GRAPHICS PRO

August '21

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3 4 H O T G R A P H I C S R E P O R T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M P erforma ncewea r comes in a ll shapes, sizes, and fabrics. By dec- orating your own athleticwear, you can create beautiful, custom cloth- ing. So how can you achieve that unique look for your performance garments ? That's where heat transfer vinyl comes in. Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is a great way to customize clothing. The options for HTV are limitless and can spark creativ- ity in everyone. Whether you are a small crafter, own a T-shirt business as a side- hustle, or are a full-time business owner, there is a heat transfer vinyl that will fit your needs. HTV can be applied to many surfaces like towels, hats, bags, jackets, and much more. To get started with the heat transfer vinyl process, you need four things: a vinyl cutter, a heat press, heat transfer vinyl, and the garments you will press onto. Once you have those things, you are ready to be- gin making customized performancewear. HELPFUL TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND Before we dive deeper into the HTV pro- cess, here are some common things to keep in mind: • Mirror your design. When you are ready to cut your HTV, make sure your design is mirrored because when you press it, the design will be flipped. • If you are pressing more than one type of HTV, you might have to ad- just the amount of time you press so you don't overheat or burn the vinyl. • Use a Teflon pillow if you are press- ing on thick seams or if you are pressing a polyester garment so there are no press marks. Top: This Posi-UV Pro T-shirt was decorated using fluorescent yellow Siser Easyweed and matte black Siser Easyweed. Above: The Digi Camo T-shirt: For this design we did an inlay instead of layering the vinyl. (All images courtesy Brooke Ruebke) TIPS, TECHNICAL ADVICE, AND EXAMPLES BY BROOKE RUEBKE P ing. So how can you achieve that unique look for your performance garments ? That's where heat transfer vinyl comes in. to customize clothing. The options for HTV are limitless and can spark creativ ity in everyone. Whether you are a small crafter, own a T-shirt business as a side- hustle, or are a full-time business owner, there is a heat transfer vinyl that will fit your needs. CUSTOMIZING PERFORMANCEWEAR WITH HEAT TRANSFER VINYL

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