Digital Storytelling | Rush B Tshirt

For the third time, I will be making a t-shirt design, but this one has a twist, I’m actually printing it. I will be covering how I made my design, and how I printed it.

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I started with the logo underneath the picture.

For making the logo, or any other part of the picture, I started with the linework, I think this is the most important part of the image. This will affect everything after. When making your linework. It’s important to make sure that…

  • All the lines that you want coloured in are enclosed
  • Make sure lines aren’t overlapping, unless you want that
  • Make sure the lines are neat and tidy, not shaky and crinkled.

Heres the linework I used. The “B” isn’t really part of the linework, but it’s there for reference.

After this, I added the basic colours. And the “B”

The “B” was made using the standard paint tool, and a custom brush I made myself called “rough texture”, very creative know.

This made the sort of spray paint kind of effect.





After this, I gave the “rush” a more metallic look. I did this By adding streaks of light and dark at a diagonal. I also added a highlight at the top of each letter and shading at the bottom of each letter. After all this, I finished it off by adding a dusty effect using the Rough texture brush.

Lookin good

After this, I applied the same steps with the foreground. Linework, Colors, Lighting. Here are all the steps I took to making the foreground.




So I added what I had so far together and it made this.



Pretty cool, but plain.






After this, I added a hall behind them. This doesn’t only make the scene make more sense, it gives the image itself more structural integrity when we peel it off to press it on the shirt.

After this, I added other effects, like glare, reflection, dust, etc.

Now for the final touch, I added a white outlining. This not only makes the linework more visible when with the dark door, but it also gives the thin bits that stick out (for example, the barrel of the sniper rifle) a little more structure so they don’t break off when you peel it.

This gives us our final image!

Now for the fun bit!

To be frank, I couldn’t explain this as well as the tutorial I watched can, so here it is. Just watch it up to 2:57.

After you’ve done that, set the shape you’ve made’s outline to something visible. Like pink or green.

This next section is all done by Mr. Sader, but it’s good to understand what’s happening.

After you have the vector white outline, Set the outline to a color that’s not in your image, like magenta. Name this color to CutContour. This will be the color that the printer cuts along. You may. Have some problems with the cutline (I know I did), so fiddle around with the settings of the color until it works.

After this go ahead and convert the image to a .eps file. And send it off to be printed. Make sure you’re using the right kind of paper, poster paper doesn’t melt on t-shirts.

After the printers done, we’ll leave out the image for 24 hours to dry out.

Now to the fun stuff!

After you have patiently waited, you extract your design.

The first thing you’ll do is “weed”  the parts you don’t want. This will be all of the blank white around your image. You’ll do this by using the weeder to pell off a corner, don’t try to peel it like a conventional sticker, it’s harder than you think.

This is the weeder

After this, you’ll use the masking tape to take off your design. To do this press the masking tape on the design and use the rubber squeegee to secure the tape on the image. Instead of just pealing it off, the tape is a lot safer for the image. If you just use your hands, you’ll risk breaking the design.

After you preheat the iron to 305 F, place your shirt on the base and your design. Don’t forget to cover your design with parchment paper, this will prevent your design from being exposed to the iron. Clamp down the press for 4 seconds, this is to warm it up.

After this press, it backs down for 14 seconds. After this, take off the parchment paper and peel off the masking tape, clamp the press down one more time. For a couple seconds

After all of this, you just created your t-shirt!

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