Trending Tee Design Themes 2016.

Trending Tee Design Themes 2016

So you are wanting to know what tee design themes are trending so you can profit off that data? To determine this we need to look at two important factors. What was popular at the end of 2015? As it is what will set the tone for 2016. And what is coming up in 2016? As that will be what people will be into and searching for.

What was popular that continues over onto 2016 are Political tees (2016 being an election year), science themes, Deadpool, One Punch Man, Rick and Morty and as always Space and Aquatic themes. Game of Thrones designs while a favorite of consumers will be on a decline due to DMCA take down notices. As are Star Wars and Star Trek related themes. But that doesn't stop the craving for Dragons in general.

What is coming up in 2016 will play a big role as to what designs will be demanded and supplied as well. The following movies will have heavy influence such as: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Captain America, X-men (Apocalypse), Zoolander 2, TMNT, Ghostbusters and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children as they are the main pop culture picks that are highly anticipated. Independence Day 2 might also make its way over to indie based designs.

Also trending are designs that mash up different eras, genres or both. While mash ups are always popular with designers, not every mash up concept is a good one. Skulls and Zombies are always trending but the marketplace is flooded with them. Anything to do with aliens is also on the rise. The niche of Snarky and Sarcastic tees looks like it will be a favorite with the young adult crowd. Non pop culture tees are starting to make a comeback such as the artistic and abstract tees with no particular theme.

Hopefully this gives you some idea of what the trending tee design themes will be this year.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Tees.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Tees.

Well, Dec. 18th is almost here and the world is anticipating Star Wars The Force Awakens. To celebrate here are some links to some awesome Force Awakens and Star Wars designs in general that are worth the coin. We are focusing on two brands for two reasons. The first being Officially Licensed designs and the second being Indie designs.

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Officially Licensed Star Wars Tees.

For the Officially Licensed Star Wars The Force Awakens Tees you need to go no further than DesignByHumans. A wide selection of designs that cover every episode of the famed space opera.

The simple but effective BB-8 On The Move tee design will be a favorite for kids of all ages.BB-8 On The Move

The Santa Yoda tee for example is a hilarious nod to episodes past.

Santa Yoda

Indie Designed Star Wars Tees

If indie designs are more your thing then fan made goodies from NeatoShop such as I Want You For The First Order tee will be sure to please. It is a proper piece of Sith Propaganda that will bring out the Dark Side of anyone even remotely tempted.

I-Want-You-For-First-Order the Force Awakens

For more of a Jedi vibe consider The Force Awakens tee design.

That is just a quick look at a few Star Wars The Force Awakens tees available that get our nod of approval for quality purchases. Head on over to those sites and see what you like for yourself or someone else. After all, Christmas is just around the corner as well.

What Makes A Great T-Shirt Design?

What Makes A Great T-Shirt Design?

I have been asked this question many times "What Makes A Great T-shirt Design?". Or "What Makes A Great T-Shirt?" in general. Those are not easy questions to answer by any means. Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

The first thing about finding a great tee design is finding something that you like. If the tee isn't part of the potential wearer's personality and interests in some way then it isn't for them. So look for something that is relatable as for theme. It does not have to be pop culture, trendy, or a mash up for be considered good. Second, the tee should be a conversation starter. If the design doesn't look like it would get a reaction such as a laugh or an odd look then it is probably boring. A tee should keep people's attention for more than a few seconds if it is a good one. Third, a good design is almost NEVER A RECTANGLE PRINT. Rectangles are just lazy and cheap looking. The shirt fabric color should be part of the design not a white or black rectangle that makes the design look like a piece of paper on a tee. With that said for the designers out there... the image should have transparency surrounding the design. There is a reason crappy rectangle designs do not sell. Please see the image below for a good example of how to make a proper tee design (the example is not so great for a black tee but you get the idea).

Sheldon Is Lost Tee Design by RicoMambo - Great T-Shirt design

We should also point out what makes a good shirt blank. It should be comfortable otherwise it's a waste of money. Not to Thick, Not To Thin. It should breathe as to help you stay cool. It should cover all of the torso or it isn't fully functional. If it has a design then it should be fairly durable and not wash off in just a few washings. And that is just some of the considerations. There is a Wall Street Journal article on the topic if anyone is interested that touches on the economics and fashion aspects of the tee.

So there are some brief answers to the question "What Makes A Great T-shirt Design?". Feel free to add more to the topic in the comments below.

Design By Humans Collector’s Boxes.

Design By Humans Collector's Boxes.

Design By Humans Collector's Boxes Hello tee enthusiasts. This is just a heads up. The "DBH Collector's Box" will be on sale for Cyber Monday. It contains 2 unique, curated, themed tees for a recurring monthly fee of $29.99. Cyber Monday is the first day the box will be released to the public so for special pricing of $26.99 on this day only. SO SAVE THIS PAGE and WAIT UNTIL THEN. These are Digitally Printed using the Direct To Garment technique just like all the other shirts on their site. But these designs are EXCLUSIVE to DesignByHumans. There is a 1 Month plan that's normal pricing is $35.98 per box and it is reoccurring (every month). Then there is a a 3 Month plan that's normal rate is $102.96 and it too is reoccurring (every 3 months) which breaks down to being $34.32 per month per Design By Humans Collector's Box. Cancel anytime for both plans. Again please wait until Cyber Monday.
NeatoShop Vs Redbubble Side by Side Print Comparison

Print Comparison: Redbubble Vs NeatoShop.

Redbubble Vs NeatoShop DTG Print Quality Comparison. I ordered these particular samples in this comparison myself. As a disclaimer I will state that I am an affiliate of both Redbubble and NeatoShop. Both pay the same rate. I have made more with Redbubble than I have with NeatoShop as Redbubble has been around longer. With the NeatoShop quality being what it is, I can no longer recommend Redbubble to anyone in good conscience to sell or buy apparel at least with pop culture themes. I have no grudges against either brand and I am quite fond of both for their services, products and said affiliate programs over the years. This is a Print Quality Only comparison but images of the product tags are shown for informational purposes only.

Redbubble Vs NeatoShop.

Redbubble uses the Direct to Garment printing technique only and does not have Screen Printing. While their tees are slightly above the industry average for DTG quality they do not surpass all of their DTG competitors. Most of the time you can usually find the same pop culture designs elsewhere such as NeatoShop, but they do have artsy tees as well that may not be available anywhere else.

NeatoShop does not have Screen Printed shirts as they specialize in Direct To Garment printing only. Their DTG printed T-shirts are the best in the Print On Demand industry to date that I have personally seen.

Most of the designs that you see on the Limited Edition Shirt-of-the-Day type sites (featured on the TeeFetch homepage) can be found at at these sites eventually as well as at other Print On Demand services not shown in this comparison.

This is a side by side Redbubble Vs Neatoshop DTG print quality comparison of the same design from these two brands.

NeatoShop Vs Redbubble Side by Side Print Comparison

NeatoShop printed the design larger. NeatoShop also wins for ink coverage and thickness (it is even smoother). All this means that ultimately NeatoShop's print should last longer if washed and dried properly. The Reds and Yellows look better on NeatoShop's version. The over all adjustment of colors are better on NeatoShop's as well. Redbubble's print just looks fuzzy. At one time their prints were the best in the DTG industry. Please look at the Side by Side image and the Worn photos above to get a better idea of what I am writing about.

NeatoShop matches the design thumbnail. The Redbubbles' sample is muted a lot in comparison to their own thumbnail. Both brands have Black tees to work with here so the differences are due to the brand of Printers, the Printing Technique & Skill and the Inks themselves.

This is average for a Redbubble print. Their stuff is always muted in comparison to their thumbnails. I usually rate their stuff 3.5 stars (3 being average). I'd rate this a 3.5 as well since the color, ink thickness, ink coverage and sizing isn't as good as it is on NeatoShop's version. But they are better than Zazzle and Cafepress. Then again so are monkeys smearing feces on a shirt.

Neatoshop is always consistent with their DTG printing & quality control, as a result so far I've always rated their printing 5 out of 5 stars. Their prints are never muted compared to their thumbnails. This is no exception. Their Reds printed better. As stated this tee will outlast the Redbubble version due to higher ink concentration and ink thickness.

Overall, Redbubble prints aren't worth the money if you can get the design at NeatoShop. And for Pop Culture based designs they don't last on their site long due to various legal issues such as DMCA notices.

I rate DTG on its own merits and I do not compare it to Screen Printing which is also based on its own merits. Both printing methods have their pros and cons. This has been a DTG vs DTG Brand Vs Brand print quality review.

Stolen Art On TeeChip and Teespring.

TeeChip and Teespring play hosts to art thieves who steal other designers' art. In fact they encourage it. They are profiting big time off of other people's hard work. TeeChip and TeeSpring refuse to acknowledge the flood of artists' complaints and refuse to respect their intellectual property rights. This has been going on for a long while now. Something should be done about it. This is just an introduction to the issue. Over time this post will change as it grows.

TeeFetch takes the side of the designers and the consumers. We are asking that everyone who reads this to boycott TeeSpring and TeeChip for their shady business practices. Let's try to convince Facebook to stop serving their ads and so on.

Here are some links regarding the matter.

Petition to Ban TeeChip From having a Facebook page.

Shame TeeChip

DMCA_That Twitter

Discussion

Report Copyright Violations shown on Facebook to Facebook Might prove useful to get Teespring's and TeeChip's ads and pages shut down.

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If you have had your art stolen and sold by these sites and their users please leave a comment below, tell your story.
Neatoshop Vs InksterInc Side by Side Print Comparison

DTG Print Comparison: InksterInc Vs Neatoshop.

Inksterinc Vs NeatoShop DTG Print Quality Comparison. Both are fairly new to the Pop Culture T-shirt market. I ordered the samples in this comparison myself. As a disclaimer I will state that I am an affiliate of NeatoShop. I have no grudges against either brand and I am quite fond of both for their services, products and said affiliate programs. This is a Print Quality Only comparison but images of the product tags are shown for informational purposes only.

InksterInc Vs NeatoShop.

InksterInc uses the Direct to Garment printing technique only and does not have Screen Printing. While their tees are at the industry average for DTG quality and do not surpass all of their DTG competitors. They are fairly new to the business and therefore still growing their collection. Most of the time you can usually find the same designs elsewhere such as NeatoShop.

NeatoShop does not have Screen Printed shirts as they specialize in Direct To Garment printing only. Their DTG printed T-shirts are the best in the Print On Demand industry to date that I have personally seen.

Most of the designs that you see on the Limited Edition Shirt-of-the-Day type sites (featured on the TeeFetch homepage) can be found at at these sites eventually as well as at other Print On Demand services not shown in this comparison.

This is a side by side InksterInc Vs Neatoshop DTG print quality comparison of the same design from these two brands.

Neatoshop Vs InksterInc Side by Side Print Comparison

NeatoShop wins for ink coverage and ink thickness. InksterInc's ink looks and feels thinner and does not appear to be as concentrated as NeatoShop's (although they do beat places like Zazzle and Cafepress). Once again, NeatoShop reigns supreme for color vividness as InksterInc's print looks muted. Just look at the Reds and that will sum it up with no debate. Think of it like a photo printed on Regular Printing Paper versus the same photo printed on Ultra Premium Glossy Photo Paper. On the InksterInc version, the Gray shroud blends into the tee, which I must admit I like the way it looks... kinda stealthy. But that is not how it is supposed to look. On the NeatoShop version the shroud stands out from the background as it is much brighter. The same can be said about the skull-like features such as the teeth and other Gray facial features that are non-existent on the InksterInc version. Clearly, NeatoShop's sample comes closer to matching the actual design thumbnail shown on their website where as InksterInc's did not. NeatoShop also printed the design a little larger than InksterInc did. Both brands have black tees to work with here so what it comes down to are the brand of Printers, the Printing Technique & Skill and the Inks themselves.

This is the first sample that I've seen from InksterInc. I'd rate it a 3.5 as the Reds are weak.

Neatoshop is always consistent with their DTG printing and quality control and so far I've always rated their printing 5 out of 5 stars. This is no exception.

I rate DTG on its own merits and I do not compare it to Screen Printing which is also based on its own merits. Both printing methods have their pros and cons. This has been a DTG vs DTG Brand Vs Brand print quality review.

Neatoshop Vs Teepublic Side by Side Print Comparison 2

DTG Print Comparison: TeePublic Vs Neatoshop

TeePublic Vs NeatoShop DTG Print Quality Comparison. Two of the top brands in the Pop Culture T-shirt market. I ordered the samples in this comparison myself. As a disclaimer I will state that I am an affiliate of both brands and both pay their affiliate's close to the same rate for the referrals. TeePublic pays slightly more. I have no grudges against either brand and I am quite fond of both for their services, products and said affiliate programs. This is a Print Quality Only comparison but images of the product tags are shown for informational purposes only.

TeePublic Vs NeatoShop.

TeePublic (Their Quality score has since gone down hill, as the prints wear out fast. So figure a 2.5 to 3 star. 7/31/2019) uses the Direct to Garment printing technique. While their tees are above the industry average for DTG quality, they still do not match their Screen Printed Quality standards over at Busted Tees their sister site (Assuming that Busted Tees still uses Screen Printing.) and do not surpass all of their DTG competitors. Most of the time you can usually find the same designs elsewhere such as NeatoShop.

NeatoShop does not have Screen Printed shirts as they specialize in Direct To Garment printing only. Their DTG printed T-shirts are the best in the Print On Demand industry to date that I have personally seen.

Most of the designs that you see on the Limited Edition Shirt-of-the-Day type sites (featured on the TeeFetch homepage) can be found at NeatoShop and TeePublic as well as at other Print On Demand services not shown in this comparison.

This is a side by side TeePublic Vs Neatoshop DTG print quality comparison of the same design from these two brands.

Neatoshop Vs Teepublic Side by Side Print Comparison 2

Both brands have about the same ink thickness and ink coverage area-wise. However, as usual NeatoShop's color range is far superior in this case as well as their DPI coverage as it shows far more facial details thanks to the many printed gradients in the shading. Think of it like comparing the graphics of PlayStation One vs XBOX One. On the TeePublic version, the clouds are more dense and brighter but this is also due to a lack of gradients. This isn't them providing more ink coverage, but rather it is eliminating the details. This makes the sky look like one gigantic smear of paint instead of being covered in gaseous clouds. Like they tripled the highlights and ignored the shadows and mid-tones almost completely. Dean's face starts to blend into the background rather than stand out from it. The stars are also more prominent and artificial looking on the TeePublic version as a result of this practice. On the NeatoShop version, the entire tee's tones are more natural on every design element as they are equalized. NeatoShop's sample comes closer to matching the actual design thumbnail shown on their website where as TeePublic's did not. Both brands have black tees to work with here so what it comes down to are the brand of Printers, the Printing Technique & Skill and the Inks themselves.

Not all of Teepublic's shirts are this noticeably different from than their design thumbnails. Usually, I rate their printing from 4 stars up to 5 stars as sometimes there are variations between what you see on the screen and what you actually get on the final product. In this case it is a 3.5 out of 5 stars as a result of being so different. Their Pink Lips Hoodie for example scored a 5 out of 5 but it largely consists of Black and White Inks. (Their Quality score has since gone down hill, as the prints wear out fast. So figure a 2.5 to 3 star. 7/31/2019)

Neatoshop is always consistent with their DTG printing and quality control and so far I've always rated their printing 5 out of 5 stars. This is no exception.

I rate DTG on its own merits and I do not compare it to Screen Printing which is also based on its own merits. Both printing methods have their pros and cons. This has been a DTG vs DTG Brand Vs Brand print quality review.

Neatoshop Vs Teepublic Side by Side Print Comparison

DTG Print Comparison: TeePublic Vs Neatoshop.

TeePublic Vs NeatoShop DTG Print Quality Comparison. Two of the top brands in the Pop Culture T-shirt market. Both of these brands willingly sent in the samples for me to use in reviews, articles and promotion of their brands with all that in mind. Meaning that they approved the samples. As a disclaimer I will state that I am an affiliate of both brands and both pay their affiliate's close to the same rate for the referrals. TeePublic pays slightly more. I have no grudges against either brand and I am quite fond of both for their services, products and said affiliate programs. This is a Print Quality Only comparison but images of the product tags are shown for informational purposes only.

TeePublic Vs NeatoShop.

TeePublic (Their Quality score has since gone down hill, as the prints wear out fast.) So figure a 2.5 to 3 star. 7/31/2019uses the Direct to Garment printing technique. While their tees are above the industry average for DTG quality, they still do not match their Screen Printed Quality standards over at Busted Tees their sister site (Assuming that Busted Tees still uses Screen Printing.) and do not surpass all of their DTG competitors. Most of the time you can usually find the same designs elsewhere such as NeatoShop.

NeatoShop does not have Screen Printed shirts as they specialize in Direct To Garment printing only. Their DTG printed T-shirts are the best in the Print On Demand industry to date that I have personally seen.

Most of the designs that you see on the Limited Edition Shirt-of-the-Day type sites (featured on the TeeFetch homepage) can be found at NeatoShop and TeePublic as well as at other Print On Demand services not shown in this comparison.

This is a side by side TeePublic Vs Neatoshop DTG print quality comparison of the same design from these two brands.

Neatoshop Vs Teepublic Side by Side Print Comparison

Both brands have about the same ink thickness and ink coverage. However, NeatoShop's color range is far superior in this case. It is like comparing an 8 color box of crayons with a 24 color box of crayons. On the TeePublic version, the moon is a pale yellow. On the NeatoShop version, the moon is bolder and closer to orange in color. The same can be said about the highlights on Serenity. NeatoShop's sample comes closer to matching the actual design thumbnail shown on their website where as TeePublic's did not. Both brands have black tees to work with here so what it comes down to are the brand of Printers, the Printing Technique & Skill and the Inks themselves.

Not all of Teepublic's shirts are this noticeably different from than their design thumbnails. Usually, I rate their printing from 4 stars up to 5 stars as sometimes there are variations between what you see on the screen and what you actually get on the final product. In this case it is a 4 out of 5 stars. Their Pink Lips Hoodie for example scored a 5 out of 5 but it largely consists of Black and White Inks. (Their Quality score has since gone down hill, as the prints wear out fast. So figure a 2.5 to 3 star. 7/31/2019)

Neatoshop is always consistent with their DTG printing and quality control and so far I've always rated their printing 5 out of 5 stars. This is no exception.

I rate DTG on its own merits and I do not compare it to Screen Printing which is also based on its own merits. Both printing methods have their pros and cons. This has been a DTG vs DTG Brand Vs Brand print quality review.

Neatoshop Vs TeeFury DTG Print Quality Comparison

DTG Print Comparison: TeeFury Vs Neatoshop.

TeeFury Vs Neatoshop DTG Print Quality Comparison. Two of the best brands in the Pop Culture T-shirt market. Both of these brands willingly sent in the samples for me to use in reviews, articles and promotion of their brands with all that in mind. Meaning that they approved the samples. As a disclaimer I will state that I am an affiliate of both brands and both pay their affiliate's the same rate for the referrals. I have no grudges against either brand and I am quite fond of both for their services, products and said affiliate programs. This is a Print Quality Only comparison but images of the product tags are shown for informational purposes only.

TeeFury Vs Neatoshop.

TeeFury's Limited Edition Screen Printed tees of the day are of the highest caliber. I love their screen printed tees and I personally own quite a few of them. With that said, if you happen to miss out on their Limited Edition tees you can still find some of their past offerings in their Galleries and Collections which are like a "Best Of" type of thing. These second chance type tees are available through a Print On Demand type business model which uses a Direct To Garment printing technique. While these tees are above the industry average for DTG quality, they still do not match their Screen Printed Quality standards and do not surpass all of their DTG competitors. Sometimes the designs in these collections and galleries are not available anywhere else but you can usually find them elsewhere such as Neatoshop.

Neatoshop does not have Screen Printed tees as they specialize in Direct To Garment printing only. Their DTG printed tees are the best in the Print On Demand industry to date that I have personally seen. Most of the designs that you see on the Limited Edition Shirt-of-the-Day type sites (featured on the TeeFetch homepage) can be found here as well as at other Print On Demand services not shown in this comparison.

This is a side by side TeeFury Vs Neatoshop DTG print quality comparison of the same design from these two brands.

Neatoshop Vs TeeFury DTG Print Quality Comparison

What I notice and the images above should clarify this, is that both brands have about the same ink thickness. But Neatoshop's ink coverage and color range is far superior. On the TeeFury sample Kaylee's pants appear Grey and on the Neatoshop sample the pants do appear to be Green. To my eyes the Reds on the Neatoshop print came out better. Neatoshop's sample also comes closer to matching the actual design thumbnail shown on their website where as TeeFury's did not. This could be because TeeFury's original file might had been setup for Screen Printing and not DTG. I suggest this as a possibility because of the slight design differences that are noticeable on the two design thumbnails. Such as the shading under Kaylee's legs and on her nose (in which the latter appears to be smudged). It is in no way related to the differences in fabric color. I can say this with complete and total confidence as darker fabrics are more difficult to print on as a white layer is usually added as a primer then the design gets printed on top of that. Meaning the dark fabric does not show through the primer. So technically the darker fabric should be a disadvantage for Neatoshop but it clearly is not an obstacle at all.

Not all of TeeFury's tees are this noticeably different from than their design thumbnails. Usually, I rate their printing from 3.5 stars up to 5 stars as sometimes there is variations between what you see and what you actually get. In this case it is a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Their Siren tee for example scored a 5 out of 5. Their Screen Printed tees (not shown) are a 5 out of 5 stars for Screen Printed quality.

Neatoshop is always consistent with their DTG printing and quality control and so far I've always rated their printing 5 out of 5 stars.

I rate DTG on its own merits and I do not compare it to Screen Printing which is also based on its own merits. Both printing methods have their pros and cons. This has been a DTG vs DTG Brand Vs Brand print quality review.