whateva wrote:I should probably get in the shower after trying for hours to figure out how you guys do this every week.
Ok, so I'm very new at this and I would appreciate any constructive criticism. I'd really like to learn how to do this the right way. I know my first problem is I don't have the proper software and I will work that out within the next week or so. If there is a site that anyone knows of that could give me some direction, I would love that.
Thanks in advance,
I like your idea, but it's gonna get rejected for being outside the printable area. I'm sort of new here, too, and I don't know exactly how close you can get to the edges of the shirt, but I think you're safe if you imagine about 2 1/2 inches from the sides, bottom, and bottom of collar. Your maximum area is 16"x20", so you can hold a ruler up to an actual t-shirt to get an idea of your printable area.
Also, your 600x600 shirt comp is supposed to be the one that shows the image on a t-shirt outline. I think you got it swapped with the 240x240 design detail.
As for software, Inkscape and Gimp are both freeware and perfectly adequate for doing designs. You can google them to find the download sites right away. The forums for those programs have lots of tutorials on how to use them.
This is only my third week doing this, so I haven't settled into a regular process yet. I started by drawing my design on paper, then scanning it, then tracing it with my drawing tablet in Gimp. Now I just sketch it on the computer with the tablet from the beginning. It's much easier to shift a digital drawing around to get the layout you want before tracing over it in neat lines.
I use the caligraphy tool in Inkscape to do my drawing and coloring, because I have a dated computer, and Inkscape runs much faster than Gimp at high resolutions. As a last step, I use Gimp to do detailed touch-up and separate the colors into layers.