Represent design options

You can sell on Represent or promote a cause even if you don’t have any design experience. Our free design tool offers three options which are incredibly easy to use:

  • Text
  • Symbol
  • Image

Apart from these options, which can be combined if needed, you can also use our existing campaign templates we have collected in the Represent Catalogue. These were designed by Represent Community and can be used straight away if you want to skip the design stage and start selling now.

Which format should I use?

If you choose to create your own image design, you can use a variety of graphics editors. The offer ranges from commercial ones (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop) to free alternatives (Inkscape). To create your shirts successfully, it is important to save your design in the right format. We definitely recommend SVG format, but we also accept PNG and JPG. Even if you are not a techie, you will find easy to understand why.

SVG format allows you to save a design which has transparent background. This means you can use your design on various shirt colors, as it doesn’t have the white / black background. Also, when your design is enlarged, it doesn’t lose its quality. Therefore, this is the option to go for if you want your design to look absolutely awesome on your shirts.

PNG format also allows you to save a design with transparent background. However, our design tool does NOT support scaling your design larger if it is a .png file. To make sure your .png file is at print ready resolution, all you need to do is make sure your canvas size is at least 4000 pixels wide (or 12” wide at 300 dpi).

JPG format does not allow you to have transparent background, nor can it be enlarged without losing its quality. Please note that even if you add white background to a white T-shirt, the white background will most likely be visible when the shirt is printed. Only use this option when you want to keep the background of your design!

Remember: changing the existing file’s extension (e.g. from JPG to SVG) does NOT convert your design.

How to save a file as SVG in Adobe Illustrator

Go to File -> Save as… Next, select SVG from the file type drop down menu. Please ensure that you’ve selected Convert to outline under Font type before saving! The steps will be very similar in other graphics editors, too.

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