Shirt Tutorial

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).

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Then rightclick the “Pen Tool” at the tools palette and choose the “Convert Point Tool” in order to form a round neck.

Click at the point between the breasts – because we want this to be round and not angular – and by holding the left mousebutton we strech it until it looks something like this:

Rightclick somewhere, choose “Make Selection” – “New Selection” – “OK” and now there must be a dashed shimmering line. Press “Delete” on your keyboard and now we have a shirt with a round neck!

But at the moment only the front side of the shirt has a neck, we also have to cut the back side. So repeat “Step 2” on the back side of the shirt.

If you zoom out ( Alt+mouse wheel) it looks like this:

Step 3:

Now we need a nice colour for this shirt, I don’t want it to be black. I want a nice magenta shade. So rightclick the shirt layer – “select layer transparency” and click the delete button.

Cick the forground colour on the tools palette and choose a colour you want. In this case it’s magenta.

Now fill the shirt with the “Paint Bucket Tool.

 Step 4:

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”.

Now we adjust “Drop Shadow” and “Inner Shadow” like shown on the pictures below and click “OK” when we finished:

With the “Eraser Tool” we rub out the seams we don’t want ( the stroke is around the whole shirt, but we only want it at the neck and at the end of the sleeves).

Step 5:

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.

Now we highlight the sleeves and the seams too ( don’t forget: if you want to highlight the seams you have to do this on the stroke layer).

Step 6:

So that’s what it looks now with all the highlights…

…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.

Select the “Smudge Tool” on your tools palette and smooth out the edges of your 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.

Duplicate this layer ( rightclick layer – “Duplicate Layer”) and invert it by Ctrl+I ( or “Image” – “Adjustments” – “Invert”).

Stay in this layer and click the “Move tool” on your tools palette. Now press the “down” button on your keyboard 1-3 times so the black lines move down a little bit.

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.

Now we have a shirt with 2 different sorts of wrinkles.

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.

 Step 7:

Now we add more highlights to our shirt, not with the “Dodge/Burn Tool” but with the “Brush Tool”.

Create a new layer and draw with a soft brush with a high diameter some white parts on the front and on the back of the shirt that it looks somehow like the result on the picture below.

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.

 Step 8:

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.

The shirt looks a lot more realistic now with all the wrinkles, highlights and texture.

Step 9:

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.

Press Ctrl+U (or “Image” – “Adjustments” – “Hue/Saturation”) and play a bit with the Hue ( and the others too if you want).

In my case it looks like this:

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!

Step 10:

Make an alpha channel like shown here so you can upload it to SL.

Step 11:

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)

And this is me and my new shirt in SL:

Have fun! 🙂

Yours, Jamie Holmer


16 responses to “Shirt Tutorial

  • Brinksie | Shirt tutorial

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  • Meril

    OMG!! This is SO helpful! thx a LOT! *still jumps for joy around her room* xD

  • RC

    Great tutorial !!!

  • TinTin

    Oh my gosh!!!!! This is the best tutorial i saw in written…. Geezzz took me hours to get the one on youtube cause 1st; they are so fast…. 2nd; no audio…. 3rd; lack of explanations
    Yay i made my 1st good looking shirt 🙂 with my own wrinkles lol….
    Thank you for this tutorial it will help a lot 🙂

  • TinTin

    Another thing i wanna ask… After uploading it and make it a shirt, when im cutting the collar front it leave a white mark still. How to get rid of that? Please let me know 🙂 Thank you

  • jamieholmer

    hi TinTin 🙂 you can get rid of the white mark by cutting the collar with PS (or whichever program you are using), then upload your shirt to SL and set the collar front value to 100. If you just cut your shirt in SL there will always be a blurry rim. if this didn’t solve your problem, just feel free to contact me inworld. Jamie

  • TinTin

    Aw I am ok now with that cause someone told me to save it on PNG format 🙂 and it work…
    Dang another problem…. by making my new layer(1st layer) theres something wrong on dodge and burn ;(… I dunno how it work on my 1st making but on my 2nd and 3d… the dodge and burn seems like dont work on it awwww my head breaking lol. Ty for trying to help on my 1st problem but could u help me with this second one =P i will really appreciate it 🙂

  • TinTin

    Allright i found out after using that fill bucket the dodge and burn wont work anymore for the layer 1… can u help me to solve that XD I am not expert in photoshop lol.

  • TinTin

    nyahahaha ok kill me.. I found out too I cannot dodge and burn the color “BLACK” hahahah sorry

  • jamieholmer

    you can dodge and burn the colour black, given that it’s no pure black (# 000000) but a little brighter black e.g. # 0f0f0f. only the highlights range won’t work for black, however shadows and midtones work well. but i recommend you to make your wrinkles and highlights with the brush tool (see above) on a new layer, so you can always delete or edit the wrinkles layer if you’re not content with the results. furthermore, if you’re content with your wrinkles, you can use this layer for future clothing projects as well. i hope i could help you 🙂 Jamie

  • Stacie Andretti

    This tutorial was so helpful and very easy to understand and follow. Thanks so very much for sharing!

  • jade

    Great Great == did I say GREAT tutorial? Any chance you might want to do one for jeans? 🙂

  • husky1 lighthouse

    well i like to say this is the best help ever thank you

  • jamieholmer

    Thank you very much for all your feedback!
    @Jade: have a look here : 🙂

  • Donovan

    This has to be one of the most helpful and detailed tutorial I have seen that wasn’t in video format. I find this more useful then a video. You can go step by step and not have to put up with poor quality video or voice. Thank you very much for making this available to everyone.

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