February '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 27 A run stitch is a straight line stitch. The run stitch follows a designated path and the thick- ness is that of the weight of the thread. Run stitches are used to achieve a finer or softer level of detail, especially when a satin stitch would not be appropriate for use in the design. A mixture of the various stitch types help to create different dimensional effects within a design. PATTERNS CREATE TEXTURE Utilizing a variety of built in stitch patterns will also help create texture within a design. Sometimes a subtle texture or pattern will make a big difference in the overall look of a design. A slight adjustment to a simple oval can turn a standard satin stitch into a fancy programmed run. The fancy stitches are not suitable for every design, for instance many cor- porate logos would not be suitable for textured or fancy style stitching as corporate guidelines are usually required. But, where they are appropriate, they do add excitement. ADJUST THE ARTWORK The first thing to do when creating texture is to break the design down to individual shapes rather than look at a design as a whole object. This will help you think of different ways to add dimension. By looking at a design as a whole, you are less likely to incorporate dimen- sion into the design. Another important factor is realism. If the object that is being digitized is a real object, then it is beneficial to incorporate some realistic features into the design. It only takes a little amount of extra time to create a design that has a tremendous amount of extra pizzazz. To do this, be prepared to adjust the artwork to work for embroidery. When graphics are created, they are often not created with embroidery in mind. One of the best ways to compensate for this is to digitize the outline of a design first. This will help make any neces- sary design adjustments and ensure that these adjustments are done first rather than trying to force adjustments at the end of a design. Once the digitizing is complete, resequence the It's important to first look at individual sections of a design rather than the object as a whole. This will help you to see different ways to add dimension. M-Link X is the NE T Generation of Direct-to-Garment Textile Printers Join the M-Link X-perience Bring a USB flash drive with any raster- based PNG or PSD image file with transparent background to our next trade show near you—and let us show you what the incomparable M-Link X can do. For upcoming events, check MRPRINT.COM/EVENTS M&R SALES AND SERVICE, INC. 800-736-6431 · 630-858-6101 For more information, go to MRPRINT.COM / X • Black shirt print time: less than 60 seconds • One-third the price of comparable DTG printers • Ink-saving RIP & affordable inks yield the highest quality prints and lowest ink cost per garment in the industry WINNER! SGIA 2015 Product of the Year Award Direct-to-Garment Printer perience The

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