PhotoShop Tips for T-Shirt Design

With the recent purchase of my cool little Mac, I am discovering a new world of design. You can do some really exciting things in PhotoShop, from distorting images, changing colors, shredding edges, and more! As I discover new little tricks, I will occasionally offer updates and ideas. Of course, these more techie posts are me trying feebly to be professional rather than crass and funny, which as I read more and more of you other Mommy Bloggers I realize I can be (usually) without offending (many). BUT, I am also a mompreneur (did I EVEN spell that right?) and am trying to get my shirts sold so this is also a blatant way to advertise. OK, so the truth is out there.

Back to business… I like to try my hand at retro looking design for my shirts. The designs seem to change week by week because I am always learning new ideas from other online bloggers and designers. Some of my favorites are sepia tones, tinted looks, black and white. Playing with color and texture is a good way to change a nice, but normal “family photo” into something suitable for sale as a design, or maybe even a work of art. To try a cool tinted look, try this:

Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map

I recommend naming each layer. If you ever want to go back and make minor changes (such as deselecting a layer and adding a new one), this makes it easier. Assigning it a color isn’t necessary, but also helps as an internal tracking tool. Mode should be set to Normal. Opacity to 100%.

The Gradient Map dialog box will pop up. Make sure you select preview if it isn’t already checked. Play around with the different patterns and the slider to adjust your effects and final image. If you have trouble finding the slider, click the color bar of the Gradient Map and you will get a second window with the slider.

Try the Dither and Reverse checks as well. The reverse can help if you have an image that is too dark or too light or viewing like a negative slide.

Check back next time to learn more about making edges ragged, gradient face and feather in InDesign to give a more weathered and retro look.

________________________ Art imitates life, and life imitates art.

What I see every day influences what I create, so writing this blog and creating my designs are natural extensions of who I am.

If you are interested in viewing my designs, primarily for kids but also some cool stuff for adults and also doggies (who we all know are integral parts of all families) check them out at:

See you around the mountains and canyons of northern AZ!

“If you don’t laugh at life, it sneaks up and bites you in the ass!”


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