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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 17 Illustrator, or Photoshop to get famil- iar with the various file types needed to design and prepare before sending the design/file to the software program your vinyl cutter will cut and outline for a specific letter, number, shape, or design that your customer desires. Once the necessary software, tools, and equipment are properly set up based on technical specifications by the manu- facturer, you're ready to cut and apply heat transfer films to your garment, tex- tile, or substrate. After cutting a letter, number, or design, simply weed away the excess with a weeding tool. The remaining transfer film will be heat pressed at a typical temperature of 315 to 330 F with medium, even pressure on the heat press for 10 to 15 seconds depending on the desired fabric. For nylon and many heat-sensitive materials like leather, there are heat transfer vinyl materials manufactured specifically for those applications and are heat pressed at lower temperatures for 3 to 5 seconds. MATERIALS One transfer polyester material that is popular in the spiritwear, athleticwear, boutique store, and T-shirt markets are glitter material embellishments. One- color glitter material is popular; how- ever, when you cut glitter material on your vinyl cutter, make sure to change the angle of the blade and make sure that the blade is never dull as glitter material is thicker than common vinyl material and more labor intensive to work with. The markups are much higher with glit- ter decorated projects than other heat transfer materials and worth the extra effort once mastered. Transfer films come in a wide variety of finishes and textures. When you are just beginning, it's cru- cial to test them out. One transfer polyester material that is popular in the spiritwear, athleticwear, boutique store, and T-shirt markets are glitter material embellishments.

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