This is a continuation of my Nessa Logo tutorial for cosplayers! To view the first half of this tutorial, surf on over here to Part 1 and make sure to read up on all those Trainer Tips and item requirements first. After you've completed Part 1, come back here when you're ready to for the next steps! I decided to make Part 2 its own blog because it has a bit more steps in the process! This is where that can of paint, No-Sew Heat 'n' Bond, and piece of blue fabric will come into the project.
A Quick Note:
I realize this method is perhaps a little over-complicated, and sure there may be easier ways to do the logo. You may even be asking "why not just use printable transfer sheets"? which is a good idea in theory! In fact, I DID try it out but was not happy with the result and afraid of long term wear and tear.
I've never had great luck with printable heat transfer sheets in the past, but gave Avery's printable sheets a shot and well.... it went on somewhat unevenly, had a weird glaze to it, and of course... such poor tensile strength that I could it rip between my fingers with almost no effort. So that's why I decided to use something that I had faith in to hold up to more wears and washes! However, if the printable sheets work for you, then "work smarter not harder" is what I always say! ;3
Alternatively, you can opt to do the water drop logo as one solid shade of blue, (which I did on my first version of my shorts, since I knew I was going to remake them anyways), or even do something creative like make it holographic, or use multiple shades of blue heat transfer vinyl.
Whatever technique works for you is valid! This is simply how I achieved my design for Nessa, for those that perhaps hadn't thought of this way. There's always more than one way to make something!
Step 1: Prepare Your File to Cut
To create Nessa’s water drop/Zene logo, you’ll want to start with the fully white base (what we see as the outlines of the logo). The text will be done in the blue HTV, and the light blue water drop will be cut out of fabric and backed with Heat n Bond.
When designing in the program, make sure you have four elements: your white background, the blue text, the light blue water drop, and the white circle. Group these items together in the design space. Use the edit tool to adjust arrangement of the layers Once again, duplicate this grouped of images. One group will be for your shirt so it will be slightly larger. The other will be for your shorts. You may have print some scale tests again, and try on your top to determine where and how big you want these decals to be, as seen in the photo below.