Derby Preview #943: Sweater Season!

It’s Ugly Sweater Season everyone. Let’s see your best ugly sweaters for the 2023 Holidays!

No politics, no war, no cream shirts.
No celebrity likenesses in mockups/detail images.
One design per entry.
Up to 4 entries per artist.
No AI-generated art.

**This Derby begins MONDAY November 6 at 8pm, CST. & ends MONDAY November 13 at 8pm, CST. The three winning designs will be featured as a Daily offer the week the Derby ends. Great designs that don’t win may be included in an Editor’s Choice sale on Friday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

Please be sure to have your artwork ready to submit with your entry as part of the new submission process!

If you want to submit any off-topic designs, submit here!

If you are new to the derby and want to participate, WELCOME! Also, in addition to the rules above please check out our content guidelines here so you know what works and what doesn’t over here at Woot!

You can also download updated templates for your artwork over here . Happy designing!

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This theme has always been daunting for me. Tried it one knit shape at a time before, but trying Photoshop actions this time around.

One question I have though…

The Photoshop actions tend to look best with a background color as part of the design, but i’d imagine those don’t print very well. Anyone have experience with this dilemma, and care to share their possible solutions and/or workarounds? Like, I really love the texture of the knitting in the background color space, but it would also be a really big rectangle of a print in finial form.

Edited to add a copy/paste of the texture…

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I think this style of shirt tends to look best when the background/shirt color doesn’t use the knit texture. It helps draw the eye to the important stitches that define your concept/art. (stitches on the background tend to make you notice the big rectangle of the art’s borders)

I don’t use photoshop actions for this so I am not sure if this is helpful with what your files look like after the action is performed, but can’t you just delete the dark stitch marks over the background? Should be pretty quick and easy since it’s all basic rectangular shapes. I’d make a new layer and just black out the negative space with big red rectangles. After those are in, select the colors you want to make sure you keep (in this image, the white shades) and delete those from the red layer just to be sure you don’t lose any detail.