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Old December 30th, 2014 Dec 30, 2014 12:41:54 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spreadshirt alternative for thinner graphics

Hi,

I'm new to the forum and returning to t-shirt design after a long break. Rather than print my own shirts or have them professionally printed and hold my own stock, I would like to use a service like Spreadshirt to print and sell my designs. I'm a web developer so may eventually integrate their API rather than use their shop in an iframe.

However, spreadshirt has its limitations and one of them is that they say they cannot print lines less than 1.5 mm thick. I know its *possible* to print thinner lines as I have done it before with ascii art and a professional print company.

So my question is does anyone know of a service similar to Spreadshirt which will let me upload and sell designs which include thinner graphic elements?

I would also be interested to hear from anyone who cares to speculate about *why* spreadshirt imposes this limit and whether it relates to a particular printing method.

I am based in the UK.

Thanks!
 
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Default Re: Spreadshirt alternative for thinner graphics

I asked spreadshirt about this and they said:

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I'm afraid there is no way around. Although the the process of cutting out the design is carried out by computers, afterwards all redundant parts of the foil are removed by hand. If parts of the design are too small, they, too, peel away from the foil or get ripped off. Also, if parts of the design are smaller than 1.5 mm there is not enough glue available and this part of the foil does not stick to the garment.

Alternatively you can of course use a raster image. Pixel graphics for digital printing should meet the following criteria:
- Format: .png, alternatives: .jpg oder .gif
- Size: max. 4000 x 4000 Pixel
- Resolution: 200dpi / coffee mugs, bottles, covers and buttons: 400dpi
- Colour mode: RGB
 
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Default Re: Spreadshirt alternative for thinner graphics

Basic translation; if you're using their cut vinyl method, lines can't be too thin. This is true too, btw, out in the real world for those of us who use vinyl.

So instead, use their direct-to-garment inkjet printing method (they call it digital printing) and you're good to go.

Digital printing fades over time. Vinyl does not.
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Default Re: Spreadshirt alternative for thinner graphics

thanks for the reply. I think that means that if I create a raster image with a transparent background then I should be able to get the result I want. I guess I'll need to try one of both methods and have them printed to see what the results look like.

I had the attached image printed on a shirt once (without the background). It would have been in 2004. Is that likely to have been digital printing? I seem to remember the printer talking about stencils of some kind :-/ It came out really well, much to the printer's surprise...
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