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Designing Graphic T-Shirts

with Brandon Rike

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About The Class

learn the art of t-shirt design.

Learn the art of producing custom band t-shirts from a designer who has mastered the art.

Brandon Rike is living the dream. He makes his living designing band tees and his client list includes everyone from Aerosmith to Lady Gaga. In this beginner-friendly class, he’ll show you the ropes of professional t-shirt design. 

You’ll learn:

  • Which types of graphics work best on tees
  • Positioning and color tips
  • How to prepare files and get them printed

Whether you work for yourself or aspire to work for someone else, Brandon will teach you the best way to put an image on a shirt and share his expert insights on making t-shirts that rock.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:50
  2. 02

    Understanding the Client & Wearer

    10:57
  3. 03

    Importance of the T-Shirt Sketch

    15:48
  4. 04

    Building the Structure in Illustrator

    33:34
  5. 05

    Saving & Creating a Mock Up

    15:40

Meet Your Expert

Brandon Rike

Brandon Rike is a freelance graphic artist making a living in the music industry. His midwestern hard work attitude comes through in his design aesthetic, placing importance on bold statement pieces that effectively communicate the intended message. Whether the medium ... read more

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  • Andrew Shim

    Andrew Shim

    October 2017

    Excellent teaching. Best of all, he took a random word from a participant and built a truly awesome band logo for tshirt right before your eyes, going from sketch to final artwork in something like 15 minutes. Of course, his vast experience and skill must surely help him speedily come up with inspiring ideas, but nevertheless, he is truly inspiring. Much, much , MUCH better trainer than most others I have had the misfortune of watching.

  • Hilary Slaughter

    June 2017

    Great class! His work is top notch and he shows a lot of integrity in his designs and how he communicates with clients. I do believe he combs thoroughly through shirt design elements and how to apply it in Illustrator and Photoshop. I think you should already have some working knowledge of the software to follow the last portion, otherwise take good notes and rewatch if necessary!

  • user-ddfe02

    user-ddfe02

    November 2017

    Obviosly a Pro and much respect but unless your an expert at Illustrator that portion went way to fast to keep up. If I knew I had to be a pro at illustrator I would not have purchased. Not the best teaching technique.

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