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This section of the forum is where Rodney, a die hard screen printing fan, journeys into the world of heat press and heat transfers. Coming from the perspective of a complete heat press newbie making t-shirts for the first time. Jump right in :)



[PREFACE] - So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

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Old February 18th, 2007 Feb 18, 2007 8:23:42 PM -   #31 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

Thanks, Lucy!
Which heat press did you say you're using? And where/what brand of transfer paper do you use/recommend?
 
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Old February 18th, 2007 Feb 18, 2007 8:30:15 PM -   #32 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

Lucy, one more Q:

How do you transfer the image to the transfer paper? Do you just your computer's printer? Ink jet? Laser jet? REally basic (and embarrassing questions), but I'm ready to admit complete ignorance.

Do tell!
 
Old February 18th, 2007 Feb 18, 2007 8:37:17 PM -   #33 (permalink)
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Thanks, Lucy!
Which heat press did you say you're using? And where/what brand of transfer paper do you use/recommend?
Here I use a Basix 15x15 (old one), but I'm getting a Stahls Automatic 16x20 Heat Press in the near future if all works out.

Any of the brand name presses are good. Stahls, Hix and so on. I think a fellow here on the board "Josh" from imprintables sells them too.

As for paper, I mainly use Plastisol Transfers. These you can get custom made with your designs or buy them as stock design tranfers from catalog companies,

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Old February 18th, 2007 Feb 18, 2007 9:05:17 PM -   #34 (permalink)
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Lucy, one more Q:

How do you transfer the image to the transfer paper? Do you just your computer's printer? Ink jet? Laser jet? REally basic (and embarrassing questions), but I'm ready to admit complete ignorance.

Do tell!
...funny. Believe me, you are far from ignorance. You are just asking questions, that's all.

No, I don't use digital transfers much (computer/ink jet etc.). Also, Im not a designer.

Around here, we make the transfers with screen printing equipment. The artwork is provided by the customer, we make the films/screens and screen print the designs on transfer release paper.

These types of transfers usually designers/brands don't make them themselfs, they contract out the making of the transfers to transfer makers.

But, if you are starting out, I think you can get a bubble jet printer for $ 50 or something, it does have it's benefits like it will enable you to make full color transfers at a very low cost, one off's. But the quality is not the best to enter the Branding Market nor to be sold at commercial level.

It really depends on your budget and your goal.
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Old February 18th, 2007 Feb 18, 2007 9:19:33 PM -   #35 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

Do you buy used heat presses off Ebay or is there another good place to find used equipment?
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Do you buy used heat presses off Ebay or is there another good place to find used equipment?
eBay is one option. I know a lot of members have found presses through craigslist



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Old February 19th, 2007 Feb 19, 2007 10:31:33 AM -   #37 (permalink)
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Looking for an economical (and feasible) way to print 3-5 shirts at a time, if need be. Can you or anyone else in this thread tell me a little about the plastisol transfer process?
Plastisol transfers are basically heat transfers that are printed by screen printers. Instead of printing onto the shirt, they print the design (with plastisol screen printing ink) onto transfer/release paper and then ship that printed paper to you so you can press it on the shirts as you need them with a heat press.

You can't print plastisol transfers at home. Some plastisol transfer printers have low minimums (like 6 or 8 sheets), but the bonus is that you can place several designs on one sheet (especially one line text designs).

Pricing will vary depending on the number of colors in the design and the quantity ordered. If you have a heat press, you can contact a few of the companies in this thread for samples and they'll send you some with their pricing sheets.
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Old June 27th, 2007 Jun 27, 2007 6:19:54 PM -   #38 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

I am thinking of starting the heat transfer tshirt thing. I currently silkscreen
and it's very time consuming for me.

Time to research.
 
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How soft is the hand on plastisol transfers?
 
Old October 22nd, 2007 Oct 22, 2007 3:05:57 PM -   #40 (permalink)
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How soft is the hand on plastisol transfers?
It's just like screen printing. It can have different types of hand. Soft, glossy, etc.
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Old October 22nd, 2007 Oct 22, 2007 3:55:20 PM -   #41 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

Thanks Rodney. I am so new to the terminology of transfers, I feel a little silly. Actually, the next morning after I asked that question, I found out the transfers we use in the store I run right now are mostly plastisol. Oh well, no such thing as a stupid question, right?? lol
 
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

hey i bought myself a heat press and now i need someone to help me learn how to get pictures off my computer and how and what i need to print them please somene help
 
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hey i bought myself a heat press and now i need someone to help me learn how to get pictures off my computer and how and what i need to print them please somene help
You need to get some good transfer paper and a printer using pigment inks. Most of us use Epson printers.
Do you have a graphics program like CorelDraw?
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how do i start now that i bought my heat press and know nothing about all this
 
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how do i start now that i bought my heat press and know nothing about all this
Here's a checklist of things you need.

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paper- I like Jet Pro Sofstretch paper.
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