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Emerald Bay 4th of July

Rick Brown needed a new t-shirt design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 116 designs submitted by 34 freelance designers.


How Rick Brown started their t-shirt journey


Emerald Bay is located in North Laguna Beach in Southern California. It is a private community with just under 600 homes. Each year for the 4th of July we raise money to support our local volunteers through the sale of t-shirts and conducting a barbecue on the 4th. Our t-shirts are a collector's item and in great demand. We always sell out of all of our t-shirts by the 4th of July.

Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach

Our audience is the families of Emerald Bay. It is an exclusive community with kids of all ages and adults of all ages. Everyone in the community wants one of our t-shirts.


There are two designs required for this t-shirt. One on the front and one on the back. We traditionally have had a smaller design in the upper left breast area on the front. We traditionally have had a larger design on the back.

The words "Emerald Bay" and "July 4, 2009" must appear in the designs. The words can be arranged according to the artist but they must be in both the front and back designs.

This is a beach front community. The primary theme is beach related. Sunsets, Palm Trees, Waves, Sea Shells, etc. can be used.

The secondary theme is the celebration of the 4th of July. A barge is brought into the bay and fireworks are set off. It has been labeled as one of the best firework displays in the county.

The front design is normally 5" wide by 4" tall.

The back design is normally 12" wide by 12" tall.

Please be patient with me as I am not an artist. I just talked with the t-shirt guy and here is what he needs:

50 dpi

TIFF file

3-5 colors

Use spot colors

Custom package


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