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Dye sublimation or heat transfer

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Hello :)

I would like to know which has a good quality, t-shirts printed using a dye sublimation or heat transfers?

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what do you mean by 'heat transfer'

dyesub is permanent and the most lasting option. it is also the most expensive. you will not be disappointed with dyesub.
Hi, I mean by "heat transfers" is by using heat transfers papers?

But as you have said, dye sub is long lasting. However, is it for light t-shirts only?
Dye sublimation is also done by printing on dye-sub transfer paper and then heat pressed.

Dye sublimation is for light garments and doesn't work on cotton - only on man-made fabrics.

If you want to have t-shirts with dye-sublimation print on black background, you have to start with white fabric, cut it into panels, print it with your desing plus black/dark background and then sew it into garments.
There are ready made garments and fabrics out there that look and feel very much like cotton, but made of ring-spun polyester.
I think you are comparing apples to oranges and asking which one tastes better. If one likes apples but hates oranges guess what the answer will be. To get started in Dye Sub costs a lot more than inkjet heat transfers. You can order stock heat transfers or have them custom made or buy an inkjet and make your own. IMO it is still an inkjet heat transfer and never look better that a good Dye Sub shirt. Dye Sub transfer paper images donot need trimming so no cutter required. Dye sub needs 100% poly shirts which cost about $6.00 each, inkjet transfers can use cotton shirts which are about $1.90 each. If you plan to sell T shirts for $10.00 to $12.00 then you won't make any money doing Dye Sub. Before you look at processes, understand the customer base and your pricing. Dye Sub is for light shirts only but inkjet heat transfers can be used on black shirts also. I have an Epson 4800 dye sub printer and 16" X 20" heat press so the largest image I can dye sub is 13" X 20". I also have an Epsom 1400 for inkjet transfers so the largest inkjet transfer I can print is 11" X 17". some inkjets only print 8.5" X 11". These are just some of the things to consider. Just my opinion but what you plan to do and how you want to do it will narrow down your choices for you.
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