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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 18 graphics-pro.com Heat Transfer Choose your vector artwork and send it to the vinyl cutter to cut out your designs. See text for full explanation of decorating steps. (All images courtesy Stahls') Next, weed your designs using a weeder. It's ideal to have the right size platen for the product. In this example, an 11-by-15-inch platen is perfect for this cinch bag. Here's a great way to use heat trans- fer vinyl to decorate a cool-looking cinch pack with school spirit. Heat- applied graphics make it easy to per- sonalize items and is a great way to turn heads and get customers walking through your door. And as a bonus: it's easy to do. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES NEEDED: • Vinyl cutter (used here: Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter) • Heat press (used here: Hotronix Fusion IQ heat press) • Cinch pack (used here: SanMar, Port & Company Core fleece sweatshirt cinch pack) • 11-by-15-inch platen • Weeder • Kraft paper cover sheet • Heat transfer vinyl in two colors (used here: CAD-CUT Fashion-FILM in orange and white) SETTINGS: • Vinyl cutter: refer to cutter guidelines per heat transfer vinyl • Heat press: 320 F, set for medium pressure By Debra Romalia, GroupeSTAHL How to Decorate Bags with Heat-Applied Graphics 1 2 3 Other basic heat transfer printable media materials that require four-color solvent/eco-solvent or latex inks are yel- low, magenta, cyan, and black (CMYK). These types of heat transfer applications are for customers that desire a four-color effect on a garment or textile that dis- plays a company logo, sports team, spe- cial event, or occasion that shows more than a one-color number, letter, or design. This process is a bit more com- plicated and requires color profiles to be set up, but most manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors provide spec sheets for these media. For the newcomer to the custom apparel industry, I recommend doing all the necessary research for which type of heat press, vinyl cutter, and plotter (print and cut) manufacturers that are out there and in your budget. Try starting off with a small vinyl cutter no more than 24 inches in width to handle the widely available widths of 15- and 20-inch standard color offerings for number, letters, and simple design patterns and a heat press with a platen size of 16 by 20 inches to accom- modate a variety of garment sizes. I hope these insights were informative and useful to get you started with new and upcoming projects. A weeding tool is an important one to have on hand.

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