- Learn the Basics of Heat Printing
- Heat Printing Decorating Comparison
- Getting Started with a Heat Press
- Getting Started with a Vinyl Cutter
- Getting Started with Print/Cut
- Expanding with a Heat Press
- Compare Stahls' Decorating Services
- Compare Stahls’ Letters & Numbers
- Glossary of Heat Printing Terms
- Guide: 7 Popular Heat Transfer Styles
- Heat Press Buying Guide
- eBook: Starting a T-Shirt Business
- eBook: Marketing Your T-Shirt Business
- Stahls' Team Decorator Catalog
- Unbranded Decorator Catalog
Getting Started with a Print/Cut System
There are 4 important factors to consider when getting started with a print/cut system.
1. Heat Press
If you don’t already have a heat press, you'll need one to heat apply the designs that you cut with your vinyl cutter.
Download the Getting Started with a Heat Press Checklist.
2. Print/Cut System
A print/cut system allows you to print full color designs. The system cuts around the design which is then masked and finally heat applied onto a garment. The Roland® VS-300i 30" is the recommended print/cut system for beginners.
Print/Cut System Benefits:
- More flexibility: Produce full color or multi-color graphics.
- Save time: Eliminate weeding and application steps for designs with two or more colors.
- Variety of products: Offer customers promotional product decoration services, signs, and T-shirts.
- Dual functionality: Use as a vinyl cutter.
3. Design Software
You may already be experienced with Corel® or Adobe® software; if not, consider one of the following options for ready-to-use artwork:
CadworxLIVE™ features an online design studio and Easy Teams® creator for generating cut-able artwork, fast and easy. There are hundreds of predesigned layouts that feature editable text and clip art.
|Great Dane Graphics|
Full color raster images that can be customized and used with a print-cut system are available from Great Dane Graphics. Monthly and annual subscriptions available.
4. Printable Heat Transfer Material
The material choice is typically based on the type of fabric of the garment/piece being decorated.
Be aware of polyester fabrics; they tend to bleed through. When decorating polyester fabrics, select SuperTEK™ Sublistop™ to inhibit dye migration.
For help with selecting the best material for your project, review this chart of popular material and fabric combinations.
|Popular Printable Heat Transfer Materials and Fabric Combinations:|
|Best for||Sports/Uniforms||Performance Materials||Lightweight Fabrics|
|Printable Material||SuperTEK™ Sublistop™||SuperTEK™ Opaque||CAD-COLOR® Express Print®|
|Benefits||Inhibits dye migration||Excellent stretch and recovery||Versatile; great for light or dark fabrics|
|Recommended Fabric Types||Polyester, Lycra®/spandex||Polyester, Lycra®/spandex||Cotton|
Make sure you have the equipment, accessories, and products needed to quickly get started with your print/cut system.
Download the Getting Started with a Print/Cut System Checklist.
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