12 October 2012

How to Use Photoshop to Add Your Own Images to Pictures of Tees and Tanks

TeesAndTanks is a popular tumblr blog that photoshops cool images onto trendy t-shirts, tank tops, and even hot shorts.  Their “About” page says it best:

We think “photoshopping images onto tank tops” is the new “painting oil colors onto stretched canvases”. This is our art form and we love it.

We at CustomizedGirl are happy to announce that we are partnering with TeesAndTanks to produce some of the original designs that appear on their Tumblr blog. Actually, we have two announcements. Here’s the second: we are opening submissions to everyone! Before now, the fine folks at TeesAndTanks were the only ones submitting to the blog. They have now added a “Submit” link.

Here’s how it works:

We are providing two files for each item, a jpg and psd (aka photoshop file).  The items so far are two tees, two tanks, and one pair of hot shorts. Scroll to the bottom to find these images. To download a single jpg, simply right click the image and choose “Save image as”. To download the psd file, click the “Download the psd file” link above each image.

We encourage you to use the psd files, because each file contains at least one masking layer. This should make everything super easy for all the cool people who want to submit their own image!

If you are new to Photoshop, here are two examples to show you the way.

First, let’s add a graphic with a white background to our flowy tank top. We’ll use this image of a polaroid photo.

Example One:

  1. Open your file in Photoshop
  2. Copy and paste your image on top of the tank layer.
  3. With your image layer selected, click the layer properties dropdown menu in the layers tab.
  4. Choose “Multiply”.
  5. Resize your image so that it fits on the tank top. (Just click the corner of the image and drag it while holding shift).
  6. Done!

 

Next, let’s add this beautiful old-school map to the same tank top. Because this map is going to cover the entire tank, we want to use a masking effect.

Example Two:

  1. Download the psd file for the tank top.
  2. Open it in photoshop.
  3. Copy and paste the map image on top of the tank layer.
  4. With your image layer selected, click the layer properties dropdown menu in the layers tab.
  5. Choose “Multiply”.
  6. Resize your image however you want. (Just click the corner of the image and drag it while holding shift).
  7. Click the eye icon next to the “Mask – Entire Tank” layer, making it visible.
  8. Right click the “Mask – Entire Tank” layer and choose “Make Clipping Mask”.
  9. Done!

 

Files for download:

Click here to download the Flowy Tank psd (photoshop file).

 

Click here to download the Crop Tank psd (photoshop file).

 

Click here to download the Flowy Tee psd (photoshop file).

 

Click here to download the Crop Tee psd (photoshop file).

 

Click here to download the Hot Shorts psd (photoshop file).

 

Once you’ve made your image and saved it (I like to use the Save for Web feature, and choose jpg or png), feel free to submit it as an image to teesandtanks.tumblr.com!

If you’re curious, Customized Girl does sell these flowy t-shirts and tank tops. In fact, you can customize them by adding your own text, art, and images. Right now, there is a design boundary that prevents you from adding a design all over the item (curse these printing limitations!), but we’re working on a process that should allow all-over-printing some day.

Update: We’ve noticed that a lot of folks are using these images for their own Tumblr blogs or Etsy stores. If you want to use any of these images, please contact us at customizedgirl@eretailing.com first. Use “Tees and Tanks Images” as the subject line. There is probably a way we can make it work out, possibly by asking to you to link back to CustomizedGirl.com. We’d like to know why you are using it.

We also noticed some people using these images in their Etsy stores. If you are using Customized Girl as your fulfillment system (which is to say, if you are placing your order with Customized Girl and sending it to your customer), then that’s totally fine. But if you’re using it to compete directly with Customized Girl, then obviously that gives us a sad face.

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