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Adding Patterns & Distress in Easy View



Add style to your transfer designs by adding patterns and distress! We are going to add a pattern and distress to layout QAL-47.

Use the Easy View designer to add patterns to large, open spaces in text. If your text is currently thin, change it to a thicker font that will better show the details of the pattern.

The distress will apply to the full design and will omit areas of your transfer to give your design a trendy look. Distress works best on large text and clip art.



Adding a Pattern

1) Choose layout

2) Select text that you would like to place the pattern in

3) Change to a thicker font if the letters are too thin

4) Go to Patterns under Customize Layout

5) Choose the pattern that you would like to use

6) Change colors & add outline if needed


Adding a Distress

1) Choose layout or add to current layout

2) Go to Distress under Customize Layout

3) Choose the distress that you would like to use


It’s so easy to add extra style to your design by adding patterns and distress!

Add Bonus Pages to Your Idea Book


Show your customers how you can make their custom apparel designs even more unique with Idea Book™ bonus pages!  These pages are a great resource that can be used by themselves or as add-ons to your Easy Prints® Idea Book™.

Included in the bonus pages is a list of fonts that you can use with Easy Prints®, a chart that will help you to determine how many images will fit on a gang sheet, a sheet that shows the different ways that the text can be arranged, an Easy Prints® alphabetized clip art index that shows which page each clip art can be found on in the Idea Book™, a patterns sheet showing what each of the pattern options look like, and a distress sheet that shows your distress options.

Print these pages out and put them right in your Idea Book™ to show your customers the large array of options you can offer them.


Font/Typestyle Alphabets - Change the font to change the lookFont/Typestyle Alphabets

This page shows all of the fonts that we offer with Easy Prints®.  If you would like to change the look of the Easy Prints® layout that you are using, changing the font is a great way to give it a different look!  If you are making a transfer design for kids, try using fonts similar to Chalk, Comic Sans, or Kids; these fonts are acceptable for kids but would not provide a good look for something corporate.  For business purposes, use fonts that look similar to Bangkok, Full Block, and Classic.


Gang Sheet Image ChartGang Sheet Image Chart - Find how many transfers fit on your gang sheet

This sheet is a quick reference to determine how many images will fit on a gang sheet at the image size that you need.  For example: If your image is 4” x 3,” you can fit 9 images to one gang sheet.  Keep in mind that a gang sheet is a transfer sheet containing more than one image.  These images can be cut apart and applied to garments separately.  Using gang sheets is a great way to save costs on transfers!


Type ArrangementType Arrangement - Each text box can have a different look

Add this sheet to your Idea Book™ to show your customers the different ways that their text can be arranged in the Easy Prints® design layout that they choose.  Each text box can be arranged a different way to fit your customers’ needs.


Clip Art Index

This is a quick reference to help you find the clip art thatClip Art Index - Easily find clip art for you custom design you are looking for in your Idea Book™.  The clip art index is alphabetized to make finding the appropriate clip art even easier!  Example: If you are looking for a hornet mascot, find the clip art choices that start with an ‘h.’ Follow along these ‘h’ options until you find where it says “hornet.”  The page number will be to the right of the word.  Make sure that you are using the index for the same year as your Idea Book™; you can find the year at the bottom of the index.



Patterns can be placed whePatterns - Add patterns to words and clip artre there is a large amount of space in letters and clip art.  Customers like to use patterns to add a little something extra to the look of their designs.  Add this sheet to your Idea Book™ to show your customers the pattern options that they can use in their custom designs.



Distress adds an extra touch of style Distress - Add a distressed look to your custom transfer designto your whole design!  With this printable sheet, you can show your customers what the different distress options look like, making the decision making process even easier!


Print all of these sheets out, three-hole punch them, and add them to your Easy Prints® Idea Book™!  You can even put these sheets in a waiting area at your shop; providing your customers with reading materials that will show them different apparel looks that you can create for them.

Print bonus pages here!

Free Tools to Help You Sell More Apparel


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, 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.

Typestyle Alphabets

The typestyle pages show every character for each of the Easy Prints® typestyles available.

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.

Arc type and Arch type

Show customers all the different type arrangements available with this Idea Book Bonus Page.

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.

Back to the Future with Vintage Style Tee’s


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.

Medium distressed shirt

Layout QCO-69 using a medium distress clip art X19A-996.

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.

Vintage style t-shirt

Layout QRT-30 using a different medium distress clip art X19A-999.