Many of us would love to create custom t-shirts for ourselves. One of the most common ways to do so is by using a heat press machine, as it offers a variety of different benefits. Chief among these is the fact that it’s relatively affordable to buy and doesn’t require a significant amount of time to learn. This is also an effective way to create high-quality designs. However, many of us may not know how to create these designs. There are five ways to ensure that your designs come out to a high-quality.
Press Large Transfers In Stages
Many of us may end up purchasing a heat press machine that’s relatively small. Because of this, we might believe that we wouldn’t be able to print large designs. This doesn’t need to be the case. Instead, you should print the design in smaller chunks. However, it should be noted that this could be quite difficult, as you’ll need to match up each part of the design perfectly.
Learn How To Use A Carrier Sheet
Speaking of making everything aligning perfectly, many of us might have difficulty aligning the design to where we want it, as well as ensuring it stays this way. A carrier sheet can be one of the easiest ways to do so. This can be done by making weeding box based around your design before cutting around your weeding box. After this, it’s a matter of folding your shirt in half and then pressing it so that you have a center line. By matching this design with your carrier sheet, you’ll be able to position your design correctly.
Pre-Press Your T-Shirts
This is something that many people can forget, despite it being a vital part of the process in many cases. By pre-pressing your t-shirt, you’ll be able to prime it for the vinyl. This will remove any wrinkles or moisture from the t-shirt. While it only takes a few seconds to do so, this can ensure that your design adheres properly and that there are no flaws with the final product.
Use Teflon Sheets
Ink can attach itself to your heat press machine, which can result in a variety of different issues. The most notable of these is the fact that it can stick to your upper platen. This will cause a build-up of dried ink on the platen, which can prevent a design from being evenly administered to a t-shirt. A Teflon sheet is the easiest way to prevent this.
Follow Application Instructions
Depending on the vinyl you’re using with your heat press machine, you may need to use a different process when using a heat press machine. This primarily affects how long you should administer heat and pressure to the design. Some vinyl may need a shorter amount of time than others, which makes following the application instructions vital.