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Hola!

I've been digging in the archives here regarding various printing processes, and the info here has been great thus far! :D But, I still have questions concerning which process is the best avenue to go. Below are two t-shirt designs that I wear and hope to produce in similar quality. The first design is by Girbaud. I'm wondering if you folks might know how they wear able to print all over the front side and at the same time plaster their logo at the center. The second image below is a close-up of their logo. There is a bit of a soft feel on the logo, more like velour, but if you notice closely it's also beginning to peel off. I've must've washed this t-shirt a dozen times before it's peeling. The very last t-shirt below, is a design by and 1 clothing. A simple white t-shirt, but it appears to be a screen print because I do not see any borders around their design and it also doesn't feel like it's a heat transfer.

In the end, I'm interested in knowing if anyone has experience in producing similar designs in respect to printing processes while maintaining reasonable profitable margins.

thanks!

-al


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I'd agree with the roller print base layer (perhaps with dye)... but with that peeling in the second photo I doubt the logo is screenprinted. Screenprinting can crack and flake off, but it doesn't peel in my experience. I would guess the logo is done with vinyl or flock to give it a 3D look over the top of the base print? Since it has a soft, velour feel I'd guess it's flock (which I know very little about).
 

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Ahhh - sorry - should actually READ all of the post before answering - I thought it was simply "distressed" and not peeling - I would go with Lewis' on the flock transfer - they make it in cuttable rolls/sheets like thermoflex - could also be some of the fabric (twill etc) that is also cut and heat applied.
 

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thanks for the reply folks! But, is this a costly process in your professional opinion?
 

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Probably.

I've never costed doing all over roller prints so I can't be sure, but since the equipment is expensive and not something every shop owns, I can't imagine it would be cheap. Your best bet would be to ring some shops and get a quote though.

I don't believe flock is expensive if that's the part you're more interested in (but since that's the part that's falling off, it may not be of interest to you ;))
 
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