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[JPSS - Jet-Pro SofStretch] White Outline around letters

 
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Old July 8th, 2009 Jul 8, 2009 3:32:04 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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I am really new to this so here goes.....please take it easy on me as I really don't have a clue what I am doing.

I have a heat press, ink jet printer (using regular printer ink), and JPSS transfer paper. I have a company that wants their name placed on the front and back of lime green shirts. I laid out the name, printed it on the transfer paper, streched the shirt, heated the shirt for a couple of seconds, placed the transfer, laid teflon paper over the transfer, closed the press, and pressed the image for 30 seconds at 375 degrees. Immediatley peeled the transfer from the shirt while hot, streched the shirt again. I trimmed out around the letters as best as I could with a pair of scissors. I obviously couldn't get around every letter and it left a white outline. I realize that the outline is the transfer paper is there anything I can do about this without purchasing some type of cutter? If not then what is the best option? I have an order for baseball shirts for this fall and I know that I am going to run into the same problem with them as well. If there isn't a solution should I order the image from a company online, let them produce the transfer and then press it? I just don't know what to do about this and it is driving me crazy.
 
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Default Re: White Outline around letters

JPSS is for lights. Even on white shirts you will still see the white polymer so I think lime green may be too dark for JPSS.

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I even have this problem on grays. My question is.....I have purchased heat transfer shirts from people before and you can't see the white outline/polymer. How do they do it?????? Do they have a cutter or is there a trick that I am missing???? Thanks for any help.
 
 
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You probably bought the ones that were pressed with plastisol or self weeding transfer.

You have to trim really close when it comes to text if you don't want polymer to show. Trimming text will have issue of keeping the placement of the letters es[ecially with multiple lines. So I would suggest to print the outline (conserve ink waste) of the text/image on a standard printer paper. Cut out the outline with an exacto knife so that there are no traces of the image left on the paper. Place it over the transfer paper to cover the unwanted polymer. Cover the two papers with parchment paper then press for 5 to 6 seconds at 225F with light pressure just to keep the papers from moving when pressing them on the shirt. You can also use a hand iron so that the press don't have to be set with two settings. When using hand iron just press around the edges. Make sure to trim the over hanging edge of the transfer that is not covered with the printer paper. Press the papers on the shirt per transfer paper pressing instruction. Vinyl cutter would be a better way to cutout the printer paper. That is what I have to do when I use JPSS on pastel or slightly darker fabrics or even on white. I had yellowing issue in uprinted area when I use JPSS even on white

Another option available is use a self weeding transfer paper that does not leave polymer in unprinted areas. It is called Imageclip. There are two types one for laser and the other is for inkjet. Both papers are made by the maker of JPSS. The quality, durability and softness are the same as JPSS without the polymer background. Imageclip transfers are my choices for white, pastel and slightly darker fabrics.

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Thank you so much...VERY VERY helpful. I have been about to pull my hair out trying to figure this out. I can't tell you how much I thank you for taking the time to share that information with me.
 
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I even have this problem on grays. My question is.....I have purchased heat transfer shirts from people before and you can't see the white outline/polymer. How do they do it?????? Do they have a cutter or is there a trick that I am missing???? Thanks for any help.
Hello, I use Translution paper from colorstarink.com (Todd in Southern California)
for "sayings" tshirts. The white background (i.e. heat transfer paper polymer?) does not show when used correctly. And "background" fades after first wash.

I've been using this paper since it came out and before that (first generation of this paper known as "Miracool").

My specs:
Epson 900 and Epson CX4800 (C88 ink cart size) with MIS inksuply.com HT (heat transfer inks).

Knight DK20S heatpress, 375F, 30 seconds with teflon sheet, heavy pressure.

Gildan and Anvil 100% cotton 6.1 ounce
shirts, white.

Translution is not the easiest paper to use.
I'm sure there are plenty of tips here.

Basicially, I can't preprint and store designs.
Shirt must be really dry and cooled from prepressing before placing transfer down
and tacking with heat tape.
Hot peel quickly.

Humidity does affect this paper a lot so keep it stored in airtight bags, including your fresh printouts.

Will have slight fading after first wash.
 






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