Fast Font Mods

Learn how to create custom lettering and type-based logos from regular fonts.

This 40-minute on-demand workshop covers:

  • Generating Ideas
  • Sketching
  • Using Adobe Typekit
  • Design Layout in Illustrator
  • Editing Type in Photoshop
  • Creating & Applying Textures in Photoshop

The Fast Font Mods class can only be found here:

  1. In T-Shirt Design Master Collection 2
  2. On Skillshare

Analog Halftones

A collection of 42 Analog Halftone brushes, textures, and patterns from the mid-1960's - created the old-school way.

Analog Halftones will work with anything you can dream up in Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate App for iPad Pro, Affinity Designer & Photo.

Luxury Grunge Textures

Did you know: Luxury Grunge Textures are also part of T-Shirt Design Master Collection 2, a huge bundle of t-shirt design resources.

What are Luxury Grunge Textures?

This is a collection of 39 gritty and grungy textures that are perfect for your designs, logos, lettering, and illustrations in Photoshop, Illustrator, Affinity, or CorelDraw.

I get the "Grunge," but where does the "Luxury" come from?

Optimized for t-shirt designs. Adding this kind of texture means less ink, resulting in softer, more luxurious t-shirts!

Will the textures work for designs other than t-shirts?

Absolutely. They will work with anything you can dream up in Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Affinity Designer & Photo, and almost any other graphic design software.

How to use the textures:

• Photoshop Brush - Load the brushes into Photoshop, Affinity Designer, or Affinity Photo.  Select a brush, choose a color, and paint texture right into your design. 4000 x 4000 pixels. Extra versions for all versions of Photoshop CS through CC.

• Regular TIFF - Perfect for use in Photoshop and Affinity Photo. 4000 x 4000 pixels.

• BITMAP TIFF - Ultra high resolution: 12,000 x 12,000 pixels. Best for Adobe Illustrator.

These files are ideal for screen print production & color separations using Illustrator because they have no greyscale; only black or white pixels. When viewed in Illustrator, Bitmap Tiff files have automatic transparency and can easily be assigned any color.

T-Shirt Design Master Collection 2

The newest sequel to the Original T-Shirt Design Master Collection is here! A huge bundle collection of T-Shirt Design Resources, Templates, Textures, Workshops & Tutorials.

And the best part: It's STILL GROWING!

One new product will be added to this bundle each month in 2018! Everyone who purchases will receive monthly email notifications with links to download the newest items added to this bundle (at no extra charge).

T-Shirt Design Master Collection 2 currently includes the following items:

APPAREL MOCKUP TEMPLATE COLLECTIONS

Make your t-shirt designs look real in Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, and Affinity Designer.

TEXTURES

Add texture to your designs in Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, and Affinity Designer.

HALFTONE GRADIENTS & PATTERNS

Use these vector gradients to add a color fade to your logos, lettering, t-shirt designs and illustrations in Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, and Affinity Designer.

"AUTOMATOR" SMART PSD's

Paste your designs into these Photoshop templates for instant effects.

VECTOR ELEMENTS

Start your t-shirt designs with these vector elements.

BITMAP & RASTER SHAPES

Excellent for making logos and designs in Illustrator & Photoshop.

TYPE

FULL LENGTH T-SHIRT DESIGN COURSES

Online Instruction, Tips & Techniques. Watch any time.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 9 Product Tutorial Videos Showing how to use the textures & templates.

A New T-Shirt Brand

Today I'm excited to let you know that I've started a new t-shirt brand called Voodoo Island. (@voodoo_island on Instagram).

The purpose of this brand isn't necessarily to sell a ton of t-shirts.

The reason for the brand is to:

  1. Have fun and make cool stuff - Hawaii, Bali, and surf-oriented subject matter... with a twist. Lots of fresh lettering & logo designs too.
  2. Showcase brand new design ideas - Most of the designs I make for big surf brands are a year old by the time they are printed and displayed in store.
  3. Explore new t-shirt printing techniques - Again, no big-brand restrictions with profit margin or concerns for mass-market appeal.
  4. Show off real-world results using design resources from TheVectorLab - Want to see what Plastisol Textures or Inside Out Reverse Print Textures really look like when printed onto a shirt? Now you will!

Here's one of the recent designs for Voodoo. The texture for this graphic was applied using one of my favorite tools, the Bad Photocopy Texture Template.

Did you know: Bad Photocopy Texture Template is also part of T-Shirt Design Master Collection, the best deal on the biggest bundle of T-Shirt Design Resources.

That's all for now. If you are interested in seeing more about the new Voodoo Island Brand and also TheVectorLab resources used to make the graphics, you can follow along on Instagram.

All the best,

Ray Dombroski

T-Shirt Design Workshop 3: Using Photos and Type

How Hawaii, surfing, and old cars come together in a freelance t-shirt graphic:

In this one hour workshop, we’ll cover:

  • How to find and apply inspiration
  • The various analog and digital tools you will need to create t-shirt designs.
  • How to move seamlessly between Photoshop, Illustrator, and the Procreate App for iPad so your designs come out as good or better than you had initially imagined
  • Type layout using Adobe Typekit fonts in Illustrator
  • How to incorporate hand-drawn effects into a computer-based design

As a bonus you will also receive:

  • All working Photoshop and Illustrator files demonstrated in this class
  • A Photoshop texture brush for you to use with your designs
  • A custom Procreate App brush for you to use with your designs

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have some prior knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator. Skills such as how to scan images into Photoshop, an understanding of layers, and how to size images. This is not a basic entry level course for Photoshop and Illustrator.

Curriculum (video lectures)

    1. Introduction (01:23)
    2. Tools and Materials (05:54)
    3. Pinterest (06:10)
    4. Ideation Sketching (02:01)
    5. Starting in Photoshop (19:03)
    6. Adobe Illustrator (18:14)
    7. Procreate App for iPad Pro (11:29)
    8. Ending with Photoshop (07:41)
    9. Wrapping Up (00:47)

    Top 4 Resources inside T-Shirt Design Master Collection

    The T-Shirt Design Master Collection is my largest bundle of t-shirt design resources: 64 t-shirt mockup templates, 605 textures for Photoshop and Illustrator, 25 logo templates, as well as T-Shirt Design Workshops 1 & 2.

    My favorite resources are:

    4) Ink Stamp Automator for Photoshop

    Just copy & paste your design into this template to apply an instant ink stamp effect. Perfect for adding some interest to otherwise plain & simple logos or lettering.

    3) Plastisol 1 & Plastisol 2 Vintage T-Shirt Textures

    These cracked ink "Plastisol" textures will make your t-shirt graphics look washed & worn like and old vintage tee. Plastisol textures are ideal to add a "thrift shop" look to your real-life t-shirt screen print designs, as well as your digital portfolio. Photoshop and Illustrator compatible.

    2) Men's T-Shirt Mockup Templates & Women's T-Shirt Mockup Templates

    Making your t-shirt designs look real is the best way to show your designs before sending them off to be printed. These templates will help your clients and customers visualize your designs. You can even change the fabric color, add a custom neck label, and warp your graphic to match the wrinkles in the fabric. These templates are formatted for Photoshop and Illustrator, but also work with CorelDraw and Affinity Designer & Affinity Photo.

    1) T-Shirt Design Workshop 1 & T-Shirt Design Workshop 2

    Learn how to design a t-shirt like a pro. More than 3.5 hours of t-shirt design theory & instruction

    T-Shirt Mockup Templates in Affinity, CorelDraw, Photoshop, & Illustrator

    Good news for Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, and CorelDraw users! My apparel mockup templates can be used in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, and Corel Draw!

    Men's Apparel Mockup Templates

    Women's Apparel Mockup Templates

    Photoshop Tutorial


    Illustrator Tutorial


    Affinity Tutorial

    Affinity Designer does not have a displacement map function (to warp your graphic). But all other mockup features work.

    Affinity Photo, however, DOES have a displacement map function. It works best if you apply it to your graphic with a subtle amount of warping.


    CorelDraw Tutorial

    The Adobe Illustrator AI versions of the templates can be opened in CorelDraw. This applies to all of my men's & women's apparel mockup templates, except for Apparel Mockup Templates Variety Collection (because they are Photoshop only).

    All mockup features work, except for the displacement map warping. CorelDraw has a displacement map feature, but I haven't been able to get reliable enough results to recommend this feature.


    If you are interested in apparel mockup templates, I recommend ordering the Men's and Women's All-In-One Bundles:

    Tutorial: Add Texture to Graphics in Adobe Illustrator - The #1 Method

    This video shows how to use Opacity Masks in Adobe Illustrator to add texture to your t-shirt designs, logos, and lettering. It also covers how to export your design as a transparent PNG, which is a preferred file format for Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing, Print-on-Demand (POD), and Amazon Merch.