December '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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4 8 P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 D irect-to-garment printers can print on much more than just apparel, and bags are one of the most popular items to do so. The process is almost identi- cal to T-shirt printing and should not take very long for you to pick up. GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS Make sure that your printer is ready to start a print job. You should have done any re- quired head cleans and printed a nozzle check. You always want to start a new print job off knowing that your machine is ready, and the last thing you need to do is waste any ink and materials. From there, prepare the image you are go- ing to print. Make sure that it is sized prop- erly for the print area on the bag. This may also depend on the size of print table you are using on the printer. Any adjustments you need to make can be done from a pro- gram like Photoshop or a RIP program. No matter what, you should pretreat the bag with the same pretreatment used for dark garment printing. Even if you are not printing white ink, the pretreatment will help give the bag a better print surface. Most bags are not as smooth as a T-shirt and are much more porous. Next, place the bag onto your print table/ In the Bag! PRINTING BAGS WITH DTG PA U L G R E E N DTG works on more than just T-shirts, and bags are the perfect ex- ample of this. (All imag- es courtesy the author) DTG SPECIAL SECTION

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