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Old October 8th, 2018 Oct 8, 2018 6:20:15 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default When designing distressed

I guess it is a general question. Since I own this machine I will post my question here. I was wondering about distressed designing for DTG.

When distressing do I actually rip the image or do I paint on the distressed with a brush in photoshop. When I screen print I rip it and let the color of the tee come through.
 
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Default Re: When designing distressed

You can grab some free distressed files from the web or even make your own with a laser printed sheet of paper printed all black, crumpled in your hands to create a nice cracked pattern, flattened out and the scanned into Photoshop and then inverted.

I like the bitmap files because I can easily use them in Illustrator and then just import my final design into Photoshop.

Google can be your best friend if you want to learn how to best integrate your distressed files into your design.

After editing save your file as a .png (transparent background) and are ready to DTG!

I print distressed art with my Epson DTGs a lot and they always print beautifully.

Also - I use QuickSeps sometimes for my distressed look and I also use The Vector Lab stuff. Both very, very good for distressed printing. Especially The Vector Lab. For $79 you get a whole lot of great files and videos that translate into awesome DTG printing. Money well spent.

Every time my DTG files are already distressed, prepped and ready to print with the t-shirt color coming through the design.

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There are thousands of free Photoshop distressed brushes available on the Internet, or make your own brush pattern.

I personally don't print many t-shirts, but I believe the most natural distressed patterns are vertical ones that follow the knit of the garment.
 
 
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Default Re: When designing distressed

There are plenty of free things out there to create the distressed look. We use a lot fo those. But our favorite is this. https://www.retrosupply.co/collectio...ducts/retrotee It costs $15 but it was worth it. I had to enlarge the photoshop file a little to make it work for our t-shirt size but it's distressed, so that really doesn't matter. We have bought a few other things form them as well. (No I don't work for them :-)
 






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