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I would like to make a T-shirt for my granddaughter with her picture on it. Her mother sent me a photo taken with her digital camera. It came in .jpg format with 180 ppi resolution. I will work with it, adding some text, etc. Can someone tell me the best resolution for printing on the transfer? Thanks. Eva...

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    I would like to make a T-shirt for my granddaughter with her picture on it. Her mother sent me a photo taken with her digital camera. It came in .jpg format with 180 ppi resolution. I will work with it, adding some text, etc. Can someone tell me the best resolution for printing on the transfer?

    Thanks. Eva
    Eva Deck Guest

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    There should be some instructions in the package if I remember right. I made some a couple of years ago, and I think I probably printed at around 300ppi, although I don't remember now. And don't forget to change the JPEG to a non-lossy format before you work with it. 180ppi is just barely enough resolution as it is, you don't want to risk losing any more quality.
    Beth Haney Guest

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    Consider that the fabric (and the transfer paper) you are transferring the image to cannot support 'photo-quality' settings. I've done T-shirt transfers at 150PPI with fine results. The trick is to adjust your printer settings, not the image resolution. Perform a test at 'med' quality and 'photo quality' printer settings, which is really varying the amount of available ink for the fabric.

    Best regards
    Walt
    W Bobrowski Guest

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    Beth and Walt, thanks for the help. The photo I was sent was large
    enough that I could shrink it to 300 ppi without resampling. I have an
    Epson C82. I chose "photo" as opposed to text, text and images, ...,
    and selected the paper setting "photo quality inkjet paper". I printed
    it on Office Depot iron-on transfer paper. I took it to a local
    T-shirt shop. They included pressing on the transfer in the price of
    the T-shirt. Turned out great! I had wanted to print it on a dark
    color T-shirt but was told that the home-made transfer (as opposed to
    "commercial") must be used on a light color T-shirt, preferably white,
    or the color will show through. They also told me the T-shirt should
    wash well.

    Eva
    eva Guest

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