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6 6 G R A P H I C S P R O D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 6 Figure 6 The artwork needs to be set up properly in order for it to cut and weed correctly and efficiently (Figures 5 and 6). Thin lines or spaces, large amounts of cavities or open spaces, shapes that overlap, and large amounts of detail are all things that need to be considered. All of these things af- fect how quickly a design will cut and how easy it will be to weed, if you are even able to cut and weed it at all. Shapes that overlap create individual cut pieces instead of one solid piece. Thin lines can break when weeded. Too many cavities increase weeding time. So, when deciding on a vinyl cut design or creating one yourself, it's important to make sure it's set up and created correctly to work with your cutter. The types of vinyl that are available to- day are outstanding. With adhesive vinyl for hard goods and heat transfer vinyl for garments, vinyl cutting is a great decorating option. Normally, when creating a vinyl cut de- sign, you want to incorporate large open areas to eliminate vinyl to give the design a lighter hand when applied to the shirt. When using a specialty vinyl, however, you may want to incorporate larger solid areas to help showcase the vinyl itself. A simple one-color text layout can be transformed by the use of foil, glitter, or patterned vinyl (Figure 7). It's important when creating your design to consider the vinyl you will use and plan accordingly. DIGITAL PRINTING DECORATION OPTIONS From screen printers looking for options to help fill the gap for low quantity or- ders, to people looking to start a new business or side business with low entry costs, digital printing options have been on the rise. They are the perfect option to get a lot of bang for your buck with the capability of printing full-color images, as well as being able to personalize products for your customers. Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, dye- sublimation, and inkjet or laser transfers— in particular white toner transfers—are all methods growing in popularity. Because of the full-color printing capability, I recom-

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