On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 7:18 PM, Ismael Barros² <razielm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM, Chris Mohler <cr33...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 12:54 PM, Omari Stephens <x...@csail.mit.edu> wrote:
>>> Guillermo Espertino wrote:
>>>> Ismael:
>>>> I don't know the official position about this, but I think that the
>>>> Wilber image you used looks pretty dated. I'd use the Tango version or
>>>> the icon for Mac that Jimmac designed.
>>>> They look much better and as far as I could see, the Tango version is
>>>> being used for GIMP since 2.4
>>>> http://macin.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/gimp-icon-512x512.png
>>>> http://jimmac.musichall.cz/images/blog/gimp-mac.png
>>> Gradients are hard and expensive to do on T-shirts.  Most t-shirts are 
>>> screen
>>> printed, which means that distinct colors are layed down one at a time.
>>> Usually, there is no blending.
>> I do t-shirts with gradient/blending all of the time - it's not any
>> more expensive, but it can be trickier to set up and print.  The main
>> thing I see w/those PNGs is that they are too low-res for a full-front
>> print:
>> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/The_GIMP_icon_-_gnome.svg
> That's with transfer/sublimation or with screen printing?
> We use this: 
> http://www.freewear.org/images/navigation/compiling/compiling_xr.jpg
> With our technique what Omari Stephens states is true, that's why we
> always try to remove gradients and to minimize the number of colors of
> each design.

Heh - I've pulled a manual halftone screen before, and I assure you
that _with my own eyes_ I have witnessed a woman screening four-color
process *manually*.  Onto sweatshirts.  Now I would never recommend
4CP on a manual press, but it can be done ;-) And a halftone gradient
with 2 or 3 spot colors is really not that hard once you've nailed the
halftone size/shape/angle, screen mesh, and exposure time.

And for the record I dislike DTG (direct to garment) and sublimation
printing - give me screens and good old plastisol any day ;)

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