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Buy the Wrong Transfer Paper and Your T-shirts (and your Reputation) Will SUCK!

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The piss-poor quality inkjet and laser t-shirt transfers being sold at local stores like Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby or Michael’s will surely make you look like an amateur; and if you’re lucky enough, maybe they won’t ask for a refund when you hand them the shirts, but I can almost guarantee they’ll never place another order with you again…

Why? Because the transfers being sold by local retailers absolutely SUCK!

In my opinion, screen printed transfers trump any other type of at-home t-shirt transfer process. BUT… not everyone can afford high quality screen printed transfers. So the only other option is to ensure you buy a heat transfer that’ll give you a decent chance at getting your t-shirt business started…

If you’re not familiar with screen printed transfers, check out the FREE video on this page… I tell you what they are and I show you  how they work.

If you must buy inkjet or laser transfer papers, watch the videos below

I’ve found some decent transfer paper that you can use from your home printer and start your t-shirt business on the low-low. See firsthand how the transfer papers holds up after multiple washes.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

These transfers actually hold up pretty well…

WHERE TO BUY TRANSFER PAPER

***PLEASE NOTE*** We know longer sell any type of transfer paper at all.

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  • michael says:

    hello,
    im trying to set up a tshirt printing business.. i would like to print my own design, do my own printing and heat pressing. still doing reserch on what is the best options to start of with but so far im interested in Heat press and it seems that by comments i ve read the laser printers are better quality. i am a bit confused though as i am a begginer to all this, but do i need a cutter? also what kind of programme/software do i need for the artwork, is photoshop ok?
    could you please let me know all the equipment i will need. thanks

  • Gabe says:

    What brand shirts do you recommend? What do you usually use? What manufacture do you usually purchase from?

    • kimross says:

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

      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.
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

  • Pierre says:

    do i have to worry about peeling after alot of washing??

    • kimross says:

      Hi Pierre,

      You do not. However, the screen printing process of having the design screen printed onto the release paper is an absolutely MUST. There’s no worry of this happening when going this route. The transfers we do have available are much better than the transfers you purchase at local stores.

  • isaac says:

    Whats the price of the transfer paper, and how do I get my design on it.

    • kimross says:

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

      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.
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

      Once the design has been created, you’ll submit the design to the transfer companies. However, we suggest contacting the transfer company prior to having the design created. Each vendor has their own preference in what format the file should be saved in.

  • antonio says:

    can you use team logos without licensing rights from them.

  • Frieda says:

    Hey with these transfers, will there be a square around the design or just the inked desgin will transfer?

    • kimross says:

      Hi Frieda,
      The square is extremely small compared to the ones you purchase at the store. There’s a huge difference!

  • E. C. says:

    Hello Cortess Ross, I am very impressed on the videos. They are great and very informative. I have been trying to get my t-shirt business started for years, and I always felt like money was an issue and it was until I decided to go to youtube just a few days ago while I was at my tech school in the learning resource center. I put in how to get started on my t-shirt business, and your video WHERE TO GET CUSTOM T-SHIRT TRANSFERS MADE popped up and I”ve been following your advice since. Now I am excited and very motivated to move forward, and thru the grace of GOD let no one stand in my way. I have endless ideas and would like to purchase my transfers from u very soon.

    • kimross says:

      Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all about your success! Keep pushing forward! 🙂

  • Chandra Ford says:

    i been interested in starting my own t shirt business for some time now but never knew where to start thanks for the video and the information and i would like to know where to buy the transfer paper

  • michael el says:

    hey where can I get order the already printed plastisol transfer from like you had in your testibg inkjet transfers part 3 video ?

    • kimross says:

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

      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.
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11

  • derick says:

    what companies do you use to screen print your designs on the transfer paper? i’m starting my own t-shirt business and would like to know who offers the service so i can get started right away. thanks

    -Derick

    • kimross says:

      Hi Derick,
      We use several companies…
      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers. As well as blank t-shirts at wholesale cost.

      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.
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/2011/11/

  • SAM says:

    Would the dark transfers work on red shirts or royal blue ones?

  • Mirko says:

    I like to start my shirt business. I buy me a used heat transfer press.
    My Question is: can you tell me, which Transfer paper for home-business is the best and what is a good home printer.
    (Ink Jet or Laser) Type / Model? That i can print my own creations at home and make my own shirts.

    Thank you very much!

    • kimross says:

      Hi Mirko,

      The transfers Cartess has recently made videos of regarding printing from a printer. These are much better than the ones you can purchase at local stores. In fact, these transfers can not be purchased at any store. Yes, these transfers hold up a lot better than the ones you can purchase from a local store and they will last a longer!
      However, if you want quality and want long lasting shirts have the designs screen printed onto the special release paper. We continue to stand by having your designs screen printed onto the transfer paper. I have many shirts that are over 3+ years old minus some bleach stains here and there but the shirts have held up well and they still look good!

      Cartess decided to look in this route for individuals that are not able to have their designs screen printed onto the special transfer paper due to the start up phases they are in and the cost that is involved. Again, we do recommend as soon as your business is able to pay to have your designs screen printed onto the special transfer paper, do it!
      See here, the link below….
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/inkjet-transfer-paper-part3/

      The ink jet printer will be best. For better results, there’s a particular ink that should be used. Cartess is in the process of working on a video regarding that subject, please stay tuned! Please be sure to sign up for our emails if you haven’t already! Once the video becomes available you’ll be notified. I promise, you do not want to miss this especially if you plan to print from home!

  • SAM says:

    OK thank you. What color shirts are ok to use with dark color transfers,and what colors should I be using for light transfers?

    • Cartess Ross says:

      Dark Shirts: Black, Blue, Brown, Red, Green, Grey (depending on the shade)
      Light Shirts: White, Ash, Natural, Light Blue, Yellow, etc…

  • Oleg says:

    inkjet vs laser transfer. Which printer type and paper did you use?

    Please explain. What is the difference between inkjet and laser transfer printers and printing process?

  • Ronnie says:

    How do I get my design on the transfer paper?

  • Oleg says:

    Can I use regular printer for Sublimation Printing, or do I need a $1,500 printer(Dye-Sublimation Printer)?

    • kimross says:

      Hi Oleg,

      If you plan on doing sublimation printing on items that’s not cotton; such as mugs, license plates, etc. Yes, you would. We mainly have focused on tshirt, which is our niche. There are plenty of sublimation printers out there. Please do your research and be sure to read the reviews.

  • Shani says:

    Can the heat press be used for sweat clothes(ex…hoodies,sweat pants)?

  • Rueben says:

    My question is about shipping. I ordered some transfer paper on the 25th of October but haven’t received anything yet. I was just wondering how long does the shipping takes.

    • Cartess Ross says:

      Hi Ruben, just checked your tracking status — it’s coming via FEDEX Ground — should be there Wednesday. I’ll email you the tracking info now.

  • Hector says:

    Hi Cartess, what size transfer is the best to use on t-shirts?

    • Cartess Ross says:

      Depends on what you’re designing… Some people make tees for kids and would primarily work with youth sized tees, while others will make tees for standard sized adults.

      The best thing to do would be to talk with the transfer company you think you’ll be going with and let them know what you’ll be doing and they’ll tell you what’s best… Depending on the size of your design, it’s possible to get multiple designs onto a sheet…Thus saving you a ton of money.

  • Steve says:

    I was wondering how the dark color print worked out ? Also I noticed the printer in the video was Epson WorkForce WF-7010

    You mentioned there was a “Sticky” area around the print you didn’t cut. Did that go away once the shirt cooled off ? Or did that stay on there ?

    Is that the printer one you suggest for home printing ?

    • Cartess Ross says:

      It came out fine.. I haven’t gotten the video made and online yet. We moved shortly after I shot those initial videos and still need to unpack the boxes with all my video equipment, lighting, etc… Hope to get it up during the upcoming holidays.

      The outline did stay on slightly, but you had to really be up on the shirt to see it.

      Check out this post that Tim did and the second link will be to an interview he and I did together:

      https://www.tshirtriches.com/t-shirt-deal-tim-braun/ (read the comments below that post as well — Tim answered a lot of question there)

      and this follow-up link:
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/high-heat-pigment-inks/

  • Hans says:

    Hi
    What type of printer and paper are you using to print out your transfers in these videos? Are they coming from a laser print machine and laser paper trasfer or ink jet transfer paper and printer machine ?? Do I need to cut the papers before transfer on t-shirts?? Are they self weeding(cut) papers?? whant order it from you but dunno which one is???
    Thank you

  • samuel says:

    I was wondering if you can send me the tracking info for my order as well.

    • Cartess Ross says:

      Just checked the status… It’s scheduled to arrive today via FEDEX Ground (Monday). I’ll e-mail you the tracking number now (if u don’t see it, check your bulk/spam folders)

  • Carlos says:

    How’s it going Mr. Ross? I just recently bought a heat transfer press to start up a small t-shirt business. I already have my art and designs that I am anxious to print out, but I don’t have the right kind of printer or the type of paper used to print and transfer. I keep learning that inkjet printers are best and my questions are what kind of printer do YOU use and what’s the best type of transfer paper? I know you get asked this a lot and I’ve seen your videos but I’m in need of some help. Thanks

    • kimross says:

      Hi Carlos,

      We still strongly stand by having designs screen printed onto the release paper. Simply because it’s a much better quality and you’re not having to worry about the designs peeling or fading after a few washes.

      We have since looked to another alternative for those who are just now getting started, but can’t afford to have their designs screen printed. The transfers we are now offering for those individuals are much better than the ones that can be purchased in the stores.

      Please click the link below to watch the videos…
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

      Any Epson ink jet printer will work, but some are better than others. However, we recommend a particular ink to print the designs from your own printer. A interview on this topic is currently in the works. If you haven’t signed up to receive our emails, please do. Once the videos become available you’ll be notified.

      Please click the link and scroll down to watch the videos and to purchase the transfers.
      https://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

      • Carlos says:

        Thanks for the information, it is greatly appreciated. Oh one other thing, I just recently used my heat press for the first time, testing it out using printouts of my work from a laser printer, which I know is not great, but is it normal for the heat transfer press machine to produce smoke?

        • Cartess Ross says:

          It shouldn’t be cranking out any smoke… Did it burn the t-shirt or transfer paper? Is it a lot of smoke?

          • Carlos says:

            Sorry, I meant steam…I had it at 250 degrees and just a tad bit of steam was being produced. It didn’t burn my shirt at all, I was able to print my image from a regular laser printed shirt but it came out yellow and not black, which was the color i printed my image. So to rephrase my question, Is it normal for the heat transfer press to produce some minor steam or any at all?

          • Cartess Ross says:

            That’s possible… Also, did you instructions suggest 250 degrees and is that in Fahrenheit or Celsius?

          • Carlos says:

            “Cartess Ross says:
            November 18, 2012 at 12:37 am

            That’s possible… Also, did you instructions suggest 250 degrees and is that in Fahrenheit or Celsius?”

            Well I’ve researched on how heat press machines work, and I usually hear that 375 degrees is the appropriate temperature for pressing onto fabrics like t-shirts….but mine is in Celsius and when it reaches 250 degrees CELSIUS there will be a small amount of steam coming from my heat press….and there is a little sticker label that has a symbol indicating heat comes out (black vertical swirly lines)…I was just wondering if it’s normal for the press machine to start steaming up at all

          • Cartess Ross says:

            250 Celsius converted to Fahrenheit equals 482 degrees… That’s WAY too HOT… Lower your machine to about 191 – 195 degrees and that should put you around 375-380 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam shouldn’t be coming out.

          • Carlos says:

            Hey Cartess, thanks for the information, really appreciate it. Well the test clothing didn’t burn, the practice images I printed from my home laser printer did print (not the way I wanted it to look) but nonetheless at least I know my press machine works like it should. Again thanks for that info on how hot the temperature should be on a Celsius press, thank God I didn’t burn my house down lol! Thanks again

          • Cartess Ross says:

            Not a problem… Maybe I should put a disclaimer on the site “We’re not responsible if the house burns down”, LOL!!!!

            Test the different settings — try increasing the pressure on the machine to ensure it’s enough, that could be another possible reason.

  • jordan chambers says:

    what type of printer should i buy?

  • les says:

    can we use this inkjet transfer paper on 100% cotton t shirt?

  • alex timotheou says:

    Hi,

    I wantto start up a small business, but I dont know what transfer paper to buy. i HAVE AN INK JET PRINTER, but I dont want that sticky box around it. Any types you would recommend. If not what company to do pay to put it on the paper for you?

    THANKS!

  • kathiresan says:

    I would like start tshirt business i dont have any idea please guide me how to purchase the machine and spares and other things

  • Derrick says:

    Sir, I bought an Hp injket printer. I will try to print as many transfers per sheet at “2×2”. My question is will I be able to use the dark transfer paper for my white tees and black, i will use black ink for white tees, and white ink for black tees. Can i just buy the dark transfer paper sir?

  • syed sirajuddin says:

    Hi Cartess, Which heat press you are using? I want model number and brand name.

  • Kayth says:

    Hi Cartess, am still doing research on the T-shirt business and i wanted to know which printer would be the most appropriate for printing the designs….i want model number and brand name.