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I'm in the same position as fresh. I've got some good designs (I think...but I suppose everyone thinks this) developed in Photoshop, but don't really know where to go from here. I'd rather have someone else do the printing, and it's heartening to hear that this is a valid commercial option.

Another query: do Tshirt designers generally get their designs screenprinted, or is heat transfer a real option? I get the impression that quality and heat transfer do not generally go hand in hand. Interested in the views of experienced designers...

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Thanks Rodney.

But assuming you do get quality printing on quality Tshirts, aren't heat transfers liable to fade and lose their sharp, vivid quality far faster than screen? That's what I've heard. Any definitive opinions on that, based on experience rather than folklore (which is how I'd classify my information on the subject)??
 

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Well, I'm a newbie so am not speaking from a position of experience, but I think Comin'OutSwingin makes a lot of sense. It seems to me curiously judgemental, self-congratulatory and ego-orientated to take the sort of purist stance MinusBlindfold has taken.

As far as I'm concerned, the most exciting aspect of Tshirt printing is the design itself (and let's face it: if the design stinks, it doesn't matter how accomplished you are at doing the rest of the job of having the Tshirt printed and marketed, whether by yourself or someone else - it ain't gonna work!). What's less admirable about focusing on the thing that excites you most, if that happens to be design, and contracting others to do the parts of the job they specialise in? As far as I'm concerned, the only issue here is whether it is economically feasible. It seems it is, going by most responses - to the posters concerned, thanks for the benefit of your experience.
 

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Again, have to agree with Comin'Out Swingin.

Re your comment: "ok, you guys read into that wrong" - how so? You stated, and this is a direct quote "I think the DIY type approach is more admirable, and shows more character and more interest in screen printing and shirt design in general."

That is obviously your opinion, and like Comin'Out Swingin, I stated my opinion in response: that is, that I think your comment is judgemental and self-congratulatory. I can't see how or why you claim we "read into it wrong (sic)". Your words are your words, and they say what they say. The fact that others challenge or don't share your view does not mean that they interpreted you incorrectly. More ego operating there, in my OPINION.

Take your point, Solmu. I imagine it is very satisfying to see the process through from design to final product. I suspect this is what MinusBlindfold meant to say, minus the judgemental stuff.
 

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neato

I identify with your situation and have reached similar conclusions re the Tshirt design venture I am planning. Only worry for me is whether transfers can give quality/durability/enduring vividness and sharpness comparable to screenprinting when printing on to 100% cotton (it seems not, from the advice I have received).

Good luck.
 
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