quick and simple way to create interest in a T-Shirt design
is to make it look like some parts of the image are coming out
of the background.
For this tutorial we will use one of the automated border routines
that comes free with EasyArt but you can create your own if
you don't have that.
The first thing we must do is run the EasyEdge"Paint Brush
Edge" routine on this image.If you are not using EasyArt
make a duplicate of your image and then make a marquee selection
about 25% in from the edge of your image, then feather that
selection by about 25 pixels, invert the selection and press
This will give you a soft edge. Copy this duplicate image and
paste onto a new layer in the original design. If you are using
EasyArt run the paintbrush border routine making your selection
about 25% in from the edge with the marquee selection tool.
Don't worry about the box shape or clipping any part of the
this new layer selected make it 50% transparent and manually
line it up with the background layer (If you created the feathered
edge you won't have to do this). Next
select the original background layer and drag it onto the new
layer icon at the bottom of the layers list to duplicate it
on a new layer.
this duplicate background layer 75% transparent. Turn off the
original background layer. What we are trying to achieve is
some contrast between the two layers we want to work with so
we can easily select the areas that fall beyond the background
border we created.
the duplicate copy of the background layer and with the Polygonal
Lasso tool select copy and paste those areas of the dolphins
that protrude past the border area. (like the fins and the nose)
make sure you paste them into a layer that is above the bordered
layer. Make all layers 100% visible then turn off the background
layer and the duplicate of the background layer.
Merge the visible layers together and you should be left with
something like the image below. You can manually delete the
unwanted layers if you like and then add some text to finish
off the design.