1. Begin by opening Illustrator. Get a new print document on your screen. Save it as T-Shirt. For now, just save it to your Documents folder.
2. Think of what word or short phrase you would want on your shirt. Try to keep it brief (1-4 words) so that you do not have to work a lot of letters.
3. Type your phrase: Using Text Tool, click on the page and type each word.
4. Separate the letters: First, choose the text with your Selection Tool (black arrow). Then, go to Object, and Expand. Select the text again, right click, and choose Ungroup. You may have to do this more than once.
4. Resize each letter separately: Click on the letters and resize with the Selection Tool using the corner or side handles. You can stretch them to be wider, thinner, or maintain the original shape by clicking the corner and holding SHIFT.
Be sure that they are still easy to read!
5. Change the color: Make each word a different color to add dimension.
6. Make each letter, 3D: Go to Effect, 3D, and Extrude & Bevel.
Click and drag the image (you may want the blue/rotation to be at 0 degrees), you can type in the number, and you can use the Extrude Depth to make the letter seem larger.
Your goal is to make the letters 3D from the direction of OUTSIDE to the MIDDLE. This will take some time, so be patient. You may have to undo after hitting OK if it does not have the result you need.
Each letter will be a little different. Notice how the F and E in FREE have the 3D effect applied to opposite sides. The F is on the right side and the E is on the left side. Work on repeating that effect.
7. Expand the letters and ungroup them: Click on the letters, go to Object, Expand Appearance, and then (while still selected) go to Object and Expand. Then, right click the letters while selected and select Ungroup. You may need to do this more than once to separate each element.
8. Select the faces of the letters: Holding SHIFT, and using your Selection Tool, click on just the faces of each letter. Once they are all selected, right click, go to Arrange, and choose Arrange to the Front.
Be sure the faces are still selected and go to Object and Group, or type CTRL + G. Move them aside for each word.
9. Apply Gradient to the faces and the 3D element: Use Gradient in your pallettes to the right (if it isn't there, go to Window and select Gradient). You can then use the Gradient Tool in your tool options to the left (looks like a gradient rectangle) to make the darker color go to the top, and the lighter color go to the bottom. Do the same for each word, for the letter faces.
If you move the faces out of the way, you can then select the 3D portion and add a different gradient to that. The 3D element should have the SAME gradient colors for EACH WORD. (the faces are the only parts which can differ between words).
When you replace the faces, be sure there are no gaps. In the image below, you will notice there are gaps between the 3D and faces on the word HUGS. I would select the faces, and use my arrow keys, typing the right arrow until it lined up.
10. Cohesive color/design, and image: Be sure your colors coordinate well and include a symbol (or use the Halloween technique learned to make/find your own). If you want this on a shirt, bring a plain T-Shirt to school.
RUBRIC (This will be used to grade your design):
BRING A SHIRT TO CLASS!
We have a T-Shirt press here in class. I have some iron-ons (and could get more depending on interest) which your design can be printed onto. I will print your design on half of a page of paper.
You can then transfer your design to any solid colored shirt.
It does not matter if this is an old shirt or a new one!
The background will print with the design, so if you do not want it to be white, please place a colorful background behind it (but be sure it is easy to read your design).
You can even make the background the same color as your shirt...like this...