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Tshirtsupplies.com sells the largest, highest quality selection of laser and Inkjet heat transfer papers on the internet. We carry heat transfer paper solutions for light and dark fabrics as well as specialty papers for a variety of other substrates. No matter what your need quality, price, customer service…tshirtsupplies is the only company you’ll ever need for your heat transfer paper needs.

New formula for Imageclip, same great results

For those of you using laser printers who want to produce a high-end garment without weeding your image, the best products on the market are the Neenah ImageClip papers. Neenah has recently reformulated the light ImageClip sheet to a cold-peel formula, meaning unlike before where the transfer had to be peeled away from the garment when hot/warm, it now can be left in a pile until all the shirts you’re doing are done and peeled when cold.

 

While the above is not only more convenient, in my opinion and this is my blog so my opinion is the only one that counts (you can see I have issues from not getting my own way enough at home), the new formula was designed to allow the product to work seamlessly in many more color laser printers than the old formula did. We have tested the product here (usually a good idea when you sell a product, we’re swell aren’t we) and the new formulation produces an even higher quality look and feel than the old one which was already really good.

 

If you first want to test the product without jumping in head first, you can buy samples using this link which gets you samples of the ImageClip Laser Light and other non-fuser laser papers for light garments

http://www.tshirtsupplies.com/laser-non-fuser-oil-sample-pack/

Or if you’re already familiar with the ImageClip Laser Light product and want to purchase it with the new formula, it’s available using this link
http://www.tshirtsupplies.com/imageclip-laser-light-self-weed/

 

Tshirtsupplies.com carries the entire line of Neenah Heat Transfer Papers, orders placed before 3pm EST ship the same day…check us out

I am signed up for the newsletter, how come I am not getting it?

We get this question every month when we send a newsletter out, “I am signed up for the newsletter, how come I am not getting it?” Trust us when we tell you, we’re sending it but most likely you’re not receiving it in your inbox because your spam filter is catching it. You need to go to your e-mail settings and put @tshirtsupplies.com on your safe list to ensure that your newsletter arrives monthly when we send it. This way you won’t deprive yourself of saving big money on the best heat transfer papers from tshirtsupplies.com. We sell all the top brands including the entire line of Neenah Heat Transfer papers so go to your e-mail and make sure we’re on your safe list and if for some reason you’re reading this and haven’t signed up for the free newsletter yet, go to tshirtsupplies.com and sign up right on the home page.

Don't be a man...always ask for directions.

Where is my Instruction Sheet?

Every once in a while we get the question; why doesn’t your paper come with an instruction sheet or a label? The answer is quite simple, we try to keep cost and paper waste down, this way we can price our paper cheaper thereby saving you, our customer, a lot of money over time.

When you get paper from Tshirtsupplies.com, it will say download instruction sheet at tshirtsupplies.com. We have a section on our website coincidentally labeled “Instruction Sheets”; if you go there you can download the instruction sheet for each product that you purchased.

If you don’t know what products are what, when you open the pack, a sheet of heat transfer paper has a back print on the side of the paper that you ARE NOT supposed to print on. For example, the back of Jet-Pro SofStretch says “Jet-Pro SofStretch” or if we manufactured it from a blank master mill roll we put a single black line. Our back print guide is also available online and will tell you what the back print is for each of the various products that we well at tshirtsupplies.com.

Being in business more than 10 years, this formula has worked and kept many of our customers happy and supplied with top selling heat transfer papers are affordable prices; however you will always get the customer who doesn’t think it’s “professional”. We can certainly make the packaging fancier but we’re not paying for that, the customer ultimately would be! For most of our customers, our current process seems to make them happiest as they prefer the profits in their pockets not their packages.  

Goodbye baby, it's been nice, I hope you find your paradise.

For anyone over the age of say 35, there was a Supertramp song in the late 70s that you may recall, "Goodbye baby, it's been nice, I hope you find your paradise." Well we're saying goodbye to the blue-grid dark ink-jet product as the company that manufacturers it is now involved in a nasty patent infringement suit whereby they have had a cease and desist served on them. Based on this, they are no longer able to manufacture or sell the blue-grid product in North America. Based on this, we suggest you start testing the 3-G Opaque by Neenah, the Jet-Opaque II by Neehah or the IYA Iron-ll Dark. All these products are great dark ink-jet products available at tshirtsupplies.com, you can sample them in the Sample Packs section of the website if you want to do some testing before ordering.

The blue-grid going away is industry wide thus while you may find some remaining stock, once people are sold out, it's done and over with, they won't be getting more. Be prepared and start testing for the dark ink-jet product that you want to move on to before it gets really busy, really soon!

who the heck still prints anyway...but if you do.

Every so often we get the call with a potential customer asking, "I am starting a t-shirt business, what printer should I buy? What heat press? Should I do ink-jet or laser or both?" While these are all legitimate questions, you are probably doing yourself a favor and giving yourself a better chance at success in this business if you do some initial leg work and research as opposed to calling a company like tshirtsupplies.com which specializes in distributing heat transfer paper. A great source of information is tshirtforums.com. Tshirtsupplies is a sponsor of tshirtforums.com and membership is free.

This type of information is pivotal to your success (along with marketing and sales of course) in your new business and therefore requires far more time and research than a 10 minute phone call with a CSR at a heat transfer paper company. Tshirtsupplies.com can and will always recommend the proper paper for a particular application but we (and really no company) can educate a person on the entire industry over the phone. This requires due diligence on the part of the person starting the t-shirt business.

The members at tshirtforums.com are already in the t-shirt business in most cases thus they use all different types of equipments and papers which lends itself to useful feedback and information for someone looking to launch their own t-shirt business for the first time. Of course, you can always call us at 1-877-857-2737 for information and advice but the depth and scope of advice specifically regarding equipment choices is going to be far greater on an industry forum like this.

Remember, luck is where preparation meets opportunity...the more you prepare and research before entering a business, the better chance you have to get "lucky" and succeed.

please release me, let me go - getting a dark transfer to release

For more experienced heat transfer paper users this blog post may seem funny but it's not, we get this one at least a couple times a month. "I am doing a dark transfer and after I press it, I can't get the backing sheet to peel away so I can see the transfer on my shirt."

First of all, you didn't read the instruction sheets did you? All kidding aside, a dark heat transfer, ink-jet or laser, is not done in the same manner a light transfer is done. With a light transfer, you reverse image, put the paper on the garment with the backing sheet facing you, press the transfer and then peel away the backing sheet. A dark transfer is done by printing in the positive as you would normally do with any print. You then peel away the coatings from the backing sheet, place them on the garment as you want them to appear after transfer, then place a parchment sheet (included with the papers) over the coatings so you don't melt them to your heat press or iron and press away.

Thus, there are two lessons to be learned from this; first, a light heat transfer and a dark heat transfer are not done the same way and two, read the instructions before you do a heat transfer the same way you do before you assemble that grill.

no trimming, no problem

We get this question all the time, "I don't like the window that comes with the transfer, is there a product that only transfers the image?". Yes, yes, yes...no trimming, no window, no problem, that's what ImageClip products do for you.

The IMAGE CLIP® Heat Transfer Paper collection, for laser printers, from Neenah Paper, are the first products which eliminate the need for a cutter-plotter and trimming steps.  They are self-weeding, leave no polymer window and since they eliminate the need for a plotter or cutter, more intricate graphics can be produced.

The IMAGE CLIP® suite of products includes those for both light and dark fabrics.  IMAGE CLIP® Koncert-T’s are used to apply white graphics or letters to dark fabrics by only transferring the white to the garment.  This product is ideal for individuals looking to produce T-shirts for concerts and other events. The mirror image printing is done with laser print on the imaging sheet with a solid color.  The more toner that is used the better the image.  If you are applying to a black shirt use black toner, for other colors sometimes using dark blue will make the white look less gray.  On deep colors match the color of the toner to the fabric when possible. It is important to be sure that the white produced by your process meets the art needs.

IMAGE CLIP® Laser Dark is used to apply art to a dark or colored garment. This product creates a weeded image. Do not use for photos or other art that requires a white area; since there is not a white toner there is no white area.  The mirror printed laser image is best used for solid colors and not pastels.  The quality of the finished product is dependent on the amount of toner applied. 

It's not us, it's you (or your printer) ;)

Using Laser Heat Transfer Papers with your CLP/CLC

A common problem we see with customers attempting to use a laser heat transfer paper with their CLP/CLC for the first time is the inability to get the toner to adhere to the paper. One thing to keep in mind when first using a paper with your machine is that there are literally hundreds perhaps thousands of different machines with different temperatures and dwell times. Therefore, if you follow the instructions to the tee with a paper it may not work; that doesn’t necessarily mean the paper is defective. The instructions are a general guide that should allow the media to work on a machine but it may not be the perfect setting for your particular printer/copier. Each CLP/CLC needs to be “dialed in” to the heat transfer material you are using. If you are experiencing a situation where the toner is blistering after you run it through your machine, it indicates that you paper is moving too slowly through the fuser thus creating too much heat. The remedy to this problem is to systematically try prints that use a paper stock that is closer to plain paper. The reason this will typically fix the problem is that by going closer to plain paper stock you are speeding up the paper as it passed through the fuser thereby reducing the heat.

The opposite issue, and usually a more common one, is when the toner isn’t adhering to the paper. Yes, you guessed it; this means there is not enough dwell time in the fuser and thereby not enough heat to get the toner to adhere to the heat transfer paper. In this case the solution is to systematically try prints the move away from plain paper and toward a heavy stock paper. This will slow down the paper as it travels through the fuser thus creating more heat which enables the toner to adhere to the heat transfer paper.The overarching message when using heat transfer paper with a CLP/CLC is to be patient and get your machine “dialed in” to the media that you are using. Once you have your machine settings where you want them, you’ll be quite pleased with the results of the various TransferWear laser papers offered by T-Shirtsupplies.com.

Putting it all on the line....

Can I line dry my t-shirt after the first wash to preserve my heat transfer? Ah, mom probably taught you that line drying preserves the color of your garment and makes it last long right? Well while Mom may be right with this assumption most of the time, it's not the case for the FIRST wash of a garment that has been made with a heat transfer paper such as say Jet-Pro SofStretch or 3-G Opaque. The first wash, as we have to you here previously at tshirtsupplies.com, should be done with the garment inside out, in cold water and then immediately thrown into the dryer. Using the dryer for the first time, helps to cure the inks then after your first wash you can follow Mom's lifelong advice and line dry your t-shirt if you want to but for this first wash listen to your friends at tshirtsupplies.com and not your Mom.

Also, please note that when you do the first wash you may see some slight initial bleeding of inks depending on the printer and inks you used. While this is not the norm, it is certainly not uncommon either. Don't freak out, I repeat remain calm and merely wash the garment again in cold water inside out and that initial bleeding will disappear then dry your garment.

I don't agree with you

Many times we get asked for recommendations for specific products. One example of this is "what is the best heat transfer paper for going onto light colored garments using an ink-jet printer?". Our answer to this question is simple and without hesitation, Jet-Pro SofStretch by Neenah Paper is the best. We say this for a number of reasons which I will address shortly but often we are greeted with, "I don't agree with you, I like ______ better."

 

I often say, "best" in heat transfer paper is as subjective as asking somebody who makes a better pick-up truck, Ford or Dodge. Just as the answer to that question would depend on who you ask, the same applies to many of the top brands of heat transfer papers. At tshirtsupplies.com we don't sell any substandard papers thus all our manufacturers make a good product so if you find one characteristic of the transfer more important than we do, you may have a different answer to the original question.

For us, the Jet-Pro SofStretch has the best overall combination of soft hand, initial color vibrancy, color retention after wash, easy of use and manufacturing consistency. Could someone find another light ink-jet paper that beats Jet-Pro Sofstretch on one or two of these characteristics, absolutely, but when you combine the entire spectrum of what should be important when choosing a heat transfer paper, we think the answer to this question is fairly clear.

 

It's not the paper....it's the ink

Here is a question we field almost on a weekly basis, "will this _____ ink-jet printer work with the Jet-Pro SofStretch and 3-G Opaque heat transfer papers?" The simple answer is yes but if you want further explanation, which I assume you do or you wouldn't be reading this, here it is. The Neenah Heat Transfer papers are designed to work with just about any ink-jet printer that you can purchase. Epson, HP, Canon etc. The real key is using the OEM inks (meaning if you have an Epson printer, use Epson inks). Of course you will find people who say, "I buy generic ink and it works great with these papers." That's entirely possible, and everyone has a "friend" who smoked 3 packs a day, didn't exercise and ate bacon for breakfast that lived to be 90, then again they probably have 3 more friends who did the same thing and didn't make 50. Point being, there will always be outliers but generally speaking the OEM inks are made better with superior quality control thus when using these papers to make garments, which in many cases are being sold for good prices, it's best to stick with the quality inks. Otherwise, almost any ink-jet printer that you can buy online or in an office store will work really well with Jet-Pro SofStretch, 3-G Opaque or any other one of our vast line of ink-jet heat transfer papers.

 

I want a Ferrari...and oh self weeding dark inkjet

We hear that statement at least once or twice a week, "I want a self weeding dark ink-jet heat transfer paper". Really, I want a Ferrari but I am not holding my breath. In all seriousness, the chemistry that allows for a dark laser self weeding heat transfer paper is just much easier than that for an ink-jet. The biggest impediment is that ink-jet has lower melt points than laser thus the step that requires the two sheets to be fused together at around 225 degrees which actually begin the heat transfer process with an ink-jet sheet. That's a very simplistic way of explaining it because there are other issues serving as an impediment to production but the preceding issue is a big one. Thus in the interim, for dark ink-jet transfers, you could have a couple ways to make them look great; you can either hand trim them with a razor or scissors or invest in a desktop plotter cutter which go for as little as $269, available on our site. http://www.tshirtsupplies.com/graphtec-silhouette-cameo/  A lot cheaper than a Ferrari too....

Using an elephant gun to go deer hunting...

We get this question frequently, "if I only want to purchase one transfer sheet for ink-jet transfers can I use 3-G Opaque on light shirts as well as dark?" The short answer is sure you can but you can also use an elephant gun to go deer hunting; would you? The cost of a dark transfer is about twice that of a light transfer. Couple the preceding fact with the other issue that you need to trim the dark transfer or have a white window on your light color shirt as opposed to merely using our Jet-Pro SofStretch for lights where the window vanishes upon first wash and you can see why I say "yes" to the original question with a smirk on my face. Seriously, if you want to do ink-jet heat transfer, you need only two products; Jet-Pro SofStretch for white and light color garments and 3-G Opaque for dark color garments. Don't try to get away using the dark transfer on the light shirts, you'll thank me for this as will the deer.

i want a soft hand dark transfer paper...don't we all?

We get this statement in the form of a question almost daily, "I want a dark transfer with a soft hand". You and me both right.... but because of what's needed to make a dark tranfer sheet, it's virtually impossible to accomplish. We have discussed this before in this space, all sheets for dark garments require an opaque layer in order for your colors to not be muted on the garment. In manufacturing, the addition of this opaque layer, makes the coating much thicker than a light transfer (hence the reason dark transfer are always more than light transfers in terms of cost) thus the hand will always be "heavier" on a dark transfer than a light transfer.

You do have some options here though; the Neenah 3-G Opaque has a thinner opaque layer thus while the hand won't necessarily be soft ala Jet-Pro SofStretch, the transfer itself is not as heavy thus a much more comfortable transfer to wear on a garment. The other option is to switch from ink-jet to laser and use the ImageClip for Dark laser which will only transfer the image, no white block, and has a much softer hand than your typical ink-jet or laser dark heat transfer paper.

 

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imageclip for koncert Ts - "what can I do with that?"

This product is exactly what it is described as; a product which allows you to put white lettering on a dark shirt, ala the t-shirt that you get at a rock concert with all the tour dates listed on the back of a black t-shirt in white. Now there are some things to remember when using this product so here goes.

The laser image for this product should be a solid color.  A mono-color laser printer works very well.  Since there is a graying cast to black ink coming through the image, using toner the color of the garment can be helpful.  But it still must be dense color.  We had good success with bright pink on pink, dark blue on blue and dark green on green.  If using a color laser printer some people think using dark blue print makes the white look whiter.

This product is also dependent on toner concentration to transfer the polymer from the second sheet, so the colors must be intense, dark or dense. If the garment or fabric is 50/50 it absorbs heat very quickly so try reducing the temperature by 10-15 degrees.

So there you have it, ImageClip for Koncert Ts, a laser product that adds another tool to your heat transfer paper arsenal when designing garments for your customers.

why start a t-shirt business?

The heading says it all, "why start a t-shirt business?" First of all, T-shirts are part of the American fabric, T-shirts are to America what dropping your weapons and surrendering was to France in WWII, it's a cultural thing. When a product is that engrained into the psyche of a country, the demand for it is astromonical. The barrier to entry is small, this can be both a good thing and bad thing in many industries but in this case it's a good thing. What do you need to start the business, a cheap heat press which you can find used on eBay for $500, a good ink-jet printer which you can purchase for less than $250, a home computer which you probably already have if you're reading this, heat transfer paper from www.tshirtsupplies.com and you're creativity, skill and imagination. Think about it, the town you live in has people doing family reunions, charity runs/walks, recreational basketball and softball leagues, youth sports....there is no limit on this product, you're limited only by your ability to fulfill orders if you're ambitious. If you're sick and tired of working for someone else, having some other person determine your destiny maybe now is the time to take control and start your own t-shirt shop? Food for thought.....

Difference Between Doing a Light and Dark Heat Transfer

I know, I know some of you are saying the title is almost self evident, one goes on light garments, one goes on dark garments. Yes it's true, that is evident but what I am speaking of is the difference in the process of doing a light and dark heat transfer. First of all, you will never find a dark heat transfer that has the same soft hand as many light transfers, specifically our Jet-Pro SofStretch; this is due to the fact that when manufacturing a dark heat transfer an opaque layer is needed which adds additional weight and hand to the eventual heat transfer. The opaque layer is necessary in order for the dark inks that you may be using to show up on the dark garment, without this layer  the colors would appear muted or be almost impossible to see in some cases.

The above manufacturing process also explains the difference in doing the transfer. With a light transfer you merely print in the reverse image, put the transfer after you have printed on the shirt with the image face down and the back of the backing sheet facing you, (you'll see the back print which for example will say Jet-Pro SofStretch facing you) and you press. Remove the backing sheet and you'll have your image on your garment.

When doing a dark heat transfer, the image is printed in the positive, the way you would print on normal copy paper. Once the image is printed, the coatings with the image are peeled off and placed on the garment where you want the image to appear on your shirt. The image will be facing you as it will appear on the garment when you're finished. You then take the slippery parchment sheet which comes with your paper and place it over the image then press or iron. After applying heat for the prescribed time, let the parchment cool for 30 seconds, remove it and you have your dark heat transfer.

A couple mistakes people make who are new to heat transfer papers, 1.) the print in the reverse on the dark transfer and then try to transfer as they would a light transfer, it will not work. The backing sheet will not release and even if it did, the image would be hindered by the white coatings as you would be pressing the ink against the garment leaving that opaque layer more visible- DO NOT DO THIS. 2.) they do everything correclty but forget to use the parchment sheet thereby melting the coatings to their heat press or iron. YOU REALLY DON"T WANT TO DO THIS...you will ruin a heat press or iron.  

If you have any questions, read the instruction sheets, watch our video and if that still has you a bit confused, call us at 1-877-85-PAPER, we're always here to help you at www.tshirtsupplies.com

Fuser or not to Fuser - How to pick the right paper for your laser printer

When selecting a laser sheet the first thing you need to know is if you machine uses fuser oil or not? The question we get all the time is "what is fuser oil"? If you ask that question, there is a 99.9% chance your machine doesn't use it because it's a consumable that needs to be replaced/refilled from time to time. Fuser oil is an old technology used in the last generation of clc/clp, newer machines, i.e. the last 8 years by in large, do not use fuser oil.

Why is this important, well if you put a fuser oil sheet into a non-fuser oil machine, there is a good chance that you are going to melt the sheet to your fuser unit and ruin the part. The opposite can also be true, if you put a non-fuser oil sheet into an older machine which uses fuser oil, you can once again ruin that part.

If you aren't sure whether or not your machine uses oil, consult the owner's manual or call the manufacturer. Many times customers ask us and truthfully we don't know (there are thousands of copiers and printers)and we aren't going to guess because as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. If on the small chance we're wrong once, you know someone is calling blaming us for their problems. Don't call me cynical, you know it's true. ☺

 

To Inkjet or Not to Inkjet - What Kind of Heat Transfer Paper is Best

Another call or note we often receive from customers is, "what's better to work with ink-jet or laser?". The question would be like asking what's better a Porsche or a BMW? They are both top of the line automobiles, both will get you from point A to point B quickly and comfortably, it really depends on what you want to do with the car. Well think of the question about ink-jet and laser in a similar manner.

Ink-jet has some qualities that we like in that the initial color vibrancy and overall color retention is typically better than laser. With light ink-jet you can use the Jet-Pro SofStretch and after one wash the background is essentially undectable and the product offers an incredibly soft hand. However, ink-jet is more costly because it's slower and the ink doesn't stretch as far as toners in a laser will go.

To the point above, laser is faster and there are self weeding paper available in laser, specifically the Neenah ImageClip line for lights and darks, which eliminate all trimming/weeding and the need for a plotter cutter. This is especially useful with dark garments as dark ink-jet requires trimming unless you want to have a big white block on your shirt whereas the ImageCLip for Dark Laser allows you to transfer only the image and not the unprinted areas of the transfer.

The answer to the question posed in this article really comes down to "what do you want to do with the transfer?". If you have a business where you're doing small jobs 5-10 shirts, mostly light garments, I would probably tell you to stick with ink-jet. If you do orders of 50 or more shirts, light and dark garments, then I would say invest in a good color laser printer and eventually use the ImageClip papers to produce your garments. Either way, at tshirtsupplies.com we offer papers for both processes from multiple vendors so visit the store for your next order.

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