1. Thursday, March 14th is our last class meeting!

    We will have our final critique of your t-shirt project via the projector. Please lay out your final comps like the example below (half of the page for the illustration, the other half for the t-shirt mock-up).

    If you would like to revise or revisit ANY project from this class, you have until the following week, Thursday, March 21st at 3pm, to post them to Flickr. Please mark them as ‘revised finals’ and email me so I know to look for your revised work. (If you are happy with your work for the term, no need to repost old projects).

    work by savannah julian

  2. T-Shirts…What’s next?

    On Thursday, March 7th we will continue to work in class and check progress. Come to class with any technical questions you may have.

    Be prepared to post your 80% complete pieces to flickr on Tuesday March 13 for our ‘work in progress’ critique via the projector.

    Your final designs and t-shirt comps will be due Thursday, March 14th.

  3. Threadless t-shirt photos →

    Here are layered t-shirt (and other) files from Threadless, if you choose not to use a model in your mock-up. It contains layers for the shadows, highlights, and all color options. Great resource!

  4. How-to Guide: Displacement Map Filter

    1. Open your photoshop t-shirt model file. (Find a link to the Threadless Flickr group on our blog).


    2. Go to SAVE AS… and save a copy of your t-shirt model image as black + white, by going to IMAGE / MODE / GRAYSCALE.


    Choose DISCARD color info, and MERGE layers.


    Go to command/L to increase contrast in the LEVELS window by sliding the middle arrow.

    Save this document as a .psd. (I have found that jpegs and tiffs won’t work.) Close that file–you will use it later.

    3. Import your illustration artwork into your layered t-shirt file. (From Illustrator, select your design, then copy and paste into your doc as SMART OBJECT. From Photoshop, select all of your layers and drag or paste into your layered t-shirt file.)

    4. Click on the layer that contains your illustration. Go to FILTER / DISTORT / DISPLACE.

    5. Try these settings as a jumping off point:


    6. When prompted for displacement image, open your black and white copy of your t-shirt model photo that you saved earlier. 

    7. Assess the displacement change. It may be too much (lower the numbers in the displacement menu) or not enough (increase numbers) distortion. Adjust numbers until it looks believable.

  5. Repeat Pattern: lo-tech tutorial

    Think ahead about how your T-Shirt designs can be expanded upon. Perhaps your pattern can live as wall paper or a textile print?

    Here is a really simple “How-To” for repeat patterns via Design Sponge.



    Pattern by Julia Rothman for Design Sponge


    Shadow of the Paranormal #2 Geoff McFetridge

     For inspiring wall paper designs, check out WALNUT WALLPAPER.

    (Source: art210w11mcginley)

  6. Project Brief Four: T-Shirt Series →

  7. T-shirt mockup example


    Find models wearing t-shirts at this FLICKR LINK. We will have a how-to demo in class regarding mock-ups.

  8. More t-shirt inspiration!

    2K by Gingham.


  9. What’s due Thursday, February 21st?

    We will have a final critique of your OP ED illustration via the projector. 

    Please come to class with your image scanned in and posted to flickr. For the first portion of class, I will show you how to mock up your illustration in context of your article. If you want to do this ahead of time, screengrab the NYTimes article and place your image under the headline.

    After our critique, we will kick off our FINAL PROJECT!

  10. Inspiration! Collage work by Mathew Craven →