pricklyrobot wrote:Don't think I've ever seen any direct-printed shirts. How do they stack up against screenprinted shirts, aside from being limited to CMYK?
Apologies for nerding out about printing on the synth forum; I worked in a t-shirt shop for 4 years.
The printing is good, but not mind-blowingly great. I had some things done for a Web project a few years back. all of these comments relate to that experience -- I can't comment on how or whther things have improved. Edges lack some definition -- partly because of a little bleed into the weave of the cotton cloth, partly because of the technology [it's basically spray-on, after all]. The colours are good when you're closer to full-density colours, though the blacks tended to be about 90-95%. It doesn't compare with dye-sublimation, of course, but you can't do really short runs of that. I will say that t-shirts and sweatshirts printed MUCH better than the baseball cap. The dye/ink seems to hold through the wash, too, which is nice.
And I'm all about geeking out, too. I worked in a graphic design/typesetting shop for four years many years ago. When I left the company, we had just upgraded to Mac Quadra 840AVs and were thinking of migrating away from the Compugraphic 8600 system...