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Hi guys,

Sorry in advance if this is in the wrong forum, but it was the most related forum i could think of.

My question is this:

I've felt many different t-shirts and on some, the print is raised (if you run your finger across it, you can definitely tell its' ink on top of shirt, and in my experience this does not last very long), and others the print is a little more engrained into the shirt.

What is the process to get a non-raised print on a t-shirt, or is that limited to just big name producers.

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is that limited to just big name producers.
Actually it is not. I know your new so I know you missed a lot of the info about Iron All and Miracool and now softfeel papers. all give you the soft hand feel you desire.The problem is the paper is finicky and you need to learn how to use it. You can check out my videos and see for yourself. I use just this paper for all my white and light transfers if not then I use plastisol transfers which I have made for me from selected companies
 

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Badalou, I think he is asking about screen printing.

What you are referring to is the diference in screen printing with plasticol ink vs water based ink. Neither type will last longer than the other. Plasticol ink has a raised plastic feel to it, while waterbased ink has a matte feel to it, that is ingrained in the fabric. Alot of screen printers do not use water based inks, since it dries up in the sreens quicker, making it harder to use. You may have to call around, but you should be able to find someone who can do this.
 

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What you are referring to is the diference in screen printing with plasticol ink vs water based ink.
It could be, but it could also be high density plastisol vs. standard printing.

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Neither type will last longer than the other.
I'm not so sure that's true - I've certainly been told otherwise by someone with a long history in the industry, but I haven't had much of a chance to test for myself yet.
 

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It all boils down to technique. It's true, water based inks do produce a nice soft print, but plastisol can be very soft as well , but it can also have the bullet-proof feel. Depends on a lot of variables.

That didn't help much did it. :)
 

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Thank you guys for all your help, I am really new to this and it is nice to know that it is possible with plastisol.
 

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've felt many different t-shirts and on some, the print is raised (if you run your finger across it, you can definitely tell its' ink on top of shirt, and in my experience this does not last very long),
A quality screen print even if the ink is "on top" of the shirt will last a looong time.

A poor quality print (whether you can't feel the design or not) won't last a lont time.
 
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