T-Shirt Design Workshop 01: Foundation

Ray Dombroski

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19 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Introduction

    • Every T Shirt Has A Story

    • History of the T Shirt

    • Present Day T Shirt Design

    • What makes a Good T Shirt Graphic

    • Kinds of Fabric

    • T Shirt Construction

    • Garment Dye

    • Yarn Dye

    • Garment Washes

    • Direct to Garment Printing

    • Dye Sublimation Printing

    • Oversize Printing

    • Screen Printing Inks

    • Specialty Inks and Printing Techniques

    • How Color Separations Work

    • Screen Printing Supplies

    • Screen Printing Process

    • Closing Thoughts

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About This Class

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.

*This course does not have step-by-step graphic design or software tutorials (That will be covered in the follow-up course, T-Shirt Design Workshop 02).

It does, however, cover a wide range of topics that provide context and essential knowledge for anyone wanting to become a professional t-shirt graphic designer.

In this course we will cover:

  • Every t-shirt design should have a story behind it
  • The history of the graphic t-shirt
  • What makes a good t-shirt design
  • The varieties of t-shirts and fabric
  • Garment dyes and garment washes
  • Alternative printing methods like Direct to Garment (DTG) and Dye Sublimation
  • Oversize and allover printing techniques
  • How the different kinds of color separation work
  • Varieties of screen printing ink
  • Specialty inks and printing methods that will set your designs apart
  • Supplies needed to screen print a t-shirt
  • We will finish off with a demonstration showing how you can screen print a t-shirt - even at home!

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This class is great!, I have been in the silk screen printing & designing T-shirt for years and this class has lots of resources which will help you understanding better the T-shirt designs and the different way designs are printed on T-shirts.
Absolutely necessary course! Very good one 1000% recommend it! Thank you Ray
This class has absolutely opened my eyes about the T-shirt printing industry. I've learned a lot in an 1 hour lesson. Thanks a lot Ray!





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, Rip Curl, 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 des...

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