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A&E JANUARY 2017 • a-e-mag.com 41 two things, you are going to have uneven colors and possible blemishes on your substrate and/or garment. Not all poly- ester fabrics are the same—at times, there are coatings on the polyester or other fab- rics blended in that will affect the quality of your output. Once you have the right tools in place, the process is fairly simple. Output your transfers to a specially-coated sublimation transfer paper via a computer and some form of color correction like a RIP, spe- cial driver or ICC profile. Then match that transfer to your substrate in a heat press (or in an oven in the case of some mugs and other non-flat substrates) and apply proper heat and pressure for the proper time. Finally, remove the transfer from the substrate quickly so the transfer paper does not have a chance to move while the inks are still active and let it cool. Once the sub- strate is cool, you have a permanent and vibrant image that is ready to deliver. DETERMINING COSTS OF DTG Terry: Ink costs vary from machine to machine, but a broad average for a 10-by- 12-inch image on a light shirt (no white ink) is about $.50. A dark shirt is about $2.00. Pretreating costs approximately $.20-$.25. As with ink costs, production times vary as well, but generally that same 10-by-12-inch image is about 90 seconds on a light shirt and three minutes on a dark shirt. Compared with a decoration method such as screen printing, the ink costs and production times are high. But factoring in the ability to begin printing as soon as the artwork is finished, and the ability to print one garment with a photographic image, offsets this difference when decorating short runs. The growth of online companies offering one full-color garment has changed the face of the market. Today's customer demands a quick turn and low minimum. At the same time, these same large online companies have made the customer aware and comfortable with a higher price per garment as well. 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