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Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

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Default Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

Yellow & Off-White. Yellow and white don't typically make the best pairing. Both colors are very bright, and if there's text on the t-shirt, it ends up being really hard to read, so a lot of people rule out this color combo before ever trying it.
 
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Default Re: Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

Your best bet, when designing for shirts are to use colors that contrast with the shirt, for more visibility, pop and easier to read.

There are exceptions, like when you are trying to make a design that is more subdued. An example if that case would be to use Darker Blue inks on a Navy shirt, or Dark Grey inks on a Black shirt.

In the past year I've made Black designs that printed on Black shirts (for biker clubs). Makes for an interesting look. They call in a "Murder Black" look. It's something they wanted (their idea), not something I would try to sell to a customer, for sure.

Yeah, chose mostly contrasting colors would be the most often choice for designs I would think.
 
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Default Re: Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

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i can give some very BASIC color theory...

the WORST color combos are on the opposite side of the color wheel...
red & green
blue & orange
yellow & purple

though some people think these are great. always thought christmas colors were TACKY myself. you know why they used to put fake grass under meat? the green makes the meat look redder.

to ME the best color combos are adjacents...
red & orange
orange & yellow
yellow & green
green & blue
blue & violet
violet & red

i think they're called complimentary colors. it's been 30 years.

neutral black white & grey work with almost any color, though maybe not when the colors are too close like white & yellow, as mentioned, or navy & black UNLESS you want that effect

you can ALWAYS stick with black, white & red if you want something to pop

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i can give some very BASIC color theory...

the WORST color combos are on the opposite side of the color wheel...
red & green
blue & orange
yellow & purple

though some people think these are great. always thought christmas colors were TACKY myself. you know why they used to put fake grass under meat? the green makes the meat look redder.

to ME the best color combos are adjacents...
red & orange
orange & yellow
yellow & green
green & blue
blue & violet
violet & red

i think they're called complimentary colors. it's been 30 years.

neutral black white & grey work with almost any color, though maybe not when the colors are too close like white & yellow, as mentioned, or navy & black UNLESS you want that effect

you can ALWAYS stick with black, white & red if you want something to pop
This is wrong. Complementary colours are opposite each other in the colour wheel and provide the highest contrast.

So, nothing wrong with red/green, blue/orange, purple/yellow combinations (except for colour blind people).
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Default Re: Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

like i said, it's been 30 years since learning color theory. i stand corrected, thank you, but TO ME... "complimentary colors" are an hideous abomination. i hate them very much, and am not a fan of designs using primary colors either, even though they're popular.

to my eyes, "complimentary colors" are just wrong.

i was trying to add info last night but the library closed on me.

i would argue that the "best" color combos are a person's favorite color, or whatever works for a particular design and neutrals white/grey/black. well... maybe white and yellow, as mentioned is a bad low contrast combo, but yellow & grey or black is just fine. i'm a big fan of purple & black myself.

ARRRRGH! the site logged me out and ate my update. i'm going to shorten my reply this time.

red is THE "power color" it's also hot, passionate or even violent, but people are naturally attracted to it. wear red if you want to attract a mate, and blue & green if you want to drive them away

yellow is nature's warning color, so use it if you want a color that makes people more alert. that's why traffic signs are yellow.

the cool colors (my favorites, if not womens') are more soothing. you should use those if you're trying to convey peace, harmony & comfort.

if you're looking for "the best" combo to drive sales... red and a neutral are your best friends


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Default Re: Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

i do an irish green heather with red, black and silver vinyl,
and it looks and sells well

also a smaller left chest lemon yellow vinyl on dark grey heather works well,
but as a full chest may be a little much
and on the other end i do a matte black vinyl on a dark grey heather that almost blends into the tee,
but is a subtle design for subtle people

trial a few color combos and see how sales are
my wife hates the lemon on grey, but others like and buy it
 
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Default Re: Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel


https://color.adobe.com/explore?page=1


https://color.adobe.com/trends


no need to sign up to check this out. Maybe someone can use this.
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I wasn't bring flippant when I mentioned colour blindness in an earlier post. It's a fact that many people perceive colours differently to others, so it all boils down to a matter of taste FROM THE VIEWER'S PERSPECTIVE. My neon green socks go perfectly with my blue suede shoes.......... in my opinion! 😉
 
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My neon green socks go perfectly with my blue suede shoes
i absolutely agree... women don't though... i've had not one, but TWO women submit unsolicited criticisms over blue/green combos which are PERCEIVED as "weak" whereas people view red as THE "power color"

i created a graphic to show how visually strong light weight red text on black is... but it somehow got deleted
 
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Default Re: Which pair of colours are best to design a T-shirt?

Use colors that contrast with the shirt. For example, on a white shirt use black ink or dark blue.

On a black shirt, use white ink.

On a yellow shirt, black ink will stand out very well.

That is, if you want your design to pop out. On the other hand, if you want your design to blend in with the shirt, you might try using a gray ink on a black shirt. Or maybe an orange or reddish ink on a yellow shirt.
 






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