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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A U G U S T G R A P H I C S P R O 3 5 • After you press your garment, wait 24 hours to allow the adhesive to settle before washing. HEAT TRANSFER VINYL PROCESS The heat transfer vinyl decorating process is easier than it might seem. After you make your design, load your HTV into the vinyl cutter. Each cutter and vinyl has dif- ferent instructions, so make sure you know those before jumping into the process. Once you have your HTV cut, you need to weed your design. Weeding HTV is the process of removing the excess vinyl from lettering or a design that has been cut on the cutter. To do that, you can use twee- zers, a weeding pick, a weeding hook, or a hobby knife. After your design is weeded, it is time to press it. Place the garment onto the bot- tom platen of your heat press. Then, put the weeded design onto the garment. Each type of vinyl has a different pressing time and temperature, so double check those instructions before pressing. Once the de- sign has been pressed, the shirt is ready to wear or sell. Now let's talk about different HTV on various athletic shirts. HOW HTV IS USED WITH DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE GARMENTS For each of the designs featured in this ar- ticle, we used the Graphtec CE7000 vinyl cutter and the WALAPress Pro auto-open heat press. Please consult your owner's manual when using different brands for proper usage and settings. Digi Camo T (100% polyester) For this shirt, we wanted to add dimen- sion to complement the camouflage pat- tern, so we used Siser white brick for the Rashguard T-shirt: Reflective HTV is a good idea for running and biking clothes because the vinyl has tiny glass beads embedded in it to make it very reflective. HOT GRAPHICS REPORT

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