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« on: 07/03/05 at 02:59:54 »
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Can anyone tell me about the quality of the shirts Cafepress uses? I understand they use a digital transfer process with heat. How does this process compare to others? My products will have 90% text with a simple logo.
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« Reply #1 on: 07/07/05 at 16:08:27 »
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That largley depends on the file you upload to be transfered. It also depends on the text in your designs. Fine line fonts won't be as visible as denser bold ones. Duh, right? For full details on product quality and image details you can find loads of info in the CafePress COmmunity Forums (http://forums.cafepress.com/eve/ubb.x)
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« Reply #2 on: 07/08/05 at 17:25:09 »
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I've found the quality to be surprisingly great.

I worked in the screenprinting industry for 6 years as a production artist, and I never was able to make art as sharp & clear as CP.

(That, and the art is *so much* more a joy to create.)

Just about everytime I get one of my designs, I marvel at the quality. Now, some of my designs have turned out murky, but that was my bad color choice, not CP's printing technique.


I typically exceed all of the guidelines for graphic quality/resolution, but I'm just paranoid.

So far, I've loved all of the products I've seen from my shop. (Around 30 now)

Anyway, I'm lovin' em so far.

My shop:
www.secretcreatures.com
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« Reply #3 on: 07/25/05 at 13:01:25 »
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I ordered several Cafe Press oval stickers.  The overall quality is great, except that the ovals appear to have been hand cut with scissors.  The edges were jagged and not perfectly oval.

At this price point, the cutting process for these stickers should be more professionally done!
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« Reply #4 on: 07/12/06 at 08:54:31 »
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on 07/08/05 at 17:25:09, Secret Creatures wrote:
I've found the quality to be surprisingly great.

I worked in the screenprinting industry for 6 years as a production artist, and I never was able to make art as sharp & clear as CP.

(That, and the art is *so much* more a joy to create.)

Just about everytime I get one of my designs, I marvel at the quality. Now, some of my designs have turned out murky, but that was my bad color choice, not CP's printing technique.


I typically exceed all of the guidelines for graphic quality/resolution, but I'm just paranoid.

So far, I've loved all of the products I've seen from my shop. (Around 30 now)

Anyway, I'm lovin' em so far.

My shop:
www.secretcreatures.com



May I use your answer as a testimony in my Cafepress site...

http://www.cafepress.com/cinticon
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« Reply #5 on: 08/15/06 at 11:52:42 »
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I used CafePress.com to make the first 4 copies of my new acoustic album.  CafePress really screwed me. All 4 cd's had flaws- scratches, clicking noises, etc.  Worse, the flaws were in different places on every copy, proving the problem was not from the master.   I called them and they refused a refund.

I would recommend not using CafePress.

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« Reply #6 on: 08/15/06 at 12:24:54 »
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When did you call?  And who did you speak to?  Did they offer to send replacements?
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« Reply #7 on: 09/14/06 at 11:13:12 »
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Everytime I get a bad cut or wrong sticker trim, I have so far gotten a second order shipped to me free.  I love it!

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« Reply #8 on: 04/05/07 at 16:26:07 »
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Actually, Cafepress only uses digital transfers on a few of its apparel products now.  Now, most apparel printing is done with their Direct Printing process which leaves a much softer shirt, but still terrific colors, and improved washability too.  The dark shirts are printed with direct printing but with a layer of opaque white ink underneath, so the printing on dark shirts has more texture.

I just got an order of dark and light apparel - the printing was terrific - very vibrant.

my two cents,

Kristen
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