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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 6 1 printers, film, and inks and other equip- ment with four locations in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania. DTF film transfers take away the worry of pre-treatment like with DTG and of masking and weeding excess material like with print-and-cut vinyl, Yukish says. e transfers can use any type of ink, mean- ing the same ink, film, and powder can be applied to any fabric, and they don't require the changing of adhesives, he adds. Yukish also says the films evolved in the last six months to hot peels, which, unlike cool peels, do not require waiting between transfers and the first and second applications for cooling before the transfer can be peeled off. "Heat transfers viewed from the print- ing industry were seen as an inferior method. at's far from the case now," Conner says. "ey didn't know the pos- sibilities with a heat press. … It feels just Heat transfers only need a heat press application without expensive printers, inks, emulsions, screens, or dryers. The transfers allow decorators to easily print apparel by pressing and peeling. Pictured here is a Hotronix Auto Open Clamshell Press. (Image courtesy STAHLS' Transfer Express) SiliconeX is a versatile, custom screen-printed heat transfer that uses silicone inks to provide stretch and dye-blocking capabilities. (Image courtesy Insta Graphic Systems)

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