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June '21

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5 4 I N T E R I O R S 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M O ne of the key factors in your success with heat transfer printing is choos- ing the right paper for the right sub- strates. Not all heat transfer papers are cre- ated the same, and picking the right paper can make your process more efficient and improve your transfer results. PAPER FOR GARMENTS AND SOFT GOODS Transferring to T-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and other soft goods is one of the best uses for heat transfer printing. With the ability to do short to mid-sized orders on a wide range of fabrics, there's no shortage of customized options you can offer your customers. There are several different transfer pa- pers made specifically for garments and fabrics. For starters, the iColor 2-Step Select paper is a good, all-around transfer media for both light and dark garments. This paper is ideal for the cost-conscious customer who's looking for a personalized shirt that can withstand 50 or more wash- es and offer good color reproduction. For customers looking for a little more durability and vibrancy, the iColor 2-Step Premium transfer media offers great color reproduction on both light and dark gar- ments and will take up to 100 washes. Finally, for customers who need outstand- ing wearability on a sports blend shirt, the iColor 2-Step Premium Stretch transfer media is the perfect choice. This media is designed not to pull or peel on stretchy ma- terials and lasts for up to 100 washes. There are transfer papers that have specialized looks as well, like the iCol- or 2-Step Glitter transfer media and the iColor 2-Step Metallic transfer media. Check the manufacturer recommenda- tions, as these papers are not compatible with all toner heat transfer printers. PAPER FOR SIGNS, DRINKWARE, AND OTHER HARD SURFACES Heat transfer printing isn't just for gar- ments. Your printer can create any num- ber of personalized items, including drinkware, awards, signs, and home de- cor items with the right paper. To begin with, the iColor 1-Step Hard Surface transfer media is a good all- around choice for personalizing acrylics, metal, ceramics, glass, and wood. It will offer good color reproduc- tion and durability and is ideal for home decor prod- ucts and awards. For items that require additional dura- bility, such as drinkware and leather goods that may be handled on a regular basis, the iColor 1-Step Premium Hard Surface transfer media offers additional protection against scratching and chipping. Finally, if you've got a special request for a metallic look for a transfer, the iCol- or Presto! 1-Step Metallic Hard Surface transfer media is the answer for you. This transfer paper works with glass, ceramics, and metals, making it a great way to take drinkware personalization up a notch. PAPER FOR SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS Every now and then a customer will contact you with a unique request, such as personalizing a candle or creating tem- porary tattoos. With a heat transfer print- er and specialty papers, you can customize any number of odd-shaped items. The iColor 1-Step Aquaclear trans- fer media allows you to create full-color transfers for items that can't fit in a heat press or are heat sensitive, such as candles, toys, and soft plastics. With the iColor Tattoo Transfer media, you can create full-color customized temporary tattoos for your customers. Finally, offer your cus- tomers personalized window clings with iColor Window Cling sheets. WOW YOUR CUSTOMERS! Choosing the right paper for the proj- ect can make all the difference with heat transfer. The beauty of heat transfer is you can customize thousands of items, and using the right paper will have your customers saying, "Wow! I didn't know you could do that!" INT Choosing the Right G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Choosing the right paper for the proj ect can make all the difference with heat transfer. The beauty of heat transfer is you can customize thousands of items, and using the right paper will have your customers saying, "Wow! I didn't know you could do that!" TIPS AND TRICKS Images courtesy Johnson Plastics Plus Heat Transfer C O U R T E S Y O F J O H N S O N P L A S T I C S P L U S

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