fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body and sleeves. It is normally associated with short sleeves, a round neck line known as a crew neck, with no collar. Often boys in olden times wore them while doing chores and playing outside, eventually opening up the idea of wearing them as general-purpose casual clothing.

Not only that but wearing a T-shirt has become popular through the years because of several reasons. For example, a T-shirt is easy to wear, making it perfect clothing for both adults and kids. It allows you to save some time and focus on other parts of your routine since it’s easy to change and wear. Also, wearing a T-shirt can be much more affordable because you can buy the bulk of it without costing you a considerable amount of money. Lastly, there are various types of t-shirts with various designs in market.

Fig: T-shirt

Printed T-shirt is favorite clothing among the youngsters. They often use their clothing to portray their personality and style. T-shirts with different types of designs and patterns and vibrant colors helps them just with that. With changing time and fashion, these T-shirts have also seen a lot of changes. There have been many innovations and technological advances in t-shirt printing that has made this clothing even more modern and popular among people of all age groups.

Printing: Done with the help of mesh-based screen either manually or with help of machines, using different color base as the requirement may be. It can also be done with impressing or embossing or heat transfers.

Embroidery: T-shirts are made with embroidery and appliqué work also.

Dye Sublimation: To print full colors designs on light colored T-shirts, the dye sublimation method is considered best. However, this method is a bit more expensive than the other methods and cannot be used for most of the natural fabric as it is mostly suitable for fabrics like polyester.

Dye sublimation on t-shirt
Fig: Dye sublimation on t-shirt

Computerized Printing: Using computerized printing methods for printed T-shirts is best for small orders as this method is suitable to print complex designs and multi colors. Heat is used to stick cut vinyl onto a paper and later heat pressed on the fabric. This type of print is of high quality, durable and can be used easily to customize different types of T-shirts.

Direct Printing: Another simple method of printing which is most commonly used at homes is direct printing on the fabric. In this method different types of inks are directly applied onto the cloth by hand to get the desired results. This method reduces various steps included in other printing methods. The design patterns in direct printing does not have heavy feel like screen printing. However it is a little difficult to cover a large area of the cloth in this method and cloth itself is the brightest part of the design.

Indeed, there are many t-shirt printing methods to know when printing your own T-shirts. However, if you want to get the most out of your T-shirt printing, it’s important to know some various graphic design t-shirts available online. Thankfully, there are many digital marketplaces that sell unique graphic tshirts from several artists and brands. You can check out these platforms to familiarize yourself with these design options.

But aside from that, you can also keep reading this article to learn about the various types of tees with graphics.

Based on different types of graphics tees can be classified into:-

1. Abstract tees:-
Abstract T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, phone cases and art prints are a blend of shapes, colors and lines. Abstract designs do not have much subject matter; rather the design is more about color and pattern. This leads to energetic design, unusual, color patterns and enticing line work.

Abstract tees
Fig: Abstract tees

2. Animal’s tees:- There are plenty of animal T-shirts of birds, cats, sharks, dinosaurs and butterfly designs.

Animal’s tees
Fig: Animal’s tees

3. Anime tees:- These are the comics with character. These are original characters that star in their own movie, comic book, or cartoon.

Anime tees
Fig: Anime tees

4. Character tees:- A monkey in outer space, a penguin with headphones, here you can find tee with different characters .

Character tees
Fig: Character tees

5. Comic tees:- Bang! Splat…. Comic designs are always popular with the cartoon and narrative style. There are tons of custom characters and great story lines in these comic T shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, phone cases and art prints.

Comic tees
Fig: Comic tees

6. Food & Drink tees:- Get our hands on our deliciously juicy apparel, phone cases and art prints featuring some yummy food and tasty drinks.

Food & Drink tees
Fig: Food & Drink tees

7. Funny tees:- There are thousands of funny T shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, phone cases and art prints on the internet and in the retail stores. But are they really that funny?

Fig: Funny tees
Fig: Funny tees

8. Games tees:- Are you a Mario, Zelda, or Pokémon fanatic? There are so many classic and new gaming T shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, phone cases and art prints.

Games tees
Fig: Games tees

9. Geometric tees:- The latest trend setter this year, geometric T shirts prints are built with triangles, shapes, line patterns and geometry.

Geometric tees
Fig: Geometric tees

10. Illustrative tees:- Illustrative T shirts prints have that hand drawn effect. Most of them are brilliantly hand drawn and then rendered into digital art.

Illustrative T shirts
Fig: Illustrative T-shirts

11. Modern tees:- There are different modern t-shirts styles to choose from the market today. Some of them can include knitted t-shirts, linen t-shirts, longline t-shirts, and other similar design styles that are being used in today’s modern world. 

Modern tees
Fig: Modern tees

12. Music tees:- Orchestrate harmonies of sound through these music T shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, phone cases and art prints, from robots made out of stereos, to swinging on cassette tape; if you are into sound waves then theses musical themed designs are for you.

Music tees
Fig: Music tees

13. Retro tees:- These tee are setting new trend in this year 2016. Retro T shirts prints have a mix between the modern and vintage looks. The postmodern designs have classic themes with modern style designs.

Retro tees
Fig: Retro tees

14. Street art tees:- Street art includes the urban tattoo styles and graffiti on well-designed T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, phone cases and art prints.

Street art tees
Fig: Street art tees

15. Typography tees:- This includes the newspaper, the script, the handwriting and written word. These typography T-shirts feature letters, numbers and the alphabets as designs for printing.

Typography tees
Fig: Typography tees

16. Vintage tees:- Now in latest fashion trend.

Fig: Vintage tees

Vintage T-shirts from the old school, the pure classic styles that made it through time still have a success story. The slightly worn look is a trendy industry style from way back.

If you do decide to try a trend, make sure it’s a good fit for your project and audience. Or just save most of your experimentation for personal projects. But if you need assistance with your T-shirt design process, it’s best to keep the information mentioned above in mind to help you know how and where to start. The more you know about the different types of T-shirts with lots of graphics, the more you can come up with the best graphic design ideas for your T-shirt projects.

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