I'm sure everyone has a song or two in their heads and I'm even willing to bet there are a few lines that you never, ever forget. 11 Years ago I was in Mexico on my honeymoon and we met another couple there. The guy told me he was the singer in a band and I thought that was cool but we never really talked much about it afterwards. When I got home, I checked in on the band and when I heard the lead singer I thought "That's Zach?!! Holy crap he's good!". I immediately bought the CD.
So, things you need for this setup:
- Linux Mint OS (http://www.linuxmint.com/, free) (just because :)
- Relevant Band image, in this case the band is Slow Earth (http://www.slowearth.com)
- Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/, free)
- I've linked the Gimp XCF for this project as well.
- One Lumi Kit ( http://lumi.co/, free with promo event, $29.95 otherwise)
- T-shirt (or any other cloth surface really. I got 3 T-shirts for $3ea from http://english.11st.co.kr/html/en/main.html)
- Sunshine (outside, free)
Step 1: The Gimp Process
First you crop the image to the ink-film size (in this case, 216X216). This particular image is taller so it's not as wide. Then I changed the image mode to Greyscale, then inverted the colours and voila, instant negative.
Adding the text was easy but when you have an image that goes from dark to light in a horizontal fashion, your lettering will give you a headache. I found a way to simply make another layer that is a copy of the text layer, then 'grow' it a few pixels in white. This gives a nice outline to the font and lets your words stick out from the gradient background.
Here are the links to the source files:
Gimp's XCF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ogclklu6u29kypa/scream.xcf
Step 2: Using the Sun
So there it is, with the printed sheet over the t-shirt. This was taken within 5mins of it being setup. The colour changes pretty quickly when exposed.
Step 3: The Finished Product
I haven't washed the shirt yet, so I expect some of the colour to washout a bit.
Also, make sure that you use cardboard with no printing on it! As the ink soaked through and while not visible in the pic, there is some faint lettering that got absorbed by the wet dye onto the shirt.
Attached you'll see the pre and after hand-wash look. I hand-washed the shirt twice, in hot water with the supplied detergent.
Thank you ever so much Instructables and Lumi! I have learned a lot!