All you really need is Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Illustrator is optional) and a place to print your shirts.
After searching the web I found a place that could easily print my shirts for me and even allow me t sell them to others without me having to do anything.
This is the website:
I've been working with this website for about a year now and have never had anything but good experiences.
So, on to the real instructable in which I will describe every step of the process...
Note: This instructable will not teach you how to use photoshop, it is based on the idea that readers already master PS to a certain level (not a very advanced level though)
So just read some tutorials on the pen tool and layers on such and you'll be ready =)
P.S. This is my first instructable, hope you like it =)
Step 1: Getting Ideas
If you don't have an idea, you can't design anything now can you?
I get ideas when I hang around with friends, see cool designs on posters or shirts or generally when weird things happen to me (which they do... a lot...)
Just look around and when you get an idea, try to write it down or try to make sketches so you won't forget.
Designing something for a group of friends is always a nice starting point and exactly what I will be doing for this instructable...
Step 2: Get Your Ideas Together and Do Some Image Research
I for instance want to design a cool, shield based, logo for me and my friends. Three are studying to be a doctor and two are studying to be engineers (me! _) so that gives me some options.
You most often want to get some meaning into your design so find symbols that are characteristic for your design's subject.
This is (naturally) extremely customized to each design so just let your imagination run wild.
My ideas here were to use our colleges logos and incorporate them into a shield, so images I found were the following:
-The snake that's circling around the tree for our doctors
-The Delft University of Technology (which is both mine and my other friend's college) flame which is part of the logo.
-A knights templar shield of which I really liked the shape (might adjust it a bit though)
Step 3: Sketch!
I'm not that great an artist and neither need you be.
It is always a good idea to do some work on paper first so you can get an idea of what you're going to make. It'll give you a good idea of what you're going to do in Photoshop and is also a lot quicker than Photoshopping the entire thing.
My idea was to make the snake wrap around the shield and have the TU Delft flame hover above the pointed top of the shield.
I'll put the letters SI on the shield which stand for Sudden Inspiration which has sorta grown as the name of our group.
Don't worry if your sketch looks a little crappy, it'll probably straighten out in Photoshop
Step 4: Digitizer Engage!
In this instructable I'll assume you know how to deal with Photoshop and I'm not going to teach you that.
Let's just say there's millions and millions of Photoshop tutorials all over the web, just google it.
I'll be making a vector drawing, so as long as you know how to handle the pen tool and layers you'll be fine.
So let's get started!
Step 5: Get Started
Step 6: Start the Primary Outline
Put the opacity of this newly formed layer to 60% or something so you can still see what you are doing.
If you are doing a design that should be symmetrical, only trace half of it so you can later duplicate and mirror.
(If you duplicate and mirror, copy and paste both shapes so they are in the same layer. Use the path selection tool (black arrow) to combine the two shapes (in the top of your window) so the two halves are combined in one shape)
Step 7: Start Adding Detail
I will now add the edge to the shield, It'll be a black edge surrounding a grey shield. First make the main layer black. Then duplicate the shield layer and make it gray. Use edit-> free transform to scale the gray layer to 90% and move it around using your arrow keys until you like it's position.
Step 8: Keep Adding Details
I added the flame first because it didn't really influence the rest of the design. Then the I because it allowed me to practice freehand lettering (which I'm not experienced at, and the I is a simple letter) and I added the snake last so I could make sure it didn't go over a vital part of the lettering without having to go back and change things.
When designing, try to keep stuff like this in mind.
Step 9: Upload the Design to Shirtcity
Create an account, create a shop, and buy your own designs or even sell them to friends!
This, for instance, is my shop:
My shop at shirtcity
Have fun and perhaps, one day, you will be the next Paul Frank ;)
Have fun and be creative!
Step 10: Optional Extra Step
You gain an amount of shirtcity dollars everytime you sell 2 shirts, and uploading a shirt costs dollars.
To reduce the amount of shirtcity dollars you have to pay for an upload it is best to upload it in the .ai format.
To save your design in this format, open it in adobe illustrator and save it again. That's all...
Have fun ;)
Hope you all liked this instructable.