Wednesday, 3 July 2013

DIY Floral print slogan Tee

There are a lot of slogan Tees on the high street at the minute, with an ode to Phillip Lim's Spring 2013 RTW collection, featuring a 'cut and paste' approach to floral graphic emblazoned T-Shirts. I love this design and wanted to create something similar myself but with a more personal touch.
This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop to make your patterned letters and transfer them onto your chosen T-Shirt or top by using iron on transfer paper that you can print onto at home.

Your end result should look something like this:
Firstly you will need:
A white T-Shirt (mine is a cotton blend)
A pack of  A4 T-Shirt Transfers for light coloured fabric (make sure they are suitable for your own printer)
Some photographs of flowers that you have taken or copyright free ones from the web
Photoshop (If you don't have Photoshop, you can just download a copyright free floral design from the web)
An Iron
The first step is to create your print in Photoshop. I did this by making motifs from photographs of individual flowers that I had taken. Once you have your motif you can create a pattern and then fill your artboard with that motif to make a pattern. I did this several times with various flower motifs to build up layers and create a pattern with more depth. There are loads of helpful videos and blog posts online to help you if you need it.
The next step is to decide on your slogan, font and size. My slogan is 'wild and free' and thought it seemed fitting to have a different font for each word. You then need to create a 'clipping mask group' to fill your letters with your finished pattern...this link should help.
I advise the next step to be a test print on plain A4 paper, so you can get an idea of what the final outcome will be
Once you are happy with your words and fonts, you will need to print them out onto the transfer paper.
***You need to flip the words horizontally or do a 'mirror image' so that they print out back to front as when you lay them down onto out T-Shirt, they will transfer the correct way***
Cut out your letters
Take some time to position and arrange the letters on your Tee
Once you are happy....the magic can begin!
Follow the instructions that come with your transfer paper to transfer and fix your design
and...ta da!
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and the possibilities really are endless!

Happy crafting!

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