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gillian_houghton
« on: July 23, 2004 08:07:43 AM »

I've been on an iron-on spree lately. Here are some of my latest t-shirt designs (both are composite images culled from the web and traced in photoshop):

Alley Cats...
http://www.frankrause.com/gillian/catdesign.jpg

Dodge Dart Hot Rod...
http://www.frankrause.com/gillian/cardesign.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2004 08:38:09 AM »

Those are great. Are you using the iron-on transfer paper that you run through a printer? How well does it hold up (wash-and-wearability)?
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2004 08:47:39 AM »

those are so awesome! the hot rod one is my favorite. what type of iron on paper did you use? i've tried many different brands and have had bad results.
but yours look groovy, nice work
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2004 09:02:15 AM »

Those are great! I also would like to know what kind of transfer paper you used.
thanks..
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gillian_houghton
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2004 09:50:38 AM »

I used Avery "Personal Creations" Transfers (got 'em at Staples), which require an ink jet printer. My boyfriend had to make a bunch of t-shirts for a friend's wedding party, so he bought a printer at Staples, too--$60 for a Lexmark printer. We've printed 30 transfers on the ink cartridge that came with, so that's way cheaper than printing at Kinko's.

I have machine washed both t-shirts, and, as you might be able to tell, the cat one got a little leathery--I think because it is very large (a full sheet), whereas the car one is about 1/3 sheet, and it held up fine. So my advice would be to keep the images relatively small, 1/3 to 1/2 sheet. (The only other difference betewen the two is the weight of the t-shirts--the cat one is on a relatively new, heavy cotton men's undershirt; the car one is on an old, sort of flimsy J Crew tee...not sure if that made a huge difference, but maybe worth further experimentation.) Also, keep the tissue paper that comes with the transfer--you can always touch up the edges with your iron, even after washing.

Thanks for the positive feedback!


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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2004 10:13:19 AM »

can you post some more info about the photoshop manipulations you did - the "traced in photoshop" bit?

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2004 10:36:01 AM »

can you post some more info about the photoshop manipulations you did - the "traced in photoshop" bit?

i'm not sure if you want info on how photoshop works or what I did specifically, so I guess I'll give you both answers.

when you work in photoshop, you can create/work in multiple layers (which you control using a toolbar). the original image (or images) are on a layer labeled "background," then you create layers above that, one for the outline, another for the color, or however you want to organize it, so that you can change parts of the image independent of other parts of the image (for example, you can change the color of an object without worrying about erasing the outline of that object). think of it as a bunch of paper-thin sheets of plastic, laying in a pile, each painted with a different part of the design.

photoshop allows you to work on any layer separately and to hide layers--so that when you are done tracing the outline of the background image, you can "turn off," or hide, the background layer, and all that remains is your traced image.

not sure if that's a very clear explanation---does that make sense?

as far as what I did specifically, I googled "dodge dart" (my favorite kind of car), and found the main image of the hot rod, images of dart engines, internal wiring systems, etc. and put 'em together. the cat design is from an antique postcard, also found online.

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2004 12:35:52 AM »

Yes thats pretty clear... now i understand photoshop a little better! Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2004 12:38:11 AM »

Those are some very fine designs you have there. I like the car especially. Very chic. I love iron-ons, they're so much fun  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2004 04:13:17 PM »

I like the car too. Smiley

BTW, while Photoshop is a fine program for tracing photos, but if you are going for the bold flat colors, Illustrator is your best friend.
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