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Old April 14th, 2007 Apr 14, 2007 2:02:45 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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I do a lot of graphics and I plan on doing up t-shirts, hats, and other promotional type swag for event giveaways and local bands, that type of thing.

I'm not really looking at a huge set up and so one thing that I've had a few questions about, is printing to other media outside of transfer paper.

I was looking at the Epson R200/R300 Model printers. The main reason for this is the ability to print to inkjet printable CD's. Like I mentioned I know a few bands and part of what I do for them right now is design CD covers and Labels.

So I was wondering if you could use the same type of ink for both transfer paper and non-transfer paper?

How does a pigment ink for heat transfers look on regular, glossy, and photo paper?

Or would it be best to invest in, let's say, an Epson C88 printer to use primarily for the heat transfers and use the other printer for everything else?


Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Also if anyone has used the R200/R300 Model printers for the CD printing function, I'd love to hear some feedback.

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Pigment and dye ink can be used for regular printing. Epson makes printers that use both inks for regular everyday printing. If I'm not mistaken, the dye based inks are supposed to be better for archival type prints (photos, etc.), but suck at t-shirts cause they will wash out - https://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-pr...rs/t10276.html (excellent visuals). if you are using the Durabrite inks (Epsons own), you shan't have a problem.
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Old April 14th, 2007 Apr 14, 2007 6:45:16 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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Pigment and dye ink can be used for regular printing. Epson makes printers that use both inks for regular everyday printing. If I'm not mistaken, the dye based inks are supposed to be better for archival type prints (photos, etc.), but suck at t-shirts cause they will wash out - https://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-pr...rs/t10276.html (excellent visuals). if you are using the Durabrite inks (Epsons own), you shan't have a problem.
I believe you may have this backward... pigments are better for archival purposes, but dye inks provide a more opaque coverage than pigment. Even the link you have shows that the pigments lasted through the water and they dyes did not. Correct me if I'm wrong please.

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I believe you may have this backward... pigments are better for archival purposes, but dye inks provide a more opaque coverage than pigment. Even the link you have shows that the pigments lasted through the water and they dyes did not. Correct me if I'm wrong please.

Hope this helps.

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It might have been the way I worded it, but I was trying to say that "Pigment good - dye bad".

Here Lou explains that photographers like the dye based better - https://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-pr...html#post69465
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Cool! Thanks a lot! (this place is awesome)
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