Posts Tagged ‘custom kid’s t-shirts’

PhotoShop Tips for T-Shirt Design

June 1, 2008

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:
http://www.cafepress.com/sugarsprouts

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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The Day After Memorial Day

May 27, 2008

I’m getting really excited about the upcoming season of Army Wives. Not being an Army wife myself, but having been an Army brat of sorts makes the show especially appealing to me. I have many close friends who WERE (and are) in fact true, live-on-post, deal with all the pride but still all the crappy rules Army (and Navy and Marine) wives. They tell me that some of the storylines proposed on the show aren’t really plausible (friendships between wives of officers ranging from privates to generals is a good example). I have to comment on this one. It does seem implausible, but refreshing on the show that cliques are in some ways undermined by the show’s heroines. That the women portrayed by this small group of actors is actually being represented in at least one television show is a huge step. Sure, the post commander’s wife probably wouldn’t “hang” at an off-post bar with the wives of enlisted men, but come on. There is one show to tell the story, and only so many characters. We wouldn’t tune in as frequently if they didn’t interact – that’s what makes it so juicy!

And that is really the point of this post. Yesterday was Memorial Day. As we remember and pray for the brave soldiers that through the years have gone to war for our country (regardless of whether you believe in the war itself – this is irrelevant in the face of the ultimate sacrifice), we should also remember the families left behind. Especially in the current world situation, where our soldiers are called to fight a war that is unjust, but do not have the right to refuse, the families feel the pain of loss every day.

So let’s hear it for the soldiers, those who have been lost, those who have returned from the many wars we have fought, and those who with hope will come home soon. And let us not forget the families, the husbands, wives, parents, and children who are left behind to hope, and to worry and to pray for their loved ones.

We honor you.

Let your kids show their pride for what Dad does if he is in the military.

________________________ 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:
http://www.cafepress.com/sugarsprouts

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!”

Why I am writing this blog and other cool stuff

May 13, 2008

Hey, by the way, I am a Mom, and a runner (well, trying to become one) and a designer. I am writing this blog to create interest in the beautiful part of the country I am so lucky to live in, as well as to promote and hopefully share the joy of my designs. Sometimes you may notice shameless links to my site – you can enjoy them or ignore if you aren’t interested. Whichever you choose. Hopefully our discussions and postings about our families, pursuits of exercise and smaller butts, shopping and such will interest many Mommys and more out there!

Recovery Day #1

May 13, 2008

I went out to stretch this morning before work. I headed to the Grand Canyon rim and looked out over the horizon. The ravens were soaring overhead, flying and dipping in apparent ecstasy at the sunrise. The early spring wildflowers were in bloom, and the air was clean and crisp. It felt like the Grand Canyon was welcoming us all, ravens, flowers, bunny rabbits, with open arms and love.

Then I tried to stretch my stiff hamstrings. All the beauty around me could not compare to the agony in that one little stretch. Yes, this was day two of my marathon training, or as I call it my first of many “Days of Pain and Agony”. I know, I know. I want to do this – and I will. But I have complain at least a little.

Although I must admit, being able to look out over the canyon while I stretch out my sore muscles did eventually lessen the pain a bit. At least for while.

Tune in tomorrow for a recap of running day number two. I’m set for about twenty more minutes. Stay tuned and see if I make it…

By the way, you may have noticed by now that I am a designer and also a mommy who is working at staying home with my little one by designing and selling ultra-cool, hip, custom clothes. Seriously, check out my site: http://www.cafepress.com/sugarsprouts. Do you want something custom designed for yourself or your little one? Do you want a special shirt for YOUR big race? Let me know on this blog and we’ll make it happen for you!

Remember MOMS ROCK! You are strong and a champion. Train hard, shop hard, live hard, love intensely!