5 Must-have Apps in Your T-shirt Design Arsenal

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It’s true, not all of us are born with natural crafty hands to effortlessly distil the essence of your epiphany into a masterpiece. Translating abstract feelings into tangible form is no easy task. Just take drawings and paintings and there are already uncountable styles and tones that you can learn from. Practice takes time, the right environment and tools. Not everyone can sit in front of a drawing desk for hours. Luckily our technology has made creating much easier nowadays. Let’s take a look at these Apps, use them to break your creative block and translate your thoughts into stunning graphics!


Patternator

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Want some patterns on your unique T-shirt? the Patternator app. It generates and allows you to customize patterns. Explore their stickers library and use it to create patterns you like. The app would auto-suggest colors, pattern’s scale, rotation and more so that you can efficiently create a whole bunch of patterns and choose your favorite. 

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Fancy a more personal design? You can create your own stickers too. Crop the element in photos just by simple circling it with your finger. Play with all the customizable pattern settings to finalize the layout. Options range from background color, spacing to even the jitter setting. With Patternator, perfect,  personal patterns are no longer too difficult to make.  


Assembly

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The powerful Assembly app is a complete vector design tool that empowers everyone to create vector graphics like stickers, icons or even scenes with a building-block approach.

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Their huge library of shapes and stickers is at your fingertips so you can compose anything fairly easily. Their feature gallery would spark your inspirations with other great artists’ fantastic artworks. Once you get familiar and comfortable with the app, feel free to build your own exclusive collection of shapes and artworks.

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Assembly let everyone design anywhere and anytime with its super easy-to-use tools. These features are especially handy when you need to quickly create vector art on the go with your mobile device, say for a T-shirt design. You can also export your work as SVG, transparent png or pdf if you want to perfect the creative piece using other powerful desktop tools.

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Assembly’s functionality is comprehensive and its intuitive & simplistic approach makes it really friendly for enthusiast without any design knowledge in the first place. This free app is a must-have for all T-shirt snappers out there.


Autodesk Sketchbook

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Autodesk full range drawing tools allow everyone to create truly professional graphics. The paid (15 Days Free Trial) app offers you a fantastic brush engine which has over 170 customizable brushes (Man, 170!!!), thus making the drawing experience authentic and natural.

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For the pro folks whose works require laser precision, Sketchbook got you covered. In addition to symmetry tools, rulers, its Predictive Stroke also makes sure the lines you draw are just perfect, working just like its desktop sibling.The app also supports opening and exporting PSD files natively with all layers and blending modes preserved.

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With maximum canvas size up to 100 mpx, as many layers as your device storage allows, more than 170 customizable brushes. For the Pro and serious designers, this app is definitely a no-brainer to have.


Font Candy

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Want to add some typographic touch to your photos? is the app for you. The app provides easy-to-use text editing functions, such as the popular text curving, opacity controls etc. There have hand picked 45 fonts for you which you can mix and match to compose different layouts for whatever vibes you want to achieve. 

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In addition to artworks and sayings, you will also be able to play with multiple captions and freely position them. Can’t find a moody shot to go with your poetic sentiments? Font Candy also got your covered with their in-app search function where you can find your right photos directly from Pixabay, and use it freely under creative common license.

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Canva

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Usually get stuck on deciding what layout to use on your T-shirt? Canva has hundreds of professionally designed layout to help you get started so that you don’t have to start from scratch. Whether you want to make your Tee design look like an album cover, or just to collage a series of photos of your family, Canva would have a layout for you. 

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The all-round photo editing tool covers a wide range of adjustable variables, from preset filters to contrast, saturation, tint etc. alongside with over 100 fonts, which also have customizable font size, height, spacing, alignment, position and even rotation. Makes it really easy to test all your crazy ideas while keeping consistency on your visual style. On top of all these, there are over 1 million premium images at your fingertips with reasonable price. In-app credit starts from US$1.99 to as low as US$0.99 if you buy in bulk. 


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Whether it’s the joyful moment that you want to hold on to, or a nostalgic sentiment quietly making you tears inside, or even just some casual thoughts about life, these precious moments fly so fast and there’s only a fraction of seconds to catch it before it slips from your grasp. Give these great apps a try and turn your aspirational thoughts into memorable and unique T-shirts!

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