Make an awesome shirt with ArtRage – Video Tip of the Week #41

I get lots of requests to do more content creation tutorials — how to make stuff you can show off, share with friends, and sell. I know there’s common worries that getting from point A to B seems harder than it actually is, so I’m here to help you squash those fears flat.

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn just how easy it is to use ArtRage — a 3rd-party program — to expressively paint a shirt that’s all yours. ArtRage is superb for making organic textures that look like natural media, such as paints, pens, and pencils. It’s also one of the key tools behind my popular series of FREE! Torley Textures, and has a free version (for Windows & Mac) you can get started with in minutes.

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00:06 – Get started in ArtRage
01:32 – Open a template to trace
02:48 – Paint your shirt
09:55 – Tangent: Change your viewer skin colors
(in the Release Candidate viewer)
10:22 – Preview and upload your shirt texture
11:23 – Make your shirt!
15:20 – More creative ideas
16:15 – Send Torley your shirts!

You can find the Robin Wood template I used and many other clothing/skin resources via the Clothing Tutorials page — there are Resident-created tutorials which could make the artistic process easier for you, so check them out. And if you know something missing that should be there, add it!

You can also download the original shirt files I featured in the video.

Show me what you’ve done, I’m looking forward to being proud of you. 😀

Torley Linden 
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76 Responses to Make an awesome shirt with ArtRage – Video Tip of the Week #41

  1. Brenda Maculate says:

    That’s awesome!

    How a tutorial to show us how to make hair? (It’s something I’ve been thinking about trying, but it seems a bit intimidating…)

  2. Cherry Czervik says:

    For what I will unleash, you can blame Torley. Muhahahaha

  3. lupercaleb walcher says:

    hahah, a friend and i have been talking about using artrage to make secondlife textures for some time now as a running joke. never would have expected this to happen!

  4. Lina Pussycat says:

    ArtRage is pretty handy and it is far more natural with something like an intuos…. If you cant afford an intuos a bambboo or bambboo fun is available for about 100 bucks and this is a good starter drawing tablet….. A shortcut for sizing is using the + – keys on your keyboard (just press the buttons no shift etc) there are lots of little shortcuts that can make the workflow a lil faster 🙂 Also the other cool thing about using art rage and other applications with a graphics tablet is most Wacom tablets have some pressure sensitivity to them so the softer you press the smaller the brush less sharp etc 🙂 Its a fun little app be you professional or just starting doing textures or just want an app to fiddle around with 🙂

  5. Rana Harrop says:

    You mean this one, differences btwn Prim and Mesh hair Brenda?
    Will try to embed, and probably won’t work.

    if not find on torley’s YouTube channel

  6. Jay says:

    Bob Ross smiles upon us, my friends. ROFL

  7. Georgette Whitfield says:

    “The happiest rage of all.” Ahahaha!!!! <3333333 Aaah nothing like a Torley vid to cheer oneself up. 🙂

    @1: Brenda, try the hair tutorials on Natalia Zelmanov’s site:

  8. Flame Swenholt says:

    I think you should repeat this tutorial, but only in GIMP, due to the fact that GIMP and Photoshop are nearly the same in handling, so you’d be covering 2 popular programs at the same time.

  9. icktoofay Kamachi says:

    Awesome, thanks for sharing! I already knew how to make clothes, but it’s always fun to watch your video tutorials.

    /me gives Torley a slice of watermelon.

  10. Edward Vellhi says:

    the proper tool to be teaching people to use is the gimp, which is really free (vs. a crippled teaser for a ‘full’ (non-crippled) for-cost commercial product) and does more than any for-cost tool aside from PhotoShop. these exploitive vendor-pushes in the blog are exceedingly tiresome and abusive of new users’ trust in Second Life. the same can be said for the overpriced Plantronics headsets you push when one can get perfectly usable ones for under $20 at Radio Shack. please use the official blog only for actual sl related _news_ and not poorly disguised advertisements. thank you.

  11. Lukas Mensing says:

    A friend asked me: why are you so much bothered by these problems of bots, traffic, SL future etc…What SL do you want to have.
    The answer is given ere by Torley Linden. It’s this sl I want, It’s this SL we need.
    A SL where we share knowledge, and a SL where we build and create.
    A SL where we do (virtual) things for real. Where we learn and where we communicate.
    SL is not “done” yet and there are so many things to invent, so many things to do and so many things to give.
    The last years hype made lots of people think SL is ready to go out definitely and replace the web…I think it is not yet. It’s too complex to use and needs to be stable in functioning and in management.
    To reassure us.
    And the work of Torley Linden here is a very important part of this!
    Whenever you want it Torly, I owe you a bottle of Absolut! (it’s swedish vodka!) SKål!

  12. Soap Clawtooth says:

    Torley Linden for CEO! \o/

  13. Sphire Ziemia says:

    I’d like to see a tutorial on how to use photo shop to protect scuptie textures. Some people work very hard on them only to have them stolen when we kindly leave our objects modify.

  14. Daniella Pastorelli says:

    Just dowloaded the program..the video tutorial looks so fun and the program is fun indeed THANK YOU Torley!!!, is great to have something to play and relax 😉

  15. Tracey Humphreys says:

    Not impressed with this! I SELL naff t-shirts in SL, people will make their own for free now!

    Seriously, designing t-shirts is the best way to start making clothes – some excellent templates around, see you’ve used Robin’s one.

    Next lesson, maybe show how to use the SKP previewer? Lets you have some idea of how it will look like in 3D before you pay the $L10 upload charge… these mount up if you keep making mistakes like I always do.

    If you start doing this seriously, you really need a program that can handle layers and transparency. Photoshop is the leader but VERY costly, but as Flame said, GIMP is free and does most of what Photoshop can. Paintshop Pro should handle it too.

  16. Nad Gough says:

    I’d sure like to know how to make collars on men’s shirts – not prim collars – collars on the shirt textures. I’ve spent a gazillion lindies uploading crummy stuff. Thanks! 🙂

  17. Christos Atlantis says:

    That was funm thanks Torley, I was kinda hoping you would make a watermellon shirt 🙂

  18. Russ Kanno says:

    By bizzarre coincidence I downloaded ArtRage yesterday, and I was so impressed I bought the full version today. And I’ve sent you my creation in-world. Hope you like it.

  19. Firebird Nightfire says:

    Great tut as always! But…. hearts only have 2 humps on top, not 3. :O

  20. Tegg B says:

    Soap Clawtooth Says: “Torley Linden for CEO! \o/”

    Umm actually I’d rather:
    “Torley for Resident Enlightenment Manager!”
    He does his best where he is right now, we would lose him to corporate wishwash and I doubt he would be happy as CEO.
    And give M a break 🙂 He’s only been in the chair for 2 months, hasn’t done anything catastophic at all, and being seen to do nothing major is good it means he’s getting a good look at the full picture before dipping his brush in the paint 🙂

  21. AnCuDubh Docherty says:

    Nice tut – nice prog – but please Torley tell us how to use the mesh outlines in the templates so a square ends up a square or a circle ends up a circle on a shirt – freewheelin franklin T-shirts are nice but sometimes a straight line helps the point 🙂

  22. Slartibartfast Magicthise says:

    Great one Torley!

    Now, can you teach me how to do inverse kinematic mesh transmutations with oblique distortion wave-pattern algorithms in Maya?

    That would be cool!

  23. Kakurady says:

    Great, now I have this shirt pattern stuck in my head:
    a small “eye-in-hand” logo on the obverse side and “watermeLINDEN” on the reverse.

  24. Стоян Петров says:

    thats a joke, right?

  25. Стоян Петров says:

    nice promo though

  26. Coventina Dalgleish says:

    Torley you seem to have very well assembled managerial skills perhaps you should turn the tutorials over to a subordinate and apply these skills to making this game work properly your talent would certainly be appreciated by we who live in game every day. The patch team has no idea of the proper method of their presentations as indicated by the last fiasco witnessed by all. Someone over there needs to take control because every patch becomes more of a joke. This time they destroyed a few basic items like sound loop and hovering text. If this person is not you perhaps you have someone in mind that can fill this badly needed position.

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  28. Стоян Петров says:

  29. LillyBeth Filth says:


    Ive seen some “leaps” before but to leap from a tut on t shirt creation to somehow twisting that into YET ANOTHER whining moaning bitching about the bloody client is pathetic.
    Get a life…a real one.

  30. Too bad i didnt come across this blog before. Great stuff you got here. Thanks.

  31. Tegg B says:

    Стоян Петров Says: “”
    Waste of 3 seconds downloading before I realised it wasn’t relevant, next time please post some explanation or is the spam for a movie you made?

    Coventina Dalgleish Says: “Torley you seem to have very well assembled managerial skills perhaps you should turn the tutorials over to a subordinate and apply these skills to making this game work properly your talent would certainly be appreciated by we who live in game every day.”
    No offense to Torley but I don’t see any extrodinary Manager skills in his work, I see someone with extrodinary skills and drive for his job and only a silly manager would want to take him from a job where he is outperforming anyone else, replacing him with someone less interested & skilled, putting him in a position where he has to do tasks he’s not interested in.
    There’s been subtle improvements since M has been in charge, and you don’t remember SL history very well if you think this is anything near as bad as I have seen in last 2 years. And it’s getting better. The latest RC viewer is the best I’ve used here yet and most stable.

  32. Стоян Петров says:

    yeah, and multitreaded. thanx for da movie

  33. Стоян Петров says:

    i vote corel


  34. Imogen Saltair says:


    Firebird Nightfire Says:
    July 12th, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Great tut as always! But…. hearts only have 2 humps on top, not 3. :O

    Torley just has more heart than the rest of us…

    Great Tut as always – brightened up my sunday


  35. Deira Llanfair says:

    Nice one Torley – thank you once again. All your VidTuts are great.

  36. Yeah … Ain’t Torly great ?

    He’s awesomely overfriendly and adorable and gives wisdom . He gives you .. but he wants in return. Enlightened Residents .. well .. enlightened enough to start off as a newbie exploring.. new souls.. bring him new souls in here… bring them .. BRING THEM ON !!!

    *gulp* OMG OMG OMG

    Torley Linden = 666 ???!!! 😐

  37. Tepic Harlequin says:

    Thank you Torley, a fun video that has brightened my day! Sure, I use PhotoShop, layers, alpha layers and all that stuff – but it takes a LONG time to learn that stuff, this program looks simple and straightforward, just the thing for people to begin learning. No point expecting someone on their first flying lesson to try out on a Jumbo Jet! hehe

    Only think I would ask……. now that you have done this tutorial, can you issue all the Residents with free sunglasses… I think we may need them… 🙂

  38. Cappy Frantisek says:

    Lukas Mensing Says:
    “SL is not “done” yet and there are so many things to invent, so many things to do and so many things to give.”

    And what is the purpose of all this inventing? So many things to do, like what?

    SL™® is only exciting for the first few tries. Then with all they problems it becomees a hassle that is nothing more than a waste of time that you could be contributing to the real world. Yes the real world is still here. It’s not going anywhere and you can create useful things here as well.

  39. Dark Otsuzum says:

    Nice tutorial Torley….

    …but you missed out the bit where you upload a design, spend ages working on it in-world, and then lose it and all your backups because LL doesn’t implement a reliable Inventory database.

    Question: 5 years after launch, why is SL still in beta phase?

  40. Ryu Darragh says:

    Cappy, SL is what you make it. If it’s boring, that’s you. If it’s too busy, detailed, hard, (fill in the blank), that’s you. You will be able to take away with you more than you bring, but you have to be open to accepting the limitations and frustrations as well as the freedoms and joys interracting with the environment and other Avatars gives you.

    Gee, sounds a lot like RL that way.

    On to a more relavent topic,.. Torley, are your tutorials available on YT as MP4s ? Would love to have those plyable on a prim that allows stepping through a menu of them.

  41. 10,000 new tshirt stores just appeared on the grid.

  42. DangerDave Writer says:

    Now, how to use this to create a free-flowing bright pink Hawaiian shirt, instead of a form-fitting T-shirt…

  43. TakeAChill Pill says:

    I can’t believe all the negative comments arising from Torley’s helpful video. This is exactly the type of thing to get people more engaged in SL. Yes, SL has problems. But if the problems bother you too much and you’re taking too many anti-depression meds to deal with them, then stop playing SL and do something else.

  44. DangerDave Writer says:

    As a software developer myself (27 years), I understand that you can’t “put everyone on bug fixes” – that’s like demanding that the grocery store “put everyone on the checkout registers” – not everyone knows how to use a register, and they would all get in each other’s way. Besides, you wouldn’t have anyone to unload food that is delivered, watch the security cameras, clean the floors, or even pay the employees – pretty soon, nobody would be there.

    Go to a restaurant and demand that “everyone work in the kitchen to cook the food right” – see if you can get a table, use clean silverware, or even call in to get reservations – everyone is in the kitchen, remember?

    I certainly wouldn’t want Torley trying to “fix the asset servers” – just as nobody would want me answering the customer support line at our company – put the right person in the right job.

    Above all – try to be positive. Remember, SL is not a required activity. If you get stressed in the virtual world, step outside and enjoy the Day Star.

  45. Coventina Dalgleish says:

    Sorry about the whine it was the result of second life eating another computer that it was the only program running except for firewalls it just becomes very frustrating when over the last 3 years I have had to reload three different machines multiple times

  46. Kwakkelde Kwak says:

    @29 lilly

    Why don’t you get over the tone of voice of someone and read what is said instead? Torley is the only linden who knows what he is doing AND can get it across to the residents.

    “We are fixing things” doesn’t cut it for a lot of people including me, and that doesn’t mean i don’t believe they are doing the best they can or even the best anyone can. It would be nice to have some explanation why so often as much is bugged as fixed. I’m not familiar with programming details, but some insight would be nice so I can feel for the lindens and what they are doing instead of feeling sorry for them for yet another “at first sight clumsy screwup”.

    In the relative short 18 or so months i’ve been here a lot has improved like a base for about 60k online instead of 25k so keep up the good work, especially you Torley))

  47. Ener Hax says:

    \o/ for Torley! this is great! i am not scared of building anything or owning a dozen sims, but making clothes scares me to death!

    this is exactly what I\i needed and thank you! funny how some things make a person nervous, and clothes always have, lol, i have only made one shirt ever, but i have built a zillion things (lol, see my flickr, it’s not a zillion, but it is a fair amount)

    thank you again Torley. i hope to meet you in November when i speak at a conf in san jose (i will finally know the way!) :p

    keep putting out awesome tuts, i have no idea where you get all the ener-gy from (lol, sorry)

    *ener checks the red bull supply, it must be a weak batch* =D

  48. Ann Otoole says:

    thanks Torley. real cool.

    btw the last rollback and/or the new rc client messed up sculpties again and the old bug where you have to edit them and open the map selector is back. Amazing how bugs go away and then come back by themselves. This issue appeared to have been fixed prior to this new rc and server thing. really wish everyone would work off the same code.

  49. Kulalyle Antine says:

    so the thousands that peeps have spent on graphics programms can be gotten virus free from any p2p are sunk… what a lose

  50. Hulk Ah says:

    For most things, i would just recommend people to take a good look at the real thing they try to recreate in second life, to take a look at how others in second life created certain items, and to play around with prims and textures to get more insight in the possibilties and limitations that you have here. This way of learning will give you in my opinion more stable knowlegde than just to reproduce things in totorials

  51. MaCelia Morane says:

    Thanks for this vidtut, Torley. It was fun making a quick “artsy” shirt today. Not exactly a masterpiece, but not too bad (I hope!)

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  53. This is such a great tool!

    Thank you so much, Torley! 8D

  54. Sling Trebuchet says:

    @ 38 Cappy Frantisek
    “And what is the purpose of all this inventing? So many things to do, like what?
    SL™® is only exciting for the first few tries. Then with all they problems it becomees a hassle that is nothing more than a waste of time that you could be contributing to the real world. Yes the real world is still here. It’s not going anywhere and you can create useful things here as well.”

    Create in the real world? You mean like make movies, TV programs, music, computer games?? – Things that people enjoy, but could live wothout?
    These are real?
    Or maybe you mean that people should only create physical items in real world? Like real teeshirts or better mousetraps.

    Lukas is right.
    SL enables people to create things that they might_not / could_not be able to in RL. Anyone fixated on merely turning a buck is losing out. Ditto to an extent for people who want others to provide all of the entertainment/content.

    Torley’s tuts do a great deal to prompt people to try their hand at making things just for the hell of it.

  55. Knowl Paine says:

    Hey Torley,

    Thanks for the tutorial. I use them all the time and it is my f1 for any residents with questions.

    @31 you tell’em Tegg
    I dont know what the russian was complaining about.

  56. Raven Primeau says:

    Its nice, its basic, and tempts me to have a go myself. Looks fun, though I might choose a better grogram to do it as a business but that was Torley’s intent I think, just to give you a ground feel.

    As a major whiner myself, I cant see how moaning about the poor performance/messups this week have any relevance. I’m taking the chill and let it ride over attitude at the moment with SL difficulties LOL

  57. Joker Opus says:

    @15 “Not impressed with this! I SELL naff t-shirts in SL, people will make their own for free now!”

    Just because someone knows how to make a T-Shirt, doesn’t mean that they are super talented.. Or mean that they have the time to make one for that matter! I can draw (poorly) but I would purchase artwork because the artist is a professional.

    And thank you Torley! Please disregard the off-topic and negative comments, they don’t understand that complaining about SL is in another section of the website.

  58. Esther Merryman says:

    More Please
    For me SL is about creation of all types, building, making textures the whole thing.
    I dont know about anyone else but I just some great sense of prid when I create anything from a T-Shirt to a whole landscape whatever it is its mine and I love it 🙂
    I dont sell my things because they are what make my avatar special to me.
    However I still buy cloth designs i like by other designers along with all types of content.
    The more tutorials appear the more options open up to all users of SL and the more people appreciate others creations:-)
    GIMP is my prefered creation tool as its freely available, and open for use by all players offering professional results.

  59. KellyM Watkins says:

    @15 Tracey
    “Not impressed with this! I SELL naff t-shirts in SL, people will make their own for free now!” Remind me not shop at yours 😆 dont want Naff shirts 😮

    But seriously, I have been making clothes for some tme now and I still watched Torleys vid as they are fun and I just love the way Torley teaches us things….even if we already know about it.

    What I don’t understand is why people need to flame LL about things in a blog post that has NOTHING to do with problems in SL. If you have a problem isnt that what the support feature is for ?

    Once again Top Vid Tut Torley. Keep up the good work. I may even send you a Water Melon waterski to show off your new shirt on 😀

  60. sirhc deSantis says:

    Most excellent vtut Torley chan. I already use p shop to knock out the odd tee but can see myself switching (when i get time lol). Torley for SL president For Life

  61. Curtis Dresler says:

    To Kelly: Because this is the only place that doesn’t have three or four layers of geek speak between the user and the system and that the LL also reads? The forums function as a replacement for the help system that doesn’t exist and this functions as a replacement for the feedback system that is too techie and cumbersome to work for many. Create an uncapped technical blog and many of the complaints will be happy to relocate. Maybe even create an indexed and contextual help system, like every other major piece of software. Until then…

  62. Wow it’s THAT EASY to make a shirt?

    This place will never be the same.

    nice app too the Art Rage.

  63. Ann Otoole says:

    Teach a newbie to make a shirt and he will still be without pants.
    So you know what you have to teach next don’t ya Torley? 😀

  64. APB for Leadership says:

    after a somewhat stable weekend someone at sl came in on Monday and screwed up group ims that are now not reliable

  65. I like Torle’y post to bad all post seem alway’s to come in waves instead a continuous flow.

  66. wesley says:


  67. Curtis Dresler says:

    Anne, there is nothing wrong with just shirts. I can still remember a picture of a young Ann Margret…

    Now, if you mean the guys, you’re right. Absolutely. No question.

  68. Anyone know whether ArtRage runs under WINE?

  69. Razor says:

    /me votes for newbie pants too

  70. Marianne McCann says:

    Okay, ArtRage is seriously cool. Thankoo f’r the tip off, Torley! We’ve also been using it at LOT at Camp HardKnock, to great results. You’ve really ended up unleashing something here!

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  72. Стоян Петров says:

    awesome? like awesome self irony?

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  74. dilbertdilweg says:

    Kool Tutorials Torley

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