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Old November 18th, 2008 Nov 18, 2008 12:57:06 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

I really like the looks of some of the spreadshirt tees. I'm trying to do a couple of designs so I can order them for myself to see how they look in person. I am NOT a designer and have no specific software for design so am just using stuff on my mac. I have Printshop deluxe and can put our company name and slogan the way I like it, then upload it to put on a shirt. With CustomInk, it just keeps the actual text part of the design and puts it on the tshirt (minus any white) but Spreadshirt puts the entire thing on the shirt so it basically looks like and 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper with text on it stuck on the front of the shirt. So is there a way to have it do what customink does? I know I can just design using their text but they don't have the font we use in our logo and I really want to see what our specific logo will look like on 3-4 of their shirts.
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Old November 18th, 2008 Nov 18, 2008 1:24:02 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

i worked for a screenprint company that printed shirts for custom ink... we used regular screenprinting equipment... customink also uses brother gt541 dtg machines for single shirts(or they did...the building they used to DTG print in is empty...they might have moved though?)
there shirts are good quality and convenient... but expensive for small orders..
 
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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

The background is only on their digital transfer method of printing. If you choose flex or flock it will be created with vinyl without a background.

They have also started using direct to garment printing. It's not available on every one of their products. But should be available on some.
 
 
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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

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i worked for a screenprint company that printed shirts for custom ink... we used regular screenprinting equipment... customink also uses brother gt541 dtg machines for single shirts(or they did...the building they used to DTG print in is empty...they might have moved though?)
there shirts are good quality and convenient... but expensive for small orders..
I'm sure that the customink shirts and printing is a good quality, they just don't have the shirt style I found on spreadshirt. I tried to find it because I could get the customink graphics program to work, just can't find the shirt I want to print on from their selection.
I really want a heather or melange type shirt.
I'll go check their selection again.
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If you choose flex or flock it will be created with vinyl without a background.

They have also started using direct to garment printing. It's not available on every one of their products. But should be available on some.
I think you can only do flex print from a vector file, which I don't have and don't have the software, much less the skills to produce .

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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

Try it with a transparent background on spreadshirt.
 
Old November 19th, 2008 Nov 19, 2008 5:59:11 AM -   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

Is that an option on spreadshirt?
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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

Got this from their forum



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Question: Why is my digital showing a white background?

Answer: This is the number one digital question.

First of all, our digital process does not support transparency. We hope to have this ability in the future, but at this time, it is not supported.

There are two processes for digital images, digital transfer and digital transfer overlay. A digital transfer will only be used if the color of the apparel is white. A digital transfer overlay is the technique that will be used for any apparel that is not white.

If you select white apparel, the digital image will have a transparent background. The upload places a white background for the image, but this is not seen on the product. The actual design is transferred onto the product.

If you select apparel that is not white, then there will be a white box around your design. You now have two choices:

Leave the background as white and if the design meets the requirements stated below, then the white will be removed from the image when the image is produced.

If you want to make the design 'appear' transparent, then you can make the background the same color of the shirt. You would then put "R(color)" in the bottom right of your image. The Remove text would be part of the actually file, so if is seen and part of the image. This will notify production to trim this color away. The R stands for Remove and you put the color that you want removed in the parenthesis.

The requirements: Make sure that the design you wish to have cut out has a distinguished contour and that the smallest parts are at least .06 inches in size. Otherwise, the image will not be cut out and the background will be printed.
 
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Default Re: Spreadshirt can't do what Custom Ink does?

Thanks for the tip, I have been playing with this and think I may be able to get it to work.
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