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Hey ya'll how are you all doing. Im really looking into the heat transfer machines. The reason why is because there easy to use and I dont need all these inks and stuff... get my floor dirty lol jks. Anyways I made some graphics in Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Illustrator (Obviously color) and I wanted to know if I used the heat transfer machine will the quality look good and when it comes time to get them washed in the washing machine, will the image still be on the t-shirt or will it start to come off. If they wont come off, then BAM! Im getting it for sure. I wont be doing those lettering stuff but all sorts of cartoon images will be on there. Fancy designs is what I want to put on the t-shirts.

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I think I missed the question you were asking in that paragraph :) What is it you wanted to know?
 

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That's a subjective kind of question in my opinion.

There are good quality heat pressed shirts (usually pressed professionally or with professional grade equipment) and there are bad quality heat pressed shirts. Same would hold true with dye sub and screen printed t-shirts.

That being said, some people won't like even the best printed heat press t-shirt because of their personal definition of a quality t-shirt. Some people won't like the best printed screen printed t-shirt because of what they think a t-shirt print should feel like.

My suggestion would be to buy a couple of professionally printed heat pressed shirts and a couple of screen printed shirts, and you'll see if you think heat transfer is good quality. Lots of people do, but it's best to be the judge of it yourself before you decide on where to put your printing budget.
 

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The most important thing is to use quality materials. use good inks (Durabrite, Magic Mix) and a good transfer paper (Transjet II/magic Jet) and the shirts will hold up very well over time. Not _quite_ as good as a screen print or vinyl transfer IMO, but not too far off either.
 
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