How to make a shirt for SL in Photoshop?
In this tutorial I want to show you how to create a women’s shirt in Photoshop ( including highlights, shadows, wrinkles, texture and colour changing).
On the picture below I opened a shirt template I made by myself. It’s the Upper Body template by Robin Wood and on a new layer I painted a black shirt on it and cut the sleeves for the right length. Having a template with already a shirt on it it’s much simplier and faster to work with.
Now we have a turtle neck shirt, but we want one with a low neckline. We have to cut it so we choose the “Pen Tool” for doing this. Start at the borders of the template, then click somewhere between the breasts ( it has to be on the middle line of the template) and then to the other border and finally click at the starting point.
Don’t forget to save your shirt from time to time during the designing progress!
Our shirt needs seams around the edge of the shirt. Again “Select Layer Transparency”, create a new layer (layers palette – little box at the bottom of the layers palette) – because we want the seams to be on a new layer so we can modify it afterwards – go to “Edit” – “Stroke” – same adjustments like shown on the picture below and then click “OK”.
We can’t see any changes yet, because the seam has the same colour as the shirt and it does not stick out. But this can be changed. We want the seams to be in the same colour, but we want a contrast by adding a shadow. So we rightclick at the stroke layer and choose “Blending Options”.
The shirt looks pretty good now but details are missing such as highlights. For this we select the “Dodge Tool” on the tools palette. On the menu above choose a soft basic brush and set the range to “Highlights” . The exposure is something between 15 and 20 %. It could also be more but we don’t want it to be that bright at the beginning.
Draw some shiny highlights with circling moves on the breasts until you are content with the result. Below the breasts we need darker parts so we choose the “Burn Tool” for this. Just press Alt and draw with the cursor some darker parts below the breasts.
…but I’m not completely confident with it because something is missing….the wrinkles!
There are lots of ways how to put wrinkles on your shirt. I’m going to present you 2 different ways doing this.
Way 1: wrinkles with dodge/burn tool:
It’s nearly the same as we highlighted the shirt, but the brush has to be smaller. Work on the shirt layer. Draw some lines with the “Dodge Tool” where your wrinkles should be. Press Alt and draw some darker lines under the just drawn bright lines.
That’s it! The disadvantage of this method is that you cannot modify it afterwards because it’s drawn on the shirt layer. That’s why I don’t work solely with this method anymore. I mostly combine way 1 and following way 2.
Way 2: wrinkles with the brush tool:
Create a new layer above the shirt and stroke layer. I recommend to name the layers you work with ( by rightclicking the layer and then “Layer Properties”). I mostly forget to name my layers and in the end I have about 50 different layers and no plan what is located on what layer. I also forgot to name the layers in this tutorial but that’s not so bad because there are only a few of them….just by the way…we created a new layer.
Next we set the forground colour to white, select the “Brush Tool” on the tools palette and choose a soft brush with a diameter between 5 and 12 px. Draw some lines now where you want the wrinkles to be.
The lines are too strong at the moment and don’t look like wrinkles. So adjust on both line layers following: ( of course you don’t have to do it exactly like I show you, it’s just an option, play a little bit with the overlay options and opacity until you are content)
Merge the 2 lines layers to 1 by selecting both layers by clicking Ctrl+ leftclick on the 2 layers. Then rightclick them and select “Merge Layers”. Then set the layers to “Overlay” again. Play with the adjustments until the result is ok for you. At the end smooth the ends of the lines with the “Smudge tool” like I already explained above.
Create as much wrinkles as you like for this shirt. I put some wrinkles on the belly, on the back and on the sleeves. The advantage of way 2 is that you can duplicate and modify the wrinkles as often as you like. So I did here. I duplicated the layer with the lines and then pressed Ctrl+T and transformed them. Or I just moved them with the “Move tool”. There are no creativity limits. Just try out.
Now we add more highlights to our shirt, not with the “Dodge/Burn Tool” but with the “Brush Tool”.
In the layers palette adjust “Overlay” and turn down the opacity. Then go to “Filter” – “Blur” – “Gaussian Blur” and set the radius to about 30 px. Click “OK”. If there are ugly white parts sticking out of the shirt’s edges just go to the shirt layer – “Select Layer Transparency” – “Select” – “Inverse”. Then go to the new highlight layer and press “Delete”. Now the white parts we don’t want must be gone.
We almost finished our shirt. Only one thing is missing – the texture. There are a lot of ways how to give your shirt a texture , I show you one – the simpliest and fastest way. Work on the shirt layer. Click “Filter” – “Texture” – “Texturizer”. Now you can play with the different textures and adjustment possibilities. I choose the texture “Sandstone”, scaling 50 % and a low relief. There’s a preview window that shows you how the texture changes. Click “OK” when you have finished.
In this step I want to show you how to simply change the colour of the shirt.
Merge all the layers of your shirt ( shirt layer, stroke layer, highlight layer and wrinkles layer). Be sure you DON’T merge the template grids and the background, just the shirt. Now paint the background black (we need this later for creating the alpha channel, that there are no white borders in SL). 2 layers are now visible ( there’s an eye in front of the layers, that means they are visible, if you click on the eye it’s not here anymore and the layer is invisible now). Visible: the shirt and the background. Work on the merged shirt layer.
But I don’t want to change the colour. I just wanted to show you how you can do this. I keep magenta. Our shirt is finished!
Make an alpha channel like shown here so you can upload it to SL.
Upload the shirt to SL! ( maybe I’ll make an extra tutorial some day…but in this case I assume that you know how to upload pictures to SL)
Have fun! :)
Yours, Jamie Holmer