Gameday shirts for Alpha Phi

8 . 11 . 18

A story of working with others and learning on the job.

I was flattered when I received a text from the Cal Alpha Phi apparel chair asking me to design their game day shirts! ūüôā

We talked a little and exchanged ideas. There was a team of girls throwing ideas around so I would send sketches and they would respond with likes and dislikes. This was actually the first time I did something like this where I keep send designs and we work together to change things to their liking. In past commissions, people have been hands off… but it was only a matter of time that I would work in this way!

So here are some sketches. They wanted a lightning bolt of some sort so I played around with that. Tbh I made a¬†lot¬†more designs and was literally searching all over social media for game day shirt inspo and I got a little discouraged (by the desire to please)¬†untillllllll I had the idea to do a 90’s cassette tape type font!

I sent this graphic sketch and they really liked it! They wanted it to say¬†game day¬†and I decided I’d put the words ALPHA PHI in one line, and game day¬†under ūüėÄ

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So this was actually a STRUG for me because I didn’t feel satisfied with any of the fonts available on Photoshop so I had to basically go with guidelines and create my own. If you know a better way,¬†please help.¬†I have yet to take a class in Adobe programs.

What I did was

  • put the letters each¬†in their own layer¬†
  • make each layer at half the¬†opacity¬†
  • grabbed two¬†rulers¬†to give me size guidelines
  • then DISCOVERED that if you¬†press shift¬†when you slide pencil/paint tool horizontal or vertical, you¬†make straight¬†lines! ¬†
  • YOU CAN MAKE PERFECT DIAGONAL LINES by making point A and then¬†press shift¬†and choose your desired point B.
    • the difficult part about this is that you have to¬†determine the angle BY EYE.¬†
    • it was a long laborious process that probably would be easier with Illustrator if I knew it.
    • help
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But personally, I think I did good ūüėõ¬†Screen Shot 2018-08-08 at 8.52.19 AM

Thank you¬†fill tool¬†for making coloring easier. I just had to remember that each letter was in a different layer so the whole design didn’t turn blue/yellow.

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I sent them this:

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Can you make it a little thicker and dark blue with light yellow?


just a quick aside: before I realized I could just resize my design, I was really dissatisfied with what I had done because I had been staring at it too long so I tried to restart and learn some tool on Illustrator. Silly silly silly. It took me like 25 minutes before I was like, what am I doing. hehe oops

When I finally came to my senses that my work WAS good, I said…


 This allowed me to use the box to reshape each letter. Remember to press shift if you want to keep it proportionally the same.

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then of course, thank you paint brush, layers, and my new discovery of the magical shift that makes straight freakin lines!!!

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la di laaaa la di laaaa



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Can’t wait to see how the shirts look in person!!! It’s gonna be so exciting and rewarding to see so many girls wearing my design. AND I got paid to learn and practice ūüôā Life is good!




luv n peace, 



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