Hey, Cool Shirt: Designing Effective T-shirt Graphics

Christopher Delorenzo, Graphic Artist

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5 Videos (1h 9m)
    • Trailer

      1:43
    • T-Shirt Design Showcase

      11:27
    • Research and Sketching

      8:13
    • Typography and Illustration

      20:38
    • Setting Up for Production

      27:23

About This Class

Whether you're starting your own clothing brand or you've always wanted to design a shirt for your favorite clothing company this is your chance to design a shirt for that dream client of yours! You'll learn to define your brand of choice (or your own) through research and sketching and create a design that represents it using typography and illustration, then we'll get it all ready to print! 

What You'll Learn

In this class the student plays the part of the freelancer as we cover important aspects of the design and pre-production process, which include:

  • Get to Know Your Brand. Researching your brand and conceptualizing graphics
  • Sketching Your Graphic. Sketching from thumbnails to refined drafts
  • Getting to Your Initial Illustration. Basic t-shirt set up and guidelines
  • Finalizing Design for Printers. Differences between printing techniques, and tech packing your shirts for printers

What You'll Make

You'll design a t-shirt for yor choice brand. Along the way you'll share your work within the Skillshare Classroom for feedback from peers.

536 of 562 students recommendSee All

Awesome techniques explained; course oriented to experienced adobe photoshop or illustrator users. I love the project files! Thanks Chris!!!
Great class, great teaching! Love Johnny Cupcakes! Would reccomend to other graphic design students looking for t-shirt design!
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Christopher Delorenzo

Graphic Artist

I'm a Boston based illustrator and graphic designer. My designs are playful, clever and bold with a strong emphasis on visual humour and typography.

After graduating from Syracuse University, where I took interest in graphic design, art direction and packaging, I was hired on as an Associate Art Director for Saatchi & Saatchi in NYC. In the summer of 2010 I became the head designer at Johnny Cupcakes Inc.

In my short professional career I have provided design and art direct...

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