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4 8 G R A P H I C S P R O J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G B Y T A Y L O R L A N D E S M A N A Beginner's Guide to A Beginner's A Beginner's Guide to Guide to Apparel Decorating Equipment B Y T A Y L O R Equipment (Image courtesy Lawson Screen & Digital Products) G R A P H I C S P R O J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Digital Products) A pparel decorating is one of the best business opportunities, with numerous points of en- try into the industry no matter your budget. Whether you want to print T-shirts as a hobby, a side hustle, or full time, knowing your equipment options goes a long way in determining how to get started. Here is an overview of the equip- ment you will need for the most popular basic apparel decorating techniques. SCREEN-PRINTING EQUIPMENT BASICS The main avenue into garment decorat- ing is screen printing due to its versatility and low barrier to entry. It is one of the most versatile methods for decorating on any type of clothing including, but not limited to, shirts, hoodies, pants, jeans, jackets, and hats. You can screen print ba- sically anything. By having this flexibility, a screen printer can offer their customers a diverse array of options. Everyone knows it is always easier to sell more to your current customers than to get a new customer. Screen printing requires only some basic equipment, and many of the auxiliary items can be achieved in a DIY fashion. This is one industry that encourages (and pro- motes) inventiveness and ingenuity. Plus, the essential screen-printing begin- ner's equipment fits into everyone's budget. Which equipment you choose depends on your space and desired outcomes, but there are four essential pieces you need. 1. You need an exposure unit. This puts the image you want to print into your screen-printing frame.

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