Printwear

Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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66 || P RI N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 01 8 T here are tons of great bene ts when working with subli mation and 100 percent polyester gar- ments. Moisture wicking, dura - bility, soft hand, and beautiful vibrant colors are just a fe w of the m. But along with those bene ts are t wo challenges you must over- co me. So, let's tackle the m with these tips. G H O S TI N G The rst subli mation issue to face is ghost - ing. Ghosting occurs in subli mation when the ink is still active, but it is out of the press and the transfer paper shifts fro m where it was intended. This will leave a ghost-like i mage and ruin the blank. Unfortunately, there is no going back fro m this, and you have to start over. Here are t wo quick tips to help eli minate ghosting fro m your subli mation transfers onto gar- ments. 1. Al ways make sure to check your pressure before apply- ing the transfer and begin- ning the heat-transfer pro- cess. This is a good opportu- nity to prepress the gar ment and make sure the pressure is correct for the ite m you are pressing. Many ti mes, I see people place the transfer, Eli minate Ghosting and Transfer Lines in Subli mation B Y AA R O N MO N T G O M E R Y Aaron Montgo mery has been involved with the gar ment decorating and per - sonalization industry since 2000 and the digital printing industry since 1997. He is very actively involved in the industry trade shows via speaking, attending and exhibiting for the last 17 years. He also writes articles for the industry magazines and blogs on topics that include marketing, social media, the personalization market, and gar ment decorating techniques. He is dedicated to helping s mall businesses grow and succeed. You can find Aaron co-hosting the industry's oldest and most listened to Podcast - 2 Regular Guys (www.2regularguys.co m). You can also find blogs about a wide range of topics on his own website at aaron montgo mery.info. Left: A fe w si mple tools and accessories can help eli minate dreaded transfer lines and ghosting issues co m monly found in subli mation. ( All i mages courtesy the author) Right: By using a piece of foa m and cutting the transfer paper larger, it can help absorb so me of the heat press' pressure and eli minate press lines. HOW TO

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