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 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.
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.
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.
T-shirts are a strong indicator of the wearer's identity. Why wearability, colors, fashion trends, graphic composition, and color are very important.
A discussion about the characteristics of the most common varieties of t-shirt fabric: cotton, poly-cotton blends, and tri-blends.
There are many varieties of t-shirt "blanks." Here are the basics that you should know.
Explanation of the different varieties of garment dye.
A discussion about effects you can get with the yarn dye process.
Common garment wash techniques, and examples of how they look.
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.
The advantages and limitations of printing a shirt with the dye sublimation process. Examples of sublimated shirts are shown and discussed.
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.
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.
Different inks and printing methods that you can use to make your t-shirt design extra special.
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.
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.
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
A recap of what was taught in the class. Thank you for watching!
Ray's extensive background in the surf apparel industry started in 2002. Since then he has designed for many of the top surf apparel brands in California and Hawaii, such as O'Neill, Billabong, Ocean Pacific, BodyGlove, and Local Motion. He is the founder of TheVectorLab, a website that offers graphic design resources, tools, and tutorials. As a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Florida State University his experience is backed by a mix of business and design knowledge.