TransferRIP Screening Options for Dark T-Shirt Transfers

One of the most important features of the iColor series of LED Laser transfer printers is the bundled TransferRIP software.  iColor TransferRIP is an advanced RIP engine made specifically for laser transfer garment decoration. RIP software converts pixels into printed images. TransferRIP converts your ideas into laser transfer images for t-shirts, mugs, colored paper, clear film, rigid blanks and scads more. One of the most innovative feature sets of TransferRIP is the variety of screening options. The screening options convert solid layers of color into dot patterns. The TransferRIP … (read more...)

The Nomex Pad Heat Transfer Solution

Nomex Pad under capA standard heat press or cap press is a perfect solution for decorating basic items like shirts,  caps, and mouse pads.  The heat press sandwiches the item between the platen and the table applying even pressure and heat to the item being decorated. When all goes well, your vinyl graphics, dye sublimation or laser transfers are permanently fused to the fabric.

But what happens when life throws you a wrinkle in the form of a shirt with buttons or seams near the target area? Or a cap that’s a little … (read more...)

A Basic Guide to Color Space

Color Space or Color Gamut Chart

Color Space or Color Gamut Chart

If you’ve been through Freshman philosophy class, you may have engaged in the age old debate about whether God can create an object so massive that even He can’t move it. I wasn’t able to stay awake through that discussion, so I don’t know the answer to that one.

But, having been in the sign industry for over fifteen years, I do know that it is very possible to design an object you can’t print. That may be interesting to philosophers, but it’s maddening … (read more...)

Topical index for Large Format Printing

Old Vintage Library Card CatalogThe transition from vinyl graphics to digital printing can present a substantial learning curve. Choosing the best large format printing equipment  for your business needs is the first step. The second is leaning to use it properly. This will require getting up to speed on the importance of using compatible media and ICC profiles.

You may also have to learn the differences between spot and process color, plotter vinyl and inkjet printable media, and plotting verses print-and-cut processes. All of these can extend the learning curve and delay reaping the … (read more...)

Logical Color GlitterSOFT Glitter T-Shirt vinyl

In our Introduction to Logical Color WarmPeel Universal heat transfer film, we also mentioned Logical color GlitterSOFT. You may have wondered what GlitterSOFT is.

Part of the logical aspect of Logical Color is in the names of the products. So GlitterSOFT is just that. It’s a new kind of glitter t-shirt vinyl that’s softer than many other glitter-flake films, but just as dazzling. So it looks just as good but feels better on apparel.

GlitterSOFT offers the best of both worlds. You get the maximum bling effect of dazzling glitter-flake … (read more...)

Large format printing: heat, ink, and media

PrismJET VJ54 uses integral heaters to optimize print qualityHeat is an integral part of modern large format printing for both eco-solvent and latex printers. All large format outdoor printers use heat. Heat helps ink penetrate media and helps printers dry the ink. This produces prints that can withstand long term exposure to UV radiation from the sun.  Heat is as essential an ingredient in large format printing as it is in baking. And, just as in baking, it must be added in the right amount. Use just enough and you have a delicious concoction. Dial in too much … (read more...)