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Direct-to-Substrate Glitters: Decorating with Various Transfer Materials F or the person new to the imprint- ing, embellishment, and decorated apparel industry, the first bit of advice I have to offer is to be prepared to have all the right software, tools (weeding tools, heat press wraps, heat press pil- lows, thermo tape, Teflon cover sheets, etc.), and equipment for your garment and textile embellishments for decorat- ing and imprinting custom apparel. Let's examine some of the key things needed to get started with heat printing. BASIC TOOLS In the fast-growing world of heat trans- fer applications, having a quality heat press and vinyl cutter is a key factor and element before any apparel decoration/embellish- ment is possible. Being able to consis- tently produce heat transfer projects for your customers that adhere with good quality will keep your customers coming back time and time again. I always recommend that one also gets basic training in a graphic design software program like CorelDRAW, By Richard Coartney Richard Coartney, founder and owner of (Heat Transfer Solutions - Vinyl & Graphic Supply) has been in print and graphics production, sales, and management since the 80s and worked in screen printing (pressure sensitive films & signage of all plastic substrates), offset/sheetfed lithography, rotogravure, and flexographic printing. 16 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 (Images courtesy Richard Coartney) Heat Transfer

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