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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 5 3 makes using multiple colors more advan- tageous. We would do several black gar- ments using DTG. We also digitized a simple version of the pelican for embroi- dery where we ran several hats and polos. Finally, we used an outlined version with some grayscale components on screen- printed beach towels. GP At 21 years old, LON WINTERS was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and com- plete apparel decorating solutions. Learn more at www. ered by the foreground objects and focal point. This was rendered the same as the pelican with a base set of colors and de- tailed and soft airbrushed qualities lay- ered in. Many elements are simpler, suggestive, and subtle. The ripples in the water were free-handed in with the Lasso tool and filled with a gradient from a blue lighter than the base color and blended. This maintained a monochromatic coolness. Also added were a few soft yellow accents nearest to the sun on the water and some black detail in shadow areas. DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES We would typically go into the separation process once we have a fully rendered piece; however, this creation was set up to print direct-to-garment (DTG), which WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET? Electric IR dryers are usually less ex- pensive up front, but gas-fired dryers are cheaper to operate. They do bet- ter with athletic wear because of con- stant temperature monitoring. More air movement from a gas dryer is ben- eficial when curing water-based and discharge inks. HOW MANY GARMENTS DO YOU EXPECT THE DRYER TO HANDLE PER HOUR? This is by far the most essential in- formation you need when buying a dryer. Remember that long-sleeve garments, 3XL garments, and hood- ies take up more space on the dryer belt. Don't let your dryer dictate your profit. Buy a dryer with a little excess capacity for when you're running faster on small prints. Waiting for the dryer belt to clear so that you can lay the next garment down is something to avoid if at all possible. GP FREE SHIPPING Screen Print Supplies • Siser Heat Transfer FDC Sign Vinyl • Screenprinting Equipment & More! (800) 535-4657 Plastics Inc A Division of

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