T-Shirt Design Workshop 02: Using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Hand-Drawing Techniques

Ray Dombroski

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29 Videos (2h 33m)
    • T Shirt Design Workshop Part 2 Intro

      1:44
    • Tools and Materials

      9:40
    • Create a Project

      0:50
    • Inspiration & Pinterest

      3:27
    • 05 Organizing Inspiration

      2:20
    • Thumbnail Sketching

      0:58
    • Creating Basic Shapes in Illustrator

      3:10
    • Laying Out Type

      10:00
    • Using Typekit

      2:28
    • Alternate Layouts

      5:20
    • Refine the Design

      4:16
    • Pixels to Paper

      1:07
    • Drawing Outlines

      3:08
    • Watercolor Pencil

      5:38
    • Photoshop

      11:32
    • Refine on Paper

      5:28
    • Back Into Photoshop

      6:59
    • Make a Watercolor Brush

      3:08
    • Painting with Photoshop Brushes

      4:01
    • Colorways

      3:21
    • Sizing Your Graphic Part 1

      2:42
    • Sizing Your Graphic Part 2

      4:17
    • Pantone Colors for Screenprinting

      1:35
    • Setting up a Spec Sheet

      5:24
    • Optional Lesson: Color Seps 02 Index Separations

      19:10
    • Optional Lesson: Color Seps 01 Halftone Separations

      13:49
    • Sending Designs to Print

      9:16
    • Printed T Shirts Arrive

      6:40
    • Wrap Up Workshop 02

      1:17

About This Class

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 class we’ll cover:

  • How to find and apply inspiration
  • The various computer tools and traditional tools you will need to create t-shirt designs.
  • How to move seamlessly between Photoshop, Illustrator, and pencil & paper so your designs come out as good or better than you had initially imagined
  • Type layout using Adobe Typekit fonts
  • How to create your own custom Photoshop brushes to quickly add color and texture to your designs
  • How to incorporate hand-drawn effects into a computer-based design
  • How to make sure your graphic is screen printed with the exact ink colors, sizing, and placement that you want
  • Printing with sublimation and DTG (direct-to-garment) methods
  • Avoiding common mistakes so your t-shirts come back printed exactly as designed

As a bonus you will also receive:

  • The Photoshop watercolor brushes made in the workshop
  • All 3 colorways of the finished “South Shore” design created (Photoshop format)
  •  2 bonus lectures showing methods to create “index” and “halftone” screen printing color separations in Photoshop and Illustrator without the need for any extra software
  • Downloadable files for the two color separation methods demonstrated in the workshop

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Masterpiece of Class!
Lots of info there. Great! Tnx
WOW is all I can say about this course.... I am eternally grateful that you decided to explain your process in such detail for us... Very inspiring. Thank you!

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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, 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.