July '20

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FEATURES ( C O N T I N U E D ) 4 G R A P H I C S P R O J U L Y 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M CONTENT V O L U M E 3 4 | J U LY 2 0 2 0 | N U M B E R 1 1 56 NOW IS THE TIME TO GET TO KNOW SPECIALTY GRAPHICS FILMS Learn how to use these films to diversify and survive. 68 CNC ROUTER TOOL BASICS FOR SMOOTH-EDGE FINISHES Whether it's creating a face shield or a 3D sign, a superior product always includes a smooth-edge finish. 72 YARD SIGNS: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YARD ADVERTISING The need for yard signs has spiked since the onset of COVID-19. Charity Jackson, Visual Horizons Custom Signs, discusses some design tips to capitalize on these products. 50 PEOPLE BUY FROM PEOPLE: LOOKING FOR NEW BUSINESS Steve Capper, A-1 Awards, offers a few pointers on how to drum up new business in order to stay viable. 52 SHOP PROFILE: GRAVITY GRAPHICS Check out this booming business in the Teton Valley. Celebrating products that are made in the USA, the July cover images are provided by multiple sources. The top image is courtesy of ShopBot Tools and Glass Impressions; the middle and bottom images are courtesy of THE NBM SHOW/photographer Dayne Pillow. ON OUR COVER 76 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: INKS From UV-LED to screen-printing inks, this section has it all. 84 A DISCUSSION ON THE BENEFITS OF SPECIALTY THREADS Specialty threads can add marketable value, improve efficiency, and impact your bottom line. 76 68 52 DEPARTMENTS 91 MARKETPLACE 94 WEB EXCLUSIVES: GRAPHICS PRO NEWSLETTER Sign up for the daily eNewsletter for more information 95 AD INDEX COLUMNS 08 STEP ONE What Makes Us Special By Cassie Green 10 IN THE TRENCHES By Rick Williams AWARDS & CUSTOMIZATION 20 SUBLIMATION BASICS AND BEYOND Finding a Niche Sublimation Market By Cheryl Kuchek 24 THE RISING TIDE OF BUSINESS Rock Solid Foundation By Aaron Montgomery 40 YOUR LASER AT WORK Solving Advanced Lasering Challenges By Bob Hagel SIGNAGE & PRINTING 60 REGARDING DESIGN Experience Matters By Mark Oatis 64 THE DIGITAL EYE High Style By Stephen Romaniello APPAREL DECORATING 78 SOFTWARE TO SUBSTRATE State of Mind By Lon Winters 82 STITCH SOLUTIONS Master the Tough Stuff and Stand Out By Jennifer Cox

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