Design Your Own Sweatshirtv

Design Your Own Sweatshirt And T-Shirt With Ease To Create A Custom Look

Design Your Own Sweatshirtv

There is more to wearing fiber and textile material worn on the human body than simply keeping us warm and covered. Clothing cuts across several spheres of human life. In fact, many people use what they wear to sell themselves and their brands to people and clients who are observant enough to take note. The type of clothes you were is ultimately determined by the prevailing weather condition, your social status, and the occasion you are going for. Furthermore, some clothes are seasonal. It is standard and conventional to wear thicker materials in the cold season and thinner and lighter materials when heat is the prevailing weather condition. Clothes also perform the function of distinguishing people and races. Typically, Indian dresses are quite distinct from a Brazilian.

The era of having to wear a piece of cloth for the singular purpose of protection or to enhance safety, for insulation against cold or hot conditions, and to cover sensitive parts of the body has long passed. Wearing clothes—especially a well-designed sweatshirt or T-shirt—is now a social norm. Although the principal aim of wearing proper clothes is to improve comfort, it certainly does not stop there. Clothes are now used to express our style and taste. One of the ways by which this is achieved is by designing and branding of T-shirts and sweatshirts. Initially made through screen printing, custom T-shirts and sweatshirt designs are now mostly done using online design tools and is the processes of altering the outlook of a particular tees or sweatshirt to suit your tastes or to send out a message. This is an activity that requires the highest level of creativity and is fun as well. You can also earn yourself some cool amount of money should you decide to sell your concept or design. You can have you designs created by a T-shirt printing company or, better still, you can design your own graphic T-shirt. Interestingly, you can even create a T-shirt from the comfort of your home.

Here are the steps to take to produce that beautifully crafted and wonderfully designed sweatshirt or closet full of trendy tees:

1. PLAN YOUR DESIGN

You will first have to think in your head what you are trying to represent in your design or what message you are trying to send. This is because the purpose of the design will ultimately determine the type of design. If your design is primarily for the purpose of advertisement or to sell an image, you may likely have to focus on logos, colors, mascot, and the style of the brand. However, if the design is purposed for personal illustration or demonstration, you may consider adding photos and images.

2. MAKE COLOR CONSIDERATIONS

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Thinking about color contrast when designing a shirt is a necessary evil. A good designer should be able to imagine how certain colors will appear when they are combined. Avoid pastel colors like light pink, light blue, or yellow when working on a lighter shirt. These colors are not clearly seen from afar. However, should you opt to use any of the pastel colors; you may add an outline of a darker color to it. This will increase its visibility.

3. INCLUDE DIMENSIONS IN YOUR DESIGN

After making color considerations, you need to add dimensions to the design to prevent it from being flat or one dimensional.

4. TRY TO BALANCE YOUR DESIGN

This involves bringing together all single elements to form a unit. Its execution, however, depends on how your design is composed. The main idea here is to make the design look cohesive and properly arranged.

5. DETERMINE THE POSITION OF THE DESIGN ON THE T-SHIRT

How best would the design be placed? On the right, on the left or in the center? Some designs and images are also best as wraparound images which cover the entire surface of the shirt. A simple design in the center of the shirt is ideal for a brand or a company.

6. DO AN OVERVIEW OF THE DESIGN

This is to ensure the job is neat, cohesive, and well-arranged.

7. DRAW OUT THE DESIGN USING A COMPUTER SOFTWARE

You may also include texts in the design using a good and catchy font.

8. MAKE A PROTOTYPE

To do this, you can print the beautifully crafted design and paste it on a plain shirt by ironing.

9. PRODUCE THE SHIRTS

Before you venture into making and printing designs on T-shirts and sweatshirts, there are a few tests that you must pass and a few questions that you must be able to provide answers to. Contrary to the opinion of many, the task of designing T-shirts requires training and retraining. Not everybody is capable of doing it and this best explains why we have so many terribly designed T-shirts and sweatshirts in the market.

Here are some useful tips for you if you are keen on becoming a professional T-shirt designer:

  1. Take your time, carry out proper research, and explore your concepts.
  2. Be imaginative: To be a good t-shirt designer, you must have a good creative ability. You should be able to preempt what the design would look like on a shirt before it is even done.
  3. Pay close attention to details and keep things simple: You must understand that little things matter in design. Nonetheless, you do not have to overdo things. Know that simple designs are sometimes the classiest and they send the message across quite easily.
  4. Consider your market and target audience:  Who are those you’d like to attract with your design and what do they like? You should be able to provide answers to these questions.
  5. You should keep your humor subtle.
  6. Mix the colors:   This is usually the key attraction. Color blending is crucial to having a good design on your shirt.
  7. Ensure your artwork is well prepared:  This will assist the printer in no small way and will help save time.
  8. Source an excellent printer:  The quality of your design and how it is portrayed is ultimately determined by the quality of your printer.
  9. Educate yourself and learn more about T-shirts and sweatshirts.
  10. Know the latest trends.

DropMock Update: Buzz Video

DropMock: YouTube Buzz Video

Finally our DropMock Buzz Video debuted to YouTube last March 24, 2016. In this two minute video, we have showcased what DropMock is. First part of the video was focused on how DropMock works and the second part was dedicated on how we conceptualize and execute DropMock. This video is making raves at the moment because of its content overlay with a hip and upbeat music.  Here are some positive feedback we received to date:

Fantastic Idea and high level of commitment here by Lee Pennington and his team to share with others just what goes on behind the scenes in the IM space Lee Pennington is a committed, hardworking IM that truly demonstrates the ethical and transparent approach to his work and the products he creates. Follow him on his new blog and watch just what goes on behind the scenes during the creation of his new software DropMock.

— Jon Moorhouse

I see you’re pushing the boundaries again… This looks remarkable and I know without doubt it will be.

Behind the scenes – well there’s a tremendous amount of work like you say… and revealing every bit of it has to be a first.

— Mark Bishop

Love THIS! I think we’ve been looking forward to something like this for a while. Glad to see you’ve come this far mate!

—  Neil Napier of KV Social

We are definitely honored by these positive comments and we are extremely happy that we were able to share to you our hard work whilst working on this project. Happy watching….!

Behind The Scenes: Plotting Image Coordinates

DropMock: Plotting Image Coordinates

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We have shown you guys a sneak-peak of how we do the image processing. Then we mentioned something about getting the coordinates that our developer needs. If it did not make sense in the previous articles, let us give you a good look and understanding on how it is done and why we do it.

When we shoot a mock up, we fire up the devices with its displays in green screen. Look at the following images.

 

Now the green region tells us where the uploaded image of the users will be placed. In image processing, this makes the job done easier for the graphics artist to replace it with something else.

However, DropMock is developed such that an image has to be precisely put in that specific green region, without the user having to do any extra work. Users don’t even have to be a Photoshop guru for them to use the software.

In order for the program to place the user’s uploaded image where it should be, our graphics team had to manually find for the coordinates and work with image pixels by pixels outlining the area of that specified region.

The coordinates recorded will then be compiled for the developer’s use. It is evident how great our graphics team works hand in hand with the technical department.

The challenge only starts from the items that have plane surface areas. Since we have included mugs and shirts that unavoidably have curves, the developer needed to formulate a program that will automatically fit into the mockups whatever image is uploaded by the user.

We will give you more updates with regards to how things are being done here at DropMock. For now, everyone in the graphics team is going to get busy mapping the coordinates.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Behind the scenes of t-shirt photoshoot

Behind the Scenes: T-shirt Photoshoot

Read on to discover what  goes on behind the scenes during our T-shirt Photoshoot at the DropMock  HQ.

Behind the Scenes: T-shirt Photoshoot

IMG_7006T-shirt Photoshoot that will be used for the application. We invited some gorgeous models to our office and started early in the morning to prepare the set. One of the challenges that our photographers encountered that day is the lack of good sunlight as it was a bit gloomy even outdoors.

 

There were a couple of shots that we managed to get from our office as it offered great interior just perfect for backgrounds. While there is always help coming in from the LED’s, still most of the time, we would prefer natural lighting.

We love natural lighting as this will eliminate risks of producing noisy pictures and uneasy look of bland white LED’s. It makes the job of our graphics artist in post processing easier as well.

But no matter what the situation is, we always come up with a plan.

The photoshoot went on for the whole day. That very good length of time had allowed us to take about a thousand pictures that our team had yet to select from. All these will be subject for approval and only then will have to be post processed.

Here, please have a look of some raw shots submitted for post processing.

Our team had to be systematic about how we do batch processing to minimize errors and avoid redoing tasks. We are expecting more shoots to follow so the graphics team is also busy; ensuring batches of photos are processed accordingly.

One of the jobs of our graphic artists is to properly plot the plane coordinates essential for the developer’s programming. Notice that some of the t-shirts have some sort of wrinkles. Our staff has a procedure that meets the requirement of the developer to properly get the coordinates.

We will write another article about how we process the images and how we put them in them in to the application.

But for now, the graphics team is focused on producing very good quality pictures.

DropMock Update: New Logo

DropMock – New Logo

bts-logo-dropmock-sdBehold, the final image of what DropMock looks like.

After some brainstorming, submissions, and numerous revisions, we proudly present the new face of DropMock.

 

When creating something for the first time, we always want it to be the best and perfect. We felt the same thing when creating the logo. Yes, a lot of things went through our heads and we know the feeling when it is just so difficult to find something that really meets your contentment.

Check out this logo:

 

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We wanted some originality in our work. Although we have looked at how other companies are doing it, that was just to know what quality and standard we are up against. But again, our main concern was uniqueness and identity.

Look at some of the logos where we chose the final one from.

 

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We realized that it is best to have the work DropMock as part of the logo. Just to its left are two screens prepended to it. It sums pretty much about what our software does. Putting two images together. One from yours and one from ours. All combined to create something excellent and brilliant.

Behind The Scenes: Early MockUps Photoshoot

DropMock – Early MockUps Photoshoot

Our professional photographers had long been busy creating shotlists even before we start doing this blog. We have always thought of how we could have the best pictures essential for DropMock. Then, we have realized that there is no better way of doing that than considering what people like you need in the business.

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Mockup shoot in our studio. If the weather doesn’t favor what needs to be done outside, we resort into doing things under LED’s.

 

Notice that most of the shots we have first considered shooting are somewhat flat lays of devices like iPhone, Macbook Pro, and other computers.

 

Phones and computers have now become man’s essentials. These are now channels of information, communication and most of the time, means of getting things down. And this is so evident in almost all workplace.

Having said that, we have shot these mockups in offices, coffeeshops, and high-end locations to imitate scenarios in corporate ambiance and professional activities.

We understand that there are other means to display your brand. So we have thought of including mugs in the shoot. Likewise they are placed in various visually appealing places.

Check out these samples.

This is a mug we shot in the studio. The photographers used a blue construction paper as a backdrop.
This is a mug we shot in the studio. The photographers used a blue construction paper as a backdrop.

 

Mug mockup in an oragne background.
We have different mugs shot with different backgrounds. This is another mockup in an orange construction paper.

 

Mockup mug in a spotlight
Yes, it takes some time to put the mugs in a very good setup for photo-shoot. See how carefully we have placed a mockup in order under perfect lighting.

We also went outdoors to get some natural lighting. This was shot on a graphite tile just outside a museum.
We also went outdoors to get some natural lighting. This was shot on a graphite tile just outside a museum.

The goal in this stage is to make sure we have great photos to start working on. These photos are aimed at holding your brand and will go through series of image processing before handed over to the developer.

See these sneak peak photos of our graphic artists and photographers in action.

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