Adobe Illustrator T-Shirt Template Download UPDATED (CS4)

I thought it was about time I updated my original Illustrator template to look a little more like the current RB t-shirt preview, and also to get the complete set of current Americal Apparel colours for t-shirt backgrounds.

OK – so what’s in the template?

  1. The artboard is set to the standard 2400px X 3200px that we all know and love
  2. There’s a ‘design’ layer – ready to accommodate your actual design
  3. Beneath that there’s a ‘T-Shirt Background’ layer with a few shapes approximating the RB t-shirt preview shape. 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.
  4. There’s also swatches for all the different shirt colours 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. I’ve tried to cover the full current range (as shown here ). I’ve chosen to just sample what’s shown on screen as the template’s in RGB mode.

Using the template

  1. 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…
  2. In Illustrator go File —> New From Template… and choose your saved Redbubble T-Shirt Template.
  3. Complete your design in the ‘Design’ layer (or any layer above ‘Background’)
  4. To see different backgrounds simply select the ‘T-Shirt Background’ layer in the layers window (click the circle) this should select the bottom-most shape only.
  5. 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.
  6. Now just click away on your RB shirt swatches and preview your design set against all the glorious RB colours. The shadows are semi-transparent so will take the chosen colour.

Once you’re happy then make the ‘T-Shirt Background’ group invisible (so you have a transparent background) and do the following to make the design ready for Redbubble:

  1. 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.
  2. In the ‘preset’ on the right hand side make sure you’ve selected ‘PNG-24’, and that ‘transparency’ is set.
  3. 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.
  4. Save, upload and put your feet up :)

NOTE: This is now produced using Illustrator CS4, but may well work in earlier versions.

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