18 July 2014
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Adobe Illustrator T-Shirt Design Process

Please review the following 5 images which explain the 5 steps it takes to take a t-shirt design idea from concept to finished t-shirt design ready to be applied to garments, printed and then shipped to your customers door.

And it will help you to appreciate the work involved and the steps required when it comes to creating the designs for the Vintage Age  and design collections.

The application used in this demonstration is Adobe Illustrator.

These steps of course don’t include the initial  t-shirt design research to establish what are the best ‘types’ of design for example ‘vintage’ in the example shown.

If you have ever tried to create your own  t-shirt design you will appreciate just how long it can take to come up with a design idea in the first place … let alone taking your design from idea to completion, ready top print.

Ensuring your design is saleable is another story entirely as even the wrong font choice can mean the difference between a sale and just another visitor who liked your design … but not enough to buy it!

Like they say, if you want to sell design led products … leave the designing to the designer!

To view the full size image please click the image which will open in a new window.

DESIGN PROCESS STEP #1: Initial pencil sketch of the concept, scanned for use as a tracing template


DESIGN PROCESS STEP #2: Tracing and creating design elements, overlaid on the template



DESIGN PROCESS STEP #3: Fonts chosen and type added



DESIGN PROCESS STEP #4: Close up of the vector paths. I’ve outlined some of the type, but kept some editable so can be changed for different years



DESIGN PROCESS STEP #5: Finished job, overlaid on dark and coloured backgrounds in order to choose final design




2 responses on “Adobe Illustrator T-Shirt Design Process

  1. Madalen R says:

    Great work! Those not in the design industry aren’t aware of just how much time designing from concept to making sure it suits the print process takes.

    • BZ9.com says:

      Thanks Madalen, your post just reminded me that I did not get back to your email which I have just done, sorry about that.

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