How I did the design for the Society 6 t-shirt competition…

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Ok, so I’m showing the Tank top version…But that’s because I am probably going to buy the tank top version & see if I can sneak it under my dressy pantsuit…But if you go to Society6.com/GroveCanada, you can see men’s & ladies t-shirt, hoodies with zippers, hoodies that pullover & more…(In a lot of cool colours)…(American Apparel cotton)…

Society6.com http://society6.com

So Society 6 was having a t-shirt design competition…I decided to enter…It needed to be something related to Society 6…I decided instead of using the words “Society 6” that I’d create an image logo shirt, that could be associated with the brand…Since I know Trumpeter swans, I drew 6 Trumpeter swans using Mac’s free Paintbrush program…(S6)

Paintbrush http://paintbrush.sourceforge.net/

Now the background of the image has to be transparent, so that if you print on a dark fabric, you don’t get a white rectangle around your swans…So I used Clipping Magic’s free handy online program to remove the background from the image, & make that area all transparent…

clippingmagic.com http://clippingmagic.com

Ok, then the next step was a little more work…Not too much, just a little…For a Society 6 t-shirt or tank top or hoody or onesie, you need your image upload to be EXACTLY width 3300 & height 5100…

Which means your image has to fit into those parameters…You can’t just draw a wide image & expect it to fit into a vertically long space…

I did have to go back & correct my original image…How I did this was by taking my horizontally wide image, opening it in Mac PREVIEW, using the LASSO Selection tool to Lasso the swan that was too far to the left, Hit COPY, then hit PASTE, then moved that swan tighter in to the picture so the picture was more vertical…

Then I took another swan that was at the far right, did the same thing, & moved it into a more vertical position too…Ok, so now my design was more of a vertical design than a horizontal one…

I’d recommend, instead of doing what I did, is to customize your Paintbrush screen to the size you need before drawing, then you will be fine…

But with my way, at least you will know how to correct an image in preview if you ever have to…Which is probable…

Ok, also…because I had drawn my design in the WRONG size to begin with, I now had to resize my image to what Society 6 needed…

So I went to Resize Your Image, uploaded what I had, then clicked ZOOM like 10 times, because my original drawing was way too small…Once I got it bigger, I tapped width, typed in 3300, then tapped length, typed in 5100, & clicked the resize your image button…

I should warn you that while doing the resizing, you have to sort of keep pulling the edges of the box, to make sure all your swans are in the picture…As you Zoom, you can lose parts of your image…So just keep Zooming & typing in the width & length that you need…If you haven’t Zoomed enough, you cannot get the width or length you want…It is finickity…

resize yourimage.com http://resizeyourimage.com

Ok, so you have your image & make sure it is saved as a PNG file, it is 3300 width by 5100 length, & the background is transparent…

Upload it to your Society 6 account as a Post…It will pop out print sizes…Then choose Add More t-shirts & more… A list comes up…At the t-shirt choice it will tell you to upload your PNG file…

If you have done everything right, a picture pops up of your image on a t-shirt…Also on tank tops, hoodies, onesies( a baby outfit)…

Taa Dahh! You are a t-shirt designer!

You can see more or even buy your choice of colour or style at our GroveCanada Society 6 page linked below…

Society6.com/GroveCanada http://society6.com/GroveCanada/

I’ll be giving any proceeds from the Society 6 tees to feeding the Trumpeter swans in winter here in Toronto…(between November & April is winter here)…

I’ve been feeding them high energy bird suet(from Canadian Tire stores) for the Minus 20 Celsius weather we have been having…Usually I feed Red Ribbon Wild Bird seed…

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