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ok people! lol. Im am very new to this. Basically I want to print my own shirts (on a larer scale) to sell. Alright, now, I think Heat Press is a good idea. But I am not totally sure what I need so I will tell you what I want to be able to do.

Ok the first thing is custom T-Shirt colours. I know this has nothing to do with the heat press. So say I have a colour on my PC, how do I get the colour of the T-Shirt to match that exact colour? For example a colours Hex value could be #602e13, I would need that exact colour shirt.

Ok second! I need an efficient way to get my designs onto the shirts. Im assuming I need some sort of transfer paper and some sort of press I was looking at the Phoenix Fire heat press...im not really sure what I need but it looks very easy to use. Like how would I get the design onto the tranfer paper? What a good printer to use? DO I need special ink? lol I could keep going.

Third I just need to know about the printing process. Like when I make a design does it have to have a background colour? Or can it just print the design and have no white around it. What are common problems/misconceptions or anything I would need to know starting out.

ALl help welcome!! I know it's alot to ask, sorry lol. I would really appreciate it :D Thanks so much :) Basically, tell me what I need to know like im your 50 year old mom :p Thank you.
 

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jadedknight said:
Ok the first thing is custom T-Shirt colours. I know this has nothing to do with the heat press. So say I have a colour on my PC, how do I get the colour of the T-Shirt to match that exact colour? For example a colours Hex value could be #602e13, I would need that exact colour shirt.
You do it the other way around: find a t-shirt that is a good match, and match your design to that shirt. There are many good brands with large colour ranges, so it should be possible to get a good match. You can get things dyed if it's a must, but it is an added expense and hassle best left avoided.

As for shirt colours... off the top of my head I have a PMS chart for American Apparel, Alstyle and Gildan, so they're definitely around. I'm sure others are floating around somewhere.

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Basically, tell me what I need to know like im your 50 year old mom :p Thank you.
I doubt many of us have a fifty year old mum; I'd also lay off the age jokes since one of our resident heat press experts is older than that himself and doesn't seem any the worse for wear ;)
 

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Solmu said:
You can get things dyed if it's a must, but it is an added expense and hassle best left avoided.
not really you know. As long as you do enough quantity for the Dye Lots, the cost is about the same or a little more than buying ready dye shirts (of couse you will not be able to compete with Gildan and such).

If you cut/sew your own shirts, the Fabric for Dyeing costs less.

You can also buy custom color dye lots of fabric rolls directly from fabric Mills. They can make the fabric any color you want. Your minimum order for fabric would be about $ 5,000-$10,000.

like Solmu said, if you are not in this qty range, perhaps match the best you can. :D
 

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What a good printer to use? DO I need special ink? lol I could keep going.
If you do a search of this Heat Press section of the forum (or just browse a few older threads) you will find great topics about inks to use and printer recommendations.

Some keywords you might want to use would be printer or epson or inks (or even recommend)
 
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