Garment Imprinting and Garment Decoration: Index to Articles

Garment Imprinting Done with a Heat Press

Types of garment imprinting done with a heat press.

We’ve produced lots of articles about different aspects of garment decoration. As the list grew, it became apparent to us that we needed a quick reference guide readers could use to sort through the articles and find the one they need most.

And, we thought it would also be helpful to have them all in one place so you can read through all the related articles at your leisure to deepen your understanding of a particular field.

Since the index has become quite extensive, we’ve now broken it up into four categories; Heat Transfer Film (aka “T-shirt vinyl”), T-Shirt Printing, Laser Transfer, and General Interest. We’ll be combining product and process articles into these new categories. We hope this makes it easier for you to quickly find what you need. If not, please feel free to make suggestions or ask questions in the Comments field below.

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Solve Common Problems with T-Shirt Transfer Material

T-Shirt Garment Imprinting Troubleshooting Tips

Things can go wrong when imprinting garments. Read how to troubleshoot problems.

Creating garment graphics from heat applied thermal film, aka “T-Shirt vinyl*”, is a pretty simple process, but it also has its quirks. Making the transition from cutting standard vinyl graphics for doors and windows can be a bit confusing at first.

If your first experience with vinyl cutters is with T-shirt graphics, the learning curve is a little steeper. To help you clear those hurdles more quickly, we offer this basic thermal transfer troubleshooting guide.

Here are simple answers to problems in three basic categories: problems with adhesion, problems with color migration, and problems with cutting or weeding.

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GO UNO Printer Video Overview

The GO UNO has been one of our most appealing products for garment decoration. Its quality, versatility, and affordability make it ideal for printing custom T-shirt transfers and decorating gift items.

The GO UNO can be used to print T-shirt transfer for shirts of all kinds and to customize mugs, mouse pads, magnetic sheeting, brushed chrome, Plexiglass and more. It also works with our DarkJet inkjet paper for intense color transfers on dark shirts.

To help more people see the value in this exciting new product, we’ve uploaded our recent GO UNO webinar to /TV.

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Can You Press GoUno T Shirt Transfers On Non White T Shirts?

People like choices. That’s one reason why, when  looking at an array of custom printed  white shirts,  a customer is likely to ask for something on black or another color.   But printing on black can be problematic.

Rather than disappointing them and saying you can’t do that, take a proactive approach and offer white, pastels and GREY. Given the option of a few different colors, most people are more likely to pick from that selection and be happy with their choice.

But you’ve been told  ChromaBlast and GO UNO laser transfer printers can only print t shirt transfers for white shirts, right? Not quite. It’s true you can’t use these processes to decorate  red, green, or royal blue fabric shirts, but you can decorate grays. Think of gray as the new white. Here’s the explanation.

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Calibrating your Digital Knight Heat Press

With this infrared contact thermometer you can calibrate your heat press.

With this infrared contact thermometer you can calibrate your heat press.

Your heat press digital temperature read out may not be accurate. The readout may not match the actual temperature on the heat press platen. Geo Knight and others makes excellent heat press machines that can be used for all kinds of thermal transfer applications, but sometimes the temperature readout require a little fine tuning, or calibration. Temperature and vibration extremes during shipping are the likely culprit.

In any case, if yours hasn’t been properly dialed in, it can make a big difference in the quality of your laser and sublimation transfers.

How do you know if your press’ temperature reading is ‘off’? And more importantly, how do you fix it?

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