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Color Blocking a Vector Clothing Mockup Like a Pro

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We were recently asked by a customer.

“I’m using your Master Collection Pack and I can’t work out how to make the bottom half of a t-shirt a different colour to the top half. So for example, the bottom half camo and the top half black. Can you help?”

Our support team quickly swung into action to explain how to create a half/half panel for the t-shirt design.

It’s always exciting to see and hear about what our customers are doing with our templates and art packs in their own businesses. If you have any questions or want us to cover something Apparel Design or E-commerce related in a future blog post just let us know in the comments section below or privately communicate with us via our contact page and we’ll do our absolute best to cover as many as possible.

We thought this would be a great opportunity to show everyone how to simulate color panels for any of our vector mockup templates.

Let’s dive in!

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Metallic Inks: The Definitive Designers Guide; Screen Printing, Textures and Garment Care.

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In this definitive designers guide to metallic inks, we cover: creating a metallic ink effect in Adobe Illustrator, screen printing with metallic inks, proper garment care instructions and there’s even a free high-resolution metallic ink texture giveaway.

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Gold Foil: The definitive designers guide to gold foil, creating and screen printing the effect.

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In this Gold Foil: The definitive designers guide to gold foil, creating and screen printing the effect. We get hands-on with creating a gold foil effect in both Illustrator and photoshop. We go in depth on how the gold foil effect is garment screen printed and explain the pros and cons of this printing technique. To top things off with deliver proper garment care instructions when dealing with Gold Foil prints.
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Marle colored t-shirt design template in 6 steps.

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In this tutorial we show you how to add a marle fabric swatch (or any fabric for that matter) to a t-shirt template file in 6 super fast steps. Adding a fabric swatch to your template opens the door to even more possibilites with what can be done with an apparel template file. For example, imagine an e-commerce store that sells t-shirts in many different colors (including grey marle). Now, imagine a guest coming to your website and being able to view all the different color options. To set this up would take hours of photographing every different colorway and touching up those photos. Forget the photography, use a template. Nike do it and so can you! Here’s how it’s done.

Preview of Final Results

greymarle custom t-shirt template tutorial

What You’ll Need.

Photoshop CS or Newer required. Estimated finish time: 2min.

 Download this tutorial in PDF format (10.2 Mb) 

STEP 1: Open the ghosted t-shirt template file

Note: All Prepress Toolkit Photo Real Ghosted apparel templates are designed to be used with Photoshop CS or newer software versions. Some PrePress Toolkit Photoshop templates use Smart Object Layers which are only available to users with Photoshop CS3 and newer. For users with Photoshop CS and CS2 you can convert these smart object layers into regular layers. Smart Object Layers are not necessary for this tutorial.

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30 t-shirt design questions you should ask your clients.

30 t-shirt graphic design questions for clients

Excelling in client communication is the key to delivering a graphic design that exceeds clients expectations, positioning you as a leader in the field of Apparel design, and hits the target market smack bang on the head.

It takes little time to ask the right questions if your know what to ask, and will safely guide you from accepting the job through to final design delivery and money in the pocket. Don’t fall prey to the number one designer downfall of diving head first into the design phase without truly understanding your client.

To combat this designer flaw we have compiled this list of questions you may like to ask your next client to better understand them, their clothing label and target audience. We hope this is a great help to you and your freelancing or design department.

Company/Brand Details

  • 1.  What is the name of your clothing label?
  • 2. When was the brand established?
  • 3. Who is your main competitor?
  • 4.  What makes your brand different from your competitor?
  • 5.  Where are your products sold?
  • 6.  Where do you see your brand in 5 years, 10years? 50years?
  • 7.  What motivated you to start your business/clothing label?
  • 8.  If you had to describe your clothing label in one word, what would it be? Why?
  • 9.  Does your label have a slogan or tag line?
  • 10. Do you have a corporate logo or font I should use?
  • 11. Do you have a branding guidelines package we should follow?

 

Design Preference

  • 12. Do you have a preferred colour pallet? Why?
  • 13. What colour garment/s is the design to go on?
  • 14. Where is the placement of your design to be printed, also, does any additional placement require different artwork,? Please list.
  • FRONT
  •  BACK
  •  LEFT SLEEVE
  •  RIGHT SLEEVE
  •  HIGH-BACK NECK
  •  BACK BOTTOM HEM
  •  15. Are there any competitor t-shirt designs you like? Where can I see these?
  •  16. Will the design be printed on more than just a t-shirt? E.g. Fleece Hoodies?
  •  17. What is the size range of T-shirt the designs will go on?
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    Target Audience

    • 18. What is the age range of your target audience?
    • 19. Is your clothing label for Men? Women? Unisex?
    • 20. Where do most of your customers live?
    • 21. What is your main form of advertising?

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