When I was first starting out with Angry Spade, I did a ton of reading about the best ways to display products on a website. I got many different opinions but most people I talked to said that they prefer to see a photo of the real product. This makes perfect sense, but you can’t just go around snapping any old picture of the product you are trying to sell. The better the picture, the better the product will look. So, you want your photos to look as professional as possible. I have collected a few hints and tips along the way and I’d like to share them with anyone who is looking to learn a thing or two about photographing their t-shirts (I say t-shirts because that’s what I have the most experience with).
Don’t start out thinking that you need some amazing two thousand dollar SLR camera to take nice pictures with, I mean, it wouldn’t hurt if you had one, but you don’t need one. I myself have a small Canon 10 mega pixel camera and it works just fine for me; It’s just a matter of finding the right way to use your camera. Trying out different angles can make a world of difference. The best method that I’ve found so far is laying the shirt down flat on the floor and standing on a chair to take the picture from above. By doing this you don’t have to struggle to get the whole shirt in the shot and it turns out nice and even.
Another thing I would like to talk about is backgrounds because they can make a big difference in the way your pictures look. Sure a plain white background is fine, but why settle for that when you can do anything you want? Hard wood floors or carpet with patterns look good. Or of course there are other choices like taking your shirts outside where there are endless options like grass or gravel, cement side walks or you could even do what we did for Angry Spade and use a wooden deck as a background. Get creative, there is no reason not to!
When it comes down to looking at the pictures you’ve taken, don’t get discouraged when you realize you’re going to have to edit them. It doesn’t mean you suck at taking pictures, it’s just that your camera will pick up tiny details that you didn’t notice at the time. Small things like dust and lint find their way into photos no matter what, it’s nothing to worry about, just edit it out. This does require a bit of knowledge with Photoshop or a software with similar abilities but it is not hard to learn how to do. Instead of me telling you all how to do this in a boring lecture, I’m going to show you the video tutorial that I learned the best method from. You can thank Kelly Kiernan, the founder of Cure Apparel for this great video.
See, that’s not so hard now, is it? That’s about all of the hints I have to share with you guys, the rest is up to you to explore. Just remember to be creative and original with your ideas and everyone will love them. Take care and have an awesome weekend!!
PS- Don’t forget about our ongoing contest to win a free t-shirt!! You can read the details in this blog post.
Go Media and The Black Axe have teamed up to bring every t-shirt designer out there an amazing tool. It is made for use by beginners and professionals alike, this tool is called ShirtMockup.com and does exactly what the name states. You can use it to mock-up your design on a shirt without ever opening Photoshop, and in the end it looks as professional as if you bought some expensive mock-up templates and did it yourself.
The steps are simple and lead to great results. Just upload your artwork, choose your shirt style and color and download your mock-up for free! It’s as simple as that with any design. We tried it out on one of our Angry Spade designs:
As you can see the results are pretty awesome, and with their plans to expand this great tool things can only get better(and easier!). We’ve heard that they plan to make a Pro version of this that will include women’s shirts and who knows what other cool features.
Of course, the best part is that it’s all for free, so head on over and upload your art, mock it up, and download your file for free at ShirtMockup.com!
One of the most important parts of being a designer/artist is getting honest feedback on your work. Sometimes this can be really hard to get, a lot of times when you ask your friends and family they tell you it looks good because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Then when it comes to the internet, you come across a ton of jerks and rude people who don’t know how to give constructive comments. Well, we found something that could help you out.
Assuming everyone is familiar with the website DeviantArt.com, we are going to introduce you to a group that is packed full of helpful people. The group is called Project Comment, their main goal is to give people honest and constructive comments on their art instead of just the usual “this is cool…”, which is a huge help alone to any artist. But that’s not all Project Comment has to offer.
They also feature tons of designs for everyone to see, everyday. Spreading the word even further, they post news articles and journals a few times a week showing off even MORE works of art to their many watchers on Deviant Art. If that’s not enough for you then let us tell you more. Project Comment holds contests every now and then where they give away prints, subscriptions to Deviant Art’s Premium memberships, and features by bigger names on Deviant Art. Just by making a few constructive comments, you could win all of this.
So, take a few seconds to join their group, submit some of your work even, it might just get featured. Then leave a few comments while your there and help them out by spreading the word.