5 Must-have Apps in Your T-shirt Design Arsenal

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It’s true, not all of us are born with natural crafty hands to effortlessly distil the essence of your epiphany into a masterpiece. Translating abstract feelings into tangible form is no easy task. Just take drawings and paintings and there are already uncountable styles and tones that you can learn from. Practice takes time, the right environment and tools. Not everyone can sit in front of a drawing desk for hours. Luckily our technology has made creating much easier nowadays. Let’s take a look at these Apps, use them to break your creative block and translate your thoughts into stunning graphics!


Patternator

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Want some patterns on your unique T-shirt? the Patternator app. It generates and allows you to customize patterns. Explore their stickers library and use it to create patterns you like. The app would auto-suggest colors, pattern’s scale, rotation and more so that you can efficiently create a whole bunch of patterns and choose your favorite. 

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Fancy a more personal design? You can create your own stickers too. Crop the element in photos just by simple circling it with your finger. Play with all the customizable pattern settings to finalize the layout. Options range from background color, spacing to even the jitter setting. With Patternator, perfect,  personal patterns are no longer too difficult to make.  


Assembly

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The powerful Assembly app is a complete vector design tool that empowers everyone to create vector graphics like stickers, icons or even scenes with a building-block approach.

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Their huge library of shapes and stickers is at your fingertips so you can compose anything fairly easily. Their feature gallery would spark your inspirations with other great artists’ fantastic artworks. Once you get familiar and comfortable with the app, feel free to build your own exclusive collection of shapes and artworks.

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Assembly let everyone design anywhere and anytime with its super easy-to-use tools. These features are especially handy when you need to quickly create vector art on the go with your mobile device, say for a T-shirt design. You can also export your work as SVG, transparent png or pdf if you want to perfect the creative piece using other powerful desktop tools.

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Assembly’s functionality is comprehensive and its intuitive & simplistic approach makes it really friendly for enthusiast without any design knowledge in the first place. This free app is a must-have for all T-shirt snappers out there.


Autodesk Sketchbook

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Autodesk full range drawing tools allow everyone to create truly professional graphics. The paid (15 Days Free Trial) app offers you a fantastic brush engine which has over 170 customizable brushes (Man, 170!!!), thus making the drawing experience authentic and natural.

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For the pro folks whose works require laser precision, Sketchbook got you covered. In addition to symmetry tools, rulers, its Predictive Stroke also makes sure the lines you draw are just perfect, working just like its desktop sibling.The app also supports opening and exporting PSD files natively with all layers and blending modes preserved.

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With maximum canvas size up to 100 mpx, as many layers as your device storage allows, more than 170 customizable brushes. For the Pro and serious designers, this app is definitely a no-brainer to have.


Font Candy

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Want to add some typographic touch to your photos? is the app for you. The app provides easy-to-use text editing functions, such as the popular text curving, opacity controls etc. There have hand picked 45 fonts for you which you can mix and match to compose different layouts for whatever vibes you want to achieve. 

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In addition to artworks and sayings, you will also be able to play with multiple captions and freely position them. Can’t find a moody shot to go with your poetic sentiments? Font Candy also got your covered with their in-app search function where you can find your right photos directly from Pixabay, and use it freely under creative common license.

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Canva

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Usually get stuck on deciding what layout to use on your T-shirt? Canva has hundreds of professionally designed layout to help you get started so that you don’t have to start from scratch. Whether you want to make your Tee design look like an album cover, or just to collage a series of photos of your family, Canva would have a layout for you. 

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The all-round photo editing tool covers a wide range of adjustable variables, from preset filters to contrast, saturation, tint etc. alongside with over 100 fonts, which also have customizable font size, height, spacing, alignment, position and even rotation. Makes it really easy to test all your crazy ideas while keeping consistency on your visual style. On top of all these, there are over 1 million premium images at your fingertips with reasonable price. In-app credit starts from US$1.99 to as low as US$0.99 if you buy in bulk. 


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Whether it’s the joyful moment that you want to hold on to, or a nostalgic sentiment quietly making you tears inside, or even just some casual thoughts about life, these precious moments fly so fast and there’s only a fraction of seconds to catch it before it slips from your grasp. Give these great apps a try and turn your aspirational thoughts into memorable and unique T-shirts!

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Art Expert Removes 200-Year-Old Yellowing Varnish From A 399-Year-Old Painting, And The Difference Is Unbelievable

A protective finish is applied to keep paintings safe from wear, but they will discolor as a result of time going by. About two hundred years ago, someone coated a 1618 oil portrait of an unknown lady with a thick layer of varnish and it wasn’t until recently that the true colors of the artwork were unearthed. Art expert and host of the BBC One show Fake or Fortune Philip Mould shared footage with his followers, revealing the careful removal of the protective varnish from the painting, and the transformation looks stunning.

“A remarkable Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish,” he wrote on Twitter. Most details of the “Woman in Red” are lost, and all that we know is that she was 36 years old at the time. While art restoration sometimes takes a terribly wrong turn, the presenter demonstrated a high level of expertise when revealing the lush colors hiding under the protective finish.

“The painting was originally in a private collection in England,” Mould told The Telegraph. “We started restoration of the painting <…> after extensive testing of the varnish on an oil surface on oak panel. A mixture of gel and solvent was created, specifically just to remove the varnish and not to damage the underlying paint. It’s different from normal restoration, with the gel suspending the solvent and working in a more controllable way.”

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About two hundred years ago, someone coated a 1618 oil portrait of an unknown lady with a thick layer of varnish

It wasn’t until recently that the true colors of the artwork were unearthed

“We started restoration of the painting <…> after extensive testing of the varnish on an oil surface on oak panel”

“A mixture of gel and solvent was created, specifically just to remove the varnish and not to damage the underlying paint”

“It’s different from normal restoration, with the gel suspending the solvent and working in a more controllable way”

Most details of the “Woman in Red” are lost, and all that we know is that she was 36 years old at the time

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Most people were quick to celebrate the astonishing results

But some criticized the art historian for his “dangerous and irresponsible” approach

Banksy auction prank leaves art world in shreds

Banksy has played what could be one of the most audacious pranks in art history, arranging for one of his best-known works to self-destruct after being sold at auction for just over £1m.

Girl With Balloon was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on Friday night and its sale price equalled the artist’s previous auction record of £1.04m.

Shortly after the hammer came down on the item, however, the canvas began to pass through a shredder installed in the frame.

Banksy posted an image on Instagram of the shredded work dangling from the bottom of the frame with the title “Going, going, gone … ”

Going, going, gone…

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“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe.

Sotheby’s said in a statement to the Financial Times: “We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps.”

The auction house declined to reveal the identity of the buyer.

It is unclear whether the prank will have destroyed or enhanced the value of the work.

The website MyArtBroker.com, which resells Banksy pieces, said Girl with Balloon had enjoyed annual increases in value of about 20% in recent years. “Prices now are regularly exceeding £115,000 for signed authenticated prints,” said its co-founder Joey Syer.

“The auction result will only propel this further and given the media attention this stunt has received, the lucky buyer would see a great return on the £1.02m they paid last night.

“This is now part of art history in its shredded state and we’d estimate Banksy has added at a minimum 50% to its value, possibly as high as being worth £2m plus.”

Girl With Balloon, which was last year voted the UK’s best-loved work of art, first appeared on a wall in Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, east London. The 2006 gallery version featured spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on a board.

The true identity of the Bristol-born artist has never been officially revealed despite wide speculation.

He rose to fame with graffiti that appeared on buildings across the UK, often marked by deeply satirical undertones.

Two new artworks appeared at the Barbican Centre in central London in September 2017 inspired by an upcoming Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition.

A woman passes one of the Banksy murals near the Barbican Centre. Photograph: David Mirzoeff/PA

Announcing the new artworks in a series of Instagram posts, the artist said: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.” The work has since been protected by perspex panes.

One of Banksy’s more elaborate jokes came just over three years ago when he opened Dismaland, a “family theme park unsuitable for small children”, on the seafront at Weston-super-Mare.

People visit Dismaland. Photograph: Natasha Quarmby/Rex/Shutterstock

The Guardian described it at the time as “sometimes hilarious, sometimes eye-opening and occasionally breathtakingly shocking”.

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