Compare and Contrast Garment Decorating Techniques

Compare and Contrast Garment Decorating Techniques

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron will share with you the pros and cons of each technique and the markets they can serve, plus some expected costs to get started. It will be a tongue-in-cheek battle between Terry, the screen printing and direct-to-garment guy, and Aaron, the sublimation and heat transfer guy. At the end, they will settle their differences and show you how you can bring the tools and technologies together to create multimedia garments as well as understanding where everything fits in our garment decorating world.

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Color Separations in Photoshop

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry welcome Thomas Trimingham to the show where he shared his tips and tricks for creating color separations in screen printing. He is going to go in depth on how to create screen printing color separations in Photoshop and on our Live YouTube broadcast, you can actually see the process happen. We’ll also chat with Thomas about his Corel Draw and other items that will make your a complete screen printing artist.

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In a Perfect World What Would Your Business Be?

Mark Coudray

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry welcome back industry veteran Mark Coudray who has been busy growing people’s businesses through his Catalyst Accelerator program. He gives us his thoughts on looking at your business differently so you can make it something that grows for you and becomes that ideal business. He will bring several years of data from folks he has already worked with and give you some great tips for growing your business the right way.

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Overcoming Sales Objections

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Our guest was unable to attend last second, so the 2 Regular Guys discussed things happening in the industry, Aaron’s new consulting project, and attending the STL Podcast Meetup recently and the changes coming to our show. We also had a conversation about overcoming sales objections. Short and sweet today, but still good information.

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Direct to Garment Deep Dive

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron discussed all things DTG in this direct to garment deep dive. Terry is coming off of an all day training seminar at the NBM Long Beach show showing people the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer, so we will be asking him to share some tips and tricks from that event. The guys will also discuss the beginning of the Direct to Garment segment of our industry as well as discuss what the future might hold.

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Tips on Promoting Your Business

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron will talk about promoting your business – from vendors to decorators. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of opportunities such as trade shows, social media, open houses, even knocking on doors, and more.

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QUICK TIP MAY 6, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

What do you need to buy to be a direct-to-garment printer? Sometimes when we deal with something day in and day out, we forget that those new to the business still need the most basic of information. A common question I get at shows or on the phone is, “What do I need to buy?” There are basically four items you need to purchase to be a complete direct-to-garment production shop. Continue reading

QUICK TIP APRIL 8, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Generic Catalogs – Many of your T-shirts suppliers will offer what are called generic catalogs. These look just like the catalogs you are now ordering from, but with no prices and no identification of the company… such as Alpha or SanMar to name a couple. These catalogs are for you to use to show your customer’s different products that they can order from you. Continue reading

QUICK TIP FEBRUARY 12, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Using Refillable Cartridges with a Small Format Epson – The printer of choice today for outputting film positives is an Epson small format device such as the 1430. The only drawback is the standard 18ml cartridge. Refillable cartridges are the best option to save substantial dollars on ink. Continue reading

QUICK TIP JANUARY 29, 2016 BY TERRY COMBS

Coated and Uncoated Papers in DTG Printing –  Sometimes we have to stop and look at our procedures and see if anything has changed with the component parts. Too often, we continue with a method or technique because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

We have until recently used uncoated paper between a pretreated shirt and the heat press to protect the heat press and dry the shirt. We used uncoated paper because silicon coated paper cause the shirt to be still and shiny. We then used silicon coated paper between the printed shirt and the heat surface to cure the ink. The silicon kept the ink from sticking to the paper.

Today, you can use silicon paper for both steps. This allows you to stock only one paper, and not stand in front of your heat press trying to determine if the paper is coated or not. With advances in pretreat solution, the glossy finish (when applied properly) is no longer an issue.