A detailed guide on how to make the mockups and submit them here.
Lots of people arrive here because they’ve heard of the contests that are held in this place and want to participate in them. As a consequence, there tend to be lots of “low effort shitposts” that end up being little more than stabs at winning a prize. And I put “low effort” between quote marks because you can end up with great looking examples while making little effort at all.
Let’s begin with some tips:
• Never submit something you wouldn’t use in real life. This may or may not include ultra-zoomed low-resolution pictures of a guy who made a funny face, images that don’t fit in the shirt template or badly placed stuff (more examples on these later). Only exception from this rule is when making a shirt with offensive content like the human bomb one or 9/11 jokes (this doesn’t mean that you can make that you can make stuff like a creampie or a dude fisting himself pass as “quality efforts”). . Follow this criteria for upvotes as well - try to vote stuff you would wear, because that's the point of the site.
• Check the subverse to see what people are posting and get some ideas. Click the ‘top’ tab to see what got the most upvotes (AKA what people like).
• Having Photoshop will help you a lot for this, though it’s not absolutely necessary (more on this later).
• When submitting single images make sure the link ends on .jpg so that people can see them without leaving the page. When doing the same with an album you don’t have to add it.
• Use albums in an efficient way. Don’t post six images with only a minute of difference between them, but you shouldn’t either make a giant album with sixty pictures that almost nobody is going to completely see (you could make 6 different albums and post them throughout a week).
• Use the color picker tool at shirtmockup.com to your advantage. If you’ve got an image with a solid color background that doesn’t fit the image entirely but you can’t scale up anymore then just click the color picker and then the solid color. You can also do this to change the appearance of the inner part of the t-shirt, though this isn’t really important. Keep in mind that it’s kind of buggy so if it doesn’t work you should refresh the page. An example.
• The biggest part of the t-shirts sold at shirtwascash.com are memes or related to memes, stuff that comes from 4chan. But you can also submit cool art and things unrelated from that. I’ve taken a few images from the /wg/ (wallpapers) board and made them into shirts. Remember to check other people’s submissions to avoid posting something others already did. Keep an eye for the mobile wallpapers, which have more of a shirt-y shape than the PC ones. You can use images from other wallpaper sites as well, such as interfacelift, thepaperwall, 4walled, wallhaven, nik.bot.nu, walldash and wallpaperswide.
• Remember that, in order for /u/doesitmakesound to be able to sell a product, he needs permission from the owner of the material in that product. Sometimes the illustration on the t-shirt is vague enough to allow him to skip the copyright processs. Be aware that if your submission has material owned by big companies on it and it passes the voting, it probably won’t get to the actual storeplace. So you creeps can post all the Maisie Williams shirts you want (and I won’t complain, have my word), but don’t expect a submission containing Alex Ross’s depiction of the DC Universe to make it through.
Some examples of crappy t-shirts (don’t worry, I didn’t put yours here, I did all of these):
The ‘resolution is for fags’.
The ‘picture continues in the arms and so you should wear it at a 45 degree angle between your arm and your body’.
The ‘too lazy to make it fit’
The ‘no clue on how to use the color picker (and the ‘two clicks later’)
What you can do with Photoshop.
Let’s say you want to make an Anita Sarkeesian t-shirt after finding a wallpaper of her in a ‘Your Most Evil Wallpapers’ thread in /wg/. It turns out that the picture isn’t in .jpg format, but in .png, and is bigger than 300kb (maximum size allowed in shirtmockup.com), as you can see here.
First things first. To change format you can either do it the fancy sissy way with Photoshop or the swaggy ass way… without Photoshop. For the latter, you right click the picture, change name, and then you change the png to jpg, then you click ‘yes’ (protip: you can change name with F2 and not have to right click). Of course that you could also drag the picture into Photoshop, click on ‘save as’ from the ‘file’ dropdown (Shift+Ctrl+S) and change it to .jpg with the dropdown menu.
We can solve the filesize problem the same way. You’ll have noticed that after clicking ‘save’, a menu named ‘JPEG Options’ pops up. Yours should look like this: preview enabled so you know how much it’s going to take, ‘progressive’ and ‘3 scans’ marked in format options. Then play around with the Quality number to get the highest quality file you can while being below 300k. Don’t worry if you end up with a low number in Quality – levels 5 to 12 don’t have that much of a difference with the original image, and since you’re going to put it into a small shirt template, quality means little. You might not want the final preview size to be too close to 300k though (like 290, 295), since the site might end up recognizing it as a bigger file.
Note: You don’t get the ‘JPEG Options’ menu unless you’re editing the image in 8 bits per channel mode. This is where you change it.
That was one of the great things you can do with Photoshop when making shirts, and the easiest. I’ve also used it to erase backgrounds, as you can see with these two shirts. If you really are interested in knowing how to do that, then please wait until tomorrow because I’m tired as fuck right now.
Give me your feedback, correct my typos, and contribute with stuff in the comments.