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From the Portfolio: Jedidiah Clothing

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Client: Jedidiah Clothing
Designer: Jeff Finley
Designer: 2007
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This shirt design was one of the designs I completed for Jedidiah Clothing back in 2007. It was accepted, but I still have never seen it printed or for sale. As a designer, even though you were paid to do a design, the client may not have found it suitable to put to market. Which may have been what happened in this case.

Regardless I think this design was a step forward from the mostly vector based t-shirts I had done prior to this. Yes, I know, this piece is “old” in terms of this blog entry, but it’s probably new to a lot of our readers. The shirt design would have been printed as a dye-sublimated tee. Full color designs on white shirts are perfect for this application.

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • Simon H.

    It is an exciting piece because ofthe way you layouted the colors ! I don’t exactly get the way it would be printed, but the illustration there is really amazing (the change of universe and all that).

  • http://www.davidpcrawford.com David

    How do you layout a dye-sublimated design in illustrator? Or am I missing something. I’d like to understand the process better. Thanks.

  • http://www.davidpcrawford.com David

    How do you layout a dye-sublimated design in illustrator? Or am I missing something. I’d like to understand the process better. Thanks.

  • Simon H.

    It is an exciting piece because ofthe way you layouted the colors ! I don’t exactly get the way it would be printed, but the illustration there is really amazing (the change of universe and all that).

  • Kat

    This is such a beautiful design. Too bad it never got printed…

  • Kat

    This is such a beautiful design. Too bad it never got printed…

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    It is quite unqiue. Not my taste at all, but I’ll be damned if it’s not unique.

  • http://forthelose.org Wordpress Themes

    It is quite unqiue. Not my taste at all, but I’ll be damned if it’s not unique.

  • Andreas Williams

    Looks great, how would it be printed exactly anyone know?

  • Andreas Williams

    Looks great, how would it be printed exactly anyone know?

  • http://www.WarGraphicArts.com WAR

    I love it, and I understand that dye-sub printing is getting more popular and affordable. I definitely think this piece was ahead of it’s time. Keep them coming.

  • http://www.WarGraphicArts.com WAR

    I love it, and I understand that dye-sub printing is getting more popular and affordable. I definitely think this piece was ahead of it’s time. Keep them coming.

  • Amber B

    I would wear a shirt like this. Freaking love it! I am sure you know this but your work is amazing, and it inspires me to be a better designer. Thank you for the great posts, and keep em coming…

  • Amber B

    I would wear a shirt like this. Freaking love it! I am sure you know this but your work is amazing, and it inspires me to be a better designer. Thank you for the great posts, and keep em coming…

  • Chris Winch

    Amazing Work!
    Sad it never saw the light of day.

  • http://www.christanp.com ChristanP

    I agree….awesome shirt, but would be hard to print. To get the gradient effect you could replicate it with screens that have a high mesh count…definitely not something for a beginner.

  • http://www.christanp.com ChristanP

    I agree….awesome shirt, but would be hard to print. To get the gradient effect you could replicate it with screens that have a high mesh count…definitely not something for a beginner.

  • Chris Winch

    Amazing Work!
    Sad it never saw the light of day.

  • patrick hughes

    The only way i can see this manufactured is by airbrushing the gradients then overprinting the design on a silkscreen press at a smaller size within the confines of the front of the shirt.
    When an architect is asked to design a building , he/she is aware of the exact manufacturing processes involved.
    When designing t-shirts it is important to understand how the shirt will be produced.
    large Designs that wrap around the side of the shirt are virtually impossible unless you have a manufacturing facility that will actually make the shirt for you from a flat piece of cloth.
    I work from a small silkscreen/sublimation manufacturing facility in Devon and i am frequently advising clients about the practicality of their designs.
    Printing a t-shirt (either silkscreen or sublimation) relies on the presentation of a flat surface area. This could be the full front of the tee or the side or back.
    Other factors such as subtle gradients need to be generated in a graphics program (illustrator/photoshop) to a strict criteria.
    A high-tension silkscreen of the highest mesh will still have limitations.
    A safe bet is to use gradients from 10-15% tint up to 80-90%.
    This will reproduce faithfully as halftone on a silkscreen press at up to 60lpi(lines per inch).
    Sublimation is becoming more developed now but still relies on a heat-press and a flat surface area to transfer the ink.
    Hope this is useful to anyone who is interested.
    This is a great site (i love it!)

  • patrick hughes

    The only way i can see this manufactured is by airbrushing the gradients then overprinting the design on a silkscreen press at a smaller size within the confines of the front of the shirt.
    When an architect is asked to design a building , he/she is aware of the exact manufacturing processes involved.
    When designing t-shirts it is important to understand how the shirt will be produced.
    large Designs that wrap around the side of the shirt are virtually impossible unless you have a manufacturing facility that will actually make the shirt for you from a flat piece of cloth.
    I work from a small silkscreen/sublimation manufacturing facility in Devon and i am frequently advising clients about the practicality of their designs.
    Printing a t-shirt (either silkscreen or sublimation) relies on the presentation of a flat surface area. This could be the full front of the tee or the side or back.
    Other factors such as subtle gradients need to be generated in a graphics program (illustrator/photoshop) to a strict criteria.
    A high-tension silkscreen of the highest mesh will still have limitations.
    A safe bet is to use gradients from 10-15% tint up to 80-90%.
    This will reproduce faithfully as halftone on a silkscreen press at up to 60lpi(lines per inch).
    Sublimation is becoming more developed now but still relies on a heat-press and a flat surface area to transfer the ink.
    Hope this is useful to anyone who is interested.
    This is a great site (i love it!)

  • The Fashion Wizz

    The design is awesome but I think your client may have considered it too expensive to make, the colors you used are very various and bright… Anyway, great job with the design. Cheers!

  • The Fashion Wizz

    The design is awesome but I think your client may have considered it too expensive to make, the colors you used are very various and bright… Anyway, great job with the design. Cheers!

  • Linnette

    I had some t-shirts done and provided a file full color process. Had an photograph and all. The print came out exactly as the file provided. It is a process similar to “iron on” but WAY more intricate. As said before, it does not cross seams, etc. Requires a flat surface. BUT works beautifull!

  • Linnette

    I had some t-shirts done and provided a file full color process. Had an photograph and all. The print came out exactly as the file provided. It is a process similar to “iron on” but WAY more intricate. As said before, it does not cross seams, etc. Requires a flat surface. BUT works beautifull!

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  • Chris Omlor

    Hi Jeff, this shirt was sold last season on jedidiahusa.com and they made it available only to women? Not sure how many sold, but I was surprised that they didn’t have it available to men? BTW, the print looked awesome on their website, so it looks like they kept the full color and respects to your art.

  • Chris Omlor

    Hi Jeff, this shirt was sold last season on jedidiahusa.com and they made it available only to women? Not sure how many sold, but I was surprised that they didn’t have it available to men? BTW, the print looked awesome on their website, so it looks like they kept the full color and respects to your art.

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  • Womens Hunting Apparel

    Too bad it wasn't released on the market. The design is creatively surreal. It sure fits my taste but I don't think that most people would find it as adorable as I do. :(

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk Mat

    I like this design,,,,though i have to say the eyes are a bit scary O.o

  • Ravi Verma

    It's a complete casual design. Your work is amazing and appreciable. It's very bad if this piece will not come into the market for the sale. I am sure that every body like this who likes to wear the casual clothes. Hope for come it to the market soon.

    Regards,
    Ravi Verma
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  • jeff cordwin

    awfull. amateur design.

  • jeff cordwin

    awfull. amateur design.

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
    dizi izle

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
    dizi izle

  • John

    Great post!
    dizi izle

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