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Plastisol: Vintage T-Shirt Textures

These cracked ink "Plastisol" textures will make your t-shirt designs look vintage! Plastisol textures are ideal to add a "thrift shop" look to your real-life t-shirt screen print designs, as well as your digital portfolio. Photoshop and Illustrator compatible.

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What is Plastisol, and what does it have to do with Vintage T-Shirts??

Plastisol Ink is a type of Screen Printing Ink that was first used to screen T-Shirts in the 1970's. When you look at Vintage Clothing, it's the ink that cracks and flakes over time as the t-shirt gets washed, stretched out, and worn to too many Def Leppard concerts.

Plastisol is why real Thrift Shop T-Shirts look Vintage!

This collection is the original & industry standard way to apply a vintage cracked t-shirt ink effect for your graphics.

10 different 'base' textures, each with a Light, Medium, and Dark version. The "Dark" textures are the most beat-up, vintage, and abused. The "Light" textures have less weathering or "distress."

Updated July 20, 2017 Each of these 30 SEAMLESS Textures now come in 2 versions:

  • "Detail" -Lots of subtle shading. Use these if you are creating digital portfolio images.
  • "Ready for Print" -Optimized for screen printing. High contrast black & white textures (no greyscale values).

• Medium-Resolution Photoshop Brushes (1500 x 1500 pixels - for ease of use and web-oriented graphics)

• High-Resolution Photoshop Brushes (2500 x 2500 pixels - maximum brush size for older versions of Photoshop)

• High-Resolution Photoshop Brushes 4000 x 4000 pixels - for real t-shirt graphic production or high-res graphics)

• Photoshop TIFF (4000 x 4000 pixels)

• Bitmap TIFF (4000 x 4000 pixels - these files are the ones you use in Illustrator)

(Please note, there are no vector files in this collection. Use the Bitmap Tiffs in Illustrator for much more detailed texture that won't bog your computer down).

My favorite versions are the BITMAP TIFF files and the PHOTOSHOP BRUSHES!

BITMAP TIFF: The white areas in these textures will be transparent when you place them into your Illustrator files (yes Illustrator!) on top of your vector graphics. Color these the same as your background, so it looks like the background is coming through your graphic. This method of adding texture is an old-school trick used by all the veteran t-shirt designers out there.

PHOTOSHOP BRUSH: What can I say... these are super easy to use. Just double-click on the .abr file and these brushes will load into your Photoshop Brushes Palette. Select a brush, and click to paint in your vintage texture!

Did you know: Plastisol is also part of T-Shirt Design Master Collection, the best deal on the biggest bundle of t-shirt design resources.


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