Digital Decorating

Top Sublimation Trends

October 5, 2017 |

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.

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Choosing a Sublimation Heat Press

February 23, 2017 |

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.

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Take DTG to the Max

February 23, 2017 |

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.

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Sublimation Ups the Ante

May 17, 2016 |

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.

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The Transfer Advantage

May 17, 2016 |

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.

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Apparel Sublimation Basics

April 18, 2016 |

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
stunning colors…

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The Basics of DTG Art Prep

April 18, 2016 |

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?”

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The Ideal Sublimation Setup

February 12, 2016 |

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.

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The Heat Goes On

February 12, 2016 |

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.

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DIY DTG Marketing

February 12, 2016 |

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.

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Troubleshooting Sublimation

January 19, 2016 |

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…

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DTG the Right Way

January 19, 2016 |

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.

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Mega Multimedia

October 19, 2015 |

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.

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The Lowdown on Logos

September 22, 2015 |

What’s in a logo? That depends upon whom you ask. An apparel decorator, trained in a specific process, sees a logo through production process lenses. A vinyl cutter operator sees details and layers…

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Sublimation Rising

September 22, 2015 |

So you really think you want to offer cut-and-sew services? You have seen the demand for customized sublimation growing all around you. You have maximized your traditional spot hit and all-over-print business and you still want more?

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Fun with Football Numbering

July 13, 2015 |

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.  

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Beyond the DTG Printer

May 20, 2015 |

“There’s something wrong with the ink.” “There’s something wrong with the printer.” “There’s something wrong with…” a hundred of other reasons direct-to-garment (DTG) prints look dull, stiff or otherwise imperfect.

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Tips for Dot-Free Sublimation

May 4, 2015 |

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. 

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Up In Arms

March 20, 2015 |

If you paid attention to 2014 trends, then you saw the dramatic increase in sublimation activity. It was everywhere.
 

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InstaWhat?

March 20, 2015 |

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.
 

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Short-Run Sublimation

March 13, 2015 |

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.

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Sublimation Rising

March 11, 2015 |

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. 

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Passion Becomes Profit

September 4, 2014 |

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.

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The Personal Touch

May 27, 2014 |

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.
 

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Adding Digital Garment Printing to Your Shop

March 10, 2014 |

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.

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The “G” in DTG

December 11, 2013 |

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.

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The Digital Direction

November 12, 2013 |

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. 

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Embracing Digital Technologies

October 22, 2012 |

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. 

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DTG The ‘Wright’ Way

August 27, 2012 |

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.

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