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« on: January 31, 2004 10:20:38 PM »

Hey, i've got some great ideas for fun slogans on t-shirts.  Does anyone know what software/materials you need to create such items?  I am concerned that i don't know what computer programs you can use to print things in reverse and/or print on ink jet printers???

Have any craftsters done custom Tees?



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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2004 08:15:19 AM »

Hi.  I posted my project in the Housewares section so you might have missed it, but I designed my own iron-on and put it onto a canvas accessories bag.  You don't need any special software, because you can design the logo in Word or Paint or whatever.  Just print it onto the T-shirt transfer paper (in reverse) from any program.  It would be fab if you had great fonts (which you can download from different sites like www.fonts.com, or do a google search) and something like Photoshop to alter the images.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2004 07:06:07 AM »

Thanks Mary!  i'm going to run over and check out your tote bags...
But listen to this-- i'm a former computer programmer and i can't figure out how to print in reverse from either Word or Paint!!!  i know it can be done in quark or photoshop but i don't have those?!!

Please advise  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2004 02:56:53 PM »

for reversal in paint:
go to image, then go to flip/reversal. then you can flip vertically/horizontally

but i don't know how do this in word... Sad
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2004 07:36:56 PM »

What kind of printer do you have? I just made some iron-ons today, and my printer (an HP) has an option for "mirror image" in the properties tab.  Easy peasy, didn't have to change the image at all.

I used the HP brand iron-on transfer paper, and I'm quite pleased with how it looks. I'm making t-shirts for my fiance's band. I'm just going to test how well they wash, and we'll sell them if they hold up ok.
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2004 01:20:09 PM »

I've been wanting to do this with an image that's too detailed to stencil.  What do I do if I only want one color to come through, though?  Will it transfer the iron-on stuff onto the shirt, even if it's transparent/uncolored?  I'd like to only have the stiff ink stuff where the single color is-- y'know, as if I was silkscreening it in one color.  But silkscreen is way too expensive and complicated for me.

How do the iron-ons hold up to washing?


« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2004 03:53:43 PM »

I did quite a few iron-ons a while back. Since my printer is an HP, I bought the HP brand transfers. These kind you didn't even have to flip before print. They printed out on this special paper with an adhesive on the back that adhered it to the shirt when heated with the iron. They look really cool the first few times you wear it, but once they hit the wash enough times they start to peel and bits start ripping off  Sad  

As for graphics programs, I have Photoshop 7.0 which is the greatest thing ever. It's like...microsoft paint on steroids. You can do just about everything with images in Photoshop.

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2004 10:27:48 AM »

If you are going to sell these shirts or any shirts with iron ons, you should seriously consider getting proper pigmented inks.

I use Spectra Bright inks in an Epson C82, and they are professional quality archival inks, and many people sell shirts with these inks and transfers.

When you press them onto a shirt or tote, the image does not feel like plastic, you can barely feel it. You have to design something fairly solid, or trim around the edge, so you can't see the blank transfer and you can only print on light colours.
But they look great. When I printed one on a tote, it felt more like paint and the colour was bright and vibrant.

They are expensive - a whole set of cartridges sells for about $115 Canadian, but there is a bulk system available, and I think I will soon upgrade to that.

Just a thought if you want to do this as a business.
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2004 12:29:06 PM »

another great place for fonts you can dowmlaod is http://www.fontalicious.com/ im just not sure if you can sue them for commercial use. you would have to read their regulations. but they have some adorable fonts, and a huge selection.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2004 12:35:09 PM »

I've got an iron-on question and I didn't want to start a whole new topic, so here it is:

My transfers fade about 50% after the FIRST time I wash them. So I can only wear them about one time each! As you can see, this sort of puts a damper on my t-shirt enthusiasm, so does anyone have ANY ideas about what I can do to prevent this? Thanks.


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