Below we will
demonstrate how easy it is to do a cut out image for a colored fabric using
the new Graphtec Studio and BlueGrid opaque
heat transfer paper.
Studio was designed especially for you, the one using the software.
Graphtec Studio is easy to learn and easy to use with tools
that are very fast and intuitive.
The first step
was to create a file sized and centered to fit.
These tools are easy
to use and very fast!
We used the trace
tool to trace the image. I zoomed in to see the resulting red trace lines.
Then we added the
registration marks and moved them as close as .20" to the image and
made sure to be at least .25" from the edge of the paper.
We printed the image
out onto BlueGrid, Alpha Gold Dark or Silver Opaque or any other opaque heat transfer paper on the market using the settings recomended for printing (medium
quality, plain paper setting).
Next we placed the
printed image onto a cutting mat and let the cutter do its job.
Next we removed
the excess film from the paper known as "weeding".
First we removed
the weed border (the part you see removed in the picture) then we removed
the rest of the unwanted transfer.
We placed transfer
tape on the weeded image to lift it from the paper.
Now for the easy
part- pressing the image to a shirt.
We used the instructions
for our paper (30 sec @ 375°).
After pressing, we
allowed the transfer to completely cool before removing the tape.
here is the finished product!
about opaque transfers - Although Graphtec cutters can cut fine
lines out, we should never allow the transfer to be less than 1/16 in width.
For instance if I were cutting out a cat and cut out the whiskers, the whiskers
would need to be at least 1/16 in width to make sure that part of the transfer
does not wear off prematurely.
and finer the fabric,
the skinnier the transfer can be and the longer it will last.