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*** I can’t seem to find the perfect color calibration on my laptop that I use for these, so PLEASE let me know if a color seems to differ from my explanation or what would seem logical to you. I made my own template for the very first time ( A TON of trial and error). (* Used the sportstemplates.net jerseys as a reference, and traced most of the elements from them.) I always believe that a team's identity lives in it's primary logo. One of my goals is to have uniform sets that compliment and use aspects of the logo in order to create a uniform that makes sense. As you will see in my following posts, I will place the teams current jerseys at the top, and my designs underneath. Pretty straightforward. ***For now I will just be doing Home and Away versions because the possibilities are endless for Alternates, so I chose to focus on just two jerseys per team at this time. I will try to adhere to the one pants color / style but that may change. I'm avoiding doing shoulder logos for now until I really get the ball rolling on this concept. -------------------------------------------- BOSTON BRUINS I know most everybody thinks of the Bruins uniform setup as perfect, but I see it as something that personally could be executed better. Not saying that I will accomplish this, but I'll try. 1 - Thickened the logo overall and replaced the black "B" with a gold one. (Both choices where not something I felt was necessary in the grand scheme of this, but I wanted to add a little bit more of a modern feel to my Bruins concept.) 2 - For the striping, I wanted to follow the actual striping and color pattern that is found in the logo, so I made the sleeve and sock stripes the same thickness as in the logo, along with making the stripe yellow with the black trim followed by white. 3 - The thick black collar followed by the gold is meant to mimic the black circle followed by the gold trim on the outside of the logo. 4 - Added the gold stripe at the bottom of the jersey for color balance. -------------------------------------------- WINNIPEG JETS 1 - Overhauled the primary logo and team's colors. I wanted a darker blue to try and bring out the bright blue (left the same). 2 - I'm sure there is significance to the double-strips on the current Jet's uniforms, but in order to follow along with the primary logo, I changed things up. 3 - Not sure if this set seems a little bottom heavy? Especially on the home uniforms... -------------------------------------------- OTTAWA SENATORS VERSION 01: VERSION 02: 1 - Switch from the current primary logo to: "(Alternate Logo 2007/08 - Pres)" as the primary. 2 - New shades of Red and "Gold". 3 - Used a darker shade of red on the Home Jersey, with the brighter red from the logo acting as an accent along with the gold. -------------------------------------------- FLORIDA PANTHERS VERSION 01: VERSION 02: 1 - Modified the primary logo. I felt the "Florida / Panthers" for the current home and away just take too much from the overall look. 2 - Tried to pinch and pull the logo to make the panther feel more "proud" and as if it were standing / sitting taller. 3 - Tried to make the colors a mixture of the teams original red and blue (well a representation of it), along with the tan. -------------------------------------------- COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VERSION 01: VERSION 02: 1 - Switch to the alternate cannon logo as the primary. 2 - Removed red from the color scheme and made bright blue a complimentary color to the dark blue. 3 - Couldn't find the exact match for the teams newer (2017) font but I did my best. 4** - I get what everyone is saying about adding red and even though it might make the uniforms pop a little more, I plan to darken the blue for the New York Rangers and I feel that both teams would wind up looking too similar. Columbus loses seniority in this case so that played a huge part in my decision to remove the red. This is especially something I want to avoid with teams in the same division (Boston and Pittsburgh will probably be my only exception due to the long history of both teams.) Red will however, be prominent in the alternate uniforms. I hope everyone gets where I'm coming from here...
- I still haven't come around to getting any good at doing jersey concepts via templates so I decided to do my project on NHL '18. - Due to the limited amounts of jersey styles, not all of these designs are 100% how I would have them if I had complete control over those aspects. - I have things pretty close to where I'd like them, and I will leave notes explaining any instance in which I would have liked something a bit different. - I didn't do every team in the league, only those that I felt had really bad jersey layouts, or needed a color change / tweak. - I tried to eliminate white from most of the uniforms because I wanted to do things a bit different and white just seems like too easy of a security blanket to use. - Teams are in alphabetical order - - - - - ANAHEIM DUCKS (Edited 4/29/18) * Lightened the green / changed alternate to have more orange in it. * Made the lines thinner so that the away jersey wouldn't have a different thickness compared to the other two. (Edited 5/1/18) * Gave the alternate green in the glove, and on the helmet for the manufacturer name. (Edited 5/4/18) * Added white. * Due to adding white, I darkened the green. NOTES: - I have seen at least 2, maybe more concepts for the Ducks that have used green and orange. I tried to run with that, and create a new identity for Anaheim. PROBLEMS DUE TO THE LACK OF OPTIONS IN THE GAME: - The teams original logo is not available to use in customization, so I wasn't able to play around with that and was forced to use their current "Webbed D". - I tried implementing white into the Home and Alternate, but just couldn't really find the right fit. This may have been due to the limited jersey styles, and I couldn't quite get the thickness of the white lines that I wanted. ARIZONA COYOTES (Edited 5/1/18) * Added more of the dark red to the home with thin lines. * Gave the alternate a logo with the sand colored outline. (Edited 5/4/18) * Added white. NOTES: - I wanted to go with the sand color as the primary to give the Coyotes a unique look and go outside the norm. Some will probably argue that the alternate should be the home, but I like it this way. PROBLEMS DUE TO THE LACK OF OPTIONS IN THE GAME: - As with the Ducks, the teams original logo (the standing coyote) isn't available to customize, but I actually think the current logo fits nice with the way the jersey is set up here. BUFFALO SABRES NOTES: - For the Sabres, I wanted to create a new identity with the color scheme, while using the original logo to keep the team grounded in their history. - The colors of the "San Diego Rampage" were used. Dark blue, grey, and white. CALGARY FLAMES NOTES: - I brightened the red, and mellowed the yellow..... - The home jersey now features a yellow C - I wanted to alter the Flames because I hate the fact that they have now gone with a black C, and while I love the original jersey design and colors from the 80's (and before via the Atlanta Flames) through early 90's... I wanted to give my own spin on this classic look with different shades of the teams colors. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS NOTES: - I'm not a fan of the Blue Jackets current logo, jersey or color scheme (becoming the 5th team in the league to use red, white and blue), but since NHL 18 has this jersey (the old Might Ducks layout?) I thought it would fit their logo pretty well. - I smoothed out the logo some, trying to make it a little better. Maybe it's better? It's definitely different than before. PROBLEMS DUE TO THE LACK OF OPTIONS IN THE GAME: - There is only the one logo to chose from, and none of the custom logos made for a good Blue Jackets theme. Would have loved to use the cannon logo, but at the same time, that one wouldn't go so great with the jersey style. (Edited 5/4/18) * Revamped the entire jersey with more white on the home, thickened the lines on away to match. * Lightened the blue. FLORIDA PANTHERS NOTES: - Not a fan of the new 'Montreal-type' jerseys they went with, so I started messing around and found a style that I really liked. - I wanted to switch over to orange for the Panthers because well.... Florida Oranges! - I may go back and swap out the orange for the red that they use, I mean the Islanders and Oilers already use blue and orange, but I couldn't help myself here, I just love the shades I used, could just be me though. LOS ANGELES KINGS NOTES: - Pretty obvious here that I implemented purple back into the color scheme and changed the jersey style from the current one the team uses. MINNESOTA WILD NOTES: - Nothing to really say except since I don't really like the Wild's new "Montreal Style" jersey, I tried to give them a better, more balanced look. NEW JERSEY DEVILS NOTES: - There is just something about the Devil's uniforms that I don't like so I wanted to put my spin on things. - I went with the white logo on the home because I feel it balances out the entire uniform the way I have it set up... I'm not sure how this is going to go over though. - The alternate jersey feature a brighter red than the home and away. This jersey went over really well with Devil's fans on the Facebook hockey group I'm a part of. PROBLEMS DUE TO THE LACK OF OPTIONS IN THE GAME: - Back to the logo. I went with the white logo because of the balance. I wanted to have a thicker outline around the RED devil at first, but the game just didn't allow it. The outline that they do allow is just way too thin, and I couldn't find any look that was balanced. OTTAWA SENATORS NOTES: - I wanted to go for a look that would say the Senators are trying to be taken seriously from here on out, and want a brand refresh. I also didn't want to have more bright colored red (New Jersey, Calgary, Carolina, Detroit, Montreal, Chicago already have that *I left out Florida and Washington, because in my universe I have changed their colors), so I decided to go with a black home, and have the dark red as an alternate. - I chose the "O" logo because I felt it completed the overall look that I was going for. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS NOTES: - I'm a Flyers fan, and while I respect the fact that the team likes to pay homage to the old school Flyer teams, and manage to keep their jersey styles in that same sort of tradition... I don't think they use nearly enough black, especially for a team that the local media and fan-base call by one of their nicknames "the orange and black". Here is my take on what I would personally like to see... - I love the alternate I came up with, but I can also see if it doesn't go over too well due to the alternation of the logo. - I also changed the shade of orange, it's now less "traffic cone orange"... SAN JOSE SHARKS NOTES: - For the Sharks look, I went outside the norm here. For me, I love it. For probably most traditional people, they will probably hate it. - The jersey now becomes the background of the uniform, and the pants, gloves, helmet, and some of the logo become the focal point of the entire thing. This might bring jersey sales down, but I'm sure they could come up with some way to counter-balance that.... ST. LOUIS BLUES NOTES: - I really was just messing around with different combinations of blue and yellow, and this is what I settled on. I'm not a fan of the real life blues jersey, and I feel that these ones compliment the logo better, but I could be wrong. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING NOTES: - I wanted to get the Lightning away from the (pretty much) same shade of blue as the Maple Leafs. Not to mention they both only use blue and white. - Personally, the the blue might seem too "soft", but the way it's displayed in the game, it really pops. - I kept the jerseys as close to the same exact ones they real club uses. VANCOUVER CANUCKS NOTES: - Added a little more white to the uniform, and had put green around the logo, plus switched the jersey up a bit. - I kept trying the other logos and dark blue pants but ultimately decided this setup looked the best. WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES: - Got rid of the overused red white and blue scheme and took the Capitals back to the days of when they had blue and gold. - The "Weagle" didn't look right, and although the flying eagle has its flaws (only one leg) it still evokes movement and looks the best out of the game-supplied logos.