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