December '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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5 2 P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 DTG SPECIAL SECTION of the area being printed on. It's always better to be safe than sorry as print head strikes due to wrong table height may ruin the bag and, worse yet, the print head itself. Now it's time to print the graphic the same way you would as if it was a T-shirt. Also use the same settings in your RIP program. If you can, it is always a good idea to have an extra bag to use for practice. This will help you with proper placement and check your print settings before you start your production run. Once you have printed your design, you will need to cure the print. Use the same settings you use for a T-shirt on your heat press. The nice thing with bags is that they are not really washed, but proper curing is al- ways recommended. If you are using a bag that may be damaged by the heat press with melting or scorching, you can try using a heat gun to cure the ink. Clearly, bags are a pretty easy item to print DTG on, which makes it an ideal add-on or promotional offer- ing. Take opportunities like these to improve your bot- tom line! D2 Paul Green has been involved in Product Development for Direct to Garment Printers for almost two de- cades. After hours Paul is a fine artist, his art work can be seen in group art shows around Southern California. Keep in mind that with most all DTG print- ers, you will need to have something that is made from natural fibers for the best results. Materials like 100% cotton, canvas, and hemp are the most popular for DTG printing." If the bag fits better upside down from how you would load a T-shirt, you will need to flip your graphic around 180 degrees before printing it. Above: You will want to use a table that allows the edges and handles of the bag to hang over. Right: Make sure that the bag is nice and flat with the edges tucked in via a tuck lock or hoop. The hardest part will be getting the bag handle(s) out of the way.

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