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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 H O T G R A P H I C S R E P O R T 4 3 there is no tack at all, it can make cutting and weeding trickier. When there is not the option of sticking a design back down on the carrier, having the right cut settings becomes even more important. The pressure or downforce, sharpness of the blade, and offset all need to be perfect. If the offset is not correct, the cut lines around the design will not completely meet up and a little tag will be connected to what needs to be weeded away. Some plotter cutters have an overcut function to help keep this from hap- pening. Other machines have an offset set- ting based on the angle of blade being used: 0.25mm for a 45-degree blade and 0.5mm for a 60-degree blade. Weeding materials that don't have a sticky carrier also need more care as well. Weeding is usually done by picking up a corner of the material and pulling toward the design. With a non-sticky carrier, it's best to gently take a weeding tool or pick, grab some of the excess material near the design, and pull away at a low degree. Pull it out instead of upward. LAYER TECHNIQUES Make sure the materials to be pressed first can have another layer pressed on top. Some HTVs with textures, that are metallic, or might have certain colors will not allow a lasting bond with anything pressed onto them. Be sure the materials are compatible with their position in the final design before starting. If you are unsure how the products will work with layering, reach out to the distribu- tor or manufacturer. They have the knowl- There are many different HTV patterns on the market. HOT GRAPHICS REPORT

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