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One alternative to commercial screenprinting to create custom clothing is to use iron-on transfers. It's a great solution to designing a single tee as opposed to doing a number of shirts. You can get a complete kit, with a t-shirt, transfer paper and software. Or you can buy your materials separately and create your design on a graphics software program like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. By using heat, you transfer the final image onto your t-shirt. One way to do this is by an iron, but you may get varied results. The best device for placing iron-on transfers onto custom clothing is a heat press. The images come out cleaner and adhere more permanently to the t-shirt. The one drawback is that unless you have access to a heat press, you'll end up spending at least a few hundred dollars to purchase one.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|