Saturday, January 10, 2009

It's my tee - Part DEUX

Posted on/at 8:04 PM by leo pond

When we last left our hero, he was in imminent danger! Gunmen in front of him and his back to the wall...........wait wait wait, sorry wrong blog :-)

Last time we were discussing this great idea you had for a tee and you were kinda stumped on that to do. So you have your idea right? ok if not, you can borrow mine - see I love this show called "Big Bang Theory" and there are many geek references all the time, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock is a MUST but too easy. So if you saw the last episode Sheldon had a hilarious comeback and it hit me, there must be a shirt made with this! - "I'm not insane, my mother had me tested" - ok ok so out of context its not super funny, but that will be the focus of todays post - to take that phrase and make it into something special.

In order to do this right, we need some images and a way to manipulate them. Depending on your idea, your shirt could contain just typography or images with type - that will be your decision. I have decided to use some images with my text. Now you just can't start doing an image search on google for what you want. For one, there are copyright issues and the printer will probably cancel your order for infringement - Second, the image will probably be too low a resolution to make it look any decent. So now that we have that clear, start by checking out a few sites that offer royalty free images - just check the restrictions on the image to make sure you are in the right (Also, I make this claim, I am not a lawyer and I like most people don't know copyright law backwords OR forwards so make do some research first - now that I have that out of the way, lets continue)

You can start by one of these sites:

Stock Exchange - Images are not free

Now that you picked some images to mess with, you need a way to create your image - first there are the online editors like found in last weeks link for, but for this post I want a little more control over my image - like gradients manipulating layers. Now working IT, I wear many hats at my job, one of them is a Graphic artist when needed, so I have the use of Photoshop - now many of you are thinking HEY you didnt say anything about needing an expensive application to do this, well your right I didn't. I may be using photoshop, but there is an awesome FREE alternative, a couple actually! so point your browsers to the links below, install some apps and get familiar with your tools.

Gimp - An opensource photoshop alternative

Inkscape - An opensource Illustrator alternative

For now I would suggest starting with Gimp, and look for a nice beginner tutorials here:

To get your gears moving in that dusty brain, I have included my finished design.

**********WARNING SELFISH PLUG AHEAD*******************
If for some reason you like this tee, that means your just as crazy as I am - and you really REALLY want to buy this tee RIGHT NOW!
**********SELFISH PLUG HAS ENDED*************************
we now resume our regularly scheduled broadcast ......

So in today's post, we covered one idea, how to get images for your idea and what is needed to manipulate your images. This image is ready to be submitted, but to where? We will cover that next and we will also cover a little more on your design. Remember, above all, HAVE FUN - this is just a little peak into yourself - it doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be something you will enjoy! If you have some designs you want to share, send them my way, I will include them in the next segment, and if you have gone through this before, share your story.

Well true believers, tune in same bat time, same bat channel!

nuff said