Improving your t-shirt design skills is one of the most rewarding investments that you can make in your design career.
In this workshop we will go over the entire process of creating a t-shirt design, from finding ideas all the way to sending your designs out to be printed.
We will send out the design to 3 different printers. At the end, those shirts will be unboxed so you can see exactly how they came back from the printer (there will be a few unexpected surprises you can learn from!)
In this course we’ll cover:
As a bonus you will also receive:
Learn how to start with an idea, and turn that design into a real printed t-shirt.
Every design project should have a purpose. The purpose of the project demonstrated in this workshop is to show you as many t-shirt design techniques as possible.
Pinterest is a powerful tool for organizing and storing your design ideas for future use.
Arrange your inspiration pieces to give direction to your initial design sketches.
Small "thumbnail" sketches are the most efficient way to decide on the viability of your design ideas.
T-shirt designs are compositions of basic shapes. Create those shapes in Illustrator to give your design an inital structure.
Learn how to use the "Type on a Path Tool" in Illustrator to layout your type.
Adobe Typekit is an excellent resource for finding and using fonts in your designs. This lecture will show you how to access and use the fonts.
How to quickly make multiple layout options in Adobe Illustrator, using different shapes and fonts.
Now that we have multiple design layouts, we will find ways to improve our design.
Print out your design onto paper to prepare it for hand-drawn effects.
Draw outlines of your lettering to give the design a hand-drawn look.
Use a watercolor pencil to add more of a hand-made look to your design.
Combine hand-drawn effects into your computer generated design in Photoshop.
Print out the design on paper to further develop it with more hand-drawing techniques.
How to bring your drawings back into the computer and edit them in Photoshop.
How to take real watercolor paint and create a Photoshop brush.
Now that we have a watercolor Photoshop brush, learn how to use it to add color and texture your design.
Learn how to make "colorways" so your design looks good on light, dark, and medium colored shirts.
How to size your graphic in Photoshop.
Print out your design on paper to make a prototype, so that you can accurately visualize the sizing and placement.
How to pick Pantone colors to specify your ink colors for screen printing.
A "Spec Sheet" is a document that tells the screen printer the sizing, placement, ink colors, fabric colors, and any other detail that goes into your t-shirt design.
This lecture should be considered optional. It is for designers who want to make their own index separations in Photoshop, without the need for expensive color separation software. The software instruction is more advanced than the other lectures in this course.
This lecture should be considered optional. It is for designers who want to make their own halftone separations in Photoshop and Illustrator, without the need for expensive color separation software. The software instruction is more advanced than the other lectures in this course.
In this lecture, you will see how to send your designs off to be printed with sublimation and DTG (direct to garment) printing methods.
There are some surprises when we get the printed t-shirts back! You will learn some of the pitfalls of printing, and how to avoid or correct them.
Wrapping things up. We covered:
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.