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Just in case you didn’t know, our site is currently holding a T-Shirt Design Contest Design The MakeUseOf T-Shirt & Get $200! Design The MakeUseOf T-Shirt & Get $200! Read More . There will be three winners and each will go home with $200 in their pocket. The basic requirement of the design is “something cool looking that people (techies) would WANT to wear”.

I’m sure that many of our readers would like to participate but are not feeling confident enough with their “graphic manipulation skill”.

Even though being a Photoshop ace would be a real advantage; anybody with a browser, a screen capture tool, and any application with the ability to insert image and edit text, could come up with a cool geeky t-shirt design.

Cooking Up The Idea

design your own t-shirtThe first thing that you need to design your own t-shirt is a good idea. Don’t wander too far from your idea, find something related to your life. Think of a design that you would want to wear yourself.

The good news is, if you are reading this article right now, chances are your life is already filled with geeky ideas that you can turn into a design. Armed with the idea, you are ready to look for raw materials for your design.

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I myself started with the idea of a “404 Error Page How To Make a Great 404 Error Page & 10 Examples How To Make a Great 404 Error Page & 10 Examples Read More “. To avoid the trap of being too obvious and ordinary, I added the ingredients with my wish to make fun of the mighty Google. Then I mixed a little bit of Make Use Of spice to the recipe.

The Process Of Baking The Design

We already know that if you write down a wrong sub-address to a valid domain, you’ll get the famous error page message. So what do you think will happen if we do it deliberately to a Google address? We’ll get a great image for our T-Shirt design.

I opened my browser and pasted the Make Use Of motto at the end of the Google URL. It went something like this: “http://www.google.com/cool_websites,_software_and_internet_tips“. I hit enter and got the error page.

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Then I hid everything from view using the “View – Hide” menu to get a cleaner look.

design your own t-shirt

I also enlarged the page view using the “View – Zoom In” menu to get a higher resolution image.

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I captured the browser window using a screen capture tool. I used Jing How To Take A Better Screenshot Image With Jing (Mac) How To Take A Better Screenshot Image With Jing (Mac) Read More on my Mac, but this tool is also available for Windows. Another alternative that you can use is Screenpresso Screenpresso - A Light Jing Alternative With Advanced Options Screenpresso - A Light Jing Alternative With Advanced Options Read More (Windows), Skitch Capture Edit & Share Your Screenshots With Skitch [Mac Only] Capture Edit & Share Your Screenshots With Skitch [Mac Only] Read More (Mac) and Shutter (Linux).

Just to prove that you can use almost any application – as long as it can handle text and image – to come up with the final design, I dragged and dropped the captured image to TextEdit – basic word processing for Mac (similar to Notepad for Windows – but more full featured). Of course you can use Word Create Cool Desktop Wallpapers Quickly using Microsoft Word Create Cool Desktop Wallpapers Quickly using Microsoft Word Read More , PowerPoint How to Create a Website Header Image Using PowerPoint How to Create a Website Header Image Using PowerPoint Read More , or a dedicated graphic application like Photoshop 20 Photoshop Tips & Tricks That You Should Know About 20 Photoshop Tips & Tricks That You Should Know About Read More and the alternatives 8 Simple Free Photoshop Alternatives that are under 2 MB 8 Simple Free Photoshop Alternatives that are under 2 MB Read More like Acorn Easily Make Quick Edits to Your Images with Acorn [Mac] Easily Make Quick Edits to Your Images with Acorn [Mac] Read More for Mac.

I added some text and inserted a high resolution [NO LONGER WORKS] Make Use Of logo (you can also get the logo in vector format). Then I recaptured the image using a screen capture tool to get the final design.

This is what my final design looked like.

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The End Is Near

What are you waiting for? The deadline for the contest is April 30th 2010. Submit your cool and geeky design before the end of this month and see whether you have what it takes to win.

But even if the deadline has passed, you can use the method explained here to create other designs for your own use. Just be sure to stay within the line and not break the law by using copyrighted materials.

Image credit: Dplanet & Thomas R Stegelmann

  1. biber hapı
    April 23, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Good to have bumped onto your blog and met you.

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    April 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

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