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Old October 9th, 2016 Oct 9, 2016 3:51:59 AM -   #91 (permalink)
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Default Re: What equipment to buy?

We are all entitled to our opinion though
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Old October 9th, 2016 Oct 9, 2016 4:31:12 AM -   #92 (permalink)
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Very interesting thread. I will definitely be looking this thread up when purchasing heat press stuff in the future (don't have time or room at present).

Pat, if you don't mind me asking another question, what % of your work is screen printing vs heat press, sublimation, etc?
 
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Very interesting thread. I will definitely be looking this thread up when purchasing heat press stuff in the future (don't have time or room at present).

Pat, if you don't mind me asking another question, what % of your work is screen printing vs heat press, sublimation, etc?
By volume ( number of garments) it is still screen print by far, but by order numbers it is heatpress.

I have started to limit my new screen print work to customers who are likely to bring repeat business. Mainly workwear, clubs, teams and schools. I have about 60 regular customers, with screens already burnt. Some only buy 20 a year, some buy 20 a week or month, a few have 1000+ once a year.
I only needed to burn a couple of dozen new screens last year, which suits me fine.
I have a minimum screen print of 20 pieces anyway, but I found I was screen printing new jobs of 20 - 50 pieces that could be just as easily, and cheaply, done with vinyl - text and simple logos. I was finding that screen making, set up and cleaning was taking about the same time as weeding 50 simple logos. Add to that the fact that I can get an extra £1 - £2 a garment, if I don't offer screen printing, then the maths works out.
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Old October 9th, 2016 Oct 9, 2016 4:53:10 PM -   #94 (permalink)
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Does anyone use release paper when using the heat press or a silicone mat?

I'm a bit concerned that the T-shirt might get scorched from the press and wondering what's the best thing to use in between?

Also what type of wedding tool is best to use? I like the look of the rounded end tweezers.
 
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I use a piece of parchment paper (Tesco £1) to cover the base and a sheet over the top as well. You need to keep staining off your plates and if you are printing 'borderless' (well as borderless as a Ricoh prints lol) it can sometimes gas out of the side of the sheet. I had this happen the other day when doing a jigsaw, (I hadn't pre heated it enough in my rush) it was lucky I had it covered both sides because it stained the protection by about quarter of an inch all round, and that would have transferred to the plates which would have gone on anything white there after.
If you're talking the red rubber type sheet thing, I was getting very inconsistent results with it. It drops the temperature and resists heat. the only thing I use that for is slates now. I heat through the slates with the transfer on the bottom facing up, and put the red sheet on first, this seems to hold back the heat from the bottom plate giving, imo, a crisper print.
I've over cooked shirts in the beginning but that left a very slight yellow background only, I've never managed to 'scorch' one yet.

We use the Cameo round hook weeders, we straightened them slightly so when you hold them naturally they are more vertical, and sharpened the tip with a nail file for better penetration.
Then it's raid the missuses toilet bag or go and buy some decent stainless nail-files from boots with a decent angled flat tip. (probably safer to buy your own)
 
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Thanks for the info again.

I had to google parchment paper...now I know.

I'm currently installing the printer drivers which is causing a problem. Hopefully by the end of the day I should be up and running.

Do you ever do a test print on standard paper (using different printer of course) just to check the layout and size? I'm unsure what the size will be like when creating my designs
 
Old October 10th, 2016 Oct 10, 2016 7:37:20 AM -   #97 (permalink)
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If you just install the dvd progs first and then power up the printer they should find each other okay because the drivers will be in the right box instead of trying to search the disk.
As you will prob be printing A4 just save your image on your editor as full page jpg then print with the Ricoh.
Don't forget to register everything, and get your download of powerdriver from wherever you got the printer and inks, or direct from Sawgrass but you'll have to register there as well.
 
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Pat, thanks very much for that. Very useful info as always.
 
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I'm using the serif page design now. I'm trying to set up the page so that I have a template outlining the sublimation area of the mug as well as where logos & text can be placed i.e left hander text, right hander text and centralised image.
In regards to the font, is it only those that come with serif or can you download others?

I think it's going to take me a while to get my head around the software, when using it today it did appear daunting but I'm sure it will get easier as time goes on.
 
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Default Re: What equipment to buy?

Is that Page Plus? you'll soon be flying around it.
Open a plain A4 and do a 'custom' page size from the dropdown (make it the size I gave you) and then immediately 'save as' (just call it mug wrap) somewhere you can find it easy.
so when you go to do mug wraps just click on it and it'll open a clean wrap ready to go.
you can 'save as' anything when you make a design and it'll be saved as a working page that can be opened and altered at a later date. BUT remember when you go to shut the prog it'll ask you 'do you want to save changes to 'mug wrap'' Say no because you will lose your original blank page.
You can use any font that is on your computer, via the drop down when you are in text mode.
If you do a string of text and then click on it it will be in a box, if you click on the cross hair, (top left usually), of the text box, and then use the drop-down font box, the text will change as you scroll down it and click to select.
you can drag and resize everything on the page to wherever you want it. have fun.
 
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When you set a custom blank page size, try - {file/save as/save as type} then choose 'Page Plus Template (*.ppx)' from the drop down menu. Give it a name as normal.
That way, when you open up PagePlus, choose 'New Publication' in the start-up menu, and your template will appear as an option under 'my templates' at the top of the page. When you open it, it will appear with the title ' publication 1', not the template name, so you won't over-right your original template when you save.
 
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yep, or you can do it that way. like properly. teehee, you can even right click the icon on the bottom bar and a pop up will appear usually with the last few designs you opened. Serif is a great prog and there's so many twists you will find that just makes it personalised
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Of course, the easiest way is to stick a shortcut to the template on your desktop...
 
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aagghhh,,, nooooooo! my desktop stays absolutely empty. the state of your desktop portrays the state of your mind I'm informed. mines as clear as a mountain spring. I even have the task bar unlocked and on auto hide.
Nah, I just dragged the folder with the mug press wraps in onto my side bar. 2 clicks and I'm in, like a ninja.
 






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