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It used to be; adding colors to t-shirts meant TONS of extra time cutting, weeding, aligning multiple colors. NO MORE! We have an actual HTV that you can print on with your desktop inkjet printer. This opens the door for you to create full-color images without the restrictions or hassle typically involved in cutting multiple colors and layering them! The process is streamlined and can add big benefits to your work with little to no extra effort.
Ideally you'll want to either create or purchase "Vector" art. This artwork is not like a photograph. Raster images are comprised of pixels and if you scale them up you'll notice your artwork becoming blurry or jagged. Vector art is comprised of editable objects that will allow you to change colors and design aspects, while giving you the ability to scale your designs up or down without the fear of pixelation. This will provide smooth cut lines, not jagged edges.
Calculating the amount of HTV you will need for a job is critical in ensuring you don't spend money on materials you don't need, on extra trips or on shipping to get a few additional feet of material. With just a little preparation, you can accurately calculate how much material you will need for any job.
Standard Colors, Metallics, Foils, Holographics, Printed HTV all require slightly different time, temp, and pressure settings as well as different methods for peeling and layering. Not having your heat press setup for the material you are using, is an avoidable mistake. Which is why we created this cheat sheet.
- Get your pick or weeding tool.
- Lift the corner of your material.
- Check for the side that is clear.
- Put that side down (on your cutting mat).
- Adjust your cutter's settings for the material you are using.
- Rejoice in cutting your designs on the correct side on the first attempt.