Left Chest Shirt Printing Placement

When printing custom apparel, there are many different options on design placement.

Switching up where you print on the shirt can be one way to create a unique look.

One of the more popular design placements is the left chest design.

Left chest designs are perfect for:

  • polo shirts
  • button down shirts
  • company logos
  • or a shirt that has a front and back print

Whatever the shirt is or the reason that you are pressing, do you know the proper placement for a left chest print?

Some people fear this design placement spot. Others are printing it wrong without even realizing it.

There is a simple trick to avoid any mess-ups when choosing to print a left chest logo, no matter the design size or the shirt size.

How to Place a Left Chest Logo on a Shirt

While you have your shirt on your t-shirt heat press, simply draw an imaginary vertical and horizontal center line.

For the left chest, your vertical line will be just off the side of the collar.

Your horizontal line will start at the armpit seam.

This may need adjusted based on the orientation of your design, meaning if it is more portrait or landscape.

Tip: Most of the time, you will want to move your design up slightly above the armpit seam.

printing a left chest shirt design

Use the collar for the vertical center, and the armpit seam for the horizontal center. Once you find your horizontal center, most of the time you will want to move it up slightly.

By using the collar as a vertical center, it will look great once the shirt is put on.

If it is a smaller design, you may want to move it up above the armpit seam.

If your design is more horizontal (landscape), then you may want to move your horizontal center up above the armpit seam as well.

Similarly, if your design is more vertical (portrait), then you will want to move it down slightly below the the bottom of the armpit seam.

No matter what size shirt you are printing on, these center lines will be your guide.

It may not look exactly right while your shirt is lying flat on the heat press, but keep in mind that the shirt is flat. Your customer is not paper thin, but has dimension and depth to them.

Once the shirt is put on, there will be less area on the front of the shirt with part of it wrapping around to the person’s side.

This is where some mistakes are made. If the print is placed too close under the arm while on the press, once the shirt is put on, it becomes an armpit print instead of a left chest!

left chest placement on a size Medium shirt

This is a size Medium shirt.

Larger shirts are probably messed up more because of the optical illusion.

With a larger size shirt on the press, when you use these center lines, the print looks like it is floating way out in the middle since there is more material.

However, when the shirt is actually put on, it looks great.

left chest placement on a larger shirt

This is a size 2XL shirt.

It’s that simple! By knowing this little trick, you can print a left chest logo with more confidence and less mistakes.


Learn how you can save printing costs by adding multiple left chest logos on one transfer sheet.