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Tips and Tricks : Design and Press Your Own Christmas T-Shirt

For guide in creating a cut path, setting vinyl up in cutter and weeding click here

Tips to Create a Personalised T-Shirt

Artwork information:
T-Shirt Size: 56cm x 78cm
Artwork Size: 35cm x 51cm

1. Download or create a vector file with any Christmas design we have downloaded from Vectorstate.com.
2. Import the image in your design software. We are using Adobe Illustrator.
3. Measure the t-shirt and determine the artwork size.
4. Adjust the image to the desired size in our case 35cm x 51cm.
5. Create a cut path. For more information on creating a cut path, refer to our Tips on Creating a Vector File in Adobe Illustrator for Cut Graphics.
6. Save the artwork as a PDF or EPS, depending on your cutters RIP software, and copy the file to a USB.
7. Set the file up in your RIP software.
8. Mirror the file so that the text will appear the correct way around. If you do not mirror text, then heat press, the text will appear back to front. We are using Chemica Hotmark Red.
9. Insert the vinyl into the cutting machine, liner side down, adjust the pinch rollers to fit the width of the vinyl and secure the media clamps by pushing them down.
10. Test the media before you cut the final image. 

Note, there should be just enough force to leave a slight impression on the vinyl backing paper. Adjust the cutter settings, if necessary. For more information on adjusting cutter setting, refer to your machines user manual.

11. Once satisfied the media is cutting and weeding properly, cut the final artwork.
12. When finished, release the media clamps and remove your vinyl.
13. Weed your vinyl by removing the excess vinyl from around the outside of the graphic.
14. Use a weeding hook to lift and remove the excess vinyl from the inside of the graphic.

Note, the smaller the features in your graphic, the more challenging it is to weed.

  
 
15. Start the heat press and adjust the temperature and timing to the specifications on the vinyls’ data sheet.
16. Once the heat press is warmed, pre-press your textile for 5 to 10 seconds. This will remove any oils or coatings which may be on the fabric that can prevent the vinyl from adhering correctly.
17. Position your artwork on the textile with the liner facing up.
18. Lower the heat press handle and lock firmly in place.
19. Release the heat press handle when the time is up.
20. Peel the liner off the textile following the specifications on the vinyls’ data sheet. If the vinyl is a hot peel, you can remove the liner immediately, if it is a warm or cold peel, allow to cool before removing the liner.

21. Allow at least 24 hours before washing.

Refer to the Graphic Art Mart Heat Transferred Garment Maintenance for more information.

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