This tutorial is so easy, you can do it one handed. (Leaving one hand open for a nice double IPA.)

If you’re launching an online store, it can get freakin’ expensive. You have to handle inventory, in-person and online, take care of marketing, and create new & exciting design. On top of ALL that, you have to set up a photo shoots to get quality pictures of your line.

Well, no more. This tutorial will help you to take your sweet design and put it on a model, without a model or photographer even needing to be there.

Saving money on models and photographers = More beer money!

Follow this step-by-step tutorial and you will save time, money for booking models & photographers, and be able to validate shirt designs before having a to printed up a shit-ton of them.

Step 1. Choose Your Model

Download the whole kit or individual color

Sexy models are like any good craft beer. We all love to have them around, but they can get quite expensive.

Luckily, Design By Humans offer a free downloadable kit containing different male and female models. The kit offers blank shirts worn by models in 16 different colors. It doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s a direct link to download the full kit.

Step 2: Create A Photoshop File

Create (Command + N) or (File > New) a new file.

Suggested parameters are: Width: 710px; Height: 1210px; Background Contents: White;

Step 3: Place Your Model Into Your New File

For the sake of this tutorial, I’m going to assume you are using the DBH model templates discussed in Step 1.

On your computer, find where you downloaded the models templates named Unzip it! I’m going to use the male model wearing a white shirt.

Place (File > Place) the model into your file.

Note: There are some funky pixels towards the bottom of his legs. Use the method you find best to remove this. (I used a vector mask to maintain the smart object layer properties)

Step 4: Place Your Artwork/Design Into Your File

Inside your file, create a folder on top of the layer containing the model and name it artwork.

Place (File > Place) your design inside the artwork folder. Size (Command + T) or (Edit > Free Transform) and position the design on your model’s shirt.

Tip: Use an .AI or .PSD file of your design to maintain quality when resizing. Make sure the design has a transparent background, as well.

Step 5: Create A Vector Mask Around Edges of Shirt

This step is to hide the parts of your design that doesn’t fit on the shirt. For example, if you had a repeated pattern design this would make sure the design stops shirt the shirt does.

Change your layer selection to your model’s layer. Using the Quick Select Tool (w), outline the models shirt. Then click the artwork folder and apply a Layer Mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection) of the selection.

Tip: The Layer Mask on your artwork folder should look like a white blank shirt with a black background. If it looks like a black shirt with a white background, your layer mask is backwards.

Step 6: Add Realistic Shirt Wrinkles to Artwork

This step is what really makes the shirt look real.

Outline (Command + Click on Layer Mask) or (Use Selection Tool Again)the shirt again and Copy the selection to a new layer (Command + J) and name it “Wrinkle Layer”. Move the Wrinkle Layer above the artwork folder. Open Levels (Image > Adjustments > Levels) or (Command + L) and manipulate the levels until the shirt’s highlights/lowlights are exaggerated.

Note: This might take a few tries, but if you’re using the same model as me, the levels should look similar to the ones in the photo below.

Change the Blending Mode of Wrinkle Layer from Normal to Multiply

Multiply is a photoshop blend mode that helps “darken” the layers below it. Read more here:

Create a Clipping Mask (Layer > Create Clipping Mask) or (Option + G) of the Wrinkle Layer.

Clipping Masks simply use the contents and transparency of a layer to determine which parts of the layer above it remain visible. Read more here:

That’s It… Now, Add A Bunch Of Designs!

You are now ready to add any design you want.

Download PSD From Tutorial —

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When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? — Ernest Hemingway (


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