Embrace the challenges that new fabrics create by adding these technologies and techniques to your decorating arsenal.Full Story
The sublimation world has been expanding rapidly during the past few years. Part of this development has been the result of improvements in technology, such as sublimation-specific design software, easy-to-use color-management systems, higher-quality inks with expanded gamuts, faster printers, etc.Full Story
A look at how digital printing methods can be used to create fashion-forward footwearFull Story
Clearing up misconceptions and exploring new markets for this trending decorating technology.Full Story
Here’s what you should look for after you’ve invested in direct-to-garment printing equipment.Full Story
If you’ve been shopping for screen-printing equipment, you may have noticed most major resellers and manufacturers now also offer direct-to-garment (DTG) printers.Full Story
Whether you’re watching a big-league sporting event or your child’s Little League game, jersey numbers enhance the experience.Full Story
Tips to help ensure your puff details meet their potential.Full Story
The direct-to-garment (DTG) printing process rapidly is growing as a preferred decoration method for many garment printers.Full Story
The logic behind diversifying your screen-printing business with this digital-printing process.Full Story
A look at how direct-to-garment printing carved its niche in the garment industryFull Story
How to use heat transfers for micro-scale textile imagingFull Story
A big part of the ongoing success of any decorated apparel shop in the team uniform market is staying abreast of the latest trends.Full Story
Sublimation is a chemical process that depends on molecular bonding. It
requires precise heat-press settings for three aspects: time,
temperature and pressure. A small variance in one of these parameters
can affect image quality.
Garment decorators are unique because it’s not uncommon that they perform a variety of tasks — sales, production, marketing and accounting — on a daily basis.Full Story
Consider these variables when making an equipment purchaseFull Story
The holidays are the perfect time of year to prepare your shop
(e-commerce or bricks-and-mortar) to attract current or potential
Sublimation takes 10 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.Full Story
Heat printing continues to grow as an apparel decoration technology.Full Story
It’s hard to debate the validity of direct-to-garment (DTG) printing in today’s decorated apparel marketplace.Full Story
In digital printing, output color is created by combining different percentages of a baseline set of inks.Full Story
Most apparel decorators are familiar with direct screen printing and heat transfers, but many are uncertain about which method is best for their businesses.Full Story
Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is on the cutting edge of garment decoration and easily can become the foundation for successful business with just a single printer.
Sublimation production systems typically fall into one of two categories: narrow (desktop) or wide-format.Full Story
Heat transfers are produced by printing transfer ink onto a substrate transfer paper or film.Full Story
Allover print sublimation graphics are popular in the fashion world and among traditional apparel decorators.Full Story
Stahls’, Sterling Heights, Mich., has released a new video as part of its “Project Press It” series that details how to transfer cool metallic heat designs onto oversized, short-sleeve shirts.Full Story
Though they aren’t focused on sublimation, several decorators who have added this decorating technique to their traditional screen-printing businesses have seen it grow faster and produce better margins than the more traditional processes their shops offer.Full Story
It only takes one visit to a retail clothing store to see the numerous varied clothing items available for purchase that have a printed image located somewhere on each garment.Full Story
Most businesses follow the standard checklist for marketing and advertising their direct-to-garment (DTG) printing services.Full Story
In case you haven’t heard, everyone’s talking about the latest trends in digital decorating.Full Story
Expression in sports comes not only from pregame rituals and post-game celebrations, but also from uniforms. Teamwear continues to evolve and so do the decorators who supply them.Full Story
Modern sublimation technology has made it easy to enter the world of
digital apparel printing. New advances in sublimation printing systems
have yielded high-definition (HD) printing quality, a wider range of
You probably have seen a variety of shirts with designs that include
incredible detail, vibrant colors and beautiful, bright prints. They
make you do a double-take and wonder, “How did they do that?”
Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is unique among garment decorating techniques because the garments will, in part, determine the quality of the final image.Full Story
Adding hard-surface sublimation to your current lineup of services is a great option regardless of whether you’re just starting a business or have been decorating for years.Full Story
Decorating T-shirts with heat transfers isn’t a new endeavor by any means, but the fashionable garments worn by women today are comprised of a wide range of fabrics.Full Story
When you think about the term “evolution,” you likely think about changes that occur during a long period of time. Not so with anything related to direct-to-garment (DTG) printing.Full Story
One of the neat things about a sublimation operation is that it can be located virtually anywhere because of the small equipment footprint. Even so, a dedicated work space and efficient layout are necessary.Full Story
When Plastisol heat transfers were developed for decorating garments in
the 1960s, they were mainly used for embellishing white T-shirts, since
colored tees weren’t in demand yet.
The demand for low-volume, custom-printed T-shirts has completely revolutionized the garment decoration industry. There have been significant improvements in the technology dedicated specifically to direct-to-garment (DTG) printing.Full Story
All forms of apparel decoration present challenges that must be overcome; it’s simply a natural part of the learning process. You didn’t jump in the driver’s seat of a car and instantly start driving. It took training, time, patience…Full Story
Time is money, so optimizing your printer/cutter workflow to ensure you are working efficiently means you also will be ensuring profitability.Full Story
Decorators usually love attending industry trade shows because of the bevy of educational and networking opportunities they present and the chance to meet with their suppliers — all under one roof.Full Story
Performance T-shirts, compression apparel and other garments that include stretchy or synthetic fibers can be difficult to screen print and properly cure.Full Story
The secret to making money with multi-media starts with a great design concept and artwork. Then, to make it profitable and production friendly, you need to purchase the right “toys” so the process flows smoothly and is not so time consuming.Full Story
By now, you’ve likely heard enough about the sublimation process to know that it involves a substance that changes from a gas to a solid without ever becoming a liquid.Full Story
Jim Tenholder is dealer sales manager at Imaging Supplies Warehouse, Maryland Heights, Mo.Full Story
Some teams prefer a classic look, but others may be interested in changing things up and having uniforms that offer a fresh look.Full Story
Time is money. I know that’s an overused cliché, but it’s still true.Full Story
One approach to eliminating marks left by a carrier sheet is to use a heat-transfer material that allows for a quick, fast-tack application.Full Story
Fall is universally recognized as the start of football season, which offers numerous opportunities for decorators to provide numbered uniforms for teams and numbered jerseys for fans supporting specific players.Full Story
If you follow any business journal or forum, you’ve probably read an article or two about industry “disruption.”Full Story
Layering multiple colors or materials to create a single design is not difficult using heat-applied graphics materials.Full Story
Jazz up caps and other headwear to create fashionable looks and increase sales.Full Story
A common problem experienced by many sublimators is dots — colored or white — seen on the final product or image. The following tips will help your final product appear dot-free.Full Story
If you paid attention to 2014 trends, then you saw the dramatic increase in sublimation activity. It was everywhere.
Did you know that Instagram has more than 100 million users? That’s a lot of potential customers that you may not be speaking to about your products and services if you offer sublimated hard goods.
If you have ever printed an image from a computer, then you know that what comes out of the printer rarely matches what’s displayed on the screen.Full Story
How many times have you had a customer come in at closing time to place an order that needs to be ready by the next day? Well, consider those the good old days because today, more and more clients want same-day delivery.Full Story
Sublimation continues to grow rapidly in today’s marketplace — and why wouldn’t it? The process is customization friendly; it can be applied to an array of blank apparel options available in the marketplace; and more and more people are buying performance apparel.Full Story
Ghosting can ruin an otherwise flawless piece and is particularly common on dark text with a light background. By exercising caution, you can eliminate the “ghosts” and get back to great sublimation.Full Story
Sales are the backbone of a successful apparel decoration business, and a well-orchestrated sample kit is the key to turning sales opportunities into real profits.Full Story
When working with the direct-to-garment (DTG) printing process, full-color, photographic-quality prints on black or dark-colored garments are achievable with some set parameters and experimentation.Full Story
Nothing lasts forever, but the better you take care of your heat press, the longer you can avoid a breakdown.Full Story
How would you like to bring in more money on every sale with very little additional cost to you? Does that sound like a pipe dream? Well, it’s not.
Mobile apparel decorating is an excellent choice for the business owner who wants to dabble in the industry part time, or one who takes a decorating show on the road full time. It is a profitable business that also has a low cost of entry. Here is one decorator’s story.Full Story
Find real profits, customers and advantages with today’s sublimatable blank accessories.Full Story
Sublimation is elevating its game and finding its way into the mainstream with its own unique space.Full Story
The core factor of profitable personalization sales is the ability to print and apply high-resolution, full-color photographic images to a wide range of quality consumer-oriented merchandise.
The heat printing graphics market continuously is improving. New technology is meeting trends in performance apparel and pushing fashionable looks without compromising performance.Full Story
One of the well-known major advantages of digital garment decoration techniques is the ability to realize profit from small runs, and even orders consisting of just one piece.
Are heat transfers the new go-to solution? As with so many things in business, there is no simple answer, but here are a few key points to consider about how heat transfers compare to traditional screen printing techniques, especially on headwear.Full Story
If you’ve added a process such as embroidery to your screen printing business, then you’re probably a good candidate for adding direct-to-garment printing. That’s because you’re already looking at yourself as someone who offers decorating services, not someone who only does screen printing. The only question, then, is how to add the process to your shop.Full Story
In the Spring 2014 issue of Team & Spirit Apparel, a twice-a-year supplement to Impressions, contributing writer Greg Kitson wrote a feature article about “Super Moms.”Full Story
When troubleshooting a problematic print that is done on a digital direct-to-garment printer, experience is, by far, the most valuable tool in your toolbox.
In this Tech Tips Newsletter, sponsored by Anajet, you’ll learn about the major garment considerations you must make when printing with direct-to-garment equipment.Full Story
The ever-evolving digital market segment offers faster, more efficient and more cost-effective options every year. Suppliers continue to provide apparel decorators with options for delivering orders of all sizes and specs, with machines capable of large or small runs.Full Story
Allover print sublimation (AOPS) is, well, all over the place.Full Story
After successfully printing scarves on my digital printer the first few months, I decided to branch out into shirts, as it seemed like a natural progression.Full Story
Screen printing is an ever-present topic of conversation among decorated apparel professionals for a number of reasons.Full Story
Sublimation is growing in many different parts of the printing industry. From signage to building materials, sublimation is all over the place in its applications.
One of the greatest things about emerging digital direct-to-garment (DTG) technology is the freedom it gives artists to profit from their work.
The starting point of any good pricing model, or any business for that matter, is understanding market demands. This should be fully elaborated upon in your business plan.Full Story
Having worked with some of the largest team uniform decorators in the country, I know Fridays mean big opportunities — and the team jersey is at the heart of the experience.
With the latest garment decoration technologies, it’s very feasible to build a mobile setup for a variety of products.Full Story
You have the power to adapt your business to the demands of the marketplace and grow it to new levels.Full Story
Like all business owners, I learned very quickly (and usually the hard way) how to assess what things cost and how I was spending my money.Full Story
One of the most important goals of any business that operates a digital printer is to keep it running.Full Story
A lot has changed in the garment decorating industry since the first Screen Print Association (SPA) trade show was held in the 1940s and the Imprinted Sportswear Shows (ISS) began its history in 1978.Full Story
A look at two of the most popular forms of digital decorating for apparel: direct-to-garment printing and dye sublimation.Full Story
It’s important to remember there are many factors that can affect the final output of a digitally printed shirt.Full Story
While growth is something every thriving businessperson pursues, it
usually doesn’t come without some growing pains.
Some people work to live and, consequently, live to work. Thus, the perception is they work because they have to work. Mark Wright, however, is an entrepreneur. He subscribes to the notion that if you do what you love, then you love what you do.Full Story
For the past 25 years, I have helped garment decorators choose various processes for embellishing garments with heat transfer and screen printing processes.Full Story