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How to Create Awesome T-Shirt Mockups Like Jimiyo

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EDITORS NOTE: Jimiyo is showcasing a template from Vol. 2 of Fitted Ladies Apparel Templates, which we’ll have ready for release in November. For now, check out Vol 1.

Go Media gave me the chance to test out their new women’s t-shirt templates, and I have to say, they are awesome. High quality, crisp images that’s sure to impress my clients since presentation is paramount!

They are simple to use, but here are some tips on how I used them.

First, I copy pasted my flattened high resolution image into the “Your Art” layer.

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Secondly, I align my image to be centered on the shirt. To do this:

1. Select All while you are on “Your Art” layer
2. Press ‘V’ to initiate the Move Tool.
3. You will notice alignment tools associated on the toolbar.
4. Click the center align buttons for vertical and horizontal and your image should be centered.

Apparel Template 2

Now with my image centered, I initiate the transform tool by using shortcut CTRL-T.

In the toolbar, I link the vertical and horizontal, and play with the numbers til a good size is found.

To constrain proportions by linking, click on the chain link icon.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: Since this post, we’ve changed the “Material” layer to “Shirt Color”

Once you arrive at a good size and position, fill the Material layer below the Art layer with the base color of the tee. This should match exactly with the bg color of the art image. Color pick while having the shadow and highlight layers turned off, and fill.

An easy way to do this, would be to

1. Select the brush tool (B),
2. Hold ALT-Click to invoke the color picker and color pick the bg of the image,
3. Hold ALT, press BACKSPACE to fill the current layer with the foreground color.

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Depending on what color the shirt is, I almost always tweak the highlights/shadow layers to optimize the realistic shading effects. Since this shirt was black, I tweaked the “Highlights” layer by using levels, as well as reducing opacity after leveling.

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In the final steps, I like to embellish the composition with a few extra additions.

1. Medium tone stroke and drop shadow.
2. Enlarged, reduced opacity grayscle of the shirt image for the background.
3. After I flatten, I reduce image size for emailing.
4. After reducing image size, I run the “Sharpen” filter to Crispy it up a bit. Make sure to go under edit after sharpening and “Fade Sharpen” to tone down the filter effects.

BLAMMO!

This is a shirt in running at Designbyhumans. If you guys throw me some votes, maybe they will print it!

Thanks for reading!

Apparel Templates F

EDITORS’ NOTE: Check out this video to see the pack & it’s new features in action:

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  • ChequeredManiac

    Nice tips, thanks

  • Ackbar

    what’s up with the right sleeve missing a chunk?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Adam Wagner

    Hey nice tutorial jimiyo. I really like how your final mock up looks so unique.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Adam Wagner

    Hey nice tutorial jimiyo. I really like how your final mock up looks so unique.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Adam Wagner

    @ Ackbar: These can be though of as “beta” versions, especially since this volume isn’t released yet. Be assured the final products will be clean and complete.

    Either way, the missing chunk because the end of the sleeve was tucked under.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Adam Wagner

    @ Ackbar: These can be though of as “beta” versions, especially since this volume isn’t released yet. Be assured the final products will be clean and complete.

    Either way, the missing chunk because the end of the sleeve was tucked under.

  • http://twitter.com/Go_Media/statuses/969239913 Go_Media (Go Media)

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  • http://twitter.com/naldzgraphics/statuses/969241736 naldzgraphics (Ronald Bien)

    RT @Go_Media Ever wonder how to create awesome tshirt mockups like Jimiyo? http://tinyurl.com/5bfvtz

  • http://twitter.com/aaroni268/statuses/969243688 aaroni268 (Aaron Irizarry)

    RT @Go_Media Ever wonder how to create awesome tshirt mockups like Jimiyo? http://tinyurl.com/5bfvtz

  • Michael Wilson

    Great work as usual!! I just bought the T-shirt mock ups and lovethem. I’ll have to add the ladies to the collection.
    When are you coming out with hoodies, sweatshirts and longsleeve T’s. I could use the hoodies right now!

  • Michael Wilson

    Great work as usual!! I just bought the T-shirt mock ups and lovethem. I’ll have to add the ladies to the collection.
    When are you coming out with hoodies, sweatshirts and longsleeve T’s. I could use the hoodies right now!

  • Tex

    Are you sure it’s not where someone’s arm was?

    Either way, the Illustrator 1998 screen shots hurt my eyes!

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  • Tex

    Are you sure it’s not where someone’s arm was?

    Either way, the Illustrator 1998 screen shots hurt my eyes!

  • http://truthoncinema.com Dan

    Thanks a lot guys! I can’t wait until the women’s pack is released.

  • http://truthoncinema.com Dan

    Thanks a lot guys! I can’t wait until the women’s pack is released.

  • brian

    why can’t a heterosexual guy tell a heterosexual guy that he thinks his booty is fly?

  • brian

    why can’t a heterosexual guy tell a heterosexual guy that he thinks his booty is fly?

  • Aaron

    Cool, Never thought of doing it this way.
    Thanks

  • ChequeredManiac

    Nice tips, thanks

  • Ackbar

    what’s up with the right sleeve missing a chunk?

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    @Adam Wagner
    Oh i see! Thanks for the info!

  • http://geekadelphia.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/scientology_ackbar.jpg Ackbar

    @Adam Wagner
    Oh i see! Thanks for the info!

  • Aaron

    Cool, Never thought of doing it this way.
    Thanks

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  • Eugene

    I am looking for some idea and stumble upon your posting :) decide to wish you Thanks. Eugene

  • Eugene

    I am looking for some idea and stumble upon your posting :) decide to wish you Thanks. Eugene

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    Mocking the tee up is always my favorite part of creating tee designs. Good work, Jimiyo.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    Mocking the tee up is always my favorite part of creating tee designs. Good work, Jimiyo.

  • http://www.williambiwer.com Bill Biwer

    Great post! Why did you pull the previous tutorial with the Harley Davidson shirt? Copyright issues?

  • http://www.williambiwer.com Bill Biwer

    Great post! Why did you pull the previous tutorial with the Harley Davidson shirt? Copyright issues?

  • Pies

    yea great tutorial jimiyo…i also did wonder where that hayley davidson tut went too, i didn’t get to finsh it

  • Pies

    yea great tutorial jimiyo…i also did wonder where that hayley davidson tut went too, i didn’t get to finsh it

  • Jules

    When is this pack going to be available for purchase?

  • Jules

    When is this pack going to be available for purchase?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Adam Wagner

    @ Jules – The long sleeve ladies templates are available now. The short sleeves will be done asap – probably later next week.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Adam Wagner

    @ Jules – The long sleeve ladies templates are available now. The short sleeves will be done asap – probably later next week.

  • Zeeb

    Sweet, I cant wait till next week when you have the ladies short sleeves out. What about the hoodies? When will they be out, and will you have girls hoodies and guys hoodies out at the same time or are you going to split them up? Or are you even doing womens hoodies?

  • Zeeb

    Sweet, I cant wait till next week when you have the ladies short sleeves out. What about the hoodies? When will they be out, and will you have girls hoodies and guys hoodies out at the same time or are you going to split them up? Or are you even doing womens hoodies?

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  • tomroyake

    Hi iam really interested in getting my designs into digital format but cant use photoshop or illustrator at all. basically what are you using to create your designs? iam guessing illustrator and a tablet.

  • tomroyake

    Hi iam really interested in getting my designs into digital format but cant use photoshop or illustrator at all. basically what are you using to create your designs? iam guessing illustrator and a tablet.

  • http://myspace.com/interviews andrew

    im curious what program did you use to make this

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      were I can print my t-shirts?any body know?

  • http://myspace.com/interviews andrew

    im curious what program did you use to make this

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  • Zeeb

    Photoshop and Illustrator are used mostly.

  • Zeeb

    Photoshop and Illustrator are used mostly.

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    These can be though of as “beta” versions, especially since this volume isn't released yet. Be assured the final products will be clean and complete.

  • julian05

    were I can print my t-shirts?any body know?

  • dapas

    nice tutorial…

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  • byzhr

    i know this program but it is really complicatable and hard to use it

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
    dizi izle

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    this is the true tshirt !

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    good tips…..thanks

  • http://www.securityking.com Craig

    Great tips on how to create a tshirt, Great design! I like the additional quick video too!

  • http://www.cardsoftware.net Amanda Smit

    Excellent tutorial/tips on how you approach T-shirt mockups, Thank you!

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    Cheers! There’s nothing like actual experience to cut thru the bull. :-)

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  • Justin Bieber

    this is very cool tshirt ever

  • Michael Jackson

    i love your mockups..thank you

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    this is lovely t-shirt

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    jimiyo created cool mockup..

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    not bad

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    were I can print my t-shirts?any body know?