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Designing a Two Color T-Shirt in Illustrator

by Eddie Russell

In this series of lessons, we'll focus on creating a design for a two-color t-shirt. Software required: Illustrator CS5.

What you'll learn

In this series of lessons, we'll focus on creating a design for a two-color t-shirt. To begin this course, we'll talk through a possible concept for the design and then setup our file so we can begin building the artwork. Next, we'll examine each step in constructing an illustrative component for our design including starting with an initial shape, adding various details, and then applying both shadows and highlights. After completing our illustration, we'll add type and then examine one method for integrating the different components of our design using a texture. Throughout this process, we'll be using a variety of drawing and painting tools inside Illustrator as well as the pathfinder panel and custom brush strokes. After completing this course, you will have a better understanding of the techniques used to build vector t-shirt artwork as well as some considerations that must be accounted for when designing a t-shirt with a limited amount of colors. Software required: Illustrator CS5.

About the author

Eddie began teaching creative professionals over ten years ago for Digital Tutors. In 2014 Digital Tutors was acquired by Pluralsight and he continued his focus on creating high quality training for artists in both the film and games industries. With a background in graphic design and illustration Eddie has always been focused on visual appeal. This can be seen through his courses in which he shares secrets for achieving production level quality for concept art, illustrations, textures, mater... more

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