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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


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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One of the best break down of how a t-shirt is printed on different sub straights and types of inks and fabrics used.
Ray's course is excellent. He thoroughly explains the thinking and process that goes into designing and making t-shirts. Ray makes it look like a LOT of fun to design t-shirts. I highly recommend this fundamental course to others who may be interested in pursuing t-shirt design.
John Santeler

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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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