Based on customers’ suggestions, we have added several tools to our site to help you sell more apparel. These tools can be printed out and added to your Idea Book™ binder to be used as needed. All of the items are in the Help & Education section at www.transferexpress.com, Tools, listed as Idea Book Bonus Pages.
The first is an index of our entire collection of clip art. When online, the search tool can quickly find the art needed, but if you are sitting with a customer with the book, we know an index can help. The clip art is listed alphabetically with the corresponding page number the art can be found in the full color binder Idea Book.
The second item is the complete alphabet for every letter style. Sometimes you want to see what the D looks like in a particular style which is again easy to do online, but this will also give you a reference. These are pdf files so you can zoom in to see the details of each letter.
The third printable bonus page is a gang sheet chart, a grid that given your print image size, you will know how many of that custom transfer/print will fit on each sheet.
The fourth is a type arrangement page which shows the terminology needed to describe different formats to be done to the text. For example, a visual is given to show the difference between an arc and an arch.
The final two pages show the patterns such as zebra, tiger, leopard, and polka dots as well as the distress effects that can be added to any layout to make your apparel stand out or look vintage.
Retro is what’s in right now. We are seeing old styles coming back into style. Vintage looking t-shirts are especially popular. There is an easy way to create vintage style looking t-shirts without the messy and lengthy labor of trying to create them from scratch.
One easy and quick way is to add a distress pattern on top of a screen printed design. This type of pattern causes the print to look worn and tattered. Instead of actually distressing the ink and shirt, which can reduce the life of the garment, this pattern will simply be a show-through area in the design during printing. We have five different distress patterns to choose from which can be added to any of our layouts and range from a light to heavy distress.
After you have your distressed looking print, you now have several options for garments. A distressed print is still popular on a regular t-shirt. However, there are many garments to choose from that also have a distressed look to them so you don’t have to try to do them all yourself, which can be a long and laborious process for each garment. A few of the different styles available are burn-out, acid-washed, and stone-washed tee’s, each giving a different appearance. Our screen printed and digital transfers can be heat applied to any of these types of apparel.
In the end, you are left with an inexpensive way of creating fashionable, vintage style looking apparel.