Creative Design Solutions

High-quaity Custom Artwork For Your Appales

NW Custom Apparel is specialized in creating custom artwork designs tailored specifically for t-shirt printing and a variety of other apparel. Our unique graphic design prints and bespoke creations are crafted to elevate your style and make a statement. We combine creativity, craftsmanship, and professional expertise to deliver high-quality, personalized apparel that reflects your individuality.

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Meet Steve

Boasting an impressive career that spans four decades, Steve Deland stands as a beacon of excellence in the graphic design realm. His illustrious journey through the apparel and souvenir sectors has seen him forge lasting partnerships with a diverse range of clients, from burgeoning startups to esteemed Fortune 500 companies. Steve’s unwavering dedication to superior craftsmanship and his keen eye for detail have solidified his reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier designers.

Artwork Skills

Our team of designers, led by Steve Deland, brings unparalleled expertise and creativity to every project. With years of experience and a keen eye for detail, we pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and the ability to deliver professional, skillful designs.

Expertise: Our designers possess extensive knowledge and skills in graphic design, ensuring each project is handled with precision and creativity.

Creativity: We push the boundaries of design, creating unique and innovative artwork that captivates and impresses.

Craftsmanship: Attention to detail and a commitment to quality define our approach to every design project.

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Custom Artwork Design

Our bespoke artwork design service is dedicated to bringing your unique vision to life. Whether you need a design for a corporate event, a special occasion, or merchandise, we work closely with you to craft custom designs that reflect your brand and style. Our team of talented designers, led by Steve Deland, uses advanced technology to ensure every detail is perfect, resulting in unique, eye-catching artwork.

  • Tailored Designs: We listen to your needs and create artwork that is exclusively yours.
  • High-Quality Creations: Using the latest design software, we ensure your artwork is vibrant and precise.
  • Personalized Service: Collaborate directly with our designers to get the exact look you want.

T-Shirt and Cap Designs

Our t-shirt and cap designs are fashionable, trendy, high-quality and personalized. We work closely with you to create stylish and unique apparel that reflects your personality and preferences.

  • Fashionable: Modern and stylish designs to keep you ahead of fashion trends.
  • High-Quality: Using premium materials and advanced printing techniques, we guarantee durability and excellence in every print.
  • Personalized: Each design is tailored to your specific needs and preferences, making your apparel truly unique.

Unique Graphic Design Prints & Creations

We specialize in creating exclusive, bespoke designs that are innovative and distinctive. Our artistic approach ensures that each creation is a masterpiece, perfect for those who want to stand out.

  • Exclusive: One-of-a-kind designs, giving you unique apparel.
  • Bespoke: Custom-made designs tailored specifically to your vision and requirements.
  • Innovative: We constantly innovate to bring fresh, creative ideas to our designs.
  • Distinctive: Memorable artwork ensures you make a lasting impression.

Quality and Craftsmanship

At Northwest Custom Apparel, quality and craftsmanship are our core values. We use only the best materials and printing techniques to ensure every piece of apparel is durable and maintains its vibrant look.

  • Vibrant Colors: Advanced printing technology keeps colors bright and true to the original design.
  • Long-Lasting Prints: Durable materials and expert application methods guarantee that your prints won’t fade or peel.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: We stand by the quality of our work and offer a satisfaction guarantee on all our services.


Graphic Art Service Pricing 2024


New Artwork Preparation – $50.00 (flat fee)
This service includes creating a product mockup with your logo for review and ensuring the logo is clear and correctly sized for printing. Ideal for new art or customer-supplied art requiring adjustments or mockups on chosen apparel.


Hourly Graphic Design – $75.00 per hour
Billed in 15-minute segments. This rate applies to graphic design tasks, including T-shirt designs and custom creative work. Pricing breakdown: 15 min – $18.75, 30 min – $37.50, 45 min – $56.25.

Our Unique ArtWork Samples in Different Trades

We pride ourselves on the variety and quality of our designs, catering to different trades and special requirements:

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Ready to elevate your style with stunning custom artwork for your t-shirts and caps? Contact us today to discuss your project and get a free design consultation. Our team is here to help you every step of the way, ensuring your complete satisfaction with the final product.


1.) A graphic designer can create a consistent brand image for you.
2.) A graphic artist knows the new and emerging trends.
3.) A graphic artist creates innovative and creative ideas according to your needs.
4.) A graphic artist adds a professional look to your idea.
5.) A graphic artist will work personally with you to achieve exactly what you’re looking for.

A .PNG file is needed for (DTG) Printing. A hi resolution (300dpi) .JPG that the background can be cropped out will work with a little editing if that is the best you can provide.

Most people that order shirts are in that position for the first time and are new to it so the internet is the go to for most people looking to print apparel. Your local printers though are your best option. You can work with them and have the personal interaction with them and really build a relationship with your supplier that you cannot get over the internet. This way there are no 3rd party miscommunications during the ordering and approval process.

If you are prone to wear a jacket then a front print is advised. If you ride a motorcycle or bike and or don’t like to feel like you’re wearing a billboard advertising something then a back print is preferred. If you’re advertising a brand or company logo then a simple left chest design and full back design works nicely.

Vector graphics breaks the art into layers and colors that are editable. Needed for screenprint. Raster art is basically a .jpg or tiff. They can be edited for DTG printing but cannot be used for screenprint.

Corel Draw Online Suite, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are the market preferred programs.

A .PNG file or Photoshop file saved in layers for (DTG) is best. .AI or .EPS or .CDR file for Screenprinting.

Maximum size for a front or back design for (DTG) is 15” width by 19” height. Maximum size for screenprint is 13.5” width by 14” height. Left chest designs are usually around 4” by 4”.

A full back print featuring your company logo and pertinent info such as a large phone number and website for advertising your business.

This depends on what you are trying to achieve. A design that has lots of text and is not ledgable or a design that is layed out poorly and not identifiable is bad. If you’re advertising for a business or some other form of trying to pass on info to the public then to much info is not a good idea. Tends to be small print. People cannot take in all the info in passing. Ideally a clean and bold design that is easy to read and process the info printed in passing is the best option.

This depends on what you are trying to achieve. A design that has lots of text and is not ledgable or a design that is layed out poorly and not identifiable is bad. If you’re advertising for a business or some other form of trying to pass on info to the public then to much info is not a good idea. Tends to be small print. People cannot take in all the info in passing. Ideally a clean and bold design that is easy to read and process the info printed in passing is the best option.

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Antonio Massey

Production Team: Folder

Antonio Massey recently joined NWCA in June of 2022. His role on the Production Team has greatly improved our processes and productivity. Antonio is always willing to lift heavy boxes or help his co-workers during busy times. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog and mastering video games.


Alicia Wada

Shipping Clerk

Alicia Wada is passionate about helping her co-workers at Northwest Custom Apparel in any way that she can. She works in our Shipping and Logistics department. Alicia, who goes by Ali, has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. She lived in Japan for ten years and recently brought her family to America in 2019. She is interested in learning crafts and textile art from around the world.


Erik Mickelson


Erik Mickelson’s position as Manager is more than a job, it’s a passion. It’s always fun and exciting because he enjoys marketing, computers, and coming up with innovative ideas to help NWCA grow. He majored in accounting and finance at Washington State University, graduating in 1996, and returned to school to obtain his Master of Business from WGU, graduating in 2016. Erik continually strives to advance his education through podcasts, audiobooks, and industry tradeshows. He is married to a remarkable and caring wife named Wendy, a Registered Nurse, with whom he shares his many hobbies and a love for the outdoors.



Ruth Nhoung

Production Manager

Ruth Nhoung is our Production Manager and Northwest Custom Apparel is lucky to have her. Thanks to her vast knowledge of machine embroidery and dedication to creating a comfortable and supportive work environment, the production plant runs smoothly and customers are pleased with our work. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys spending quality time with her siblings. She says, “I love everything about Northwest Custom Apparel: the people, the atmosphere, the work, and the customers. I love what I do and I embrace all of NWCA’s core values”.


Steve Deland

Art Director

Steve Deland has been our amazing Artist since 2017. He loves working at Northwest Custom Apparel because he appreciates the goal-oriented, progressive-thinking management style. He is most passionate about his art, which includes scroll saw woodwork, and his five grandchildren.



Taylar Hanson


Taylar Hanson is a highly acclaimed Saleswoman at Northwest Custom Apparel. She has a BA in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles from Washington State University. “Go Cougs!” The best part of Taylar’s job is getting to work with longtime customers who trust us to do the best work and take care of their needs. She is passionate about appreciating nature, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Nika Lao


Nika Lao is very knowledgeable in how the business is ran because she began as an Embroidery Machine Operator and has worked hard to become the excellent and personable saleswoman she is today. She enjoys the stress-free environment and the many chances to connect with her co-workers over potlucks, BBQs, and bowling parties. Nika is a proud sister of two highly successful brothers and can boast mastering three languages herself: Khmer, Thai, and English. She is an avid camper, enjoys going to farmer markets, and loves cooking.


Bradley Wright


Bradley Wright has been a vital team member of NWCA since 2017. As our accountant and knower-of-all-things, Bradley is proud to work closely with his wonderful colleagues. He studied at the University of Washington. These days he dedicates his free time to his new house.


Dominic Nguyen

DTG Operator

Dominic Nguyen recently joined our Direct-To-Garment department. He says he loves the family work environment at Northwest Custom Apparel. In his free time, Dom likes to listen to music, hangout with friends, and play video games. He comes from a very big family which can be very chaotic at times, but is always exciting.


Sothea Tann

Production Team: Trimmer

Sothea Tann recently joined the Production Team in 2022. She finds Northwest Custom Apparel to be a good working environment with helpful and friendly staff. In her free time, Sothea spends quality time with her family and, overall, focuses on a peaceful and happy lifestyle.


Brian Beardsley

DTG Supervisor

Brian Beardsley has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. He is our DTG Supervisor. Brian loves that he gets to work with high-tech machines in a fun atmosphere. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. He said, “I always wanted to create visually interesting assets in a variety of mediums”. In his free time, he enjoys building and painting models, playing video games, designing, and playing his guitar.


UT Tri Tran

Embroidery Machine Operator

UT Tri Tran loves Northwest Custom Apparel so much that, although she has already retired after a long career in machine embroidery operations, she is happy to return part time. She says, “I love the family style work environment and how everyone shares food, laughter, and fun on a regular basis.” In her free time she is dedicated to living a healthy and peaceful lifestyle with her friends and family.



Embroidery Machine Operator

BunsereytheavyHoeu, who goes by Theavy, won our Operator of the Year in 2021. She takes on many roles in the production team. She says, “These are not my co-workers, these are my family! I cherish all the memories we make together”. When she goes home to be with her family, she makes the most of her time with them by holding family get-togethers and even karaoke competitions.


Sreynai Meang

Embroidery Machine Operator

SreynaiMeang is a hard-working Machine Operator. She is most passionate about helping people. Sreynai, who goes by Nai, likes to exercise in her free time and talk with her family in Cambodia.


Kanha Chhorn

Embroidery Machine Operator

Kanha Chhorn has been an Embroidery Operator with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. She is delightful and always makes everyone smile and laugh. Kanha takes on additional tasks that allow us to exceed our customers’ expectations. In her free time, she can be found at her local temple or spending quality time with her family and friends.


Savy Som

Embroidery Machine Operator

SavySom is one of our Machine Operators who is passionate about embroidery and sewing. She enjoys working at NWCA because of its flexibility. She has two teenage sons and loves spending time with her family on the weekends.



Embroidery Machine Operator

SorphornSorm has been a Machine Operator since 2011. One of her four sisters works here as well. Her other relatives are in Cambodia. In her free time, Sorphorn studies English, listens to music, and enjoys exercising.


Jim Mickelson


Jim Mickelson, after a successful career with a major oil company, founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977. This was the first commercial embroidery in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Jim has become the guru of embroidery never refusing to answer a question or offer advice to his fellow embroiders. Jim and his wife Leeanna raised four wonderful children who went on to successful business careers.

Northwest Custom Apparel
Northwest Custom Apparel
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Steve McMains
Steve McMains
Great place to do business with.
Hector Aponte
Hector Aponte
Splendid service by this team. I needed a job done in one day and without hesitation I was helped. Besides the no notice, need now accommodation, the overall quality of the job of superb.
anthony mckenna
anthony mckenna
Amazing service and quality of work.
katie latimer
katie latimer
This small business is excellent! Great turnaround times and pricing. We've completely switched over to them for our uniform needs. The embroidery looks amazing and very professional. We have gotten jackets, vests, safety vests, hats and uniform polo shirts with them. The screen prints are very resistant to numerous washes. They have been super flexible and patient with us and going through getting PO set up with our company.
Dave Lambing
Dave Lambing
I am the Quartermaster for the Tacoma Fire Buff Battalion. We use Northwest Custom Apparel to produce our uniform articles. Their work is always perfect and done is record time. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Kyle Keehnel
Kyle Keehnel
Our company has been going to NWCA for years and have always encountered friendly service and quality products.
Smokey B3ar21
Smokey B3ar21
Super friendly staff , wonderful products for our company and couldn’t be happier with them
Chuck Schilling
Chuck Schilling
Working with NWCA was like hitting the EASY button! Ten days from our initial meeting to completed shirts and we couldn't be more pleased.
Bret Lauritzen
Bret Lauritzen
Prompt service
Cassandra Johnson
Cassandra Johnson
Words can't describe how much I appreciate the outstanding customer service I received from Northwest Custom Apparel! I placed an order for two coats that I needed in one week for a Valentines' day gift and Nika made it happen! She was proactive, quickly responsive, and understanding of me needing to see different looks of our company logo. She was incredibly sweet, accommodating, and made every effort to make my order the way I wanted it. A part of me felt bad asking to see the different looks, but she reassured me it was not a problem and was on top of her game! Every staff member I interacted with when I came to their shop was very pleasant, welcoming, and attentive as well. All around great work! Will absolutely use them again and highly recommend!!! Thank you Northwest Custom Apparel!!!