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post #481 of 1236
Keep in mind that the only two fabrics available right now that have the new, deep/dark colors are the Kona Cotton Ultra and the Performance Knit. Soupy, I am glad that the Cotton Poplin worked for you, but for those wondering, it looks a lot like the original Kona Cotton as far as the coloration. It is, however, a much "finer-threaded" fabric, so it will look smoother than the Kona Cotton, so that is a plus. More "poster" like and less "industrial" or "commercial office" look (Not describing it well, but if you could see the fabrics side by side, the Kona has more variance to the thread size. Then again, the Kona Cotton might make artwork look more like a "painting" I guess as it would have more surface texture.)

Again, super glad that it worked out for you. I am so friggin' close to just placing my order, but life and work trips (I am in the Dallas area this week for work) keep slowing me down. Personally, I am 99.99% sure that I am going to go with the Performance Knit. The artwork that I am working up will really utilize the "silver" and "bronze" metallic look that that the Performance Knit offers over the Kona Cotton Ultra and I want that. Plus I really want the deep colors that don't look "faded" like the original Kona Cotton.

Please share pictures of all of your panels up in your room...
post #482 of 1236
I finally got my order. I ordered Kona Cotton Ultra in the fat quarter size to run a test print. to see the quality before I make my larger order of many posters. Spoonflower placed a sticker on my receipt and it says that they used Quilted-weight ultra in place of Kona cotton ultra, I assume this is because they were out and wanted to fill my order that was over 3 weeks old. Now the print does look good I’ll try to get a picture uploaded soon. The issue is that I still don’t know the quality of the Kona cotton ultra in person since that was the point of making a small order. Anyone else use the Quilted-Weight Ultra and know how close it is to the Kona cotton ultra or the Performance Knit. I really want to place my order and get all my poster but don’t want to be unhappy. I did email them as well to see if they can work with me since they did not contact me first to ask if i wanted the change in fabrics. Either way I am still happy with this print. thanks for any helpful knowledge on this fabric.
post #483 of 1236
Wow. I'd be ticked off and at least demand a full refund. I can't imagine if I placed an order, whether $7 or $300 and had them use a different material than I asked for.
post #484 of 1236
Yea i was a little upset it was only a 10$ order so I was not pissed. They seem like a legit company and I believe they will be helpful and fix this small issue, but I am waiting on an Email to find out. All I asked of them is to reprint on correct fabric or at least a Sample print of the colors to be sent to me on correct fabric so I can make up my mind and place a large order. I think that is a simple request.
post #485 of 1236
I guess since I've worked in customer support for so many years, I would not have found that to be acceptable even for a $10 order. First, you waited a long time, then you get the wrong product. They should have called or emailed first and asked what would be acceptable to you.
post #486 of 1236
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Originally Posted by nickbuol View Post

Keep in mind that the only two fabrics available right now that have the new, deep/dark colors are the Kona Cotton Ultra and the Performance Knit. Soupy, I am glad that the Cotton Poplin worked for you, but for those wondering, it looks a lot like the original Kona Cotton as far as the coloration. It is, however, a much "finer-threaded" fabric, so it will look smoother than the Kona Cotton, so that is a plus. More "poster" like and less "industrial" or "commercial office" look (Not describing it well, but if you could see the fabrics side by side, the Kona has more variance to the thread size. Then again, the Kona Cotton might make artwork look more like a "painting" I guess as it would have more surface texture.)

Again, super glad that it worked out for you. I am so friggin' close to just placing my order, but life and work trips (I am in the Dallas area this week for work) keep slowing me down. Personally, I am 99.99% sure that I am going to go with the Performance Knit. The artwork that I am working up will really utilize the "silver" and "bronze" metallic look that that the Performance Knit offers over the Kona Cotton Ultra and I want that. Plus I really want the deep colors that don't look "faded" like the original Kona Cotton.

Please share pictures of all of your panels up in your room...

Yeah, That is why I wanted to get a sample of the Kona in print but they were out. The photo I took doesn't do the poster justice. It looks better viewed on my phone but not so great after I posted it. As you know from looking at the samples the Poplin isn't as bright white as the other fabrics. Does the performance knit get the ultra print or is it just a better material for print? I have a feeling the Organic Cotten Sateen would be a nice material to work with. The Organic Cotton Knit looks nice too but it is stetchy too but not as stetchy as the Performance Knit.

I would love to hear from someone who has mounted the Performance Knit to find if the stechyness of the material was hard to work with. The key is to get the poster tight so the insulation won't bulge. I have a feeling (no facts) that the Performance Knit would be difficult to work with. I imagine it will be hard to lign up and that after pulling tight the image is going to stetch larger then the frame.
post #487 of 1236
Here are some quick photos I took in better lighting. Keep in mind I suck at taking photos and this is using my phone.
post #488 of 1236
The Performance Knit was the first to use their new "printing" method, so it is like the Kona Cotton in how much color it gets, BUT since the Performance Knit is a really smooth fabric, more of the color "sticks" to the fabric. I would guess that would also be the case with the material you used, however it is applied using their old method and thus looks washed out more-so than one of the other (only 2) options that use their new printing process.

I understand your fears of the Performance Knit being too stretchy. Again, I think that it will work out just fine, but someone using it will just need to take things slow and not just go staple-crazy. By that I mean, just slapping staples all around. Obviously we should all be using a good amount of staples regardless of the material used. Just take your time.

I will see if I can finally get my artwork finished and mine ordered on the Performance Knit. Of course, it will take a couple of weeks to get it even after I make the order.
post #489 of 1236
Ok! Update time, SpoonFlower Did a great job in resolving my issue and went above what I asked for in helping me. So I will be ordering my larger orders with them as soon as they get the fabric I want. Any one wondering why the Kona cotton Ultra is delayed or not an option, it is because they are going through some further test with the new print process to make sure that customer orders will not be flawed in any way. I guess they were having some issue with the new print process on that fabric. It is nice to know they care about their quality and will be getting a good product out as soon as they can. They gave me an ETA they are shooting for within two weeks for the Kona cotton ultra.
post #490 of 1236
I just ordered a replacement in performance knit for an old print on kona. I will post pics of them side by side to show the difference.
post #491 of 1236
Those look great Soupy
post #492 of 1236
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Originally Posted by MuaySteve View Post

Those look great Soupy

Thanks! smile.gif Those pics were taken with direct sunlight coming through a large picture window in my living room. They don't look as washed out in person. I'm very happy with them. That spiderman print shows that you can double the size of the original with good results. It was roughly 13 x 19 (1996 x 2971) originally.
post #493 of 1236
Wow. I looked back and I started working on my panel art back in JULY!!! Ouch. So much monkeying around, so many work trips slowing me down too. Plus the media server build and being about 85% done with my HTPC build, it was time to get final designs done and ordered.

$200.80 later, and my panel art should be here on November 22nd. Ordered all of it on Performance Knit.

6 vertical side wall panels (24"x48"x3.5" + wrap around the back)
1 horizontal back wall panel (48"x24"x5.5" + wrap around the back)

Each side wall panel was done on exactly 1 yard of performance knit (there will be a little extra to wrap around the back at about 1.5" too wide, but that is fine), and the back wall panel had to extend to 2 yards with a good amount of waste unfortunately.

Let's see how they turn out in a couple of weeks when they get here. Now remember, I am NOT doing movie posters, so don't be looking forward to someone doing movies posters with the performance knit.
post #494 of 1236
OK, here is the new Performance Knit vs the Old Kona:



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Needless to say (but I will anyway), the new printing is AMAZING!!!!
post #495 of 1236
^ The new Print looks really good, I am on the edge of just placing my orders on Performance Knit and not waiting another week or two for the Kona cotton ultra but I just cant make up my mind.
post #496 of 1236
That is a dramatic difference....

Maybe I will have to "update" my posters soon. (I can already see my wife rolling her eyes)
post #497 of 1236
See, I told you guys that it was dramatically better in color depth. smile.gif The new Kona Cotton Ultra *should* be about as nice, but like I said in my testing, the colors are a little off when "printed" on the Kona. Not that you will notice too much unless looking at real reference colors.
post #498 of 1236
Wow, lots of posts and good examples since I was last here. Not sure why I'm not getting updates.

Anyway, got to getting the insulation cut and inserted into the frames yesterday. Don't think I'll be working on them again until thurs/fri since it's deathly cold here (working in my garage). This will give me time to work on another project...blackout curtains biggrin.gif

The insulation was pretty easy to cut (used a mini hack saw) but I kept on cutting them too big and then trimming it down. It wasn't until the 3rd one that I finally got right...lol

post #499 of 1236
Looks good tcc. Ya, the weather has taken a dive up here.
post #500 of 1236
Well - looks like I have just joined this club.
I worked with and compensated the artist for this one-off & unique print. Here is a low-rez sample screenshot of my spoon-flower order.
Please Let me know if anyone notices anything "hosed-up" with the order, as I would still have time to email them tomorrow?
spoonflowerorder_zps9d3fac93.jpg
Thanks in Advance!
post #501 of 1236
Quote:
Originally Posted by MuaySteve View Post

That is a dramatic difference....

Maybe I will have to "update" my posters soon. (I can already see my wife rolling her eyes)

And the same for my wife. smile.gif

Can anyone comment if the new print has any more sheen, or reflective property, than the old?
post #502 of 1236
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Originally Posted by tcc View Post

Wow, lots of posts and good examples since I was last here. Not sure why I'm not getting updates.

Anyway, got to getting the insulation cut and inserted into the frames yesterday. Don't think I'll be working on them again until thurs/fri since it's deathly cold here (working in my garage). This will give me time to work on another project...blackout curtains biggrin.gif

The insulation was pretty easy to cut (used a mini hack saw) but I kept on cutting them too big and then trimming it down. It wasn't until the 3rd one that I finally got right...lol


Hurry Up! I'm dieing to hear how the Performance Knit works out for you Mounting. smile.gif Just kidding...Take your time. What Roxul did you get? Is it 2"? I looked online at Roxul, Lowes, Home depot and all I see is 3". I still have not figured out what insulation to use. I refuse to pay $40 shiiping to order insulation online.
post #503 of 1236
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Originally Posted by GoCaboNow View Post

And the same for my wife. smile.gif

Can anyone comment if the new print has any more sheen, or reflective property, than the old?

The performance knit is not shiny at all, no sheen to it.
post #504 of 1236
Quote:
Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Well - looks like I have just joined this club.
I worked with and compensated the artist for this one-off & unique print. Here is a low-rez sample screenshot of my spoon-flower order.
Please Let me know if anyone notices anything "hosed-up" with the order, as I would still have time to email them tomorrow?
spoonflowerorder_zps9d3fac93.jpg
Thanks in Advance!

What Resolution was the original? If I remember correctly no one could find that picture in a high enough resolution to go that big.
post #505 of 1236
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Originally Posted by cybrsage View Post

The performance knit is not shiny at all, no sheen to it.

Great, thanks!
post #506 of 1236
Wow. I put my order in around 11:00pm on Monday night, and here it is Wednesday morning, and I just got my shipping notification. They are shipping FedEx 2-day. I paid $28 for shipping because their web site was saying that it wouldn't ship until 11/22 and I wanted them before Thanksgiving. I guess that put me high on the list of orders. Super fast vs. the cheap shipping that was taking 3 weeks in the past for my samples.
post #507 of 1236
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

What Resolution was the original? If I remember correctly no one could find that picture in a high enough resolution to go that big.

Soupy,
The original artwork we found was:
1257 pixels wide, 300dpi x 636 pixels high, 300dpi
However it was sized quite small
(jpeg file size was 168Kb)

After hiring the creator to make some changes; he increased the size by adding large borders and moved the text into the border areas. As I understand it; he also worked some other magic with photoshop to improve the perceived resolution, reduced pixelation? ("dithering" perhaps?, sorry I'm not familiar with photoshop)

The final larger format here, as it was sent to Spoonflower was:
17,400 pixels wide, 300dpi x 13,500 pixels wide, 300 dpi
(jpeg file size I sent to spoonflower was a whoping 32.4Mb)

I will be holding my breath to see what comes back from spoonflower smile.gif
post #508 of 1236
Sides stapled.

The PK fabric is pretty forgiving so far. But I chalk that up to having a border to follow.

We'll see how it goes when I do the Superman poster.
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post #509 of 1236
Looks great! Glad that the PK is working out for you.
post #510 of 1236
tcc,
Capt'n America on Performance Knit looks great!smile.gif

nickbuol,
ordered my 50 years of Bond on 11/12, got an email saying it shipped on 11/14 (by USPS)tongue.gif
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