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[PLASTISOL TRANSFERS] - a review of 8 different custom plastisol transfer screen printers - samples followup

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Old March 23rd, 2007 Mar 23, 2007 11:48:44 PM -   #46 (permalink)
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Default Re: a review of 8 different custom plastisol transfer screen printers - samples followup

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Their benefit is in allowing one to purchase less than a dozen at a time (That is my understanding. Please correct me if I have stated it incorrectly)
Agreed.

Also, you minimize your shipping charges since anything over $89 only costs $3 in handling charges and convenience since you don't have to order from several suppliers.

Many of the designs are not any more expensive (X-It designs for example) while others are more expensive (Dixie Traditions for example) but overall I think it is a wash...especially when you consider the convenience. This may be different if you buy a large volume of transfers....then maybe it makes sense to deal directly with the individual manufacturers.
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Old May 10th, 2007 May 10, 2007 12:17:22 PM -   #47 (permalink)
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Thanks for your reviews you saved me about a million hours of work!!!!!! I love this group.
 
Old May 15th, 2007 May 15, 2007 11:06:13 AM -   #48 (permalink)
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Default Re: a review of 8 different custom plastisol transfer screen printers - samples followup

Rodney, your review really helped. I got samples from First Edition, Transfer Express, FMExpression and Coastal (blank transfers). I have tried the samples from FMExpression and Coastal. I am filling making t-shirts for a new customer. I decided to go with FMExpression because Zach sent an e-mail the next day after I requested for samples. I like when I can easily communicate with the company! They are working on my art work since the quality I sent them was not good enough. That costs me extra money. Could you tell me the best software to do vector graphics? Thanks all.

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Old May 15th, 2007 May 15, 2007 7:07:25 PM -   #49 (permalink)
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They are working on my art work since the quality I sent them was not good enough. That costs me extra money. Could you tell me the best software to do vector graphics? Thanks all.

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I know this was directed to Rodney, but I'd say you should check out the major players in vector graphics, like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. I personally use Illustrator, and I do technical sketches in the fashion industry. Most all companies I've worked with use Adobe. Works well with their raster program, Photoshop, as well.
However, if you are on Linux, for instance, Adobe won't work. Or if you're not trying to shell out that kind of money - it IS expensive -- you might want to look at other options.
Inkscape is free, open-source, and shows promise. If I hadn't already gotten hooked on Illustrator and all the shortcuts, etc, and if I didn't need to work on an industry standard, I'd go with that.
In the end, it's all subjective anyway, so your best bet is to try out different programs (demos) for the one that works best for you personally. But of course you should consider what your industry uses (file format issues), price, how well it flows with other programs, etc.
Good luck!
 
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I'd say you should check out the major players in vector graphics, like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. ......Or if you're not trying to shell out that kind of money - it IS expensive!
its a small price to pay, after all it is an important tool for a graphic designer.

without it (industry standard), you will not be in the same playing field as your industry peers and may also cost you more time and money in the long run. Like submiting art to screen printers in MEGA size photoshop files. Who will convert them to VECTORS ? you can (not refering to tashazo, general You ), with up to par graphic software as mentioned.

Knowing how to use your tools is important too. Its easy i find, and Im not a designer but may be one day i will be...who knows.

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Old May 16th, 2007 May 16, 2007 6:23:17 AM -   #51 (permalink)
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I agree with you Lucy, hands down. If somebody wants to go the open-source way, for instance, they'll have to research how to convert files to what their vendors need, definitely. Which may be a pain. But some people swear by other programs, and i guess it's 'to each his own'.
I personally use Illustrator, and wouldn't change that for anything. (I just wish they would port it to Linux already) Once you get the hang of it, it is fast and easy to use. Shortcuts fall in place with other Adobe products (Photoshop, etc), so it's almost like you learn it only once.
 
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Thanks Natasha and Lucy for your the input. I believe the posting is to everyone on the forum. I am still new in the business! I will look into the suggestions that you made and let you know how things go.

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its a small price to pay, after all it is an important tool for a graphic designer.

without it (industry standard), you will not be in the same playing field as your industry peers and may also cost you more time and money in the long run. Like submiting art to screen printers in MEGA size photoshop files. Who will convert them to VECTORS ? you can (not refering to tashazo, general You ), with up to par graphic software as mentioned.

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Only now did I see what you're trying to say. Of course, she is looking for vector programs.
All of the software I mentioned are vector, which she is looking for, but in different formats.
 
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this is sooooo helpful, i just need to find people in the uk with these same transfers
 
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this is sooooo helpful, i just need to find people in the uk with these same transfers
Look no further than here: https://www.t-shirtforums.com/heat-pr...ers/t9994.html
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Old May 17th, 2007 May 17, 2007 1:13:00 PM -   #56 (permalink)
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Anyone have luck contacting versatrans? Nearly a month and nada (after their first reply asking for my address 2 weeks after I contacted them).

I hear their stuff is good, but contacting them is like pulling teeth. I think that's probably going to be the deciding factor -- whether their stuff is good and cheap or not.
 
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Anyone have luck contacting versatrans? Nearly a month and nada (after their first reply asking for my address 2 weeks after I contacted them).

I hear their stuff is good, but contacting them is like pulling teeth. I think that's probably going to be the deciding factor -- whether their stuff is good and cheap or not.
exact same problemo for me...
and I really was considering ordering from them...
 
Old May 17th, 2007 May 17, 2007 3:36:44 PM -   #58 (permalink)
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Anyone have luck contacting versatrans? Nearly a month and nada.
I find that when contacting companies, if you tell them you were refered by such and such, or even from Rodney's Board here, it helps.

They may be busy trying to get orders out for their regular clients, or there may be other reasons. But, referals do help. Think of them as "Transfer Doctors" lol, serious, you would be surprised what a referal will do in any Industry.


...just a thought.


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I definitely did tell them I found them here and even linked the thread... still no dice.

*crosses off list*
 
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i surfed around First Edition's webby and cant seem to find their email address. Anyone has it??
 






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