How to Draw a T-Shirt in Illustrator

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Drawing a t-shirt in Illustrator is one way to get accustomed to many different aspects of the program within the confines of a single project. Draw a t-shirt in Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw a graphic T shirt in illustrator. So the way I'm going to start is by going up to view and go down to this says hide grid but in my case the grid is already out so it would say show grid and you're going to want your grid showing just so you get some good symmetry in this drawing. And I'm going to use the pen tool. And you're going to want to go down to your colors and just select your fill and just select this little button here that says none so there's no color on the inside. But make sure that your stroke is. In my case it'll have to be black, but you can have it whatever color you want. So the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to draw a line to represent the shoulders and then a longer line to represent one of the sleeves. And here I'm going to create a sleeve. And then you can draw a straight line down. And then connect it there. Have it a little bit longer. All right so once you've drawn what you want, in my case I actually haven't drawn what I want so I'm just going to add another little anchor point here and draw the collar and so now what I'm going to do, I have all that I want for my shape, half of it. So you can select this and actually just hold down option, make sure you have the selection tool, not the direct selection tool, this will really mess up your drawing if you have the direct selection tool selected. So selection tool, hold down option, it'll make a little double arrow shape, so you can just pull on and grab it and it'll make a copy, like a direct coffee so then you can hold down control and click, go to transform, and reflect. And so you're just going to want to select you can preview just to make but select vertical and this will just make a vertical rotation and then just lay it on top of where you want it and there you have your T shirt shape. My name is Alex, thank you very much.


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