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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Been Gone A While, New Tips! on: August 16, 2007 09:29:02 PM
As for my latest tips, well I have some cool news for those who are doing this for a living. If you have been staying away from dark shirts because of the design complications such as impossible places to cut, there is some hope. There is a mechanical cutter made by Roland that can cut very finely. You can see it in action by going to youtube and typing in Roland GX-24. This machine is expensive ($1600), but it does offer hope of complex designs on dark shirts. They also make cheaper versions that arent as automated, but still cuts perfectly. Also there is a new paper out there that does not require trimming at all. It is called the Dura CottonHT. You need to see that stuff to believe it.

As for tips here is a really good one I found on accident. If you have any problems with paper sticking while peeling use a pen that is hulled out. Sometimes I get fine slivers of paper that stick and the shirt seems ruined, but if you use the tip of a pen without the ink head in it you can scrape off the stuck paper gently (while hot now) and leaves no mark or damage to the design.

Epson C88 tips! I have finally mastered this bad boy and know how it thinks. How did I accomplish this? Well a weekend in the woods on a manly camping trip and the constant threat of a sledge hammer at my side proved valuable. Okay if any of you find that the C88 eats paper and jams up take note! You need to make sure you put lots of paper in there. Dont just put 1 or 2 sheets or even 3-5.. You need to have at least 5-30 sheets in there at all times! Why? Well when the paper gets down to about 4 sheets the grapplers have trouble grasping the paper and it will misalign it and cause the paper to be raised just enough so that the left (your left when facing the machine) corner of the paper hits the rollers and you have a paper jam! Now if the paper jam does in fact happen as it can be hard to remember to check for the level of the paper when you are really going, you will start to hear the paper sounding like its ripping or crinkling, immediately stop what you are doing and unplug the machine. This will not harm it. You will have wasted a sheet, maybe, but you will keep the rollers from getting ink on them which in turn will leave tracks on your next 3-4 pages printed. If you catch it early enough you can still use the paper, just not where the printing already occurred which is only about 5% of the paper. This tip should help out everyone who owns this thing and save those Epson folks some money in returned printers. I myself returned 4 before finding this out.

You all should watch the forums for new dark transfer papers on the horizon. A couple are in the works. One in England is about to find its way over here and I hear it like light transfer with the soft hand and no cutting.. Will wait to see about that.. Anyhow hope all is well in the heat press world!

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: All Newbies Start Here on: August 16, 2007 09:14:58 PM
Sorry for the long absence. Been busy with business. Glad my post could help out some in need. Let me see if I can answer some of the questions I have missed and maybe give some more tips I have since learned.

The difference between regular iron-ons and inkjet iron-ons (if I am understanding this question correctly) is this: you can buy patches or premade irons ons and those apply with a type of glue that when heated adheres to the surface of the shirt. Inkjet iron-ons are a special paper that you print from your inkjet printer and through heat make the ink stick to the shirt allowing you to print most anything from pictures to your own designs.

As for the brand of paper to use, if you find paper at a store such as Walmart, Michaels, or even from trade shows, odds are it will not last. Avery is the exception here which can be purchased at Walmart or Office Supply stores, but it is expensive and should only be used if you are making 5-10 shirts.

Irons I really have no say over which irons would work best as I only use a heat press. If this is something you want to consider doing fulltime then go out and buy the cheapest press you can find, the Hobbylite. I have done over 10,000 shirts on mine and only just got the surface refinished using a friend in a metal shop that used a power grinder/polisher on it.

For enlarging pictures there is a great program out there that is a plug-in for photoshop called genuine fractals. How you obtain this program is entirely up to you. It works wonders on photos, but be warned that you need to have at least a photo of about 1x1inch in order to enlarge it to 8x10 and it look passable. You might have to do some slight touch-ups on it such as filling in solid colors by matching, but it works great.

Blank shirts can be found at Michaels usually for $2 each. Walgreens has also been selling cheap shirts for $2 each. i especially like them because they have some Gildan shirts which is what I use.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Avery says not to use an ironing board on: August 23, 2006 10:32:32 AM
The main thing is that hard surfaces work best.. Ironing boards often have a pad that you iron on.. I have found a hard surface works best...
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Peeling on: August 20, 2006 10:11:39 PM
do you mean once you washed it? if so dont machine dry it and wash in cold water.. if you have an epson printer with durabrite inks this can help because those inks are waterproof and have a longer lifespan than most printers...

ask away any question, thats why we're here..
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: WOW! why do ppl silk screen and stencil then?! on: August 20, 2006 10:08:40 PM
As mentioned already its alot cheaper for larger runs, higher profit.. now what im hoping to jump into in the next couple of months is direct t shirt printing utilizing a new TJet.. It looks like a GIANT printer and it uses textile inks (similar to silkscreen inks) and prints directly on the shirt.. You can do any color shirt (including black) and its awesome.. I do believe that in the near future this will bury silk screening as the most popular format.. Its already cheaper than iron-ons once you get past the initial machine cost $14,000), but it cant be beat for short runs and even versatility..

Another plus for iron on designs over silk screening is that you can literally have thousands of designs where as silk screening requires screens for each design.. That could limit you...
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: newbie with QUESTIONS !! on: August 20, 2006 10:03:23 PM
the answer to that question is NO! They do not in any way mess up your printer and I use Epsons everyday and sell the shirts.. Nope your good to go!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Miscrosoft on: August 20, 2006 10:01:43 PM
another note is that most printers now adays can mirror whatever your printing.. Its an option you do when your printing.. Go into your printer properties... Alot of printers have this feature and this is a topic that has been asked many times..
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: All Newbies Start Here on: August 20, 2006 10:00:26 PM
well if done with the stuff you buy from the stores it wont last as long. I have heard some people get a few months out of these shirts and others get a few weeks of perfect wear.. It really depends on how you wash the items.. Of course everyone will tell you to wash with cold water and to hang dry..

Now if you want screenprinting lifespans with regular washings and dryings you should use Epson durabrite inks and paper from bestblanks.. Thats what I use to sell t shirts with and the lifespan is phenomenal without any special wash instructions...
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Overlay Paper on: July 14, 2006 10:17:59 PM
that or teflon sheets work also...
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hot transfer paper on: July 14, 2006 10:17:14 PM
if your doing a short run of about 10 or less i would suggest Avery which is sold at most walmarts in the school supplies section... if you want professional paper and can buy at least 25 sheets i suggest bestblanks or Dharma trading.. The odd thing is that you only pay $30 for the professional paper and you get 25 sheets as opposed to around $13 for 6 or 7 sheets... The bestblanks paper looks great even after a years worth of weekly washings...See the post about newbies starting out...
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