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Transfering photo to shirt

LRussoPhotoLRussoPhoto Registered Users Posts: 458 Major grins
edited July 27, 2012 in Finishing School
I am thinking about getting some shirts made to advertise photo sales. What I want to do is have one of my images of someone riding a quad put on the back of a t-shirt. Obviously the shirts would be silk screened so the image would have to be made into some sort of siloette or 1 or 2 color image to be screened onto the shirt. Any ideas on how to transfer the image into something like that? I pretty much use Lightroom for all my editing. Would that be something I would do or does the printing company typically do that for me, I just provide them with the image.
D300s D90
Nikon 18-105mm,Nikon 18-200mm,Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

http://LouRusso.SmugMug.com

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    AndyAndy Registered Users Posts: 50,016 Major grins
    edited July 25, 2012
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    LRussoPhotoLRussoPhoto Registered Users Posts: 458 Major grins
    edited July 25, 2012
    Thanks Andy but im not looking for a color print, more like just a one color silhouette.
    D300s D90
    Nikon 18-105mm,Nikon 18-200mm,Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

    http://LouRusso.SmugMug.com
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited July 26, 2012
    It sounds like you need to seek out and use the services of a graphic artist. Once you have finished art, that can be printed via SmugMug or any other competent t-shirt service.

    If you want to proceed on your own, you may wish to explore image posterization techniques as well as monotone and duotone (etc.) processes and spot color printing. It may require PhotoShop or similar to achieve what you desire to do.
    ziggy53
    Moderator of the Cameras and Accessories forums
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    arodneyarodney Registered Users Posts: 2,005 Major grins
    edited July 26, 2012
    I've used teeshirt transfers made to be printed from my Epson inkjet and they looked pretty nice and cost next to nothing after getting the shirts. So yes, you can do it yourself if you have an ink jet printer.
    Andrew Rodney
    Author "Color Management for Photographers"
    http://www.digitaldog.net/
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    LRussoPhotoLRussoPhoto Registered Users Posts: 458 Major grins
    edited July 26, 2012
    Originally I wanted to do just one color but this looks good. The guy riding the quad was a photo that had the whole backround removed. What kind of print process is this?
    D300s D90
    Nikon 18-105mm,Nikon 18-200mm,Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

    http://LouRusso.SmugMug.com
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited July 27, 2012
    Originally I wanted to do just one color but this looks good. The guy riding the quad was a photo that had the whole backround removed. What kind of print process is this?

    Impossible to say with any confidence without examining the products involved.

    It does look like background removal and then posterization for the subject. Then graphical elements were added. There are multiple variations of the major theme. The design(s) may have been converted to vector graphics.

    From there, I would need to know answers to questions like:

    Run length; is this a one-off, short run or production run?
    Durability? Is this something that needs durability from laundering and sun damage?
    Finish? Do you want a smooth and glossy finish or more fabric-like?
    Vivid colors or more sedate and natural?
    Any continuous tones?
    How much detail?

    From your answers to these questions, and more, a particular process might be recommended and you could get cost estimates.

    My recommendation at this point is that you find a competent t-shirt service that regularly handles similar projects. When you contact different services, be prepared to answer questions similar to those I posed above.
    ziggy53
    Moderator of the Cameras and Accessories forums
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    LRussoPhotoLRussoPhoto Registered Users Posts: 458 Major grins
    edited July 27, 2012
    Thanks Ziggy I will contact a shirt printer.
    D300s D90
    Nikon 18-105mm,Nikon 18-200mm,Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

    http://LouRusso.SmugMug.com
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