Friday, September 16, 2011

More T-Shirts

Recently I was asked to create some merchandise that fell outside of my norm.

Specifically, I was asked to create a onesie, or piece baby outfit. I tried using my normal method of creating a simple png (pixel) graphic in gimp, however, when I tried to add that to something other than a regular old t-shirt, the application didn't give me the option to do so. Apparently I needed to use vector graphics. I should have known this, since I'm a design genius and all that.

I thought I could continue to use gimp and simply save the file as an encapsulated post script and upload it. Spreadshirt has a semi-automated system that, apparently, attempts to open the file. If it can't, it sends it off for review by their staff. Sometime in the next day or 2, I get an email telling me whether it has passed or not. None of my 3 attempts passed. In my rejection notice, they said I could send them the file directly and ask what's wrong. That's when I got a nice primer on vector vs. pixel graphics. I needed to use a tool like Corel Draw, Illustrator or Inkscape. I chose Inkscape, it was free and runs on Linux. Yay for me. Yay for OSS.

So here are my first 2 attempts at using vector graphics.

First, the custom order:

Next, the LOWER( ORACLENERD ) edition:

There's still time to get one before Oracle OpenWorld, just a little over 2 weeks away.


DomBrooks said...

When's the Oraclenerd cycling lycra coming out?

sydoracle said...

I'd donate money NOT to see Chet in Lycra ! That would be a photo that would end up as Oracle's equivalent to Rick-rolling.

Or is that fitness thing paying off ?

oraclenerd said...


That would be very cool. I'm looking into that. Would it mean I would have to add a whole bunch of other stuff to it as well to fit in with the typical cycling jerseys? Perhaps we could forming a cycling Team ORACLENERD?

oraclenerd said...


You are not the only one. I would scare myself if I squeezed into one of those things. Unfortunately, I'm not there yet (nor close).

Next year...perhaps. I will not torture you that way though. :)

Joel Garry said...

Now I can't get that Queen album cover out of my head.

hillbillyToad said...

Dude, so appreciate the custom work. I promise to order a few once the little bugger decides to show up :)