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« on: June 27, 2007 07:48:51 AM »

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So I was looking for some advice Smiley I was wondering, since I draw art on the computer and was thinking of putting them on t-shirts to start a business, which would be better (less expensive or better quality) between silk screen, heat transfert, screen printing etc.

Also, do you know any good companies that do custom t-shirt orders ?

Anyways, I really hope you can help because I'm in a jam and I'm useless in this category !!

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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2007 04:24:32 PM »

not sure actually, you'd probably want to go get some quotes and try one of each for quality etc...
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007 02:07:35 AM »

Try www.zazzle.com, you can upoad your design and they do all the printing etc for you. Or there is also cafepress (www.cafepress.com i think) but I have heard there quality is a bit hit and miss.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 03:04:30 PM »

Gee thanks Smiley I'll be looking into that !
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2007 07:19:34 AM »

I just bought a heat press and it works wonderfully. I think it's the Hix brand that you should be looking at. There is quite a bit of start up expense:

- Printer w/ scanner (expecially since you are drawing your own designs)
- Special Ink
- Transfer Paper
- Software (ie. photoshop)
- Heat Press

Just make sure that the software that you use can get rid of the white background from your drawing. I drew something and scanned it in, and you could see the white paper, on the white shirt. You can get ride of that, it just needs a bit of tweaking.

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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2007 07:03:17 AM »

You can also look at Printfection.com which is the same zazzle/cafepress thing, and they have a lot of different shirts. They're concentrating on shirts right now before moving on to other products. Zazzle AND cafepress have hit-and-miss issues at times, and I imagine Printfection does, too. I've ordered shirts from Cafepress and they've come out just fine.

There's a neat trick someone posted at Cafepress: set up a shirt with a color chart on it (just block after block of different colors), and order 2 light color shirts, one with heat transfer, one with direct print, and then 2 dark color shirts, one heat transfer and one direct print. That way you can see how the colors come out on different shirts and different methods and you can refer to your color chart to pick the best colors for your images.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2007 11:59:16 AM »

Thanks ! Im checking Prinfection now Smiley

Heat press huh ? Ill have to do some research !
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