3. Creating Screenprinting Artwork: Working With Objects In Illustrator



hello everyone and welcome to another educational video about screen printing by cats pip productions okay now today I was going to upload a different video today but then I realized that I needed to do a little bit more preface work for you guys to be able to get the most out of the next 40 minute installment of learning how to do a simple spot color artwork in Illustrator so today I'm going to show you a couple of things about Illustrator that you'll probably need to know just to help you out in creating simple artwork okay and first of all let me create a couple of shapes to work with so we're gonna just create a rectangle we we know how to do this right rectangle tool over here and I'm just gonna make a rectangle now it has an outline you know that we talked about that in the last video I'm gonna go in here and give it a fill you know right now it doesn't really matter I'm just demonstrating some things so here's a rectangle with a fill all right now say we want to type a font okay so I can go over here and get my text tool type tool right okay and I'm gonna put in you know we'll just use the old cat spit text okay I'm going to size it remember we did all this in the last video I can use the points up here or I can use free transform all right so let's use free transform right now and here we go we've got cat spit okay now what I wanted to demonstrate is is that when you're working with illustrator and you have different objects like this you can see that the cat spit text is in front of the rectangle box okay but sometimes that's not the case as you add elements and you're working the objects can be in different places like on the canvas how do I say the rectangle could be in front of the text like this so I'm going to show you you go up to object right up here in your file menu click it and you go to arrange bring to front bring forward send backwards send to back all this kind of stuff so watch this if I say send the back the cat spit tux disappears okay it's there behind the rectangle say but it's not visible because it's behind the rectangle and you can use this type of layering which is not really layers don't get confused with layers this is layering on one layer in Illustrator you can use this to create effect and you know all types of stuff see that select the cat spits almost like sitting on the line you know you can make come into the black line a little bit like it's bleeding in there stuff like that okay so if we wanted this cat spit font in front of the rectangular box we'd go back up to object make sure you have it selected have cat spit selected okay and then you go up to object and you could say bring to front bring to front now let me demonstrate something else if I can here's a circle and we'll make that blue so we can tell what's going on and now let's see where this one is now you can see the blue circle is in front of the cat spit text and it's in front of the rectangular box well what if we wanted it to be behind the cat spit text but in front of the red box okay so we select the blue circle go up to object arrange and send backward just once you see what it did okay so now the circle is between the black cat spit text and the red rectangular box okay you see that so that's an important little function all right let's demonstrate that again we'll get a star okay and this one I'll make some other color green how about green for cat spit okay and I'll put this over here and there it is look it's it's it's in front of everything well I want it between cat spit and the red so here were selected we have the object selected go up to object arrange send backward and there it is okay obviously with a black outline it doesn't work so good so we can we can oops we would actually go over to this black outline the stroke and we could just go down to here and say none oops I did not have the object selected make sure you have your object selected when you're trying to work with it otherwise that's what happens so here's the stroke now it should work there we go okay see it's really important that when you're manipulating make sure you have the object selected that you're trying to manipulate okay all right so now you know what I don't like this green star in between I want it to go in the back so now I would just select it again okay you select it go up to object arrange and send backward again and if it doesn't go then you go back again to object arrange and just say send the back okay so sometimes sometimes you know if there isn't anywhere for it to go you you know send backward like it it's a little weird sometimes you have to mess with it and just tell it to go all the way to the back or bring it forward or this or that but there's only three places for this green star to be right now in the way back in the middle of the rectangle and the black text or in front of the black text and the red rectangle okay is that getting complicated that's like getting a little confusing there right okay so alright so that that was that's important that's what I wanted to teach you about layering okay so let's just let me just mess around with this a little bit and make it so that it kind of makes sense with what we were doing all right so say we had it like this and you know this is kind of like the design we're working on you know for whatever reason it's kind of like this so you see we have the green star in the back then we have the red rectangle is in the middle then we've got the blue circle above the rectangle but behind the black text okay so that's a way that you can move objects around in front of one another or behind one another to create this cropping effect or things like that okay so here's the blue circle we'll just look at it one more time go up to object arrange and you can bring it forward you can send it backward or you can send it all the way to the back okay so there you go we'll bring it back one spot bring forward sometimes see like it doesn't want to bring forward I just did it twice to make it come up that way so sometimes you just gotta mess with it a little bit and move it around and get it to go into the right spot okay so that is how to move objects behind and in front of one another hopefully that made sense I hope that helps you out because that's kind of important to know okay now the other thing I wanted to show you is grouping okay now we have a design here with multiple object elements multiple objects and text okay so if I wanted to move this on the document if I go here and grab this it's just it just grabs cats bed all right well you don't want that you want to be able to select all these and move them as one object so that you can manipulate things all right so so what I can do is I have the the selection tool and I go on to the canvas I click down and drag and select all of these objects okay now all these objects are selected I go up to object group okay now they're grouped and what this means is that I can deselect them okay and then when I click any one of these any part of this object its selecting all of them and they move together this can also be handy when you're designing separate parts of the design separate elements of the design and then say okay now I need to scale this down to fit the design okay see so it's group they distorted it a little bit there I didn't hold the shift down but okay so let's see here all right that one's not it's not holding proportion very well for me today that's okay though okay so that would be it you know we can fix stuff like that anyway see can pull it back down all right so scale tool might be better for this one just to get it scaled down and not have any there you go that's a little bit more proportional okay so that's grouping okay if you if you ungroup these back up to object ungroup now they're separate elements again okay see that and by the way here's another little handy thing say you move something by accident and you're like oh I didn't mean to drag that piece just go back up to edit undo move or a shortcut key is control Z for Windows PC okay all right now so we know how to group things all right we know how to arrange them move them from the front forward backwards okay and they're grouped alright now there's another thing that I'd like to show you for text because when you're creating artwork for screen printing say you have to send this file to somebody you know after you're all done creating your artwork and and you got to send this file to somebody now maybe you have to send it to a printer or if you have to you know send it to your artist or whatever the case is maybe you're doing your own artwork for screen printing and you want to you know you want to send it to an artist or send it to the screen printer and you know you have fonts in it now what happens is is if you send an AI file with this font in here and if the person on the other end on their computer does not have this font illustrator will substitute the fonts for something else that is on that users computer and you don't want that because when you choose fonts for your design you're choosing the fonts specifically to go with your design elements right so what you need to do is let's say first of all let's maybe here so here's a font here neuro Paul or whatever it's called who knows what this is okay but here's a font that people are unlikely to have on their computer right so what you do is select the select the font selects the text select the text getting a little tongue-tied there and then go up to type come down to create outlines okay now what that did is it actually created outlines it created this object as vector it's no longer a font you can't click in here and type anymore it's a font okay and let's see if we ungroup now we actually have letters as objects separately okay so what this does and you may not necessarily want to ungroup it but what it does is it changes the font from a font to a vector object so that if you send this file to somebody else and they do not have the font it will open up and the fonts will be exactly as you laid it out it will be the same font that you chose on your computer regardless of whether the other person has that font on their computer okay so that's something that's very important to remember and note that when you're working with fonts and illustrator and you're thinking okay I'm gonna have to send this file to somebody make sure you go up to type and create outlines okay so let me show you again I'll ungroup this and then I'm going to have this text okay so here's the tax selected go up to object I'm sorry type get all confused go up to type create outlines okay and there it is again now they're all outlines if you needed to separate them for some reason object ungroup and there it is okay so that is an important thing to know about okay now let's see um one more thing I'll show you because we ran into this on the last video okay if I if I'm opening a file and I bring in I bring in something you know to work with let me see okay now I'm getting all confused don't you hate when you um forget where stuff is okay okay so remember the other day that we brought in the skull and I copied it you know I copied the skull and then I brought it into the other file we were working in and we pasted it in the file right okay what it did was it created this clipping mask alright I'm not an expert with illustrator I don't know why it does this it's a pain in the butt the clipping mask is unnecessary but basically you can see it right here it's right here this is the clipping mask this shouldn't be here I don't know why it does this automatically but basically select it right-click release clipping mask okay now it's released select it again and edit cut okay now the clipping mask is gone and the object is here by itself okay and that's what you want I don't know why it does the clipping mask but if you get clipping masks like that that's how you do it right-click release clipping mask okay now one more thing we can show you the group here see that look at that this object is ungrouped so I went and grabbed a part of the eye and it didn't it's just grabbing look leaving pieces behind right so there's a perfect illustration in Illustrator of how or why you would want to group your object so select it all and then go up to object group and it's grouped now when I click it anywhere it dreads the whole thing whoops haha see what I did actually selected cats bit too so right now cats fit and the scholar grouped but I can fix that back to object ungroup deselect go back to the skull only select the skull and its elements and then say group ok ok you're gonna find that you know working in Illustrator is a lot of fun and all kinds of weird things can happen to you when you're working with stuff and it can be a little frustrating at times and you know trying to choose the right elements with the selector and you know dragging stuff around oh man I I you know so it can be it can be a little finicky and a little fussy and here's another little tip for you you can use this little magnifying glass zoom tool over here in your toolbar okay come over here click the zoom bar and then you can bring it over to the object you're working on and click it and it zooms in on that object okay and sometimes this is good when you want to go in really close and then get the selection tool and pick out little elements that you couldn't get otherwise you follow of course this object would have to be ungrouped deselected and now i can go in and pick these little objects see that so stuff like that and look at that somebody put this thing in here to create this line isn't that amazing okay so there you go couple of tips I think these tips will help you a lot in being prepared for the next episode in how to create screen printing artwork for preening t-shirts with illustrator by cat spit productions okay so that's it for today I think and I think now we're ready to upload the 40 minute long a simple illustration of how to put some artwork together it's very simple and that'll be coming up next okay so remember guys please rate thumbs up can't tell you how important that is rate thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up should I write it in here for you thumbs up hair look thumbs up man bring it to million billion points bigger bigger bigger bigger bigger thumbs up I can go in here and type it 200 point thumbs up thumbs up great thumbs up guys alright thanks a lot for watching please subscribe if you like what you see rate thumbs up comment below all that jazz I appreciate your support your time and attention and we'll see you next time

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. that's really help me a lot cause I am new on screen printing and I cant wait for more
    regards here from the bay

  2. This #screenprinting artwork video is part of a playlist that will help you get started creating #vector  art for printing tee shirts.

  3. Don't forget I have a few basic artwork creation videos for #screenprinting  tee shirts. Learn to create vector art in Illustrator.

  4. Thank you very much. No trouble really, it’s not that complicated. Yes one object may have been above the other by 2 levels or whatever but I think I was talking in relation to the rectangle but it’s irrelevant. The bottom line is you can move the object back and forth until you have it where you like in relation to the relevant object. Know what I mean? That’s the point of that part. And I am no AI expert that is for sure… LOL 😉 Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  5. Love the tutorials. I wanted to explain the problem you were having with arranging objects. If you think of each object being on its own level, then when you added the star you have 4 levels. When you took it down one step below the text, it was still above the circle even though they were not touching. If you had slid the star over to the circle it would have appeared on top of the circle. The second move down put the star between the circle and the rectangle. Hope tjis makes sense.

  6. Nice, glad you like them. I appreciate the support 😉 Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  7. Thank you! I’m glad you liked them. I numbered them so it would be very obvious they are a series. I think they are most effective when watched in sequence. The screen capture software is Screen O Matic. I don’t like the audio quality. It makes my voice raspy if that is the right word… Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  8. Thank you very much! I appreciate the sentiment. Yes, I want to do more artwork videos in the future. They are fun to make but so far they are not too popular on my channel so it depends on our audience. I know I’ll make a few more but in the end if they don’t end up getting decent views I won’t do too many more… LOL 😉 Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  9. Thanks! You have to buy it. You can get students editions for less than the regular one but you have to be a student of sorts. Yeah otherwise it’s a big ticket item for a shop to have to purchase. I think my CS$ ran me like $400 to $500. I forget now. They already have CS5 out I think. But at the very least this video will familiarize you with how to do it and what you need in artwork for screen printing. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  10. Maybe I will. I know I’ll do some more in depth looks at putting art together but so far these videos have proven to be not so popular for my channel. So we shall see. If they end up getting some decent views I will continue the artwork video series on Illustrator. Thanks so much for watching and dropping me a note. ☠

  11. Nice job with the 3 videos. Could you tell me what program you are using to capture the computer screen to make these videos? Thanks

  12. I love how you explain things. I hope you get to more complex things but I'm having fun watching the basics.

  13. Can you do a video in the future outlining what your workflow is like and what you do to each image before it goes to press, ie: registration marks, spot color, printing, etc.

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