October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 67 What are my options for getting cus- tom dye-sublimation transfers? You can have custom dye-sub transfers printed on a paper carrier. These must be cut apart and then heat applied on white 100 percent polyes- ter fabric. Another alternative is to order custom dye- sub designs printed on 100 percent white polyester twill fabric. This is a great way to get the bold, never-fade, dye-sub colors on non- polyester garments. These can be sewn down as a traditional embroidery appliqué, or or- dered with a heat-seal backing so they can be heat applied. The dye-sub twill designs can be applied to cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blends, nylon, dazzle cloth, moisture-wicking materials, mesh, and porthole mesh. MARTINA MANIVATH, DALCO ATHLETIC I want to learn how to create artwork for all-over printed dye- sublimation shirts. Do you have to create separate elements for each cut part of the garment or how does that work? It depends on what type of all-over printing you're doing. If you're print- ing on a finished garment, then you don't need to have individual parts or elements, simply design the artwork larger than the garment size using a template. Most people try to use one template for all sizes. This works OK in most instances, but it will result in the main image or focal point being smaller on larger shirts. You need to have the focal point smaller and toward the top of the template, with other filler information towards the sides and bottom. That way when you transfer the small shirt, the image is where it needs to be, and when you transfer the larger shirt it's there as well, but you have color or secondary artwork filling the rest of the shirt. If you are printing a cut-and-sew all-over design, you will need to use separate templates for the front, back, and sleeves. These parts would be transferred individually and then sewn together later in the process. DANE CLEMENT, GREAT DANE GRAPHICS Left: Custom dye-sublimation transfers can be printed onto paper carriers or polyester twill fabric. (Image courtesy Dalco Athletic) Right: Most decorators try to use one template for all sizes with all-over dye-subli- mation, which results in the design appearing small on larger shirts. (Image courtesy Dalco Athletic)

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