FAQ: Which software do I use to create graphics for t-shirts?

admin - Wednesday, 17 March 2010 10:50

Question: I have many ideas about graphics I would like to design and put on shirts ( similar to Ed Hardy, sinners, etc.) but how can transfer my ideas to an electronic format? What software is best for such a thing?

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5 Comments

  1. CommentsTimothy   |  Wednesday, 17 March 2010 at 11:42 pm

    adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, and adobe Indesign

  2. Commentscreativedolan   |  Thursday, 18 March 2010 at 12:05 am

    Designers in the field use illustrator for t-shirts. Just because it’s a vector based program, and you won’t loose any image quality once it is enlarged for print. There’s a lot you can do in that program to make a t-shirt POP. The software is expensive though, so if this is something that you want to just wet your feet in without spending any money upfront, then you can always download a month trial from adobe.com.

  3. CommentsLeft-T   |  Thursday, 18 March 2010 at 12:32 am

    You can use Adobe Illustrator, Corel, Adobe InDesign etc… They are all good pulishing software able to handle any type of printer, vector or whatever. Their are good tutorials on line as well.

    Just save your work in whatever format. The secret is to print them correctly and when you DO print, make sure you select the MIRROR option so it prints backward on the Transfer paper. So when you iron it on, the picture will come out perfectly.

    You can purchase transfer paper, laser or deskjet, here..

    http://www.tshirtpaper.com/

    http://www.papilio.com/laser%20duracotton%20duratrans%20transfer%20paper.html

    Here are good tutorials to help you depending on the software you want to use :))

    http://www.vectorials.com/

  4. CommentsJIm   |  Thursday, 18 March 2010 at 1:25 am

    Hey first you have to scan your design in to a computer, after that your gonna wanna trace the design in adobe illustrator either using the trace tool or hand trace it using a tablet. you would then have to “clean up” the artwork and fix it nicey nice, and bam! Your done. make sure your file meets the image standards, and is in the right format “aii” use photoshop for effect if ya want then sent the design of to a screen printing place like http://www.usatees.com sell um and become rich (like Ed Hardy,Sinful,Etc):-) Or you can just send the art work to a screen printing plaace and they will clean it up for you… Hope this helps

  5. Commentsvneck shirts   |  Sunday, 24 October 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Very interesting points. Thanks!

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