For many people, their hoodies are one of the most treasured pieces of clothing in their wardrobe. They’re comfortable, snug, and, most importantly, versatile. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t own a hoodie. So, it’s no surprise that hoodies featuring unique and interesting designs are incredibly popular.

But what if you’re planning to design your own hoodie and don’t know where to start? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to design a custom hoodie with your own artwork.

Step 1: Pick a Hoodie

Like most pieces of clothing, hoodies are available in a wide range of styles. From regular champion to zipper hoodies and more, hoodies are incredibly varied. Therefore, first of all, you’ll need to browse the catalog and pick the one that best suits your needs.

Not sure which hoodie to pick? Here are some fan favorites:

Unisex Hoodie

Our best-selling unisex hoodies are made from an 80% cotton and 20% polyester blend. As a result, they are very durable and long-lasting. However, they are also comfortable and can provide warmth throughout the day (or evening).

We offer these unisex hoodies in multiple sizes and color variants. In other words, they can easily accommodate any artwork that you’re planning to use. Therefore, we believe that these hoodies are a great place to start for your first couple of designs.

Zipper Hoodie

If you want a more modern and practical product, our zipper hoodies are right up your alley. As the name suggests, these hoodies feature a zipped, open front. That makes them perfect for people who are always on the go and want a piece of clothing that’s easy to put on and take off.

When it comes to quality, the zipper hoodies are made from a mix of polyester and combed cotton. So, it’s clear that they are as durable and cozy as any of our sweatshirts.

But keep in mind that zipper hoodies work best for simple designs. That’s because complex artwork tends to look a bit unattractive whenever you unzip your hoodie.

Cropped Hoodie

Cropped hoodies are cute, stylish, and just as comfortable as any other similar type of hoodie. Since they are manufactured using a mix of cotton and polyester fleece, these hoodies are super durable and cozy. And, with six colors to choose from, it’s hard not to find one suitable for your design.

Speaking of design, cropped hoodies feature a wide printing area. Thus, you don’t have to worry about downscaling your design in order to fit the hoodie. That’s why we recommend cropped hoodies for complex and intricate artwork.

Step 2: Create Your Design

After deciding on a hoodie, it’s time to create your own artwork. Whether you are an experienced graphic designer or a complete beginner, we’ve got plenty of ways you can create a gorgeous print for your hoodie:

Use Our Designs

ArtistShot provides a generous collection of free hoodie designs created by some of the best artists in the industry. Whether you want a funny message or unique artwork; we’ve got you covered! Just browse our selection of prints, choose the ones you like, and use them to design your own hoodie.


There are many outsourcing websites, like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer, that are filled with talented artists eager to help. All you need to do is create an account, and then you’ll be able to get in touch with professionals all over the world.

Use Your Skills

Do you have some basic design skills and a bit of creativity? Then you can easily create your own artwork using an application like Photoshop or simply hand drawing it. But, if you opt for the latter, you’ll still have to digitalize the design in order to be able to add it to your hoodie.

Try Shutterstock

If you don’t have any designer skills and still want to make a custom hoodie, Shutterstock can be a lifesaver. Sure, you’ll still need to pay for the right to use a design. However, paying a couple of dollars might be a better option than hiring a more expensive professional or learning to create a design by yourself.

Step 3: Add Your Design to the Hoodie

Once your design is ready, it’s time to add it to a hoodie. For that, you’ll have to use a mockup generator. Fortunately, we have our own online creator that’s not only incredibly accessible but also 100% free. By using it, you’ll get an idea of what the final product will look like, allowing you to make any necessary adjustments before placing your order.

What makes our creator so appealing is that it comes with every feature you will ever want. For instance, it allows you to select between multiple apparel types and preferred colors even after attaching your design. That way, you can see how the overall color and style affect your graphic without the need to start over each time.

Additionally, you can move your hoodie custom design around, add text, and even work with multiple layers of artwork as long as they fit in the designated printing area. It also allows you to directly browse existing designs available on our website. And lastly, you can choose whether you want to print on the front or back of the hoodie.

Step 4: Place Your Order

Are you happy with your design and believe that it would fit a hoodie perfectly? Then all that’s left to do is place your order. If you’ve used our mockup generator, placing an order is as simple as pressing a button.

The easy website integration allows you to add your custom product directly to the shopping cart, so you can either continue designing more hoodies or browse other apparel items. Once you’re ready, click the checkout button, fill out the form, and relax knowing that our professionals are hard at work on your custom hoodie.

Design Your Custom Hoodies Today

Nowadays, anyone can design their own custom clothing such as a T-shirt, hoodie, cap, or anything in between. All it takes is a bit of creativity and time to come up with the next best-selling apparel item. So why spend your money on the same, all too common products, when you can make your own today?