T-Shirt Design Workshop 01: Foundation
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T-Shirt Design Workshop 01: Foundation

Design a t-shirt like a professional: specialty printing methods, fabrics, inks, dyes, and washes.
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Created by Ray Dombroski
Last updated 4/2017
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand how t-shirt design ideas are conceived.
  • Choose the best combination of fabric, inks, dyes, and washes to make more exciting designs.
  • Choose specialty inks and printing methods to create unique designs.
  • Choose the right type of color separation for their graphics.
  • Know how direct-to-garment (DTG), dye sublimation, and screen printing methods work.
  • A passion for design and t-shirts will help! Otherwise, there is no other specific knowledge necessary.

Learning the possibilities and options you have when creating a t-shirt design is an essential investment in becoming a professional t-shirt designer. In this workshop, we'll go over all the ingredients that go into a t-shirt design. Let's get started!

In this course we will cover:

  • Every t-shirt design should have a story behind it
  • The history of the graphic t-shirt
  • What makes a good t-shirt design
  • The varieties of t-shirts and fabric
  • Garment dyes and garment washes
  • Alternative printing methods like Direct to Garment (DTG) and Dye Sublimation
  • Oversize and allover printing techniques
  • How the different kinds of color separation work
  • Varieties of screen printing ink
  • Specialty inks and printing methods that will set your designs apart
  • Supplies needed to screen print a t-shirt
  • We will finish off with a demonstration showing how you can screen print a t-shirt - even at home!
Who this course is for:
  • This workshop is for all levels of people interested in learning about t-shirt design. No prior software knowledge is necessary. Unlike my other courses, this workshop does not include intermediate or advanced instruction using design software like Photoshop or Illustrator. This course does not have step-by-step graphic design or software tutorials. It does, however, cover a wide range of topics that provide context and essential knowledge for anyone wanting to become a professional t-shirt graphic designer.
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 01:12:31
+ Foundation
4 lectures 19:06

Introduction to The T-Shirt Design Workshop

Preview 02:23

Every t-shirt design has a story behind it. This section will give you a behind-the-scenes explanation of the inspiration, thought process, art techniques, collaborations, and printing techniques that went into creating select graphics.

Preview 08:16

The t-shirt is just a bit over 100 years old. This section is a discussion about some of the most iconic t-shirts, and why they became so popular.

History of the Printed T-Shirt

Examples of how designers are being creative with the elements that go into a t-shirt, like garment dyes, t-shirt construction, and special printing methods.

Present-Day T-Shirt Design
+ Ingredients
6 lectures 11:42

T-shirts are a strong indicator of the wearer's identity. Why wearability, colors, fashion trends, graphic composition, and color are very important.

What Makes a Good Graphic

A discussion about the characteristics of the most common varieties of t-shirt fabric: cotton, poly-cotton blends, and tri-blends.

Kinds of Fabric

There are many varieties of t-shirt "blanks." Here are the basics that you should know.

T-Shirt Construction

Explanation of the different varieties of garment dye.

Garment Dye

A discussion about effects you can get with the yarn dye process.

Yarn Dye

Common garment wash techniques, and examples of how they look.

Garment Washes
+ T-Shirt Printing
9 lectures 41:43

Direct to Garment (DTG) printing is one of the newest, fastest, and most exciting ways to print a t-shirt. You will see how a DTG printer works, and what kind of results you can get with this kind of printing.

Direct to Garment Printing

The advantages and limitations of printing a shirt with the dye sublimation process. Examples of sublimated shirts are shown and discussed.

Dye Sublimation Printing

How "allover" printed shirts are made. We talk about the "cut and sew" method of printing and manufacturing a t-shirt. Cheaper alternative methods to print oversize graphics are also discussed.

Oversize Printing

A discussion about the main varieties of screen printing ink. Plastisol, soft-hand plastisol, and water base ink. Pros and cons of choosing one type of ink over another. Two ways to print an underbase for your graphic on a dark or colored shirt.

Screen Printing Inks

Different inks and printing methods that you can use to make your t-shirt design extra special.

Specialty Inks and Printing Techniques

When you screen print a shirt that has multiple colors, screen separations are required. The mystery of how color separations work is revealed. Multiple examples are given for spot color separations, CMYK process separations, simulated process, and index separations.

Color Separations

The supplies needed to screen print a single t-shirt at home are much the same as the supplies needed to print thousands of shirts in a commercial factory. A discussion of those supplies, and how they work.

Screen Printing Supplies

The best way to understand screen printing is to get your hands dirty and do some printing yourself! A demonstration of how using an inexpensive "hobby kit" will teach you about how the screen printing
process works.

Screen Printing Process

A recap of what was taught in the class. Thank you for watching!

Closing Thoughts