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[DTG HM1] machine and software help

 
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Old January 30th, 2010 Jan 30, 2010 8:28:06 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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hi all, am interested and am considering purchasing a dtg machine. i was wondering if anyone could tell me the best available software to purchase for these machines, can you actually design a logo from scratch and print it on machine on that particular software, and where can you purchase designs(good ones) for the shirts, and if you purchase designs, can you manipulate them any. i have heard great dane graphics is good. any help on these items and anything else you feel would help someone new to this business would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance for the valuable information any of you experienced designners/printers can give. also, how are the ratings on these machinesand would any of you recommend them compared to others on the market. also would like to hear that they print on black shirts fine with a low cost of ink on the dark shirts. thanks
 
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Old January 30th, 2010 Jan 30, 2010 10:51:45 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Been there done that, unfortunately from experience I have found they are not all they are cracked up to be. It's not the holy grail, but it is QUITE good, and before I get a barrage of people screaming, I have owned, tried and tested several of them. The best to date is the DTG (I am assuming you are not spending 200,000+ on a Kornit.) However, even the DTG has its drawbacks, admittedly it's better now with the white ink management but still, if you are primarily printing whites and lights then stick to transfers, If you hot peel, Jetpro SofStretch will give you the impression that the garment is printed at a fraction of the price.
 
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Well.. software wise.. I switch back and forth between Corel and Photoshop.. photoshop is nice for lots of things with colors gradients and more photographic things..

Corel is great for making graphics and what not, it also creates true .eps and I love it! lol

As far as graphics.. try Digital Art Solutions: the guys over there are great and will help put you in the right direction for your business model.

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Old January 31st, 2010 Jan 31, 2010 6:37:41 AM -   #4 (permalink)
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thanks to both of you, but when we do this we want to be able to be unique as possible for our customers. if we use hot peel, wouldnt that limit our possibilties. that could be an option and i will be checking that out. on the software, i can understand the benefit of using both, but for ease of use which would you recommend and can you start a design from scratch and print it on the shirt. im talking about nice work not just text or names on shirt, will be doing sports teams and medical groups. as you can see i am new to this so i know some of these questions may be stupid to you seasoned veterans, but just trying to get as much info as possible before shelling out 20 to 25000 bucks. thanks to all and i appreciate all help and advice possible.
 
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i could ask a salesman at dtg or ddifferent companies, but i think we all know how that would go.
 
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I really can't give you a totally non biased response, I've been using photoshop far longer than corel but I do remember being able to create something fun looking in photoshop quickly where that isn't so much the case with corel. But corel is the industry standard, I believe you can download a trial of corel and see if it works for you.
 






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