Have you ever wanted to make your own Photoshop brushes? Design By Humans has a great guide showing how to do exactly that. What’s especially neat is that they have details and screenshots for two methods, both for making a traditional textured Photoshop brush and for making a brush you can use with your drawing tablet.
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Falling Arno by OKPDESIGNERS was the big winner in Design By Humans’ Assassin’s Creed Unity contest, and I think it was the perfect choice. While a lot of entries understandably put their focus on the main character in an impressive pose, what really caught my attention with this design is how it translates the experience of actually playing the game into a dramatic visual moment. Anyone who has played the series knows that the joy in playing it comes from the way you’re able to move through the world, interacting with the environment in fluid, exuberantly athletic ways. So when you’ve had that feeling and you look at this artwork, you’re transported back to that place and are excited to do it all again. Plus, with that strong angle and the way the character’s arm and head anchor themselves around the t-shirt’s neck, this is a very striking and attention-grabbing piece in its own right.
Check out the other printed designs in the contest at Design by Humans.
Design By Humans hooked me up with a 10% off coupon code to celebrate their new zip-up and pullover hoodie collection. Use the code COMPETEHOODIE to save 10%, and here’s a look at the design that I think works best for each type of sweatshirt that DBH offers:
My zip-up pick is Take Off by alchemist, a design with a very strong triangular shape that I think works to highlight the zipper well. Plus, even if you’ve got it a bit unzipped so the rocket isn’t visible, those bright colors still create a very cool look.
Map to Nowhere by collisiontheory is a shockingly good design for a pull-over hoodie. Those two diagonal lines that descend from the main shape perfectly highlight where the pullover’s kangroo pocket begins.
What could be more fun than wearing a sweater with a bear in a sweater on it? That’s why the crew neck version of Keep Warm by fathi_dhia makes me smile.
It’s been awhile since Design By Humans had a themed contest, but their new Assassin’s Creed Unity design competition is definitely worth the wait! They’re looking for cool shirt designs inspired by the video game, and there’s even a bonus Work in Progress video contest (best video gets a $50 DBH gift card).
Enter before September 19th, 2014 for your chance to win. One 1st place winner will earn $3500, 2nd place gets $3000, there’s $2500 for 3rd place, 4th place earns $2000, and 5th place receives $1500. 1st through 5th place winners will also get copies of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Season Pass with additional content. 6th through 20th place entrants will get the chance to sell the artwork to Design By Humans.
Design By Humans’s DTG Quality showcase explains the DTG printing process and also shows off some great pics, both of production and of the finished tees. If you’ve ever wondered how accurately DTG can capture vibrant colors, this post ought to set your mind at ease.
As an aside, DBH’s DTG is the best I’ve seen done by any company- really nice soft, large prints.
It’s been a good year for t-shirt design contests, although it ends on a somewhat down note- now that Design By Humans has announced the end of their Shirt of the Day contest in favor of giving DBH Collective tees more emphasis, that’s one less major site for designers to have a chance to earn substantial prizes. Still, there have been some great pieces printed at all the contest sites this year, both large and small! Here’s a look back at a few of my favorites:
The Eighth Wonder by Jeremy Martinez (mockart)
“…the art [feels] like a forgotten advertisement from an alternate universe.”
– Threadless: New this week, January 23rd, 2013
Motocross Accident by Ben Chen (ben chen)
“It feels like a fresh summer day, blue skies, good food and even a laugh.”
– Threadless: New this week, February 6th, 2013
Owl DJ by Exclusive-Ape
“It’s quirky, fun, and beautiful, in the same way so much good music is.”
– Design By Humans: New this week, March 17th, 2013
In the End the Sun Rises by Budi Satria Kwan (radiomode)
“It feels so poetic to me, showing both the cool depth of water and the peaks of a mountain, close to the sun, in the same moment.”
– Threadless: New this week, April 10th, 2013
Gravity is a Lie by Randyotter (randyotter3000)
“You know nothing, Science, you’ve been tricked by an apple!”
– Threadless: New this week, May 17th, 2013
If I Had a Boat by MrWayne
“You can almost feel the rows of waves gently sliding back and forth as the little painter does his work.”
– La Fraise’s If I Had a Boat, June 1st, 2013
Odeio Listras by luciano
“…one of the coolest twists I’ve seen on the striped shirt…”
– Camiseteria’s Odeio Listras, July 6th, 2013
Let’s Go On An Adventure by Philip Tseng (pilihp)
“…a really appealing design that captures what’s great about RPGs, both in the elements shown (pencils and die) and in the spirit of adventure and imagination it conveys. ”
– Threadless: New this week, August 14th, 2013
Hunter Deer by Eyesore427
“Facial expressions really nail the humor…”
– Design By Humans: New this week, September 1st, 2013
A Little Less Conversation by zehh
“It’s a weird and wonderful combination, with Elvis and ET forming an unlikely pair as they dance their way through an alien invasion.”
– Camisteria’s A Little Less Conversation, October 7th, 2013
A FARCE by Oliver Wiegner (ICE CREAM FOR FREE)
“…a fun visual experience no matter what distance the art is viewed at.”
– Threadless: New this week, November 29th, 2013
The Melting by Joe Van Wetering (speedyjvw)
“The oozing and ebbing of the stripes feel alternately like the storm systems of Jupiter, like crazy rock formations in an alien Grand Canyon, or even like a super close up of the world’s largest and most colorful sandwich.”
– Threadless: New this week, December 11th, 2013