A bunch of us at Vibes have entered the Chase Corporate Challenge race. 3.5 miles of pavement pounding in downtown Chicago. Here’s the logo I designed for our shirts. I’ll post photos when they’re printed.
Here’s how I made it
I made a few sketches using my running shoe as a reference. I chose this one and took a picture of it with the Photo Booth app.
2. Start a-Vectorin’!
In Illustrator, I placed the scanned image as the top layer, set it’s opacity to 30% and it’s blending mode to Multiple. This let me create the vector shapes underneath the scan while using it as a reference.
3. BAD Vectors!!!
So here’s a view of the finished illustration that shows all of the vector shapes that make it up. The negative shapes between the white parts of the illustration are actually strokes. This is kind of a disaster when trying to print on a shirt because you really only want one shape to describe the white image.
4. Ahh, that’s better
After about an hour of cleaning up the vectors, I’m done. Check out the difference between this version and the one above it. Way cleaner and easier for a printer to interpret where the ink needs to go.
Because this is a one colour print (white on blue shirt), I needed to convert the faint speech bubble behind the shoe into a halftone pattern. This lets the printer simulate a fainter shade of the color it’s printing.