I can now upload t-shirts designs to Merch by Amazon and Teespring, so now I need to get cracking on my designs. I have about a dozen designs with half of them being text designs and the other half are graphic designs. The graphic designs will be scans of cool paintings my family have done.
I will need to edit and finesse the graphic design using graphics editor software. I am not planning to become a professional graphics designer, so I preferred to find cheap or free graphics editor software that I will use infrequently. In my research of the t-shirt design business, I stumbled onto three different software: Krita, Gimp and Inkscape. They are all free.
GIMP is a raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing and converting between different image formats.
Krita is a raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and animation.
Inkscape is a vector graphics editore used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.
My lovely wife; who happens to be a Graphic Designer, recommended that I use vector graphics as opposed to raster graphics for my t-shirt designs. That led me to choose Inkscape since it is the only one of the three that handles vector graphics. I have found quite a few tutorials on the internet and YouTube for Inkscape. It is powerful enough for me to implement the visions of my designs for my t-shirts while being simple enough to learn.
I am amazed at how many average folk are doing a t-shirt business side hustle. I am now member of the t-shirt design hustle. I am currently working on my first two designs for sale at the end of the month.
Marketing will be key and that is my next task; figure out a marketing strategy for getting my design to a large audience.