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Hi my name is Irwin, I was just recently introduced to a company named Stahls'. I have little knowledge on their work and how their print outs turn out for t shirts. If you have information on their work or pictures on what they have done on t shirts or information that I may need to know that would be great

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Stahls' is one of the best known and reputable companies in our industry.
 

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I use three main printing methods for my product: screen printing, DTG (direct to garment) printing, and sublimation.

When screen printing my digitally painted artwork, I use a method called Index Color to get the photo-realistic look with bright color highlights. I use this for product going into a retail environment and larger custom orders. Screen printing offers a lot of very cool special effects with glitter and puff inks, foil and flock.

I also print DTG. This is the method that got me started. It can do super high color and high detail very well. I do not use this method for retail product though (as it is not as robust a print as the other methods), I use it for prototyping and smaller custom orders. It does not have special effect inks available.

Sublimation is a whole different animal. I really like cut & sew sublimated products and am trying to get that market moving in my product offering (Mark R., if you read this call me!). It provides superb results on any type of artwork from spot color to high color high detail artwork, and, is almost bullet proof for retaining a lasting and robust image in the real world of how a customer takes care of their clothes. It also does not have special effect type inks.

If you are looking into digitally printed heat transfers, my recommendation is that it would be good for smaller custom orders, not for high volume or retail. It leaves a heavy hand and is not as long lasting as other print methods. Now screen printed plastisol heat transfers are different. They are pretty much the same as normal screen printing when it comes to the end product. Also, vinyl heat transfers are very robust and great for athletic uniform's names and numbers.
 

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I use three main printing methods for my product: screen printing, DTG (direct to garment) printing, and sublimation.

When screen printing my digitally painted artwork, I use a method called Index Color to get the photo-realistic look with bright color highlights. I use this for product going into a retail environment and larger custom orders. Screen printing offers a lot of very cool special effects with glitter and puff inks, foil and flock.

I also print DTG. This is the method that got me started. It can do super high color and high detail very well. I do not use this method for retail product though (as it is not as robust a print as the other methods), I use it for prototyping and smaller custom orders. It does not have special effect inks available.

Sublimation is a whole different animal. I really like cut & sew sublimated products and am trying to get that market moving in my product offering (Mark R., if you read this call me!). It provides superb results on any type of artwork from spot color to high color high detail artwork, and, is almost bullet proof for retaining a lasting and robust image in the real world of how a customer takes care of their clothes. It also does not have special effect type inks.

If you are looking into digitally printed heat transfers, my recommendation is that it would be good for smaller custom orders, not for high volume or retail. It leaves a heavy hand and is not as long lasting as other print methods. Now screen printed plastisol heat transfers are different. They are pretty much the same as normal screen printing when it comes to the end product. Also, vinyl heat transfers are very robust and great for athletic uniform's names and numbers.
Well mainly i want to do prints on cotton t shirts and Stahls is very costly to do big designs do u have any suggestions i was thinking of using the new product out ink jet image clip do u know how that holds in the wash?
 

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How many pieces do you want to do? Finding a company to contract print with is a good way to go if you do not own equipment yet but need a robust product.

DTG is pretty darn good and will last especially if you let your customer know some wash care instructions and they follow them.

If your piece count is high enough, screen printing is economical per piece and then does not need the same wash care as DTG.

You can post in the Referrals and Recommendations section of the forum asking for some DTG or screen printers in your area that can do it for you.

If you really want to do it yourself, then a package deal from one of the suppliers is a great way to get started. Depending on the colors in your artwork, you might go screen printing if all you need is spot colors to start.

It is really hard to say Irwin, even digitally printed heat transfers on an Epson WorkForce 1100 (which can print 13 x 19) can look great and be a good product for the right kind of customer. Lots of people here on the forum do very well with heat transfer products.

More information would help people here give you very good recommendations. What is it exactly you want to do? How big a print, what kind of artwork will it be, where are you trying to sell it? We know you want to use cotton, so sublimation is not in the picture, but otherwise more info will be good to point you to very good things to look into.
 

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How many pieces do you want to do? Finding a company to contract print with is a good way to go if you do not own equipment yet but need a robust product.

DTG is pretty darn good and will last especially if you let your customer know some wash care instructions and they follow them.

If your piece count is high enough, screen printing is economical per piece and then does not need the same wash care as DTG.

You can post in the Referrals and Recommendations section of the forum asking for some DTG or screen printers in your area that can do it for you.

If you really want to do it yourself, then a package deal from one of the suppliers is a great way to get started. Depending on the colors in your artwork, you might go screen printing if all you need is spot colors to start.

It is really hard to say Irwin, even digitally printed heat transfers on an Epson WorkForce 1100 (which can print 13 x 19) can look great and be a good product for the right kind of customer. Lots of people here on the forum do very well with heat transfer products.

More information would help people here give you very good recommendations. What is it exactly you want to do? How big a print, what kind of artwork will it be, where are you trying to sell it? We know you want to use cotton, so sublimation is not in the picture, but otherwise more info will be good to point you to very good things to look into.
well I do have the equipment I have a Epson stylus 1400 a heat presser i just don't have a plotter do you have a Facebook account so I can show you the types of designs I'm doing so you know what ill exactly need?
 
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