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T-Shirt Design & Logo Placement Guide

By Shirtspace | Oct 26, 2017 |  Updated Jan 17, 2022

When you are making merchandise for your brand’s logo, placement is key. There are many factors to take into consideration when designing apparel for a brand or business. The main factors that you need to figure out are, which decoration method you prefer, garment type, colors and most importantly position of your logo design. For more information about brand logo colors, check out our blog, “How to Pick Your Brand’s Color Palette.”  

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Placement Guide for Logo Designs

Apparel decorators have to inevitably spend time determining the placement of their designs. Not too high, not too low, not too far left or right, and placement of dreaded chest prints. Eyeballing is an ok way to do it, but a more efficient way is to measure. We at ShirtSpace do not just carry blank apparel for your creations, but we are also proud to help with the placement of your designs!

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Below is a helpful guide that takes the eyeballing out of design placement. 

Front of T-shirt

Taking into account the size and shape of your design, as well as the size of your garment, the top of the design should begin 4”-6” from the neck. Center the design between the left and right seams, and you’re good to go. Kids tees are slightly different and should be 1.5”- 3” below the neck and centered between the left and right seams.

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Back of T-Shirt

Designs placed on the back of shirts should be approximately 5” from the collar and centered between the left and right seams. This option for logo placement is best for maximum exposure. Due to this part of the shirt, it has the largest real estate for your brand’s design. This spot is one of the favorites for Screen printers due to the wide range and space they have for their designs. Other decorators such as embroiders might steer away from this position for reasons ranging from how much space they have to work with, their design aesthetic or how pricing a large embroidery design can be. 

     

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Left Chest 

This is the most common position for logo placement, making it the most recognizable to the consumer eye. From the left shoulder seam, measure 7"-9" down and center between the center and side seam of the shirt. Another option is to measure 4"-6" to the right of center. The latter is a bit easier, but both are good options.

     

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Left Chest with Pocket on T-shirt

This one is really straightforward. Center the design either directly above or on top of the pocket.

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Left Chest on Polo Shirt

From the left shoulder seam, measure 7"-9" down and center between the placket and side seam.  Another option, and arguably easier,  is to measure 4"- 6" to the right of the placket.

         

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Left Chest without Pocket on Button-down Shirt

From the left shoulder seam, measure 7"-9" down and center between the placket and side seam. You can also measure or 4"-6" to the right of the placket.

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Left Chest with Pocket on Button-down shirt

Similar to the pocket t-shirt, center the design directly above or on top of the pocket.

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But What About Hoodies?

Of course, we couldn’t forget a hoodie logo placement guide! For hoodies, you follow the same standards as you would for t-shirts, but you have the added benefit of the sleeves and a hood to work with!  Follow the same guidelines as t-shirts  for placement on the chest and back of a hoodie. For designs where you typically would measure from the collar down on the back of the garment to determine proper placement, measure from the seam where the hoodie and the body meet, along the back neckline. 

Designs Placement On The Hood 

There are three places we suggest you might place a design on the hood of a sweatshirt (or even a jacket):

1. On the hood edge, facing down

2. On the hood edge, facing up

3. On the side(s) of hood

People wearing hoodies, demonstrating aesthetically pleasing areas that you can put designs, text or logo on the sweatshirt.

Each of these design placements have their own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, 1 looks great when you are wearing your hood on your head, but when it’s resting off your head, 2 looks more attractive. If you want space to put a larger design, or perhaps something besides text, 3 is a smart choice. Avoid putting vinyl or prints across seams, not only for best results but also for longevity of the design. 

Design Placement on the Sleeves

We have noticed more and more sleeve designs in recent years when it comes to apparel decoration (t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets!). Since it’s still a growing trend, it’s a simple addition that will leave people saying, “You don’t see that too often!” Differentiators like this can make your brand stand apart and get you the sale! There are a handful of placement possibilities for decorating a sleeve:

1. Designs placed evenly spaced along outer portion of sleeve

2. Vertical text evenly spaced along outer portion of sleeve

3. Full arm print

4. Horizontal text placed evenly along outer portion of sleeve

5. Small design(s) or text - best on sleeve near top of wrist

People wearing hoodies, demonstrating places designs can be placed on the sweatshirt sleeve.

A few more tips to consider with designs placed on the arm:

  • Make sure that you think about how a design might change when you put the hoodie on versus when it’s lying flat before adhering it to the fabric

  • Consider avoiding joint areas that will experience a lot of natural wear due to friction (elbow, arm/shoulder socket)

  • Don’t overdo it—sometimes simpler looks a lot cleaner. Try to choose no more than 3 designs per hoodie (but keep in mind that rules are also sometimes meant to broken.  Thinking “outside the box” can pay off too!) 

Design Placement on a Hoodie Pouch Pocket

Hoodies stand apart from other sweatshirts and long-sleeve shirts because they have a large pocket that falls on the lower abdominal that provides additional opportunities for customizations. Here are our top hoodie pocket design ideas:

  1. Text or horizontal design on the pocket, along the top or bottom pocket seam

  2. Text along the pocket openings

  3. Clever character placement 

    • You can also do this along the top seam so that the character looks like they are

      “popping out” 

    • You can easily do this with t-shirts that have breast pockets too!

3 variations of a young man wearing the same white hoodie and demonstrating places you can put designs on the pouch pocket.

A few more tips to consider with designs placed on the arm:

  • In attempts to not overcomplicate things, we recommend that if you choose to decorate the front pouch pocket, do not decorate the chest as well. 

  • We do not recommend putting one large designs smack middle of the pocket, it usually doesn’t look good. Either print the entire pouch from seam-to-seam, or go with a smaller and more discreet design as shown above

How Placement of Your Logo Will Help Your Design

Apparel decorators and designers have to think about a lot of moving parts. Their creations are not just going to live on a blank canvas but instead on blank apparel. There are many factors that play into the result of your creations with decorating apparel. Design sizing and placement can make or break your creation, so using these tips and tricks will be very helpful. 

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Image Source: Gian Cescon & Brock Wegner

Your “canvas” is not always plain white, which will alter your color palette. You can find out more about how to use colors to compliment your apparel designs here! Your design becomes more dimensional than 2D, as it will be worn and take on the shape of the human body. This is why the placement of your logo or design is so important. Luckily, there are many tips and tricks like we have discussed in this article as well as in Advanced Branding Solutions article that will guide you to having the most successful logo design and placement!

FAQ

Q: What are the measurements for a logo placement on the front chest of a shirt?

A: The measurements for a logo that is going to be placed on the front of a shirt should be centered between the left and right seams and begin 4”-6” inches from the neck collar. If you are working with kids apparel you will still need to align the design in the center of the left and right seams, however, the suggested measurements are for the design to begin 1.5”-3” below the neck collar line.

Q: Where is the most common logo placement on a shirt?

A: The most common logo placement on a shirt is on the left chest. This has become the most common placement due to the original handshake, which would force your right hand to extend and therefore cover up the right chest area and your logo. For this logo position, there are two options you can measure from the left shoulder seam that should be considered when choosing this placement. Either measure 7”-9” down the center between the center and the side seam, or measure 4”-6” inches to the right of center.

Q: What is the measurement for a logo placement on the back of a shirt, and what are the benefits for this placement?

A: Choosing the back of your garment for your design has many advantages. The main one being the amount of space you have to work with. Screen printers love this option because they can reduce the limitations to their designs. When choosing this option, the rule of thumb is to center your design in the middle of the left and right seams, and 5” below the collar neck line.

Q: What is the most common placement for embroidered logo designs?

A: The left chest placement is the most common for embroiders to sew logos. Due to the embroidery method, this position is the most beneficial and complimentary for their design aesthetic. The left chest also being the most popular placement option helps embroidered logo designs still get the attention they deserve! 
 

Q: Is there a quick “cheat sheet” on how to choose the logo size on a shirt?

A: Here are some measurements that are a good general rule of thumb to go by for logo size on a shirt. These recommendations are determined by the area you choose for placement:

  • Left Chest -  2.5”-5” wide and tall

  • Center Chest - 6”-10” wide, 6”-8” tall

  • Full Front - 10”- 12” wide, 10”-14” tall

  • Oversize Front - 12”-15” wide, 14”-16” tall

  • Back Collar - 1”-3” wide, 1”-3” tall

  • Upper Back - 10”-14” wide, 1”-6” tall

  • Full Back - 10”-14” wide, 6”-15” tall

  • Sleeve - 1”-4” wide, 1”-4” tall 
     

Q: What is the quick answer for how to put a logo on a shirt?

A: There a multiple methods that you can do to put a logo on a shirt including:

Comments

Elisheba - Jun 14, 2021


I'm sewing a dragon onto a t-shirt, and as I'm wearing adult and kids clothes right now I'm doing 3 ½ in from the top.

Claire Masters - May 25, 2021


Thank you for reminding me to make sure that designs that are on the front of kids' shirts are three inches below the neckline. My son's soccer team wants to have matching shirts with their team logo. I'll be sure to keep these tips in mind once we find a service that can make these custom t-shirts for the whole team.

Taylor Hansen - Jan 22, 2021


I'm wanting to make custom T-shirts for my brother's new cookie delivery business. It's good to know that you can put the logo or writing between the left and right seams. I'll be sure to find a company that has templates I can use before starting.

Danish siddiqui - Sep 24, 2020


Great Blog a worthful read. Checkout wide range of Champion T-Shirts with popular brand of this Era.

Salvatore - Sep 16, 2020


I always thought it was 3inches down from neck. It looks weird if I was to place it lower.

Vilmarie Bermudez - Sep 03, 2020


This is great thank you. I wanted to know what the best or proper spacing when creating a business shirt with all the wording.

Best T-shirt Design - Aug 29, 2020


T-shirt design is creative work. Thank you for your wonderful blog. It's a really helpful blog for us. And I hope you will write more blogs.

ShirtSpace - Jun 22, 2020


Hi Kim! If you're wanting to print your design on both the shirt and the pocket we would recommend using these guidelines- Front of T-shirt Taking into account the size and shape of your design, as well as the size of your garment, the top of the design should begin 4”-6” from the neck. Center the design between the left and right seams and you’re good to go. Kids tees are slightly different and should be 1.5”- 3” below the neck and centered between the left and right seams. But, if you're wanting to print your design a little off-center so that it's not at all on the pocket, you could try shifting your design to prevent printing from on the pocket. We hope that makes sense, but please let us know if you have any additional questions!

Kim Stranger - Jun 15, 2020


I have a t-shirt with a pocket on it but I want the design to be on the T-shirt not the pocket how do I place it?

Gabriel Jaji - Jun 06, 2020


I bought my Real Madrid shirt unfortunately there was no option for personalisation. Is it possible to have it done by you?

MohammadNurUddin - Jan 31, 2020


I wanna to learn hiw to print a tee shirt

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