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Hola!
Here are some(annoying) questions:

*Lemme get this straight...So you can't screenprint/plastisol transfer full color images?

*How do they make these shirts with complicated(more than 7 colors plus gradients ect.) designs?
I have this shirt http://www.80stees.com/products/Rainbow-Brite-shirt-Junk-Food.asp
and it looks and feels like screen print, cuz it feels very soft and "embedded" into the fabric..yet I understand you cant do degradations and have so many colors without turning them into spot colors, which would make it look very different from what this looks like (all smooth and almost identical to the original digital file)
so...how do they do it?

*What kind of transfers are these http://www.retroduck.com/cart/shop.cgi/SID=1069891.../display=07-0532
and is there a place you know of where I can custom order some? There is a store here that heat presses these kinds of full colored..vinyl transfers...thingies...and I found them interesting and durable.

*I know I can use heat transfers for full color designs, but Ive never really seen a transfer paper that doesnt look...cheap. Like, all Ive seen are transfers that when transfered on black shirts, they look kinda transparent, and they get all hard and seem like they will peel off anytime.

And these werent like, Office Max transfers. These were Internet bought transfers.
Plus, you have to cut them up, they kinda had that white border and cutting 'em is kinda' impossible to do if my design has a lot of detail and text.

*So...any light on the subject? Where can I buy some real great quality custom made transfers that let me go full color?


I tried looking for something that could help me on the forum, but my eyes started bleeding after the 3rd page. I really feel kinda sorry to ask.:\
 

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Lemme get this straight...So you can't screenprint/plastisol transfer full color images?
Nope, that's not correct :)

You can screen print (traditional, direct on the garment) full color images.

*How do they make these shirts with complicated(more than 7 colors plus gradients ect.) designs?
Using 4 color process. Just like your printer at home creates millions of colors using just 4 colors of ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, black). Sometimes printers will use 4 color process AND add a couple of extra "spot" colors (if necessary).

I have this shirt http://www.80stees.com/products/Rain...-Junk-Food.asp
and it looks and feels like screen print, cuz it feels very soft and "embedded" into the fabric..yet I understand you cant do degradations and have so many colors without turning them into spot colors, which would make it look very different from what this looks like (all smooth and almost identical to the original digital file)
so...how do they do it?
Could be a special kind of transfer paper. Could be water based inks with traditional screen printing. Could be direct to garment printing.

*What kind of transfers are these http://www.retroduck.com/cart/shop.c...isplay=07-0532
and is there a place you know of where I can custom order some? There is a store here that heat presses these kinds of full colored..vinyl transfers...thingies...and I found them interesting and durable.
Looks like just a design on opaque transfer paper printed on someones regular epson printer. Most transfer stores carry opaque tranfer paper (including our sponsors: Best Blanks, Imprintables Warehouse, and Coastal Business Supplies). I think personalizedsupplies.com also has opaque transfer paper.

*I know I can use heat transfers for full color designs, but Ive never really seen a transfer paper that doesnt look...cheap. Like, all Ive seen are transfers that when transfered on black shirts, they look kinda transparent, and they get all hard and seem like they will peel off anytime.
Keep trying different brands :) When I was at the recent PrintWear tradeshows, I saw a LOT of REALLY nice transfers on actual garments. Professionally printed, professionally pressed with quality equipment. They looked good.

*So...any light on the subject? Where can I buy some real great quality custom made transfers that let me go full color?
You can print them yourself if you have the right printers and inks.

I think you'll get the best results with screen printing (depending on your image), or even with transfers.

You can find all kinds of transfer printers in this thread:
http://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=4095

(maybe you could ask a few of the companies for samples)
 
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