Create T Shirt Product Mockups with GIMP

Create T Shirt Product Mockups with GIMP 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can take a design and superimpose it onto a blank t shirt using GIMP.

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I’ll also be demonstrating how to create the shirt in a variety of different colors.

GIMP T Shirt Mockups

The first thing we’re going to do is open up the blank t shirt photo with GIMP.

The image is a PNG file with a transparent background, so it should open in GIMP with a checkerboard background. Click the image below to download the blank shirt photo…

Blank white t shirt PNG

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Next, we’re simply going to import our graphic as a new layer and set the blend mode to Darken Only. This will make it appear as if the graphic is printed onto the shirt, with crease lines and shadows included.

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Make sure that the design you import is a PNG file with a transparent background. If you don’t have one on hand and would like to follow along with the tutorial for the sake of learning this technique, you can use the example liquid logo.

Liquid logo

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That completes the mockup process for white shirts. The process for coloring in the shirts is a little more involved, but still very simple.

Create a new layer above the shirt layer, set the mode to Multiply, then fill the layer in with whatever color you’d like the shirt to be. Please note that it’s going to change the appearance of the logo as well.

To fix this, we just have to delete a segment of the color layer so that the logo and can show through as it’s supposed to.

Right click on the layer with the logo on it and select Alpha to Selection. This is going to create a selection around your logo…

Now click on the color layer and simply press Delete on your keyboard, or if you’d using a Mac, go to Edit > Clear.

As a result, the logo will now show through the deleted area…

And with that, we are done! We’ve created our t shirt mockup.

Video Tutorial

For complete step-by-step instructions with voice narration, please refer to the video tutorial at the top of the page. If you have any questions let me know, and as always, thanks for watching!


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