Shirt Design Software

Deadlydiego

New Member
Hi

New to the site so not sure if this is the right place to post.

I am wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a free or open source shirt design package, that preferably has some templates? I am looking to design some teamwear shirts and would like this presentation to be 2D and 3D if possible.

If this option isn't available, can someone point me in the direction of shirt pattern templates?

Anybody that has any help with this is greatly appreciated.

Best Regards

DD
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
I just googled your question and got a lot of responses - even websites suggesting software and showing video tutorials.

At the guess that you've already done that - I'm wondering what it is you actually want to do, as you would have googled the question first surely?
 

Deadlydiego

New Member
I just googled your question and got a lot of responses - even websites suggesting software and showing video tutorials.

At the guess that you've already done that - I'm wondering what it is you actually want to do, as you would have googled the question first surely?
Yes I did Google it and the only options that I could find were drawing packages to create patterns. The other software I found were either paid or quotable software.

I was looking to see if there was anything available on a Browzwear style software, but free or open source as its only a small scale task of shirt design that doesn't warrant purchasing a full package.

My other question was that if that wasn't possible, does anyone know somewhere I could find shirt templates to use instead, which could be incorporated into a graphic design package like Photoshop.

I believe you understood the first question but I hope this explanation is clearer to understand
 

sprout

Active Member
What are you trying to do? Reading between the lines, are you looking to start a t-shirt design business with little or no knowledge of business (or design?)? If so, I think I’d be plugging that hole first. What would your response be if I said I wanted to start a cupcake company, but I have no idea how to bake. Also, I don’t have an oven. Are there any free alternatives? If you are going to start a business, do it properly, or there is a fair chance it will fall over. Enough well-grounded businesses fail as it is. If you are going to succeed, then you need to build solid foundations.
 

Deadlydiego

New Member
I have told you what I plan to do and what my requirements are!

Honestly pointless!

What a complete waste of time this forum is, full of condescending and pedantics who know better, too smart for your own good.

right off
 
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sprout

Active Member
I have told you what I plan to do and what my requirements are!

Honestly pointless!

What a complete waste of time this forum is, full of condescending and pedantics who know better, too smart for your own good.

right off
Classy. Unfortunately, just because you don’t like the opinions of people who have been doing this a long time, does not make it wrong. Don’t ask opinions if all you want is affirmation.
 
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Deadlydiego

New Member
Classy. Unfortunately, just because you don’t like the opinions of people who have been doing this a long time, does not make it wrong. Don’t ask opinions if all you want is affirmation.
Your opinion is irrelevant because you're assuming I'm going into business.

I asked a simple question, explained the reasons why and obviously in here is too high brow to look at the simplicity of the question.

Free or open source shirt design software
Job isn't worth paying for full packages
If thats not available, a place to find shirt patterns

How simple is that to understand?

I asked a question, if you don't know, keep quiet or say no. If you do, provide an answer. Then I thank the person for their help.

Basic forum application
 

sprout

Active Member
We see people all the time here asking similar questions with little clarification, hence my questioning your somewhat ambiguous original post. If I have an opinion, or advice, then the point of both is that you can choose ignore them – preferably with grace. You could have explained more fully what you were needing and you may have had a more accurate response. I am was alone in not being entirely sure where you were going with this. I don’t really want to get into a bun-fight here, but clarification usually elicits a more amicable response than directing the c-bomb. Hope you find the help you are looking for. Patently it won't be from me. Good luck.
 

scotty

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Staff member
If I understand you properly you're wanting an open source design package for creating t-shirt designs?

If so then you'll be best off using a vector package like Illustrator but that's pretty expensive and subscription based but there are others like Inkscape that are free.

A cheaper, non subscription option is Affinity Designer (£50 for desktop. £13-ish for iPad) that works in vectors and rasters.
You can get away with using a raster/pixel program which is more like Photoshop but you have to work at a higher resolution and it'll only really work with digital printing (DTG) and not screen printing or vinyl transfer.
(BTW. Team shirts tend to use vinyl transfer due to the low production numbers.)

When you say "3D", do you mean for making realistic t-shirt mock-ups?

There are literally tons of these available for free download but they tend to be .psd files that work with Photoshop.
 

Deadlydiego

New Member
If I understand you properly you're wanting an open source design package for creating t-shirt designs?

If so then you'll be best off using a vector package like Illustrator but that's pretty expensive and subscription based but there are others like Inkscape that are free.

A cheaper, non subscription option is Affinity Designer (£50 for desktop. £13-ish for iPad) that works in vectors and rasters.
You can get away with using a raster/pixel program which is more like Photoshop but you have to work at a higher resolution and it'll only really work with digital printing (DTG) and not screen printing or vinyl transfer.
(BTW. Team shirts tend to use vinyl transfer due to the low production numbers.)

When you say "3D", do you mean for making realistic t-shirt mock-ups?

There are literally tons of these available for free download but they tend to be .psd files that work with Photoshop.
Yeah that is correct, literally a quick design to then get someone to produce it. Just something a bit better than a paint or PowerPoint.

Thank you very much for that info Scott. That is great information and will have a look at Inkscape and Affinity.

The 3D side was just more as an illustrative purpose and wasn't necessarily required. I was looking at the 3D renders on Browzawear and thought it would be cool to do something similar, but not required long term.

Greatly appreciated for that advice
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
I have told you what I plan to do and what my requirements are!

Honestly pointless!

What a complete waste of time this forum is, full of condescending and pedantics who know better, too smart for your own good.

right off

I had to edit your message down a bit to remove the profanities, there's no need for that. It's an open discussion and if someone wants to ask you a question then they can - and it'd be nice to be polite back and answer the question.

The more info we have the better the understanding of your requirements.
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
Yeah that is correct, literally a quick design to then get someone to produce it. Just something a bit better than a paint or PowerPoint.

Thank you very much for that info Scott. That is great information and will have a look at Inkscape and Affinity.

The 3D side was just more as an illustrative purpose and wasn't necessarily required. I was looking at the 3D renders on Browzawear and thought it would be cool to do something similar, but not required long term.

Greatly appreciated for that advice
Basically everything Scotty told you there is found by the Google search, I even mentioned this earlier with the fact that software is recommended.

You said you did a google search - couldn't find an answer - Scotty comes on and gives you the same answer as a Google search - and it's the right info you were looking for?

You understand my confusion here - I thought you did your google searches already?


Anyway - never heard of Browzwear - this is a graphic design forum and not a fashion forum.

If you're looking for something like that - then I googled "Open Source Fashion Software" and again there's a list of open source software in may returned results.



If you're looking to do mockups of your designs - https://placeit.net/tshirt-mockup-generator
And many others


Again - a better understanding of what you're doing and who you are and why you want this - we can help you - but that help will be cut short if the profanity and rudeness doesn't stop.
 

scotty

Moderator
Staff member
Yeah that is correct, literally a quick design to then get someone to produce it. Just something a bit better than a paint or PowerPoint.

Thank you very much for that info Scott. That is great information and will have a look at Inkscape and Affinity.

The 3D side was just more as an illustrative purpose and wasn't necessarily required. I was looking at the 3D renders on Browzawear and thought it would be cool to do something similar, but not required long term.

Greatly appreciated for that advice

No worries and I do hope it helps a little.

I'd not heard of Browzwear before and had to Google it myself but it seems to be a 3D visualisation/mock-up tool aimed more at garment construction.

As I said, you can get some really impressive t-shirt mock-ups which look like the real deal for free (and plenty of them) but I think you need Photoshop to use them but you 'may' be able to use them in Affinity Photo but not sure.
A cheaper alternative maybe to use Photoshop Elements which is a lighter, cheaper version of full Photoshop but you'd need to check that it supports things like a displacement map as the mock-ups tend to use that feature to mould the design to the surface of the garment.

If you intend to use a Designer to create the designs from your ideas then anything from paper and pencil to a simple to use design package should work.
You may be as well to consider getting an iPad + Apple Pencil as you can get Procreate for drawing and Affinity Suite or Illustrator are on iPad now and the prices are only about £10-£15 for the packages (not sure about Illustrator).
Procreate is quite user friendly compared to some of the other full fat programs.
 
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