How to design T-shirts with Photoshop

24/10/2023 1,595

If you are planning to design T-shirts with unique patterns, Photoshop is an optimal choice. Here you can manipulate images, logos, add sayings and apply effects to create a stunning t-shirt. Let's take a look at how to design t-shirts using Photoshop right after the following sharing.

How to design T-shirts with Photoshop

If you are planning to design T-shirts with unique patterns, Photoshop is an optimal choice. Here you can manipulate images, logos, add sayings and apply effects to create a stunning t-shirt. Let's take a look at how to design t-shirts using Photoshop right after the following sharing.

design T-shirts with Photoshop

Instructions for downloading mockup T-shirt photos 

Hiring models to take photos with T-shirts and then changing the patterns and logos will be very expensive. Instead, you can use free mockup t-shirt design templates and then add your own textures and logos. A mockup image is simply an example model of an object or subject created based on a specific design in full scale and size. Mockups are prototypes, they help you test design ideas on a sample product without spending too much time and effort.

 

You can download t-shirt mockups from popular sources such as Freepik, Adobe Stock, Envato Elements, ShutterStock. Then change the image and logo you want and you'll get a completely new t-shirt. In the sharing article today, we will download t-shirt mockups on Freepik. 

 

Step 1: First, visit Freepik, in the search box enter the keyword “T-shirt mockup” to find a t-shirt model. Click on the Free option, PSD format to make the process of designing a t-shirt in Photoshop simpler.

enter the keyword T-shirt mockup

Step 2: We choose the appropriate mockup shirt image and then download it to our device.

choose the appropriate mockup shirt image and then download it to our device

Please proceed to decompress the file you just downloaded. Normally, photo templates on Freepik or other applications will have a JPG image and a PSD file. Right-click on the PSD file and select Open With Photoshop to open the image in Photoshop. Then we will proceed to design t-shirts using Photoshop in Photoshop software.

 

How to design T-shirts with Photoshop 

After having a mockup T-shirt image and opening the image in Photoshop, we will see that this T-shirt design is divided into many Layers and many different Groups. Helps us easily change colors and Logos. Typically, you will see a Layer that says Your Work, Edit Here or Design Here with a highlight color. We will proceed to design t-shirts in Photoshop by replacing our Logo and pattern on this layer. You can also open other Groups to adjust shirt color, background color, and brightness for photos. 

Step 1: At the Your Work, Edit Here or Design Here layer, right-click and select Edit Contents. At this point, a dialog box will pop up, click OK.

right-click and select Edit Contents

The workflow will move to a new working area, now you can continue designing t-shirts in Photoshop in this area.

continue designing t-shirts in Photoshop in this area

Step 2: Then in the menu bar, click File => select Place Embedded, select the appropriate logo, image and then click Place.

 click Place

 

Step 3: Then we use the key combination Ctrl + T to change and adjust the size of the Logo and image to the center. Click on the white anchor points above the image to resize the Logo. You can click on the center of the Logo to move it to other positions to best suit the T-shirt design.

click on the center of the Logo to move it to other positions to best suit the T-shirt design

Step 4: In this case, we use a white background JPG format image. You can click on the Logo Layer then select the Blending Mode as Multiply. Photoshop will turn white pixels into transparent. If you use a PNG image with a transparent background, skip this step. In some cases, you can use the Quick Selection Tool to create a selection of the logo.

use the Quick Selection Tool to create a selection of the logo

If the logo has a difficult background, you can click Select on the menu bar then select Color Range. 

In the Color Range dialog box, click on the sampling tool, then click on the Logo background to remove the background. Finally, click OK to create a selection. After all, this step is to create a selection for the logo. Once you have created a selection, press Alt and then click create Layer Mask.

click OK to create a selection

You will see a Layer Mask corresponding to the selection appear. The black area will be hidden, the white Logo part will be retained. 

Step 5: Now, go to the menu bar and select File => select Save to save the design.

select Save to save the design

Wait a few seconds to save, then return to the main work area (original mockup shirt image) and you will receive a T-shirt with a completely new pattern.

return to the main work area (original mockup shirt image)

So you have completed the simple and quick steps to design a t-shirt in Photoshop. 

Above is general information on simple instructions on how to design t-shirts using Photoshop. In fact, designing shirts with Photoshop is very easy when combining with free tools on Freepik and Envato Elements. You just need to change the logo and adjust the colors accordingly. SaDesign hopefully the above sharing can help you design your own unique and beautiful t-shirts.

 
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