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4 2 G R A P H I C S P R O • J U N E 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S T A R T H E R E Our third HTV project is one that is pretty popular, but I add this because the profit margin is great, and it doesn't take a lot of time or vinyl … kids' T-shirts. e beauty of making kids' T-shirts is that it can generate repeat customers. Kids out- grow their shirts quickly, and parents know they can come to you for custom shirts. eir shirts are small, so it doesn't take a huge heat press to get their shirts done. All kids love snacks, so we came up with Snack Snatcher. Chunky fonts work won- derfully for kids' shirts. You would fol- low all of the exact same processes as the apron and the tote bag, and don't forget to pre-press the shirt! ere is no end of designs that would work for a kid's shirt that would be funny for the parents as well! Using heat transfer vinyl is a straight- forward process. You want to refer to the manufacturer's directions to ensure the proper application for temperature, time, and pressure. Heat transfer vinyl can be used on a wide variety of materi- als. Delicate fabrics that cannot withstand high heat should be avoided. Once you are comfortable with simple one-color designs, you can branch out to multiple color designs. You can source ready-made HTV designs on platforms such as Etsy or Bundle Design sites like Creative Fabrica. SVG files will be the file type that is simple to use and works great. If the design you are considering con- tains more than five colors, you should consider using an alternative printing method. Screen printing, sublimation, or even direct-to-film would be more profit- able with multi-layer designs. If you want to get really creative with your HTV designs, there are tons of online resources available for inspiration as well as advice on how best to use the medium itself. Sites like Pinterest and Etsy offer plenty of ideas from crafters, artists, and producers who have already made their mark in the industry. Take advantage of this wealth of knowl- edge in order to up your game even fur- ther! With the right tools and resources at hand, you can easily create unique HTV designs that will captivate and excite any customer base! GP Our three HTV projects are complete! They were easy to make and will bring a quick profit to your shop. Be sure to lay the glitter HTV in the desired area and tape it down if you need to with heat tape to hold it in place prior to pressing with the heat press. Once your design is pressed, let the glitter HTV cool down, then peel the clear carrier sheet away slowly.

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