Teeing off: jumpstart T-shirt design

I don’t fancy myself as a great designer of T-shirts, however, inevitably during the course of one’s artistic career, one is asked to design a T-shirt. (I’ve also designed and airbrushed a couple surfboards – once, just once, a long time ago. Since then I’ve learned to say “no” to projects like that, even though they DID turn out pretty cool.) So here are a couple of simple hints to help the T-shirt designer noob on her way.

Find an adorable picture (this one is of my granddaughter Charlotte “Lottie”– you can’t have her).
Make a line drawing – lines show up well on T-shirts. Embellish.
Add color. For digital printing (4-color cmyk) on white garments, something like this should work. If you are screen printing on dark colors, you’ll need to identify one or two Pantone spot colors you want to use.

If anyone wants to know the difference between CMYK and spot color printing processes, please let me know! Otherwise, check out my store for my new products featuring this illustration!

No dot-comment on site backup info

Noob alert! Just found out yesterday after agonizing over it for a day and a half that I do NOT have to back up my website, as it is fully hosted by WordPress and they take care of all that. It’s only if and when I decide to venture into “self-hosting”, that I need to worry about installing plugins like Transmit or VaultPress. This is all clearly stated on WordPress’ Support page here, however it took me awhile to find it. Here you will also learn the difference between WordPress.com (they back it up) and WordPress.org (you back it up), which has nothing to do whether one is a non-profit or not.

I’m glad I finally know this now, and as I am exceedingly pleased with WordPress so far, if anyone asks if I have any complaints about how hard it was to locate this information, I’ll simply say “No .comment.”

In honor of all that is technical and takes some work to understand, I dedicate today’s doodle.