In today’s tip, we wanted to show you how to showcase your designs on t-shirts using Pixelmator, and have some fun. Here is the finished product.
Using the wand tool in Pixelmator we were able to select the t-shirt template that we wanted and cut and paste it into a new document. Pixelmator has a good tutorial on the wand tool.
Duplicate the t-shirt and place directly on top of the first one. We are going to make the t-shirt look a little more realistic.
Ensure the layer of duplicated t-shirt is on top of the original t-shirt. Using the effects panel, select Blur option, and add a Gaussian Blur of 5px. Next using the effects panel, select Stylize, and then add some Noise of 5%. Now change the layer blending option on the duplicated t-shirt to Multiply. This gives us a bit more of a realistic looking t-shirt.
We added a black background to the t-shirt to really make the t-shirt pop and also focus attention on your design.
Now start adding in your design elements. This is where you can get really creative with the colour, design, placement, and angles.We used the Ninja shape from our previous tutorial, gave them a bit of colour, and rotated it by 90 degrees. We selected the ninja shape layers, and for the layer blending options used Multiply, which will make your graphic blend with the t-shirt and make it look a bit more real (rather than just a graphic pasted on top of a t-shirt image).
Next we started adding in some more text elements. We used 2 cool little fonts called Denne Shuffle for the main text block from DaFont, and Good Dog from FontSquirrel. We also used the Ninja shape to replace the “A” in the text block to be a bit playful.
Finally select all the text blocks and convert to shape. Then select all these layers, and use the Multiply for the layer blending option.
Here is the finished product made using Pixelmator.
Now go experiment with your own graphics and t-shirt mockups.