.... is it necessary to purchase a "T-shirt specific software" in order for the tee to look right, or is all of that a waste of money and just buy one of the adobe illustrators or photoshop type software
I think it is all a waste. I have been designing and imprinting tees (and other things) for over 7 years now and I have always used photoshop to design and MGI photosuite to print. Never had a problem.
It depends on what kind of software you have at the moment.
You'll find it much easier to submit your artwork to a screen printer or online fulfillment service if you have at least the basic graphic software (like Paint Shop Pro). If you have the skills, Photoshop and Illustrator can make your life a lot easier.
But you do need to have *some* type of *graphic* software. All too often we get people trying to submit artwork in Microsoft Word because that's what they used to type the text.
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