Say you want to customize your own shirt with your own graphic. It seems easy enough. Send the graphic to your local screen printing company, they’ll screen it onto however many shirts you order, and voila. In order to customize your t-shirt, sweatshirt, hat, or any item with the image from your own graphic, it will first have to be recreated in vector format. To do so, you will need Photoshop and Illustrator.
- To start, you’ll need to trace the desired parts of your graphic in Photoshop and delete the background along with any parts of the graphic you do not want included in your artwork.
- In Photoshop, go to Layers, then New Adjustments, and use either Brightness Contrast or Curves to create a contrast within your image. The goal is to find and highlight the details within your image.
- Once you’re done with step two, save your image using Save As, under File.
- After downloading the desired JPEG image, launch Illustrator and go to File, then Open, and select the desired image.
- After opening your JPEG document in Illustrator, the first step is to locate your tracing options. These can be found by going to Object, then Live Trace, where you will find Tracing Options. At first, your image may be missing a lot of detail. To fix this, change the threshold to your preference.
- Once you’ve finished, hit the expand button.
For a visual step-by-step, check out this video. Those new to Photoshop and Illustrator may want to practice on simpler designs before creating vector graphics for customized shirts and apparel.
By creating your own vector graphics, you ensure that the image printed on your t-shirt will be clear instead of distorted. Unlike JPEG images which are made up of pixels, vector images are made of paths. … Continue reading