December '20

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FEATURES ( C O N T I N U E D ) 4 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 CONTENT V O L U M E 3 5 | D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 | N U M B E R 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M COLUMNS 08 STEP ONE One Thing's Certain By Cassie Green 10 IN THE TRENCHES Cordless Bliss By Rick Williams SIGNAGE & PRINTING 24 SHOP TALK Shop-Built Monument Sign By Rick Williams AWARDS & CUSTOMIZATION 34 YOUR LASER AT WORK Tools and Software to Complement Your Laser By Bob Hagel 50 SUBLIMATION BASICS AND BEYOND The Right Graphics for Sublimation By Cheryl Kuchek 58 THE RISING TIDE OF BUSINESS Getting a Handle on Your Costs By Aaron Montgomery APPAREL DECORATING 68 SOFTWARE TO SUBSTRATE It Came from Graphics Elephants… By Lon Winters 82 STITCH SOLUTIONS Time to Rethink Your Embroidery Pricing Model By Jennifer Cox DEPARTMENTS 157 MARKETPLACE 160 AD INDEX 32 FIVE TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES NAVIGATING DIFFICULT TIMES The current environment is hitting many small businesses hard. Still, there are steps owners can take to successfully navigate through difficult times. 40 FILTERED LASER FUME EXTRACTORS: WHY THEY MAKE EVEN MORE SENSE THESE DAYS Chau Vo, PAT Technology Systems, proves why having an extraction system is vital to the health and safety of the laser shop. 44 SUBLIMATING NEW HARD SUBSTRATES Each substrate (depending on type, size, thickness, and ability to conduct heat) has its own unique production instructions that should be followed carefully. 54 HOW ABRASIVE CHOICES AFFECT THE FINAL SANDCARVED PRODUCT How does your abrasive choice affect your sandcarving? Get the answer, plus the details on how to choose the best one. 62 HOW TO APPROACH ARTWORK Good artwork is crucial. Learn some information regarding artwork for different decoration processes from Dane Clement, Great Dane Graphics. 72 PROS AND CONS OF HEAT PRESSES, FLASH CURE UNITS, AND CONVEYOR DRYERS FOR DTG PRINTING A prudent dryer purchase starts with an understanding of how well the dryer will complement the printer, and how it will impact your capacity, quality, and budget requirements. 76 WORKFLOW TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR EMBROIDERY PROCESS By looking to your setup, evaluating your assets, and walking through your work- flow, you can identify potential slowdowns and prepare to increase productivity. 68 The GRAPHICS PRO 2021 Guide will help you maneuver through the ever-changing world of the graphics industry, no matter what challenges your business may face. ON OUR COVER

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