T-Shirt Drawing in Photoshop

Learn how to draw a realistic t-shirt 100% in Photoshop! This detailed step by step tutorial will show you techniques on creating shapes, shading, embossing, and more.

Preview of Final Results


t-shirt

T-Shirt Drawing in Photoshop 


Step 1

Start by making a new document 600 x 600 pixels document.
 

Step 2

Using Polygonal Lasso Tool (L key) to create a selection like the image below. I feathered the selection (Select > Modify > Feather) by 0.3px for smoother results.
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Step 3

In the toolbar, click on the foreground color then set the color to #CFCDD0.
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Step 4

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or Layer > New > Layer)
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Step 5

Fill the selected area with the foreground color you just selected. To fill, press Alt+Backspace or choose Edit > Fill.
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Step 6

Select Burn Tool (O Key).
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Step 7

Use the burn tool on the indicated area shown in the image below.
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Step 8

Choose Filter > Nose > Add Noise. Use the settings shown below.
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Step 9

Using Polygonal Lasso Tool , create a selection like the image below. For smoother edges, feather the selection (Select > Modify > Feather) by 0.3px.
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Step 10

Select the burn tool then burn the edges of the selection like the image below.
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Step 11

Create a selection like the image below.
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Step 12

Use the burn tool on the selected area. Repeat this for the other side of the shirt.
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Step 13

Now we’ll add some shadows and highlights to the shirt. In the blue dots indicated below, use Dodge tool. For the orange dots, use the Burn Tool.
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Step 14

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or Layer > New > Layer)
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Step 15

Using the Pen tool, create a path like shown below.
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Step 16

Select the Brush tool then set the size of the brush to 2px. In the Paths palette (Window > Paths), right click on the path then select Stroke Path.
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Step 17

Set the opacity to 20%.
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Step 18

On the current layer, choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke. Set the Stroke settings as shown in the image below. Don’t close the window yet!
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Step 19

Enable the Drop Shadow style with the settings shown below.
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Step 20

Repeat the above technique (Step 14-19) for the two sleeves.
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Step 21

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or Layer > New > Layer)
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Step 22

Select the Rectangle tool (U) to make a label.
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Step 23

Choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow and apply the settings shown below.
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Step 24

Add the logo/text to your label.
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Step 25

Make a selection on the left sleeve like the image below. For better selection, feather the selection (Select > Modify > Feather) by 0.3px.
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Step 26

In the Layers palette, select the t-shirt layer.
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Step 27

Choose Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and reduce the brightness by 10.
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Step 28

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or Layer > New > Layer)
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Step 29

Using the Pen tool, create a path like shown below.
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Step 30

Set your foreground color to white. Then, in the Paths palette (Window > Paths), right click on the path then choose Stroke Path.
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Step 31

Here’s what the t-shirt looks like so far!
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Step 32

Repeat steps 29 and 30 for the right sleeve.
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Step 33

I added an abstract paint image on the t-shirt. You can add any image you like.
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Step 34

Create a selection like shown below. Feather the radius (Select > Modify > Feather) by 5 pixels. Now choose Select > modify > Inverse.
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Step 35

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or Layer > New > Layer)

Step 36

Fill the selected area with white.
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Step 37

Select the layer with the t-shirt artwork.

Step 38

Use the Eraser tool to erase the excess white areas.
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Step 39

Change the opacity of the white fill layer to 30%.

Step 40

Choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Apply the settings shown below then click OK.
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Step 41

Here’s what the t-shirt looks like so far.
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Step 42

Select the Rounded Rectangle tool.
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Step 43

Create a rectangle then choose Edit > Transform > Rotate to rotate the rectangle.
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Step 44

Right click on the layer >Blending Options >Drop Shadow and make next settings :
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Step 45

Create a circle selection using the Elliptical Marquee tool like shown below.
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Step 46

Press delete to remove the contents in the selected area.
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Step 47

Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N or Layer > New > Layer)
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Step 48

Using the Pen tool, create a path like shown below.
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Step 49

Select the Brush tool the set the options in the option bar as shown below. The option bar is located under the menu bar.
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Step 50

In the Paths window, right click on the path then choose Stroke Path.
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Step 51

Use the Eraser tool to erase the tag as shown below so that it looks like it is looped around the fabric of the t-shirt.
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Step 52

Choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow and apply the settings shown below.
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Step 53

Select the layer with the t-shirt.
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Step 54

Use the Elliptical Marquee tool to create a circle selection like shown below.
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Step 55

Press the delete key to create a hole on the shirt.
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Step 56

Here’s what the t-shirt looks like so far!
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Step 57

You can add some text to the label if you like using the Text tool.
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Step 58

Add a texture to the background. You can use any photo you like. I used a wood texture.
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Step 59

Select the t-shirt layer then choose Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow then apply the settings shown below.
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Final Results

t-shirt

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