Part 2: Testing Inkjet Transfer Paper

If you haven’t seen part 1 of this video, go here to see it first!

In this follow-up video, we’ll print two tees and see how they measure up… I think I can recommend this one — but only after I throw it into the washing machine a few times to see how the design on the t-shirt holds up!

I’ll have the wash test results posted soon… I’m actually quite surprised with the results, but I’ll let you see firsthand!

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Feel free to leave your comments/questions below as it relates to inkjet transfer paper

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Tim @ Cripple Creek says

Glad to see you’ve finally come around to inkjet transfers for start-ups.  I’ve personally done about 5-6000 t-shirts this way in the past year, but you’ve still have a lot to learn about using inkjets.  First, always use pigmented inks instead of dye inks.  Next, always use high heat pigmented inks.  I’ve found if you don’t, when you start pressing large picture type transfers, the images can crack when washed and stretched.  Try and find a good transfer sheet that has a grid on the back. This will help keep your images straight when pressing. (Red Grid or Blue Grid is my choice)  Buy your inks in bulk with refillable cartridges.  Your ink cost is next to nothing if you do this and you can hold the cost of any transfer (full color) to less than .50 cents for an 8.5 x 11.  

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    Cartess Ross says

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for contributing… I just saw your e-mail and will follow-up with you over the next 24-hours. I’ll see if I can bribe you into doing an interview 😉

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    Ashworthl says

    Tim, What printer are you using? I’m looking into purchasing the Epson Stylus 1400 and will probably add the CIS to it. Also, what transfer paper are you using and where are you purchasing it from?

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    Godchild1124 says

    Is Epson the only printers that have pigmented inks? I have an HP InkJet C8180 but it seem everyone is using Epson’s to start their printing business.

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      kimross says

      Hi,
      We highly recommend the Epson printer. The epson printer will allow for best results as possible.

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    Tiarra says

    @Tim,

    Do you print custom heat transfer paper? I see just the paper being sold everywhere but I want my design to come out as good as the shirt in this video.

    -Tiarra

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      kimross says

      Hi Tiaraa,

      I apologize we do not offer custom printing services. However, we have vendors that you may send your designs off to be screen printed. Which is what we highly recommend. Screen printing provides a better and longer lasting product!

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

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Reds Printing says

Another great video Cartess. Good looking out.

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Bronzebeauty says

I’m waiting cause I have a tone of designs that I need to print and have samples. Post the washiong outcome soon!

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    Cartess Ross says

    It’ll be coming soon — ran into some technical issues and hope to have video online within the next day or two.

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Cartess Ross says

Since you’re friends, simply write up an agreement that outlines what you’re wanting… And because you’re friends, make sure you do this because it will prevent lots of problems down the line.

The agreement will simply outline what you both agree to — that way, if you all have any disagreements in the future (and you likely will), you both can point back to the agreement and any ill-feelings can be resolved. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of losing a great friend.

It’s something about business, money, family and friends… If you wish to preserve family and friends, it’s best not to do business with them. If you want to do business with them, just draw up the terms of the agreement and meet back on it quarterly for any updates/changes – if necessary.

It’ll keep everyone honest.

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    andrea says

    ok thanks one last question for now, onve ive made these terms and bought their art to put on the shirt how can the picture become protected so no one elese but me can use it like if i make an online store and people copy the picture to put on their own shirts is their a legit way to get copyright or do i just say the pictures belong to me?

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      Cartess Ross says

      That will be a more of an legal question that should be address with an copyright/trademark attorney.

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Cartess Ross says

The video should be up later this evening..stay tuned!

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Cartess Ross says

That will be addressed in video 3. In which the video will be added later this evening sometime.

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Cartess Ross says

I really can’t recommend a good printer because I’ve never really used this method to make tees.

Inkjet printers seem to be more popular with more choices to choose from as it relates to transfer paper for inkjets.

You can get the paper here:
http://www.tshirtriches.com/inkjet-transfer-paper-part3/

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Cartess Ross says

Thanks for the ‘shout out’… As you can see, there’s a whole lot more to starting a t-shirt business than what they mentioned.

Anyhow, feel free to post and ask questions. We’re here to help!

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Daironwil says

I just purchased a Epson WF1100 and I use the Cobra Ink System. I am just learning but I find it not to be so bad. Hopefully I can get it to a point where where it looks decent. The biggest issue I have right now is color matching.

Cartess thank you for the inspiration, your videos and the way you present things are very infectious and inspiring. 

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Cartess Ross says

Glad we could help… The machine used in the video is a HT-600 — manufactured by HIX. It’s an older machine.

I got other machines manufactured by Hotronix (older machines), just don’t have a need to upgrade yet because they all work fine.

If money is no object, I’d recommend Hotronix all the way, They have great warranties and their support is AWESOME. Here are 2 lines they manufacture:

http://www.tshirtriches.com/the-maxx-clam-heat-press/

http://www.tshirtriches.com/hotronix-auto-open-clam-heat-press/

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Cartess Ross says

Hey Joshua, you can see the paper types here under this video — hope this helps:
http://www.tshirtriches.com/inkjet-transfer-paper-part3/

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Cartess Ross says

Yes… This machine can print on 3xl tees — If u feel u need something larger than a 16×20, you should get it. But 16×20 has handled all of my needs. If you plan on doing HUGE prints, then get a larger machine.

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Cartess Ross says

Unfortunately, we don’t ship these outside the US/Canada.

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Cartess Ross says

Hi Will,
The laser printers are suppose to print better than the ink jet printer. Please know, at the end of the day the designs are still printed from a printer and does not offer the same quality as having the design screen printed onto the transfer paper.

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Cartess Ross says

Thank you for your very kind words! =)

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Cartess Ross says

Please click the link below and scroll down.
http://www.tshirtriches.com/inkjet-transfer-paper-part3/

Try looking on ebay for a “starer” machine that’s good enough for you to get your business started. Please know that you’ll have to replace the heat press machine, but it’s good enough to get started with your business.

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Cartess Ross says

HI Ray,

The heat press is “hix” 16×20.

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Buffy Perez says

I have purchased a heat print machine from a friend, I want to get my business started but I dont know a wholesale supplier for the tee shirts, the transparent paper, and Im unsure as to what program to use to design the shirts. I just completed a order for Breast Cancer Tee shirts for 60 tee shirts, that I ended up going to walmart to get white tee shirts, and the transparent paper. I need help bad and want to get going forward in the business. I need all the info I can get. HELP!! Thank you.

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Adam says

Hey I was curious exactly what temperature you have your press on. I have set it to 375. 370, 365. and even a little higher than 375, and it still seems there is some ink left on the printed transfers. It may be a variation in the press. I also did do 2 ten second warmups, and pressed the shirt for 3 seconds. So just curious what temp and times you found to be the best for you.

Thanks,

Adam

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    kimross says

    Hi Adam,
    It really depends but we usually have the temperature settings on 395.

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bojack says

Mr. Ross the letters you used in your demostration, could you please tell me where you purchased those? I’ve seen a couple places, but they have one big sheet and you have to cut your letters out.

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Ola says

Hi Cartess,

I registered as a member TSR379 but now i can’t login into my account. pls tell me what is wrong cos right now can’t access my account.

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Carol says

Love your videos. Looking for a heat press. Do not know where to start. Fo you have a preference? Small in home business. Thank you

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    Kimberly Ross says

    Hi Carol,

    We have created a training course that will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. There’s no reason in trying to figure all this out on your own, cut your learning curb in half! We’ve done all the hard work for you. All you have to do is take advantage of the blueprint we’ll provide, learn the material and apply it towards your business. This isn’t an easy task, this isn’t some get rich quick scam and it will require a lot of hard work if you expect to receive any type of results. Honestly, your results depend on you.

    Please click the link to check out the program we have created along with the pricing information.

    http://tshirtriches.com/training

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Tiffany k says

Hello.
What was the name of the vendor that you purchased the transfer paper that you were satisfied with (inkjet paper). I didn’t see it in the description boxes anywhere, but did here you say you were going to test it out 1st then give the information.

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    Kimberly Ross says

    HI Tiffany,

    We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

    The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

    If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
    http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

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