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How to design a t-shirt on a budget and a tight deadline

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Monday morning. You’re walking into work (or in some of your cases, waking up in your undies and walking 10 feet to your desk). You pound some coffee and peruse your inbox. You have a present. One of your regulars needs a t-shirt designed for the band Vomit Whistle, but can’t spend much money. To add to the chaos, they needed it last week so your deadline is within the business day. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO!?

You know damn well that drawing some hyper-magical illustration is out of the question. You’re not gonna go balls to the wall on some typographic masterpiece either. You need a solution that’s fast and looks good. You need to take some design detours because this design is on a time constraint and a BUDGET. You need stock vector art, and you need it now.

As you may very well know, we offer a solution to this dilemma over at the Arsenal. We’re one of many different choices for theme-driven vector artwork, but since this is the GoMediazine… we’ll be using objects strictly from our packs to show the power of stock art when dealing with projects such as these.

Author’s Note: This tutorial does breeze by at a pretty brisk pace, but doesn’t require a black belt in Illustrator-jutsu. Any questions with the tutorial, please place in the comments following it, and I’ll answer all of them to the best of my abilities. Please be somewhat familiar with how adding and subtracting from objects works and the layering structure within Illustrator. The pathfinder and alignment tools will cover a lot of these nifty little tricks. When duplicating objects or grouped objects – alt+drag will handle that. To paste in place – ctrl+c and ctrl+f. If you’re still confused, these subjects are covered in numerous previous tutorials we have here in the zine. Read ‘em if you need ‘em.

We’re gonna make a new file in Illustrator. 11” x 11” and RGB color mode should do the trick. Make a black square that hits the edge of the artboard (true black, not that cmyk off-black) and lock the object in place. This will be our black t-shirt background.

Now let’s double check what your client had in mind for the design. They mentioned that the design shouldn’t exceed 3 colors, and gave you creative freedom because they like your work so much. They just want it to look gruesome and crazy and all that brutal stuff. This is good because the edge of having to reinvent the wheel on a pressure-filled job like this is relieved. I’m gonna start digging through the design weaponry.

Here’s a list what packs I think will be good for the job, and why. We have stuff that makes amazing background elements for just about anything brutal, focal pieces that can bring just the right attention to the design, and decorative add-ons that help bring everything home as a whole piece.

rad stuff from the arsenal goes a long way

So now I pick some colors to play with. The main thing I keep in mind with this job when choosing colors is if it will look good on black. Black makes all sorts of colors pop way more than on any other color… so I like using some pretty intense stuff, but not to the point where it’s seizure inducing. Know what I mean? On 3-color designs, I go with a dark, medium, and light tone. That’s the general rule with most designers. Below is what I settled with after some trial and error.

Author’s Note: Experiment with colors, you’ll surprise yourself sometimes. For added inspiration in the color selection process, visit Colourlovers.com – a great community site with all sorts of color schemes and patterns.

So now I start dragging objects that would complement each other into the Illustrator file. Below is what I ultimately ended up using, once again, after some trial and error.

Colors? Check. Objects to use? Check. Now let’s get on with the design.

We’re starting with the abstract halftone first. This will be our background. I applied the darkest swatch from our color scheme to it because it’s in the background. I’m not a huge fan of the negative space that gets left behind on this so I duplicate the object and flip it upside down so it fills out more.

I add the two together and expand them. Lock this object into place (like we did with the background) and we’re on to the next step.

Now I took a bunch of those wormies from the doodle pack and made the fill color on them our lightest colors (while maintaining the true black inked outline. I also did this with the eyeballs we took from our first anatomy pack. I chose a handrawn skull from the pack of the same name, made the fill color our medium turquoise-ish color, and assembled everything how you see here.

Now notice above that I took the entire skull with worms piece and duplicated it. I ungrouped everything and added it together and expanded it. I made it a stroke with the background color (stroke weight of 3 and positioned to the outside of the shape) and expanded the appearance (object > expand appearance). I aligned them together to the middle and center, with expanded stroke being on the bottom of the skull, and grouped them. Added it appropriately to the design and voila!

Author’s Note: I added this stroke because it helps isolate the skull more from the background. This approach to object isolation in design isn’t always a great thing and should be used tastefully. You give strokes to every single object and you’ll have something retarded as hell on your hands – no bueno.

So we need some text dammit! Vomit Whistle. Hmmm, well… The Arsenal does have a gnarly-as-hell font called Goatbeard. We’ll use that!

So I typed out the band name. I duplicated the text, right clicked it and converted it to paths. I then ungrouped it and moved all the letters closer together to my personal liking. I kept the words Vomit and Whistle as seperate objects (I did add them and expand them, however). I then applied an arch to them with a more positive vertical distortion on the “Vomit”, and a more negative distortion on the “Whistle” (because they’ll be going around the top and bottom of the skull). If you’re totally lost to what I just said .. effect > warp > arc. Play around with the settings. That should get you back on track.

Now remember the splatter we put aside? Here’s where it becomes useful to this piece. We’re going to duplicate our band name’s layers, drag them to the side, and make them the lightest color we’re using on the design. Copy and paste them in place (ctrl+c and then ctrl+f). Take the splatter and throw the sucker right on top of one word and size it appropriately. Duplicate the splatter and do it to the other one. Now select the word (this should only choose the second layer of the word you pasted in place, not the original) and then hold shift and select the corresponding splatter. Intersect them using your pathfinder tool and you should have the splatter cut out into the shape of the word. Do the same for the other and you should have about the same result as I have shown here below.

Now I applied a black stroke using the method I explained on the skull, and then once that was grouped into the text, I repeated it again with the background color.

I then placed the text appropriately into the design, and we’re done!

Now be professional – mock up the shirt for your client and send them a decent sized proof of the actual design too. Wait for them to approve, collect your earnings, send them their final files, and keep your eyes peeled for when it hits merch stores internet-wide… FOR YOU ARE THE DESIGN CHAMPION!!!

… and this only took you about an hour.

About the Author, Dave

Dave is Go Media's hell raising wild child. Illustration and petrified whale bone are the two things this guy lives for... next to barbacoa tacos and fried plantains. When he's not gently tapping and stroking the surface of his wacom with his stylus... he's relaxing to some contemporary jazz. More than likely illustrating some vomiting skulls in fitted caps, half-naked zombie women with dookie rope chains, or demon toddlers chugging tequila on their big wheels.
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  • Tom

    BOOOOO YAAAAAA!!!!!!

    Very Cool – When is set 11 Coming out to buy?

  • Tom

    BOOOOO YAAAAAA!!!!!!

    Very Cool – When is set 11 Coming out to buy?

  • Tom

    BOOOOO YAAAAAA!!!!!!

    Very Cool – When is set 11 Coming out to buy?

  • Drew

    Nice! When I use the intersect tool on the pathfinder, the overlapping shapes merge, but all of the other stuff is still there. I can never figure out how to do what you did with the splatter and the text. I followed what you said, but it didn’t work right…

  • Drew

    Nice! When I use the intersect tool on the pathfinder, the overlapping shapes merge, but all of the other stuff is still there. I can never figure out how to do what you did with the splatter and the text. I followed what you said, but it didn’t work right…

  • Drew

    Nice! When I use the intersect tool on the pathfinder, the overlapping shapes merge, but all of the other stuff is still there. I can never figure out how to do what you did with the splatter and the text. I followed what you said, but it didn’t work right…

  • http://design.studiofold.com/ Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson

    hi Dave, grate tutorial as always! I was just wondering where you guys print your shirts?

    Keep it up,
    Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson

  • http://design.studiofold.com/ Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson

    hi Dave, grate tutorial as always! I was just wondering where you guys print your shirts?

    Keep it up,
    Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson

  • http://design.studiofold.com/ Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson

    hi Dave, grate tutorial as always! I was just wondering where you guys print your shirts?

    Keep it up,
    Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Wow Dave! This t-shirt tutorial is amazing – one of the best yet. Love it. Thanks.
    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Wow Dave! This t-shirt tutorial is amazing – one of the best yet. Love it. Thanks.
    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Wow Dave! This t-shirt tutorial is amazing – one of the best yet. Love it. Thanks.
    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Drew, expand your object in the pathfinder box. That should do the trick.

    @Ragnar, we use Jakprints (www.jakprints.com) pretty often.

    Thanks everyone else for the kind words!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Drew, expand your object in the pathfinder box. That should do the trick.

    @Ragnar, we use Jakprints (www.jakprints.com) pretty often.

    Thanks everyone else for the kind words!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Drew, expand your object in the pathfinder box. That should do the trick.

    @Ragnar, we use Jakprints (www.jakprints.com) pretty often.

    Thanks everyone else for the kind words!

  • Tom

    dave can you tell us when set 11 will be available for purchase

  • Tom

    dave can you tell us when set 11 will be available for purchase

  • Tom

    dave can you tell us when set 11 will be available for purchase

  • Stan

    Great tutorial! This is one of the best tuts I’ve seen to see how to simply put a design together in a short amount of time.

    I might add….Vomit Whistle is the funnest band name I’ve heard in years.

  • Stan

    Great tutorial! This is one of the best tuts I’ve seen to see how to simply put a design together in a short amount of time.

    I might add….Vomit Whistle is the funnest band name I’ve heard in years.

  • Stan

    Great tutorial! This is one of the best tuts I’ve seen to see how to simply put a design together in a short amount of time.

    I might add….Vomit Whistle is the funnest band name I’ve heard in years.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Tom – SET 11 will be available to purchase tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled at the arsenal. This is one of our best sets yet… alot of really useful stuff.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Tom – SET 11 will be available to purchase tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled at the arsenal. This is one of our best sets yet… alot of really useful stuff.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Tom – SET 11 will be available to purchase tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled at the arsenal. This is one of our best sets yet… alot of really useful stuff.

  • Tom

    SaaaaaWeeeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttt!!!!!

  • Tom

    SaaaaaWeeeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttt!!!!!

  • Tom

    SaaaaaWeeeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttt!!!!!

  • adam

    Killer tutorial! Reminds me of Skate or Die

  • adam

    Killer tutorial! Reminds me of Skate or Die

  • adam

    Killer tutorial! Reminds me of Skate or Die

  • Jimmy

    You are a Design Jedi!

    Thanks man, great as always. I kinda do that spatter (or whatever) thing over type a lot where I work, and people flip out when they find out how simple but effective it is.

  • Jimmy

    You are a Design Jedi!

    Thanks man, great as always. I kinda do that spatter (or whatever) thing over type a lot where I work, and people flip out when they find out how simple but effective it is.

  • Jimmy

    You are a Design Jedi!

    Thanks man, great as always. I kinda do that spatter (or whatever) thing over type a lot where I work, and people flip out when they find out how simple but effective it is.

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Dave,

    Sick, sick, sick tutorial! Thanx for the info and how-to…it all makes sense once you throw out doubt and read threw the process.

    Question: What files would you suggest a client should receive?

    Thanks!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Dave,

    Sick, sick, sick tutorial! Thanx for the info and how-to…it all makes sense once you throw out doubt and read threw the process.

    Question: What files would you suggest a client should receive?

    Thanks!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    Dave,

    Sick, sick, sick tutorial! Thanx for the info and how-to…it all makes sense once you throw out doubt and read threw the process.

    Question: What files would you suggest a client should receive?

    Thanks!

  • Tom

    I can’t figure out how to stroke something using the technique that you described…. Do I select everything, or just the fill color, or just the black and white lines? I can just ungroup them if they are grouped and then add them, expand, and make them a stroke? It doesn’t seem to be doing the trick…

  • Tom

    I can’t figure out how to stroke something using the technique that you described…. Do I select everything, or just the fill color, or just the black and white lines? I can just ungroup them if they are grouped and then add them, expand, and make them a stroke? It doesn’t seem to be doing the trick…

  • Tom

    I can’t figure out how to stroke something using the technique that you described…. Do I select everything, or just the fill color, or just the black and white lines? I can just ungroup them if they are grouped and then add them, expand, and make them a stroke? It doesn’t seem to be doing the trick…

  • http://www.myspace.com/rustyeight RustyEight

    This is exactly what I have been waiting for. I always have a tough time designing shirts, and to see some sort of workflow and process is priceless. Thanks so much.

    – RustyEight Media –

  • http://www.myspace.com/rustyeight RustyEight

    This is exactly what I have been waiting for. I always have a tough time designing shirts, and to see some sort of workflow and process is priceless. Thanks so much.

    – RustyEight Media –

  • http://www.myspace.com/rustyeight RustyEight

    This is exactly what I have been waiting for. I always have a tough time designing shirts, and to see some sort of workflow and process is priceless. Thanks so much.

    – RustyEight Media –

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    every file format possible. if the design was made in a huge psd, send them that and a jpeg equivalent. if it was made in illustrator, send them an illustrator eps saved out a few versions back to eliminate backwards-compatibility issues, and for the hell of it, give them a jpeg @ 300 dpi that’s about the size of the final product.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    every file format possible. if the design was made in a huge psd, send them that and a jpeg equivalent. if it was made in illustrator, send them an illustrator eps saved out a few versions back to eliminate backwards-compatibility issues, and for the hell of it, give them a jpeg @ 300 dpi that’s about the size of the final product.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    above is @Marcus

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    above is @Marcus

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    every file format possible. if the design was made in a huge psd, send them that and a jpeg equivalent. if it was made in illustrator, send them an illustrator eps saved out a few versions back to eliminate backwards-compatibility issues, and for the hell of it, give them a jpeg @ 300 dpi that’s about the size of the final product.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    above is @Marcus

  • nobahdi

    How did you get the shadows of the t-shirt to show up in the image? I was thinking “Multiply” or “Overlay” transparency settings, but those drastically change the color.

  • nobahdi

    How did you get the shadows of the t-shirt to show up in the image? I was thinking “Multiply” or “Overlay” transparency settings, but those drastically change the color.

  • nobahdi

    How did you get the shadows of the t-shirt to show up in the image? I was thinking “Multiply” or “Overlay” transparency settings, but those drastically change the color.

  • Anonymous

    oOOOOHH snap!
    Nice.

  • Anonymous

    oOOOOHH snap!
    Nice.

  • Tiffany

    oOOOOHH snap!
    Nice.

  • http://thrashgraphics.com Dan

    Hey guys where do you get your T-Shirt stocks from they look great previewing the designs.
    Lovely tutorial.

  • http://thrashgraphics.com Dan

    Hey guys where do you get your T-Shirt stocks from they look great previewing the designs.
    Lovely tutorial.

  • http://thrashgraphics.com Dan

    Hey guys where do you get your T-Shirt stocks from they look great previewing the designs.
    Lovely tutorial.

  • MoJo

    Wow, a tutorial/article covering stock vector art that you sell. Stock art is ruining the design world. Period.

  • MoJo

    Wow, a tutorial/article covering stock vector art that you sell. Stock art is ruining the design world. Period.

  • MoJo

    Wow, a tutorial/article covering stock vector art that you sell. Stock art is ruining the design world. Period.

  • http://myspace.com/rawwarh X4NdrZ

    woww sick tutorial
    i cant make the outline anybody can help me please

    +
    i have so many time trying to make that kind of outlines T_T

  • http://myspace.com/rawwarh X4NdrZ

    woww sick tutorial
    i cant make the outline anybody can help me please

    +
    i have so many time trying to make that kind of outlines T_T

  • http://myspace.com/rawwarh X4NdrZ

    woww sick tutorial
    i cant make the outline anybody can help me please

    +
    i have so many time trying to make that kind of outlines T_T

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Mojo,

    Heck yes we’re featuring OUR stock vector art! We need to make money to cover Dave’s payroll. It would be nice if Dave would work for days on a nice tutorial like this and answer all your questions for free… but he has to pay for his rent and food and flowers (ok, maybe not flowers.) But he’s got bills.

    This way – everyone gets awesome free tutorials and you have the choice of buying our products or not. I think that’s a win-win situation!

    I also debated about how stock vectors would affect the industry… but then I saw what people were doing with them.. and I remembered that stock vectors are only a tool. They won’t make you a good designer. You still have to know how to put the pieces together. You need a good sense of layout, movement, depth, composition, etc. etc. Now I think of stock vectors much like stock images. So, are stock images ruining the design world too? I don’t think so. It’s still up to the designer to use them in the right way. That is still a HUGE challenge. Dave just makes it look easier than it really is… trust me. Dave’s got mad skills. And this tutorial is the culmination of a lot of work. What you don’t see is the designs he chucked before this one came together.

    Anyway… that’s my opinion – for what it’s worth.

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Mojo,

    Heck yes we’re featuring OUR stock vector art! We need to make money to cover Dave’s payroll. It would be nice if Dave would work for days on a nice tutorial like this and answer all your questions for free… but he has to pay for his rent and food and flowers (ok, maybe not flowers.) But he’s got bills.

    This way – everyone gets awesome free tutorials and you have the choice of buying our products or not. I think that’s a win-win situation!

    I also debated about how stock vectors would affect the industry… but then I saw what people were doing with them.. and I remembered that stock vectors are only a tool. They won’t make you a good designer. You still have to know how to put the pieces together. You need a good sense of layout, movement, depth, composition, etc. etc. Now I think of stock vectors much like stock images. So, are stock images ruining the design world too? I don’t think so. It’s still up to the designer to use them in the right way. That is still a HUGE challenge. Dave just makes it look easier than it really is… trust me. Dave’s got mad skills. And this tutorial is the culmination of a lot of work. What you don’t see is the designs he chucked before this one came together.

    Anyway… that’s my opinion – for what it’s worth.

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Mojo,

    Heck yes we’re featuring OUR stock vector art! We need to make money to cover Dave’s payroll. It would be nice if Dave would work for days on a nice tutorial like this and answer all your questions for free… but he has to pay for his rent and food and flowers (ok, maybe not flowers.) But he’s got bills.

    This way – everyone gets awesome free tutorials and you have the choice of buying our products or not. I think that’s a win-win situation!

    I also debated about how stock vectors would affect the industry… but then I saw what people were doing with them.. and I remembered that stock vectors are only a tool. They won’t make you a good designer. You still have to know how to put the pieces together. You need a good sense of layout, movement, depth, composition, etc. etc. Now I think of stock vectors much like stock images. So, are stock images ruining the design world too? I don’t think so. It’s still up to the designer to use them in the right way. That is still a HUGE challenge. Dave just makes it look easier than it really is… trust me. Dave’s got mad skills. And this tutorial is the culmination of a lot of work. What you don’t see is the designs he chucked before this one came together.

    Anyway… that’s my opinion – for what it’s worth.

    -Bill

  • Derek

    Well said Bill

    They are definitely not harming the design industry, though it may cause some extra poor quality designs (from people who just throw it all together into some tasteless vector mess and claim it as original). That’s inevitable though, and it’s not worth worrying about.

    For me personally, I used to really rely on them since I didn’t know illustrator very well, but they really helped me learn the program so now I only use them for small touches occasionally. I think they are a really good learning tool as well as incredibly practical

    -Derek

  • Derek

    Well said Bill

    They are definitely not harming the design industry, though it may cause some extra poor quality designs (from people who just throw it all together into some tasteless vector mess and claim it as original). That’s inevitable though, and it’s not worth worrying about.

    For me personally, I used to really rely on them since I didn’t know illustrator very well, but they really helped me learn the program so now I only use them for small touches occasionally. I think they are a really good learning tool as well as incredibly practical

    -Derek

  • Derek

    Well said Bill

    They are definitely not harming the design industry, though it may cause some extra poor quality designs (from people who just throw it all together into some tasteless vector mess and claim it as original). That’s inevitable though, and it’s not worth worrying about.

    For me personally, I used to really rely on them since I didn’t know illustrator very well, but they really helped me learn the program so now I only use them for small touches occasionally. I think they are a really good learning tool as well as incredibly practical

    -Derek

  • davey boy

    you guys rock, the tuts are awesome and your products are thee most used tools in my arsenol. thanks a million.

  • davey boy

    you guys rock, the tuts are awesome and your products are thee most used tools in my arsenol. thanks a million.

  • davey boy

    you guys rock, the tuts are awesome and your products are thee most used tools in my arsenol. thanks a million.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Hah nice one Bill. Yeah seriously, stock art is just that stock art. Noobs will try to create what the see on shirts selling at Hot Topic and Pac Sun and they might be successful for a bit until they grow confidence to create this themselves.

    Others use it as a time saver on projects such as this. If we were to create all this stuff from scratch for EVERY project, it would blow the budget out of the water and we’d lose the job.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Hah nice one Bill. Yeah seriously, stock art is just that stock art. Noobs will try to create what the see on shirts selling at Hot Topic and Pac Sun and they might be successful for a bit until they grow confidence to create this themselves.

    Others use it as a time saver on projects such as this. If we were to create all this stuff from scratch for EVERY project, it would blow the budget out of the water and we’d lose the job.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Hah nice one Bill. Yeah seriously, stock art is just that stock art. Noobs will try to create what the see on shirts selling at Hot Topic and Pac Sun and they might be successful for a bit until they grow confidence to create this themselves.

    Others use it as a time saver on projects such as this. If we were to create all this stuff from scratch for EVERY project, it would blow the budget out of the water and we’d lose the job.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    Hey Mojo… I live in Illustrator. And I can make an illustration of the Baby Jesus throwing a cupcake at a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s face in the UFC Octagon while keeping it photorealistic, from scratch, using only one color and no halftones… and I still use stock vector art.

    I’d love to see your portfolio :D.

    And if you read the damn thing… I quote:

    “We’re one of many different choices for theme-driven vector artwork, but since this is the GoMediazine… we’ll be using objects strictly from our packs to show the power of stock art when dealing with projects such as these.”

    I explain to the end user that we are ONE of many options, and don’t front for one second that you wouldn’t do the same.

    Now to answer some questions…

    @nobahdi – Tweaking the shirt to be light instead of dark, and then adding those layer effects are what does the trick. You want dark to show through, and if the whole shirt is dark, it will change the design underneath it undesirably.

    @Dan – Many stock photography sites offer blank shirts, just mask them out to isolate them on the background of your choice. That’s what I do.

    Thanks everyone!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    Hey Mojo… I live in Illustrator. And I can make an illustration of the Baby Jesus throwing a cupcake at a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s face in the UFC Octagon while keeping it photorealistic, from scratch, using only one color and no halftones… and I still use stock vector art.

    I’d love to see your portfolio :D.

    And if you read the damn thing… I quote:

    “We’re one of many different choices for theme-driven vector artwork, but since this is the GoMediazine… we’ll be using objects strictly from our packs to show the power of stock art when dealing with projects such as these.”

    I explain to the end user that we are ONE of many options, and don’t front for one second that you wouldn’t do the same.

    Now to answer some questions…

    @nobahdi – Tweaking the shirt to be light instead of dark, and then adding those layer effects are what does the trick. You want dark to show through, and if the whole shirt is dark, it will change the design underneath it undesirably.

    @Dan – Many stock photography sites offer blank shirts, just mask them out to isolate them on the background of your choice. That’s what I do.

    Thanks everyone!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    Hey Mojo… I live in Illustrator. And I can make an illustration of the Baby Jesus throwing a cupcake at a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s face in the UFC Octagon while keeping it photorealistic, from scratch, using only one color and no halftones… and I still use stock vector art.

    I’d love to see your portfolio :D.

    And if you read the damn thing… I quote:

    “We’re one of many different choices for theme-driven vector artwork, but since this is the GoMediazine… we’ll be using objects strictly from our packs to show the power of stock art when dealing with projects such as these.”

    I explain to the end user that we are ONE of many options, and don’t front for one second that you wouldn’t do the same.

    Now to answer some questions…

    @nobahdi – Tweaking the shirt to be light instead of dark, and then adding those layer effects are what does the trick. You want dark to show through, and if the whole shirt is dark, it will change the design underneath it undesirably.

    @Dan – Many stock photography sites offer blank shirts, just mask them out to isolate them on the background of your choice. That’s what I do.

    Thanks everyone!

  • Vic

    Great tutorial. It basically describes almost every occasion I need to design a tshirt.

  • Vic

    Great tutorial. It basically describes almost every occasion I need to design a tshirt.

  • Vic

    Great tutorial. It basically describes almost every occasion I need to design a tshirt.

  • http://robertaseldon.bravehost.com Roberta Seldon

    Great tutorial! Keep ‘em coming!!

  • http://robertaseldon.bravehost.com Roberta Seldon

    Great tutorial! Keep ‘em coming!!

  • http://robertaseldon.bravehost.com Roberta Seldon

    Great tutorial! Keep ‘em coming!!

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  • nobahdi

    I can’t wait to see the tutorial of the baby Jesus vs. T-Rex cupcake match.

    Thanks for answering my question Dave.

  • nobahdi

    I can’t wait to see the tutorial of the baby Jesus vs. T-Rex cupcake match.

    Thanks for answering my question Dave.

  • nobahdi

    I can’t wait to see the tutorial of the baby Jesus vs. T-Rex cupcake match.

    Thanks for answering my question Dave.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    Well said Dave and Bill!

    And Dave, I’d like to check out that illustration sometime. =)

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    Well said Dave and Bill!

    And Dave, I’d like to check out that illustration sometime. =)

  • http://www.gomedia.us Kim

    Well said Dave and Bill!

    And Dave, I’d like to check out that illustration sometime. =)

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    @ Dave

    Thanx a great deal!!!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    @ Dave

    Thanx a great deal!!!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    @ Dave

    Thanx a great deal!!!

  • http://www.lizhuntdesign.com Liz

    As an information designer, this stuff blows my mind. Thanks for the inspiration, Dave. And way to rock the defenses Bill and Jeff.

    I would love to see baby jesus throwing full-sized CAKES — because that’s a little more old-school classic comedy. Just my opinion.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    AND – speaking of shameless self-promotion and selling of products… We are currently working on a “pack” of T-Shirt Templates. A variety of colors and shirts… all with Photoshop paths so you can instantly mask your design onto the shirt. We’ll even make a layer with wrinkle shadows to go over top of your designs on dark shirts!

    -Bill

    • http://www.facebook.com/PlatypusJim James Wilson

      Exactly.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    AND – speaking of shameless self-promotion and selling of products… We are currently working on a “pack” of T-Shirt Templates. A variety of colors and shirts… all with Photoshop paths so you can instantly mask your design onto the shirt. We’ll even make a layer with wrinkle shadows to go over top of your designs on dark shirts!

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    AND – speaking of shameless self-promotion and selling of products… We are currently working on a “pack” of T-Shirt Templates. A variety of colors and shirts… all with Photoshop paths so you can instantly mask your design onto the shirt. We’ll even make a layer with wrinkle shadows to go over top of your designs on dark shirts!

    -Bill

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    @ Mojo

    Not for nothing…deisgning is not a random cheap-on-the-fly type of “profession”…however, in today’s social spectrum of supply and demand, you’ve got to get in stride with the machine or be crushed by it. Sure go ahead and pontificate on a individual design for the sake of “originality”, but the competition in this arena of customer satisfaction, you ain’t got no win. Unless you are catering to a clientele who will wait for eions for your final spec.

    GoMedia is providing really time saving alternatives to complement our projects…not to exclusively Arsenal vector file a project.

    Bottom line, use it or don’t…Go Media is the ish!!!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    @ Mojo

    Not for nothing…deisgning is not a random cheap-on-the-fly type of “profession”…however, in today’s social spectrum of supply and demand, you’ve got to get in stride with the machine or be crushed by it. Sure go ahead and pontificate on a individual design for the sake of “originality”, but the competition in this arena of customer satisfaction, you ain’t got no win. Unless you are catering to a clientele who will wait for eions for your final spec.

    GoMedia is providing really time saving alternatives to complement our projects…not to exclusively Arsenal vector file a project.

    Bottom line, use it or don’t…Go Media is the ish!!!

  • MarcusFromPhilly

    @ Mojo

    Not for nothing…deisgning is not a random cheap-on-the-fly type of “profession”…however, in today’s social spectrum of supply and demand, you’ve got to get in stride with the machine or be crushed by it. Sure go ahead and pontificate on a individual design for the sake of “originality”, but the competition in this arena of customer satisfaction, you ain’t got no win. Unless you are catering to a clientele who will wait for eions for your final spec.

    GoMedia is providing really time saving alternatives to complement our projects…not to exclusively Arsenal vector file a project.

    Bottom line, use it or don’t…Go Media is the ish!!!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    Marcus, well said.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    Marcus, well said.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    Marcus, well said.

  • LizHunt

    As an information designer, this stuff blows my mind. Thanks for the inspiration, Dave. And way to rock the defenses Bill and Jeff.

    I would love to see baby jesus throwing full-sized CAKES — because that’s a little more old-school classic comedy. Just my opinion.

  • LizHunt

    As an information designer, this stuff blows my mind. Thanks for the inspiration, Dave. And way to rock the defenses Bill and Jeff.

    I would love to see baby jesus throwing full-sized CAKES — because that’s a little more old-school classic comedy. Just my opinion.

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  • http://www.gunslingerdesignstudio.com Michael C. Ferguson

    Dave … all tutorials should be presented this way – fun, creative, and straight to the point. I was twisting my noggin’ trying to find a way to horrify a background for a new website I am building, and this tutorial puts me back on track … damn, you make this TOO easy!!!

  • http://www.gunslingerdesignstudio.com Michael C. Ferguson

    Dave … all tutorials should be presented this way – fun, creative, and straight to the point. I was twisting my noggin’ trying to find a way to horrify a background for a new website I am building, and this tutorial puts me back on track … damn, you make this TOO easy!!!

  • http://www.gunslingerdesignstudio.com Michael C. Ferguson

    Dave … all tutorials should be presented this way – fun, creative, and straight to the point. I was twisting my noggin’ trying to find a way to horrify a background for a new website I am building, and this tutorial puts me back on track … damn, you make this TOO easy!!!

  • http://flickr.com/photos/integralapparel/ Integral Apparel

    I tried and tried to intersect the text with the splatter and couldn’t do it for the life of me, everything turned all white or I couldn’t make out the text from the splatter… Hopefully this makes sense, and I am working on illustrator 10..

  • http://flickr.com/photos/integralapparel/ Integral Apparel

    I tried and tried to intersect the text with the splatter and couldn’t do it for the life of me, everything turned all white or I couldn’t make out the text from the splatter… Hopefully this makes sense, and I am working on illustrator 10..

  • http://flickr.com/photos/integralapparel/ Integral Apparel

    I tried and tried to intersect the text with the splatter and couldn’t do it for the life of me, everything turned all white or I couldn’t make out the text from the splatter… Hopefully this makes sense, and I am working on illustrator 10..

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Integral,

    A few quick things… First – I HAVE seen corrupt versions of Illy that the pathfinder tool is jacked up on. Also, depending on how complex your splatter is – I think 10 has a harder time handling super-complex vectors when using the pathfinder tool. Sometimes I’ve seen it just fail completely because there are too many points.

    But before you’re sure that’s it…. Make sure you prep your copy with the following steps:

    1. Make sure all text is converted to paths.

    2. Make sure you have expanded all appearances (such as the warp effect)

    3. Then, UnGroup your letters and use the Pathfinder Merge (or Add to Shape) tool on your letters BEFORE you try to use the Intersecting Shape tool.

    These steps MAY fix your problem. Good luck!

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Integral,

    A few quick things… First – I HAVE seen corrupt versions of Illy that the pathfinder tool is jacked up on. Also, depending on how complex your splatter is – I think 10 has a harder time handling super-complex vectors when using the pathfinder tool. Sometimes I’ve seen it just fail completely because there are too many points.

    But before you’re sure that’s it…. Make sure you prep your copy with the following steps:

    1. Make sure all text is converted to paths.

    2. Make sure you have expanded all appearances (such as the warp effect)

    3. Then, UnGroup your letters and use the Pathfinder Merge (or Add to Shape) tool on your letters BEFORE you try to use the Intersecting Shape tool.

    These steps MAY fix your problem. Good luck!

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Integral,

    A few quick things… First – I HAVE seen corrupt versions of Illy that the pathfinder tool is jacked up on. Also, depending on how complex your splatter is – I think 10 has a harder time handling super-complex vectors when using the pathfinder tool. Sometimes I’ve seen it just fail completely because there are too many points.

    But before you’re sure that’s it…. Make sure you prep your copy with the following steps:

    1. Make sure all text is converted to paths.

    2. Make sure you have expanded all appearances (such as the warp effect)

    3. Then, UnGroup your letters and use the Pathfinder Merge (or Add to Shape) tool on your letters BEFORE you try to use the Intersecting Shape tool.

    These steps MAY fix your problem. Good luck!

    -Bill

  • Ty

    This is such a sick article!z

    But when you make the Baby Jesus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex tutorial, can you make the cuppycake girl be the referee? Btw, when can we expect that?

    Hahaha. Thanks again for another learning experience!

  • Ty

    This is such a sick article!z

    But when you make the Baby Jesus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex tutorial, can you make the cuppycake girl be the referee? Btw, when can we expect that?

    Hahaha. Thanks again for another learning experience!

  • Ty

    This is such a sick article!z

    But when you make the Baby Jesus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex tutorial, can you make the cuppycake girl be the referee? Btw, when can we expect that?

    Hahaha. Thanks again for another learning experience!

  • http://flickr.com/photos/integralapparel/ IntegralApparel

    @ Bill, thanks for your help, I think its something to do with either my illustrator or being version 10, I cant even get my layer palette to pull up anymore, I was literally designing on a budget!

    Is there other ways to do it folks or should I just break down and buy cs3?

  • http://flickr.com/photos/integralapparel/ IntegralApparel

    @ Bill, thanks for your help, I think its something to do with either my illustrator or being version 10, I cant even get my layer palette to pull up anymore, I was literally designing on a budget!

    Is there other ways to do it folks or should I just break down and buy cs3?

  • http://flickr.com/photos/integralapparel/ IntegralApparel

    @ Bill, thanks for your help, I think its something to do with either my illustrator or being version 10, I cant even get my layer palette to pull up anymore, I was literally designing on a budget!

    Is there other ways to do it folks or should I just break down and buy cs3?

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  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Integral,

    CS4 is almost out! So, I say – hold out just a little longer…

    Instead of using your Pathfinder tool… you COULD just mask your splatters instead of knocking them out.

    Just put a copy of your lettering on top of your splatters. Then select both sets of shapes and click Object/Clipping Mask/Make.

    Technically all your original splatter is still there. But it’s now hidden.

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Integral,

    CS4 is almost out! So, I say – hold out just a little longer…

    Instead of using your Pathfinder tool… you COULD just mask your splatters instead of knocking them out.

    Just put a copy of your lettering on top of your splatters. Then select both sets of shapes and click Object/Clipping Mask/Make.

    Technically all your original splatter is still there. But it’s now hidden.

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Integral,

    CS4 is almost out! So, I say – hold out just a little longer…

    Instead of using your Pathfinder tool… you COULD just mask your splatters instead of knocking them out.

    Just put a copy of your lettering on top of your splatters. Then select both sets of shapes and click Object/Clipping Mask/Make.

    Technically all your original splatter is still there. But it’s now hidden.

    -Bill

  • steve

    Isn’t true black #000000, not #020202?
    Other than that, great atricle.

  • steve

    Isn’t true black #000000, not #020202?
    Other than that, great atricle.

  • steve

    Isn’t true black #000000, not #020202?
    Other than that, great atricle.

  • Huper

    How dare you advertising your own products through your incredibly helpful, inspiring and absolutely free tutorials? Greedy bastard.
    *hides under his bed*

  • Huper

    How dare you advertising your own products through your incredibly helpful, inspiring and absolutely free tutorials? Greedy bastard.
    *hides under his bed*

  • Huper

    How dare you advertising your own products through your incredibly helpful, inspiring and absolutely free tutorials? Greedy bastard.
    *hides under his bed*

  • Brendan

    This is one of the best Tuts i have read in a while. I like your presentation style, and it is easy to follow. I do a ton of t-shirt work and I agree with the 3 color selection, keeps it on the cheaper side.

  • Brendan

    This is one of the best Tuts i have read in a while. I like your presentation style, and it is easy to follow. I do a ton of t-shirt work and I agree with the 3 color selection, keeps it on the cheaper side.

  • Brendan

    This is one of the best Tuts i have read in a while. I like your presentation style, and it is easy to follow. I do a ton of t-shirt work and I agree with the 3 color selection, keeps it on the cheaper side.

  • Stan

    I love this tutorial! Thank you for showing us a “quick n dirty” way to get through a short deadline.
    So for us rag-tag, scrapping, self educated designers….what is a color scheme like for more than 3 colors? You mentioned at the beginning of this tut that dark/medium/light was the general rule for most designers, so what would be the general rule for more than 3 colors?

  • Stan

    I love this tutorial! Thank you for showing us a “quick n dirty” way to get through a short deadline.
    So for us rag-tag, scrapping, self educated designers….what is a color scheme like for more than 3 colors? You mentioned at the beginning of this tut that dark/medium/light was the general rule for most designers, so what would be the general rule for more than 3 colors?

  • Stan

    I love this tutorial! Thank you for showing us a “quick n dirty” way to get through a short deadline.
    So for us rag-tag, scrapping, self educated designers….what is a color scheme like for more than 3 colors? You mentioned at the beginning of this tut that dark/medium/light was the general rule for most designers, so what would be the general rule for more than 3 colors?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Stan,

    That’s where the designing part comes into play, haha. Basically, it’s color theory. I would write a tutorial on that but my use of color fluctuates. If I design for a black tee, and I decide to use 5 colors, the black of the tee would eliminate the need for the outline color. I’ll use two pairs of similar complimenting colours (a light and a medium of something) and an obnoxious color or white to spread throughout the design. Normally, I use that wild card color to tie it all in. That approach seems to work best for me.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Stan,

    That’s where the designing part comes into play, haha. Basically, it’s color theory. I would write a tutorial on that but my use of color fluctuates. If I design for a black tee, and I decide to use 5 colors, the black of the tee would eliminate the need for the outline color. I’ll use two pairs of similar complimenting colours (a light and a medium of something) and an obnoxious color or white to spread throughout the design. Normally, I use that wild card color to tie it all in. That approach seems to work best for me.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Dave

    @Stan,

    That’s where the designing part comes into play, haha. Basically, it’s color theory. I would write a tutorial on that but my use of color fluctuates. If I design for a black tee, and I decide to use 5 colors, the black of the tee would eliminate the need for the outline color. I’ll use two pairs of similar complimenting colours (a light and a medium of something) and an obnoxious color or white to spread throughout the design. Normally, I use that wild card color to tie it all in. That approach seems to work best for me.

  • Anonymous

    I just thought I’d add a color resource that’s great for color-blocked designers… Adobe lab’s Kuler. http://kuler.adobe.com/

  • Anonymous

    I just thought I’d add a color resource that’s great for color-blocked designers… Adobe lab’s Kuler. http://kuler.adobe.com/

  • Tiffany

    I just thought I’d add a color resource that’s great for color-blocked designers… Adobe lab’s Kuler. http://kuler.adobe.com/

  • Rachel

    This tutorial puts a lot of simple things into perspective for me, although most of the things are tools I know how to use — your tone is totally relatable. Nice imagery in the intro story too, adds a nice touch.

    :)

  • Rachel

    This tutorial puts a lot of simple things into perspective for me, although most of the things are tools I know how to use — your tone is totally relatable. Nice imagery in the intro story too, adds a nice touch.

    :)

  • Rachel

    This tutorial puts a lot of simple things into perspective for me, although most of the things are tools I know how to use — your tone is totally relatable. Nice imagery in the intro story too, adds a nice touch.

    :)

  • JoeJackson

    Hey guys … great tutorial.

    I just startet using illustrator and outlines were always a pain in the ass for me. Your “trick” is simple, yet effective – thanks for that!

    One question regarding printing of that design:
    I work together with a guy that needs different layers or files of the different colors to print them.

    Is there a simple way in Illustrator to extract (in the case of the tutorial) the three different VISIBLE colorforms onto seperate layers? Or would some free- or shareware help?

    Cheers

  • JoeJackson

    Hey guys … great tutorial.

    I just startet using illustrator and outlines were always a pain in the ass for me. Your “trick” is simple, yet effective – thanks for that!

    One question regarding printing of that design:
    I work together with a guy that needs different layers or files of the different colors to print them.

    Is there a simple way in Illustrator to extract (in the case of the tutorial) the three different VISIBLE colorforms onto seperate layers? Or would some free- or shareware help?

    Cheers

  • JoeJackson

    Hey guys … great tutorial.

    I just startet using illustrator and outlines were always a pain in the ass for me. Your “trick” is simple, yet effective – thanks for that!

    One question regarding printing of that design:
    I work together with a guy that needs different layers or files of the different colors to print them.

    Is there a simple way in Illustrator to extract (in the case of the tutorial) the three different VISIBLE colorforms onto seperate layers? Or would some free- or shareware help?

    Cheers

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  • http://www.myspace.com/rustyeight RustyEight

    You should really put a link to your new t-shirt mock ups in the article.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rustyeight RustyEight

    You should really put a link to your new t-shirt mock ups in the article.

  • Raj

    Dave – I really love this tutorial :) Thanx a lot m8.

  • Raj

    Dave – I really love this tutorial :) Thanx a lot m8.

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  • Diana

    Wow this is awesome! Thanks so much, I feel inspired. :D

  • Diana

    Wow this is awesome! Thanks so much, I feel inspired. :D

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  • Moby

    I CANNOT figure out the outline part for words, i get lost around the adding part…. HELP!

  • Moby

    I CANNOT figure out the outline part for words, i get lost around the adding part…. HELP!

  • smutek

    @ Mojo -

    I used to smirk at stock art myself.

    Then I got a job.

    I am the only artist at my company. Stop by desk on any given day and you’ll find 15, sometimes more jobs in various stages of progress or waiting to be started. If I were to try and hand draw every job I would quickly find myself the victim of a client lynch mob.

    This is a deadline driven industry. It isn’t about sitting in the basement in a haze of pot smoke, making something “rad”. It’s about more than drawing a “wicked” picture.

    It is about juggling multiple projects, time management, asset organization, communication, talent and creativity all working under pressure in some kind of beautiful chaotic harmony to interpret the clients vision and provide them with the best possible product in the required time frame.

    It’s about staying fresh and being creative, not just wen you *want* to, but when you *have* to.

    There is a huge difference.

    Whether you are creating completely from scratch, using clip art to compliment an original piece, or doing an entirely stock art driven piece, stock art is a tool, just like stock photography and just like fonts.

    Embrace it. Or don’t.

    best

  • smutek

    @ Mojo -

    I used to smirk at stock art myself.

    Then I got a job.

    I am the only artist at my company. Stop by desk on any given day and you’ll find 15, sometimes more jobs in various stages of progress or waiting to be started. If I were to try and hand draw every job I would quickly find myself the victim of a client lynch mob.

    This is a deadline driven industry. It isn’t about sitting in the basement in a haze of pot smoke, making something “rad”. It’s about more than drawing a “wicked” picture.

    It is about juggling multiple projects, time management, asset organization, communication, talent and creativity all working under pressure in some kind of beautiful chaotic harmony to interpret the clients vision and provide them with the best possible product in the required time frame.

    It’s about staying fresh and being creative, not just wen you *want* to, but when you *have* to.

    There is a huge difference.

    Whether you are creating completely from scratch, using clip art to compliment an original piece, or doing an entirely stock art driven piece, stock art is a tool, just like stock photography and just like fonts.

    Embrace it. Or don’t.

    best

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  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/7417b123f72737d9db39552048a3ecea?s=80 Number 2

    @ Moby,

    did you forget to expand on the pathfinder once you added the paths together? Thats what I did, then it worked better.

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial, I learned some new tricks!

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/7417b123f72737d9db39552048a3ecea?s=80 Number 2

    @ Moby,

    did you forget to expand on the pathfinder once you added the paths together? Thats what I did, then it worked better.

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial, I learned some new tricks!

  • Tim

    Just wanna say this tutorial rocks. Really great for people like me to know that design doesn’t require one-off strokes of inspiration to look damn good.

  • Tim

    Just wanna say this tutorial rocks. Really great for people like me to know that design doesn’t require one-off strokes of inspiration to look damn good.

  • http://theoddnormal.blogspot.com/ Micheal

    Naked gleeming crystal bones …I gotta print this out and read/do over and over. Its just that good.

  • http://theoddnormal.blogspot.com/ Micheal

    Naked gleeming crystal bones …I gotta print this out and read/do over and over. Its just that good.

  • George

    I have a simple dumb question. How did you color the skull green? If I adjust the fill color it just colors the lines and the fill is still white? It’s driving me crazy!!

    Awesome article! Really great to see the process broken down. Extremely informative!

  • George

    I have a simple dumb question. How did you color the skull green? If I adjust the fill color it just colors the lines and the fill is still white? It’s driving me crazy!!

    Awesome article! Really great to see the process broken down. Extremely informative!

  • Chris

    Hi, Nice tutorial.

    I am playing round with a trial version of Illustrator CS4 with some of your free vectors.

    I can’t seem to figure the stroke outline around the skull out.

    Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks

  • Chris

    Hi, Nice tutorial.

    I am playing round with a trial version of Illustrator CS4 with some of your free vectors.

    I can’t seem to figure the stroke outline around the skull out.

    Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks

  • Mika

    i CANNOT figure out the outline of the skull part to save my life! ugh HELP ME. and how did you do the text? im so confused

  • Mika

    i CANNOT figure out the outline of the skull part to save my life! ugh HELP ME. and how did you do the text? im so confused

  • Nick

    I cant for the life of me get the pathfinder intersect to work.
    I group them, Select the bottom (text) then the top (splatter) and they just wont mask they way yours does.

  • Nick

    I cant for the life of me get the pathfinder intersect to work.
    I group them, Select the bottom (text) then the top (splatter) and they just wont mask they way yours does.

  • http://www.seamenonpatrol.com Scott

    STROKE IT TWICE BRO!!!!!!

    aaaaahahahahahahaha

    I’m gonna yell that out in the office when whenever I add 2 strokes to something.

  • http://www.seamenonpatrol.com Scott

    STROKE IT TWICE BRO!!!!!!

    aaaaahahahahahahaha

    I’m gonna yell that out in the office when whenever I add 2 strokes to something.

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  • http://www.coroflot.com/mars9 Marlon

    I was also wondering as to where did you get your t-shirt designs printed from???And where can I get my designs printed for CHEAP!!??

  • leon

    xD I was eating while reading this,
    don't like to hear the word 'vomit' while eating
    ^^

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  • Jaytee

    how do i convert to paths?

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  • http://www.higg.co.uk/ higg

    this is brilliant!
    …thing is, i'm short of time and can't be bothered trying to get this worked up and printed myself… is there somewhere online i can buy this very t-shirt? :)

  • http://www.livebrush.com/ David

    May I suggest Livebrush for creating some of these vector assets?

  • LsdInk

    If you have an artistic edge and you like to design t-shirts, http://www.lsdink.com provides the perfect platform for you to showcase and flaunt your creativity. Submit your designs for the voting and design that gets the highest number of votes is displayed on our site for 69 hours. The t-shirt that gets displayed are limited versions of t-shirts which make them more exclusive and desirable and a symbol of pride for the owner. Lsdink also works on the revenue share model, where the artist gets the share in the sale of every displayed t-shirt.

  • Mimik

    YOU ARE THE STROKE MASTER!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hafeez.rosland Hafeez Rosland

    how to fill the color inside the eyeball…because i try my best to try but only outline can color…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikelhoffman Miguel Villalpando

    This is what I did; make a circle about the size of the eye, fill it with the color and “Send to Back”, That may help…

  • kwrbassist

    This is pretty retarded question i suppose…but I know very little about illustrator as I don't work in it much, hence why I am doing this tutorial. How do you change the fill color on the skull? Every time I change the fill color it just changes the color of the lines?

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
    dizi izle

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  • Larry Joyner

    kick ass

  • Larry Joyner

    how do i add the objects after un grouping them ?

  • http://www.bestcardprinter.com Jeff Jones

    Wow! You made that look so easy, writing the tutorial probably took longer than your design time, definitely some great ideas and techniques on how to design with a tight deadline! Cheers

  • http://twitter.com/NasteMag Naste

    GREAT!

  • http://www.klavisnurs.com Klavis

    Dave … all tutorials should be presented this way – fun, creative, and
    straight to the point. I was twisting my noggin’ trying to find a way
    to horrify a background for a new website I am building, and this
    tutorial puts me back on track … damn, you make this TOO easy!!!

  • http://www.klavisnurs.com Klavis

    Dave … all tutorials should be presented this way – fun, creative, and
    straight to the point. I was twisting my noggin’ trying to find a way
    to horrify a background for a new website I am building, and this
    tutorial puts me back on track … damn, you make this TOO easy!!!

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  • http://twitter.com/jensroels jens roels

    Great article! Love it because sometimes you haven’t got time to make that master piece that’s locked in your head. 

  • collins

    Good day, please I need serious tutorials am a novice in customizing. I would be greatful for your help. Thank you

  • mencoii98zz

    amazing :”>

  • pjosiel

    Great tutorial, but I was wondering, how do I fill in the transparent spaces inside the vector? I keep on filling it in but it only fills the lines and not the inside of the vector…