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Leah Frances 01-28-2010 07:32 PM

I'm just saying I'd wear one.

But, a girly one.

Maybe in pink.... Sorry....It's been a long day.

Scuba_Dave 01-28-2010 10:03 PM

and just a T-shirt ? :huh:

Or do you mean a site T-shirt ? :laughing:

The Salt water Reef site has all sorts of things - even a thong
It's setup thru a web-site that does the same thing for anyone & everyone
Then you get a web-site store set-up where forum members (or anyone) can shop

Some sites instead do their own hats/shirts etc & they get the profit instead

chrisn 01-29-2010 04:06 AM


Originally Posted by Leah Frances (Post 390823)
I'm just saying I'd wear one.

But, a girly one.

Maybe in pink.... Sorry....It's been a long day.

Pics would be mandatory.:wink:

user1007 01-29-2010 05:09 AM

Direct to Garment (DTG) printing is doing to the screenprinting world what digital printing technologies did to offset printing. With DTG there are no screens to make so there are no corresponding charges. You can have as many colors as you want so long as they can produce through process CMYK production. You just need to prepare files to the specs of the printers. You can order 1 at a time if you want since the technology is rather like your home inkjet printer and just spits out what image is sent to it. The inks get better and better and are extremely colorfast and hold up to washing well.

As Dave mentioned, there are a number of companies that will take designs and let you put them in a "store" (usually a basic one is free and there is a monthly charge for enhancements) where people can go to order them. This actually seems like it might be a great option for small organizationss, churches, and so forth.

The company determines the cost of printing the shirts (or whatever), shipping them, handling returns, processing credit cards and so forth. You, the seller then determine the sales prices you want for your items based on that cost. Periodically the company sends you a check for the difference between the cost and the sales price you establish. When someone orders your design, the system kicks in, cranks out the shirt and off it goes. The concept is good but the shirts get rather pricey IMO if you hope to make anything at all. I guess if it were a really cool looking thing or if the guys running the site would let me put the "No Behr" logo Chris posts on the back I might pay $18-20 for a t-shirt or $30 for a hoody. I had a teen part of a dating relationship that thought nothing of plunking down $50 for looney tunes or hollister stuff. Checkout companies like Cafe Press, Zazzle, etc. There are a bunch. Cafe Press is among the oldest. (I think)

I just left a campus area where there is still a screenprinter on every corner. For simple one or two color printed shirts, they can crank the things out for like $5 in quantity---even on girly pink stock. And a screenprinter can still do special metallic inks, florescents, glow in the dark, etc. The catch is you have to guess sizes and pay for inventory ahead of time. And then hope you sell it.

Believe it or not I have found Vistaprint to have reasonable quality DTG, full color printed t-shirts---only in white, gray and black though. On sale, you can get one for about $7-9 with shipping to you in about a week. Only adult sizes so far though. If you order in quantity, you save the shipping. Obviously you have to decide what sizes you want upfront and have to deal with shipping out the individual orders.

Anyhow, if you all think you would wear a DIYCHATROOM.COM shirt or whatever I have some time and can put some designs together to post? Be honest though. What would you pay for one so the guys running this site can decide whether it is worth getting into the t-shirt business? I will see what gets posted here before putting any time into it.

Anybody wants to know how to set-up for DTG stuff? I could post something in the crafts forum I suppose. It is mainly just about matching production specs and usually kicking out a PDF file. You do have to remember you are printing on fabric so type and illustrations cannot be to thin, etc. I wrote a how to piece for DTG to hoodies. You can also DTG custom fabric and so forth.

Scuba_Dave 01-29-2010 07:27 AM

Cafe express is the store they use, here is a link so you can see what it looks like

A white T-shirt goes for $20+...kind of pricey
Our local scuba club uses a local printer & as sdester said its like $5 a shirt
They buy a bunch at once & members buy them
We can also order any shirt/sweathshirt or clothing items they stock (jackets too) & have them customized
Diver of the year (most dives with club) gets a jacket
I received a jacket one year, had the name embroidered on oen side, US flag on other & some patches sewn on

user1007 01-29-2010 11:06 AM

Girly girl version

user1007 01-29-2010 11:08 AM

Earthy Burly Manly version

Leah Frances 01-29-2010 07:21 PM

Ok, I was just thinking something with the logo on the front. :laughing: Maybe a snappy catchphrase like:

- DIYers do it themselves

- DIYers are proud of their tools

- Ten ways you can tell you're a DIYer....

Scuba_Dave 01-29-2010 07:46 PM


Originally Posted by Leah Frances (Post 391415)
Ok, I was just thinking something with the logo on the front. :laughing: Maybe a snappy catchphrase like:

- DIYers do it themselves Doesn't sound good

- DIYers are proud of their tools This ones OK

- Ten ways you can tell you're a DIYer....

#10 Paint on you or your clothes
#9 Bruises or scars on your hands all the time
#8 More ladders then Octomom has kids
#7 More tools then Carter has little liver pills
#6 You still buy another tool, even tho you have no idea what to do with it
#5 You aren't even done with current project & already starting another
#4 You wreck something major just so you can redo it
#3 You do something wrong just so you can tear it apart later & DIY again
#2 As soon as you "finish" the house you move so you can start working on another house
#1 You spend most of your spare time on :thumbsup:

yummy mummy 01-29-2010 07:58 PM


Originally Posted by Leah Frances (Post 390823)
I'm just saying I'd wear one.

But, a girly one.

Maybe in pink.... Sorry....It's been a long day.

I would wear one too......and definitely pink......

jlhaslip 01-29-2010 09:07 PM

I think I'd order the 'salmon' coloured one... :lol:

for the wife...

Scuba_Dave 01-29-2010 11:22 PM

1 Attachment(s)
Have to spif up the logo colors & go to an oval shape

user1007 01-30-2010 08:21 AM

Forgot the obvious Dave. Why not use the existing logo!

It would be impractical to do the logo with conventional screenprinting given all the colors and close registration. Perfect candidate for DTG though.

Scuba_Dave 01-30-2010 08:54 AM

That is the existing logo :huh:

Just added the red & blue circle

user1007 01-30-2010 09:11 AM

Hope you have it at resolutions that will work with DTG and not just web art resolution of 72dpi or so? You want 200dpi or so for printing on shirts. If you have it higher, no prob. You can always drop it down. It is likely to fall apart if you try to bring it up. You could try converting it to SVI to see if it will hold up to enlarging at all too? This service will do that for free.

DTG is ultimately going to ask you to prepare the art in something like a 4x4 square for a breast pocket or 12x12 square for full front and/or back. Resolutions should be 200dpi or higher. Most will want a PDF as the output although this can vary. I think Cafe Press, for example, asks for something different but I do not remember what.

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