No Photoshop? No Problem!

Perhaps you are feeling discouraged because you want to design a shirt for the Bibliopolis T-shirt Design Contest, but don’t know Photoshop. As it says in the best book of all time* – “Fear not.” You can still submit a design for the contest using the ooShirts: T-Shirt Design App or the Custom Ink Design Lab.  I’m sure there are others out there too, but these are two resources for those of us who are Photoshop-challenged.

Happy designing, y’all!



*I hope you know what book that is, and you’re just checking to make sure that I know the answer is the Bible. 🙂


Bibliopolis T-Shirt Design Contest!

To celebrate the four-month anniversary (because four-month anniversaries are a thing, didn’t you know?) of beginning my work here as the Gracepoint Berkeley church librarian this past June, we will be having a Bibliopolis T-Shirt Design Contest. It’s actually another of the kiddos’ fundraiser ideas. 🙂


The kids and some adults have been hankering for a shirt ever since day 1, so we can check another item on the #goals list.

The contest is open to young and old alike across all of our Gracepoint ministries. Wouldn’t it be awesome for a parent-child team to submit a design idea?

You can include some tagline* or appropriately attributed bookish quote to go along with it. If you could refrain from using “City of Books” as the tagline, that would be great. Not that I think Powell’s City of Books (one of my favorite book stores ever) would mind or even notice, but still. 🙂

Please submit your JPG and PSD file to no later than October 31, 2015. That gives you two weeks to work on a design. We will unveil the entries for public vote on Sunday, November 1st, which is also the first day of Narnia November *AND* NaNoWriMo. Busy day, busy day. The names of submitters will be removed so as to prevent bias.

Prize: the esteemed title of this year’s T-Shirt Laureate**, and a free shirt with your design on it. Wowza! If you’re not a designer, but a wordsmith, you can submit your tagline as a comment below, and maybe a designer who’s not a wordsmith will pick yours up and run with it! In the case of a tag team victory, you will BOTH win a free t-shirt. Let the collabs begin.

Ideas for a snappy tagline for Bibliopolis? Excited to enter the contest? Or just excited to buy one of our future shirts and wear your love for reading? Chime in below!

EDIT: Be sure to check the update on how you can submit a design without Photoshop.

*such as: “Gracepoint reads,” which isn’t that snappy. Or “One book to rule them all”…uh, I welcome your suggestions!

**laureate: a person who is honored with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.