One of the more common questions I get is whether one should Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Some even use third party software such as Gimp. So what’s the correct answer?
To be honest there is no right or wrong answer. However, you should know the difference between Illustrator and Photoshop. As for third party software like Gimp, I personally never used it so I can’t provide any information on it.
Photoshop was originally developed so people can manipulate images or graphics that was already created. Photos are made up of tiny squares called pixels. So when you scale an image up it lose its quality.
Illustrator was created to develop vector graphics using a complex mathematical algorithm. A vector graphic will not lose its quality when you scale it big or small like pixel images. Almost all graphic designers use Adobe Illustrator to create designs that need to be printed.
I personally use Illustrator to design all my t-shirts and anything else that needs printing. I then export my design as a PNG file and open it in Photoshop. I resize my design in Photoshop to upload in the Merch by Amazon dashboard.
This is the best advice I can give you. While you’re free to use whatever software you like both Illustrator and Photoshop is recognized as the design industry standard.