A Custom T-Shirt Gift
By Julie Ann Shahin, Founder
Let me show you the quick and easy steps!
If you want to create your design on a t-shirt graphic for realism, you can download a FREE T-SHIRT GRAPHIC by going to this link at Photoshop Roadmap. You need to click on one more link there "Go to Skull T-Shirt Design". There you will find the free graphic to download as well as another T-shirt Tutorial.
- Open the graphic in Photoshop Elements.
- Go to Image -->Resize--> Change width to 30 inches while keeping proportions constant. I chose 30 inches because that is the size of the t-shirt I will be printing on.
- Next, create a new document that will be the size of your design.
- In this example, my design will be 10" x 8". Go to File --> New --> Blank Document, then enter the inches.
- I will have the background as transparent.
- I want a border to act as my guidelines so I click ctrl-a which "selects all",
- then I go to Edit-->Stroke (Outline) Selection --> Chose the color and the stroke width 10 px, Location Inside. Click ok.
- We want to copy this onto the t-shirt so click ctrl-a again to select all, then go to Edit-->Copy Merged.
- Go to the T-shirt Design.
- Click ctrl-v to paste,
- then move the border into position by selecting the move tool,
- and using the arrows on your keyboard to move it into place.
- This will be your design guidelines.
- Now we are ready to upload the brushes we want to use.
- Select the brush tool. Use the drop down box, and click on the arrow on the right.
- Click on Load Brushes, then chose a brush from your files.
- I am using Katie Pertiet's Stamped Block Frames from Designer Digitals.
- On a New Layer, I position it within my guidelines.
- At any time you do not want to see your guidelines, you can hide them by clicking on the eye icon.
- My next step is to add a dingbat font (Oldtime Dings Set number unknown).
- I then decide I want the area within the frame to be white so I draw a rectangle with the marquee tool.
- Then go to Edit --> Fill Selection. I fill it with white. Click OK.
- I also add some splotches with another dingbat font called Loosydings Expert.
- Here you can see the order of my layers.
- Now I want to move my design to a new document to print.
- In a new document that is 10"x 8", I have a transparent background.
- On my t-shirt document, I hide the t-shirt by clicking on the eye icon.
- I select one of the layers above the t-shirt graphic. Then I go to Layer -->Merge Visible.
- I drag the design onto the new 10" x 8" document.
- Now I am ready to print if I am using inkjet iron-on transfers. Or you can upload the design to a professional site as I mentioned above such as http://www.uberprints.com/
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