Just wondering your thoughts.
  • OYMYO

    depends on the design! sometimes they work well, sometimes they fail
    in my experience the bits of the design that are supposed to be transparent still appear in the print
  • RONIN78

    Hmmm what about texture; are they the ones where the print sits on top of the fabric and looks really slick like plastic?
  • Matt Borchert

    The only reasonable use for a heat press IMO is stuff that needs to be heat transferred like foil or rhinestones. If you're printing a graphic of any kind, screen print, DTG, or sublimation are all superior.
  • flociety

    You can heat press with CUSTOM plastisol transfers. Its the same quality as screen printing. IMO, if you use the common transfers that leave the white background in every print, stay away. I can give you contact info to a manufacturer in Florida who prints custom plastisol transfers of your design. Then you just press them on!! GREAT quality and very professional.
  • JoeBaronDesign

    It depends what you need them for. If you want to soften up your plastisol print you can place some teflon over your shirt and use the heat press for a couple seconds. If you need to heatpress transfers I know Stahl's has a good quality transfers and I've used them in the past. If you can't screen print or use sublimation on material like Underarmour rashguards and such you may want to use transfers. If you're using heat press for transfers like the ones you see at boardwalk shops or kiosks at the mall then no, I would stay away from those as those aren't great. Adding foil and rhinestones can be used, but it depends what you need it for. You get more for your buck with screen printing and the quality is better.
  • Integral

    By all of your posts, it sounds like you are starting a clothing line or something to that nature. I would suggest doing the research and confirm the different types of shirts you like and what process works best for your business model. Yes Mintees provides great information but most of these below

    What should I print?
    How many should I print?
    Best shop to use?

    could have been answered by doing more research based on your demographic all these questions could have different answers. There is even a website called How to Start a Clothing Line http://www.howtostartaclothingcompany.com/ - that could easily answer most of this stuff. Good Luck.
  • brett_district

    The quality has gotten better, but still not good enough for retail-level shirts. We use plastisol heat-transfers for our labels and they look/feel pretty good when they go in, but after a few washes just don't stand up nearly as well as a proper screen print
  • Matt Borchert

    flociety said:You can heat press with CUSTOM plastisol transfers. Its the same quality as screen printing. IMO, if you use the common transfers that leave the white background in every print, stay away. I can give you contact info to a manufacturer in Florida who prints custom plastisol transfers of your design. Then you just press them on!! GREAT quality and very professional.

    It still doesn't have the high quality hand feel of a nice screen print.
  • RONIN78

    Cool,thanks for the input guys!
  • JoeBaronDesign

    If you're thinking about starting a clothing brand you have to do your research and look for useful articles. One site above was listed here is another http://thefarcollective.com/category/resources/
  • OYMYO

    I bought a house of holland shirt and i think that was heat pressed, i kinda love that shirt too!
    most I've seen just remind me of seaside tourist style "get your name printed" sorta thing
    btw, is this your site dude?
    - http://roninkill.com ?

    because these are pretty sick -



    what are they?
  • RONIN78

    Yeah that's mine, thanks! It was a grad project where I designed a buncha faces you could stick on buildings to say how wheelchair accessible they are. Grad school is weird lol.
  • miles to go

    You should start off with a good quality product because first impressions are important. If you build a bunch of hype, sell some goods and then people think your quality sucks, they will not be repeat customers and a brand is built off of building a loyal following. Heat Press is mostly shit for long term and DTG has come along way and if done right can feel pretty good. It still has a bit of a plastic transfer feel but I tested some huge prints and liked them, but I print with all discharge and water based inks, so it's a huge step down in long term quality for me to offer dtg. For a lot of people DTG can be good quality that customers have gotten used to. It's not very cost effective unless you own your own machine, but you can avoid holding inventory. In situations like that, it's hard to have any stock for events, etc. I know some brands that use DTG and silkscreen their best sellers so they have them in stock. With pre-treat, heat press, print, heat press again, DTG is not great in terms of the time it takes per piece.

    Make a good quality product that people want to wear. A poorly printed shirt that falls apart quickly ends up in the bin and prevents return customers.

    In other words, nay.
  • cynicdesign

    I had some heatpress tees that I was really into in the 90s/early 00s, but it's been a good long while since I've noticed one that I liked. I recall the design pretty well disappearing before the shirt itself ever wore out, as well.

    Maybe you could get away with it for a sports look, or for something that is supposed to look vintage to a time when that was more popular.

    I tend to recommend discharge for it's feel, when the design permits.
  • The Far Collective

    I would say nay. When I first started I bought a heatpress and printed a few shirts out of my college dorm room. Unfortunately, the design never made it through 3 washes. In my opinion screen printing comes out better and lasts longer. I would go that route instead.
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