Designing great t-shirts in GIMP for Merch By Amazon
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Designing great t-shirts in GIMP for Merch By Amazon

Well designed t-shirts just sell better. Learn about design while also learning the free program GIMP.
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4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
71 students enrolled
Created by Brad Colbow
Last updated 8/2017
English
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use GIMP to design t-shirts
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Requirements
  • Have a Merch by Amazon account
  • Have GIMP downloaded and installed
Description

There are lot of text based shirts on Merch By Amazon and in this course you will learn how to design shirts for Merch using the free software GIMP. Here are some of the things we will be learning:

  • Master the type tool and what we can do with it
  • Learn about masking (it doesn't sound interesting, but trust me, it's cool)
  • Learn about contrast and how to design for different shirt colors
  • Importing images and making them transparent
  • Where to look to find cool free fonts you can use in your shirts
  • Learn where designers find some of those beautiful graphics they use in their shirts

If you're just getting started with Merch maybe you're not ready to invest in the monthly subscription cost for Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. GIMP is a great place to start because it's free but has a ton of useful features.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to design better t-shirts
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
01:33:24
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Introduction
2 Lectures 07:42

We are ready to learn GIMP. But why GIMP? It’s a lot cheaper than Photoshop or Illustrator. It’s got it quirks but if you’re just getting started with Merch by Amazon it’s worth looking into.

Preview 01:41

Before we start drawing it is worth looking over the interface. GIMP can be intimidating if you’ve never used it before. 

Preview 06:01
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Designing with Type
4 Lectures 25:59

Many of the best selling shirts on Amazon are text based shirts. SO it makes sense to dive deep into the text tool and take a look at how it works.

The text tool
03:51

I like to start with a sketch, get a feeling for what the design will look like before I start. It’s a good way to visualize where you are going. In this section we start to use the type tool to create our vision in GIMP.

Preview 07:34

There are some good free fonts out there we can use in our shirts. Lets take a look at those options. I also go through how to install those fonts on Windows and on a Mac for those who’re new to desktop publishing.

Where to get great fonts
05:24

In this section we keep working with the type tool and our new fonts. Sometimes you want to break your type into separate boxes, in this section we dive deeper into that.

Advance type tool
09:10
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The power of graphics
4 Lectures 30:41

Sometimes the free fonts just aren’t enough. Professional designers know where to go to fins good inexpensive resources they can use in there designs. Sometimes paying a little for better stuff can go a long long way

Finding great resources and graphics
04:00

Using images on your shirt can add a lot to the design In this section we go over how to import the images into your composition.

Importing images
12:10

Often the images you’re working with have solid color backgrounds that you’re going to want to remove. In this section we go over some of the selection tool options and talk about ways to remove background color.

Making your images transparent
08:24

There are many many shirt colors available on Merch. Designing to take advantage of good color combinations is just smart. In this section we go over color and contrast and its importance when designing your shirts

Designing for color shirts
06:07
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Masking and Advanced Design Techniques
3 Lectures 29:02

Masking may seem complicated at first but it’s a powerful tool in your design arsenal.

Masking
09:33

In this section we go over masking textures over your text shirts step by step and we also go over how to make your own textures in GIMP

Advanced Masking
16:19

So the only thing left to do is to export our shirt so it's ready for Merch by Amazon. It's pretty simple but it's worth reviewing and making sure everything is ready and transparent.

Exporting your shirt
03:10
About the Instructor
Brad Colbow
4.7 Average rating
583 Reviews
2,728 Students
4 Courses
Freelance Designer and Illustrator

Hi, I’m Brad. I’m a professional graphic designer and Illustrator.

I’ve published comics, run conferences but what I’m best known for is running a Youtube channel where I talk about technology for illustrators. In that time I’ve published reviews on everything from the Surface Pro to the iPad pro. And everything in between. 

I believe drawing and illustration is a journey, we are all constantly learning and getting better and I blog about that on my channel as well. I think anyone can learn to draw all it takes is practice.

It’s never to late to pick up a pencil and start learning.