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Should I use light or dark transfer paper

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Question Should I use light or dark transfer paper

I want to make a transfer similar to the one in the picture, I am going to use a light grey shirt, should I use transfer paper for light fabrics? If I use a transfer paper for dark fabrics will it leave a white background and outline?
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I want to make a transfer similar to the one in the picture, I am going to use a light grey shirt, should I use transfer paper for light fabrics? If I use a transfer paper for dark fabrics will it leave a white background and outline?
You would want to use transfer paper for light colors.
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You would want to use transfer paper for light colors.
I agree, JetPro SoftStretch would be my choice.
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Default Re: Should I use light or dark transfer paper

you are going to have a visible 'window' where there is no ink
i don't think you want to contour cut and weed that design

your best bet would be to throw a background on it
choose a light color so it is there to remove the window, but not enough to detract from the design

check this thread for some info/pics
 
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you are going to have a visible 'window' where there is no ink
i don't think you want to contour cut and weed that design

your best bet would be to throw a background on it
choose a light color so it is there to remove the window, but not enough to detract from the design

check this thread for some info/pics
I agree with into the T.

I wouldn't want to cut and weed that design myself. I'd be tempted to print on 3g Jet-Opaque rather than JPSS, with a coloured background as mentioned, and contour cut around the outline.
 
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Default Re: Should I use light or dark transfer paper

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I want to make a transfer similar to the one in the picture, I am going to use a light grey shirt, should I use transfer paper for light fabrics? If I use a transfer paper for dark fabrics will it leave a white background and outline?
Jpss is not what you need, please do not be mislead.
What you need are plastisol heat transfers. There are heat transfer papers which are meant to be screen printed on then can be applied by a heat transfer press. If you do not have the ability to screen print them yourself then outsourcing is an option if it is a decent quantity if not maybe have a local screen printer print them up for you directly onto the garment.

One last option is the clear inkjet heat transfer paper for light fabrics, in which you would have to be working with Ash Grey color shirts for it to work I'd assume. You would print press and wash and all areas of paper that was not printed on and is ink free will disappear once washed leaving only the printed design. This method of printing would be much less quality than screen printing but may serve well for your use and you may be limited to size of print in most cases 11x17 paper should be okay for some
 
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Default Re: Should I use light or dark transfer paper

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Jpss is not what you need, please do not be mislead.
What you need are plastisol heat transfers. There are heat transfer papers which are meant to be screen printed on then can be applied by a heat transfer press. If you do not have the ability to screen print them yourself then outsourcing is an option if it is a decent quantity if not maybe have a local screen printer print them up for you directly onto the garment.

One last option is the clear inkjet heat transfer paper for light fabrics, in which you would have to be working with Ash Grey color shirts for it to work I'd assume. You would print press and wash and all areas of paper that was not printed on and is ink free will disappear once washed leaving only the printed design. This method of printing would be much less quality than screen printing but may serve well for your use and you may be limited to size of print in most cases 11x17 paper should be okay for some
first you say jpss is not what they need,
then you say use a clear inkjet paper for light fabrics
which is it?

any jpss, on anything but white,
will leave a 'semi-clear' window where no ink was laid down
hence the work-around of having a color in the background,
so a quick cut with scissors around the outside is all that is needed

jpss done correctly has similar quality to silk-screening
(or better, depending on the silk-screener and inks used)

if the op is setup for jpss already there really is no need to outsource,
unless the background color is too much of an issue
 
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first you say jpss is not what they need,
then you say use a clear inkjet paper for light fabrics
which is it?

any jpss, on anything but white,
will leave a 'semi-clear' window where no ink was laid down
hence the work-around of having a color in the background,
so a quick cut with scissors around the outside is all that is needed

jpss done correctly has similar quality to silk-screening
(or better, depending on the silk-screener and inks used)

if the op is setup for jpss already there really is no need to outsource,
unless the background color is too much of an issue
Plastisol transfers is the way to go member, inkjet or laserjet transfers cannot be compared to screen print. Options were opinionated on a quality priority scale being clear inkjet would be the absolute last option of all due to non capabilities and well good luck to anyone using scissors. I hope this helps you out member.
 
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Default Re: Should I use light or dark transfer paper

jpss has a much nicer hand and lasts as long or longer than plastisol transfers

plus jpss is far less expensive,
the trade-off comes in the narrow window of applications for jpss

laser too, can be compared more than favorably to plastisol/screen-printing when done correctly

there are pluses and minuses for every method of decoration

if the op had 50 shirts to do then by all means look at screen-print or plastisol transfers
but even then, that would not be the only route or necessarily the best route for their circumstances

i've done many jpss/dark inkjet contour cuts with scissors (some fairly complex)
and i guarantee you would not be able to tell it was not done with a cutter
it's all about the scissors and the practice/skill

there is a whole world out there for you to explore,
but if you never leave the house....
 
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I'm with into the T.

For that particular design you're looking at a 6-colour plastisol transfer at least, which will cost way more than JPSS.

Also, unless you are printing hundreds of the same design, then screen printing or plastisol transfers are not the way to go.
 
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Default Re: Should I use light or dark transfer paper

Well it completely dependents on the material on which you are trying to print the design or the image, as the light transfer papers are designed for heat transfer of images and photos which is done through using inkjet printers over light colored t-shirts, leather goods, and sweatshirts. Whereas, dark transfer paper on the other hand are designed for transferring inkjet images over other colored substrates and garments.
 
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Default Re: Should I use light or dark transfer paper

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Originally Posted by herokid
Jpss is not what you need, please do not be mislead.
What you need are plastisol heat transfers. There are heat transfer papers which are meant to be screen printed on then can be applied by a heat transfer press. If you do not have the ability to screen print them yourself then outsourcing is an option if it is a decent quantity if not maybe have a local screen printer print them up for you directly onto the garment.

One last option is the clear inkjet heat transfer paper for light fabrics, in which you would have to be working with Ash Grey color shirts for it to work I'd assume. You would print press and wash and all areas of paper that was not printed on and is ink free will disappear once washed leaving only the printed design. This method of printing would be much less quality than screen printing but may serve well for your use and you may be limited to size of print in most cases 11x17 paper should be okay for some
What you describe is only true on **white tshirts** with any "clear" transfer paper. There will definitely be a "window" on that grey tshirt even after washing.
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