UPDATE: 02 MAY 2011 – NEW CS4 TEMPLATE AVAILABLE HERE
I’m relatively new to Illustrator and wanted to take advantage of the templates facility so after a few iterations I now have a template that works for me.
I’ll assume that anyone reading this is at least familiar with the main options windows and how to work with Stroke/fill colours etc – if not just post a comment and I’ll try and help.
If you’re looking for a Photoshop template then maybe try this one
I know a lot of people use Illustrator to create T-shirt designs then copy and paste their finished image into Photoshop to do the save to .png and upload to Redbubble. I found very early on that although you get warnings about memory and untold slowness when you do ‘Save for Web’ – that’s the way to go to avoid having to leave Illustrator.
OK – so what’s in the template?
- The artboard is set to the standard 2400px X 3200px that we all know and love
- There’s a ‘design’ layer – ready to accommodate your actual design
- Beneath that there’s a ‘Background’ layer with a compound shape (in the shape) of a T-shirt. This is primarily so you can try out different background colours for your design before you upload. I originally just had a rectangle in the shape of the artboard, but this is intended to match the view (approximately) you’ll get within Redbubble.
- There’s also swatches for all the different shirt colours (available separately as a Swatch Exchange file) that appear at the bottom of the swatches window. If you hover over each you’ll notice they’re called ‘RB ….’ just to make it a bit more obvious.
Using the template
- First of all Download it from my site and extract to your illustrator program path\Cool Extras\Templates (on windows – c:\program files\adobe\Adobe Illustrator…
- In Illustrator go File —> New From Template… and choose your saved Redbubble T-Shirt Template.
- Complete your design in the ‘Design’ layer (or any layer above ‘Background’)
- To see different backgrounds simply select the ‘T-Background’ group in the layers window (click the circle) this should select all the paths in the ‘T-Shirt’ shape.
- Go to the Tools window and make sure the Stroke colour is set to black and click the Fill colour to bring that to the foreground.
- Now just click away on your RB shirt swatches and preview your design set against all the glorious RB colours.
Once you’re happy then make the ‘T-Background’ group invisible (so you have a transparent background) and do the following to make the design ready for Redbubble:
- Click File —> Save for Web… (you’ll get a message about ‘how the world’s going to end’) – be brave and click ‘Yes’ to continue – if you’re running illustrator OK you’ve probably got plenty of memory.
- In the ‘preset’ on the right hand side make sure you’ve selected ‘PNG-24’, and that ‘transparency’ is set.
- In the tabs underneath that click ‘Image Size’ and leave all the settings and tick ‘Clip to artboard’. Your image size will now go down to 2400 X 3200.
- Save, upload and put your feet up :)
I’m sure there’s a neater way to achieve the ‘fillable’ T-Shirt shape without having to select multiple paths (maybe a transparent image) – so if anyone’s got any tips then I’d be more than happy to hear them.
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