Making your own shirts

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  1. OmegaVPrime

    OmegaVPrime Uhm, yea? So what?

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    Well I have been horror movie fan clustered latley and for some reason horror for me has never been so exciting! I just went to Hastings the other day and bought 4 Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies.
    I have finished watching them and now I've got the horror itch everyday now, so I wanted to make my own shirt. I dont understand though the process in which transfering an image to a shirt is. IE I would love to here everyones opinion on how to create your own shirts from images etc...

    Any input is helpful :D 
     
  2. Boggs6ft7

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    You can make one off your computer using iron-on transfers you can pick up at places like Wal-Mart. The downside is that they tend not to last very long. But its the cheapest route.

    The second way is to have one silk screened, you can make the screen yourself, which can get expensive or you can have a shirt company make one for you. This can be even more expensive and most places aren't keen on making just one shirt.

    The best route I think is to find a shirt place that does full color diecut transfers. The shirts look great, they usually will make just one for you (you'll pay more than if you ordered 50, but usually the price is fair). And they will last a long time.

    Now for designing a shirt, you'll need a program that does vector graphics. That means the picture is in focus no matter where you zoom in. You can use Corel or Adobe Illustrator for this. I prefer Adobe illustrator myself.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. OmegaVPrime

    OmegaVPrime Uhm, yea? So what?

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    Thank you very much, micheals has some transfers that I have been looking at and I am pretty sure they are adequate for my idea, but I do not own an illistrator or a vectoring program of any kind. My best bet probably would be just to test the transfers I found at micheals with just a simple test shirt and then work around with the pictures I planned on scanning to them. Thanks for the help man it is greatly appreciated!!!!
     
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    You can also do one-time shirts at CafePress and other online sites. All you would need would be a graphic in png, tif, or gif format.

    --Moony
     
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    You should go hardcore and sew one from scratch with some thread.
     
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    You should go with stenciling. Layered stencils and some ink looks a lot cooler than a blurry transfer, and it's just as permanent as silk-screened.

    It's really easy to get into, and all you need to start is a knife and the plastic or cardstock to cut it out of. You can get the ink at any good craft store (not fabric paint, fabric ink. It's the same ink they use for screening), but there's also a very nice tutorial for using bleach in a spray bottle here: http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18221&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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    CafePress is one idea, but there are better websites than they out there...99dogs.com is one example, off the top of my head.
     
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    I use silk screening and do the designs in illustrator and photoshop.

    Generally they turn out rather well.
     
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    I'm most familiar with CafePress 'cause every few months someone buys one of my wolverine items, but I figured someone else would come up with some other sites if I mentioned it. :) 

    --Moony
     
  11. Bryan

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    If you go with CafePress, definitely buy an oversized shirt--to cut costs, their quality they use isn't top-notch, and they tend to shink considerably in the first wash (at least in my two or three experiences).

    TFW used a site for shirts, and I loved the quality I got from them. Can't recall the...oh yeah, it was Zazzle.
     

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