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I am trying to design t-shirts. There are lots of ideas in my head but I don’t really know what software is best to realize any of them . So far I have used Serif draw plus 4 . But I find it too basic. Can you please give me some tips on what software i should use. Cost effective software.

I heard vector is good as it scales. but i hav eno idea what vector software is best.
 

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Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (CS4 just released. Whee!) are the absolute most versatile design/illustration programs you will find.

I also highly recommend Flexi for vector work. It handles text and outlines much better than Illy or Corel (and has a really nice trace tool).
 

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Wow thats a loaded question. You are right that vector has the advantage of being able to scale up or down with no loss in resolution or detail. It also has other advantages (files size, sharp crisp lines etc...) However that doesn't necessarily make it the best tool for every application. For photorealistic effects and subtle gradients bitmap programs are superior. The particular program you use is really just a matter of prefference. You will get as many different opinions as there are programs. Here are my two cents on the subject. Adobe products are the industry standard. They are the programs of choice in most major graphics related businesses. They are very powerful and have all the bells and whistles. This fact also makes them relatively difficult to learn. There are also free programs that are pretty good and do and adequate job for most appliations. However, These programs are not widely used in commercial envioronments so if you ever intend to work or even exchange files or tips or info with professionals I recomend you don't learn on these because this will make the transition to commercial programs more difficult. Corel Draw is found in most sign and screenprinting shops. Usually along with Illustrator and photoshop. I would recomend you download the the free trials and play around with them untill you find the one you are more comfortable with. If money is an issue corel is cheaper. Goodluck
 

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I know this may sound like a dumb question, but I am a newbie to T-shirt design. Once I have dreamed up a design for my T-shirt, how do I produce it and deliver it to a screen printer or have it heat pressed?

Thanks!
 

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Computer Arts - Design and screen print a T-shirt

there are many ways to get a completed shirt.... check out the forums and read and learn as much as you can... are you an artist or familiar at all with any graphics software?
Thanks Catbox! I am learning lots by reading threads. I am very creative, not an artist though. What softwear program would you recommend for help with designing shirts? Could I design my logo with a program such as Adobe photoshop or illustrator? I am looking to design guitar playing cats.
 
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