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Old September 29th, 2014 Sep 29, 2014 2:50:04 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Supposed to read 'inside the tshirt'...
 
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Old September 29th, 2014 Sep 29, 2014 2:50:39 PM -   #17 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Thanks Glen,

I've been reading a few other topics on the site and as I use Teflon pillows myself, I thought I'd be fine with my current setup.

My next test is placing "normal" paper over the top of the dye sub paper, it's supposed to absorb the paper line somehow. The "normal" paper will extend beyond the edge of the dye sub paper.

Maybe I should be using less pressure too. Not really sure yet.

I'll put up a couple of tests on the coloured tee's soon hopefully.
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Old September 30th, 2014 Sep 30, 2014 6:15:36 PM -   #18 (permalink)
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Hey Glen, I ordered a few different colours to try out but before I print I was just wondering how you get around the dye sub paper press line issue or do you not even have this issue?

I also noticed I get a shiny finish left behind from the heat press
Hi Bjorn, how I get around the paper press line, is immediately after pressing I use a small semi stiff bristle brush and just a quick brush over the lines and then a 2 to 3 second repress and the lines are as good as gone.
 
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Thanks Brian, I think I may have read this somewhere in the forum it was most likely one of your posts.

I'll give that a try.
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Old October 2nd, 2014 Oct 2, 2014 4:48:33 PM -   #20 (permalink)
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Ok I've done a test on a Red tee.

I setup my press as light as I could, not very light in my opinion, it would be very light if I didn't have the teflon pillow inside the tee.

I gently ripped the edges of the transfer paper as I've read this makes the paper line lighter or takes it away completely.

I then placed a larger piece of general sketch paper over the top of the transfer paper which went beyond the edges of the transfer paper. The sketch paper didn't extend to the edge of my press.

I pressed and made a mistake pressing for only half the time required removed both pieces of paper and noticed light lines from the edge of the sketch paper only.

I forgot to have a brush handy so quickly rubbed and scratched a little over the line just with my fingers, it was pretty hot so that was a quick process, then gave another press.

The lines are that light that I think it's ok to go with. Larger sketch paper next time will remove all lines

This is the result after adding a layer of silver vinyl to highlight a couple bits of the design. Not bad really.

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My only issue is that I still get the shiny square left from what I think is the heat not necessarily the actual press. as the square covered the whole press plate size not just the edges that were exposed to the teflon sheet. In my case the teflon sheet is part of the heat plate.
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Old October 2nd, 2014 Oct 2, 2014 7:11:52 PM -   #21 (permalink)
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love it. the vinyl is a great touch.
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Looks good Bjorn. I think this is one of the processes which takes a lot of experimentation. I've just pressed my first mugs today...another headache!...
 
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Old October 3rd, 2014 Oct 3, 2014 2:26:39 PM -   #23 (permalink)
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

It does appear that way.

I would like to do mugs also. Just so I am ready for the hassles, what issues have you faced?
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

As with all sublimated items, mugs are a totally different ball game. At the mo, in struggling to get my blacks totally black. Have adjusted the time, temp and pressure, but hasn't made too much difference. Just ordered some TruPix paper, which is supposed to be one of the best papers money can buy. I'm currently using some cheap Chinese paper I got with my heat press. HOPEFULLY this will solve the black problem.
 
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Ahh yeah, the "cheap" vs "best" paper may make a difference.

With my t-shirt I assumed the black would come out rather faded so used a rich black like I use with offset printing. I'm not sure if this works the same with dye sub but did it just as a precautionary measure.

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Y 40%
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Really should be using RGB not cmyk for your artwork. Several threads on it and searches on the web.
Unless its wide format then CMYK I believe is okay.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Really have to use rgb? But the inks are cmyk, weird. I'll have to do some digging through the treads. Thanks.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Same thought I had when I was told that. But once I started doing it colors started to be what they were suppose to be when printed and pressed.
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Had a minute so did a quick search.
Heres a thread about it to get started on the rgb/cmyk

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/dye-sub...n/t383825.html
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Default Re: Which dye sub t-shirt do you recommend?

Cool, thanks Mark

That thread is a classic, keyboard warriors everywhere :P

After reading that thread I've decided to do my best to use CMYK artwork as everything I design is CMYK for my clients print projects. All designs use spot Pantone or CMYK colours in their logos and style guides.

After a quick web search I found that my printer supports spot colour replacement which will enable me to print a bunch of spot colours with a good colour match (apparently). I'll print out a swatch and see how it looks on different surfaces as a guide.
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