Originally Posted by Solidkick
Are the graphics on the apparel screen print or iron on?
Right now i have it set to "Direct Printing". Here are the comparisons given by Cafepress.
Our current tee shirts use heat transfers and what i dont like about it is you can see the square a little bit where the transfer material is.
You can change the option as to which method you want when u place the order.
I am going to order one of each type of shirt for myslef to see what they look like......and a beer mug... and a clock.. and a coaster.... and a thong..
I am open to advice on which to use by default.. So if anyone has first hand experience.. speak up.
CafePress allows its Shopkeepers to choose which printing methods to offer with their designs, or allows the customers to pick which option best suits them. Direct Printing
and Heat Transfer
each have distinct benefits that you will want to consider. Please note: Sometimes, CafePress only offers one printing style on certain apparel items.
With Direct Printing, we print direct-to-fabric with no transfers. The result is a matte image that moves with the garment because the ink is actually embedded in the fabric for ultimate wearable comfort. After a few washes, you will notice the great durability of Direct Printing. That means greater image staying power.
The benefits of Direct Printing
Things to keep in mind with Direct Printing
- Great washability - no fading
- No feel of ink on the fabric (the ink is in the fabric)
- No cracking
- No transfer lines
- Colors are not as vibrant as Heat Transfer
Heat Transfer is as durable as screen-printing, but offers more detail. Heat Transfer uses heat to create a bond between the resin and the T-Shirt, locking the ink between the two layers. Heat Transfer has a slight plastic feel when first worn, however, this feel will diminish after washing.
The benefits of Heat Transfer
Things to keep in mind with Heat Transfer
- Vibrant colors - great for photos and detailed imagery
- Good washability, fading happens over the first few washes
- May crack on ribbed garments
- Has a slightly stiffer feel
- Transfer outline may be visible with some designs
- May yellow over time
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