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FEATURES V O L U M E 3 5 | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 | N U M B E R 1 3 CONTENT 2 G R A P H I C S P R O S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 74 APPAREL DECORATING 16 SIGNAGE & PRINTING ''Everything about DTG has matured into a vibrant, growing, and vital part of many decorating businesses. If you have not looked into direct-to- garment as an addition to your busi- ness, you might want to reconsider.'' B R I A N WA L K E R , R T P A P PA R E L from The DTG Explosion, Direct-to-Substrate Report, page 38 12 THE IMPORTANCE OF SOFTWARE FOR GRAPH- ICS PROFESSIONALS Software is a crucial tool for any graphics professional. Find out why. 16 WRAP DESIGN: CREAT- ING CUSTOM TEMPLATES FOR ACCURACY AND EFFICIENCY Charity Jackson, Visual Horizons Custom Signs, takes a closer look at an important consideration of wrap design — designing a two- dimensional graphic to accurately fit a three-dimensional vehicle. 20 PROJECT PROFILE: BLOOMBOX/CASSEL Follow along with this vehicle wrap project designed to create a signa- ture look. This month, GRAPHICS PRO features the Direct-to- Substrate Report. In it, you'll find coverage on why DTG is exploding in the decorated apparel market, how to avoid adhe- sion challenges with UV-LED printing, plus a comprehensive product lineup to get you going in this segment of the industry. Turn to page 33! sion challenges sion challenges printing, plus a printing, plus a printing, plus a comprehensive comprehensive G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 D I R E C T - T O - S U B S T R A T E R E P O R T 3 3 The DIRECT - TO - SUBSTRATE REPORT 2021 GRAPHICS PRO PRESENTS 34 A PRINT THAT STICKS Avoid adhesion issues in UV printing with these helpful tips and techniques. 38 THE DTG EXPLOSION Direct-to-garment printing is exploding in the apparel decorat- ing segment; the question is, are you taking advantage? 42 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: DIRECT-TO-SUBSTRATE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES From DTG to UV-LED printing, these products and substrates will elevate your printing business. ©2021 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. GRAPHICS PRO (ISSN 2158-1533) is published monthly plus an extra issue in May and November by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424, Fax (303) 469-5730. Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automatable Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to GRAPHICS PRO, PO Box 460794, Escondido, CA 92046-0794. All items submitted to GRAPHICS PRO become the sole property of GRAPHICS PRO and National Business Media, Inc. and cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed adver - tisements in GRAPHICS PRO. Opinions expressed in GRAPHICS PRO may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its manage- ment or its advertisers. Letters, pictures and manuscripts welcome. 56 AWARDS & CUSTOMIZATION

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