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Growing the Next Generation of Creative Types.

WHAT KID DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER T-SHIRT?

Here’s another way to transition your teen off the family payroll and into a pretty fun, creative, money-making and environmentally sensitive business.

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Dynamic Digital Fashion.

for white; light color apparel (distressed, pink t-shirt .

This paper is weedless, so no wasted time picking paper and, only the toner transfers. good6

For Black and all DARK garmentsRhinoDARK™ heat transfer paper. It’s THE way to transfer images and specialty designs onto T-shirts, cotton shifts, tanks and other garments that are 100% cotton, 50/50 blends and 100% polyester for children, youth and adults.PW_RHNO_1505A (3) 500
THIS is RhinoDARK!

THIS is RhinoDARK!


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In a Nutshell, Here’s Why a High-Quality Heat Press is a Good Investment.

We’re not sure why the heat press is often undervalued as part of a Digital printing equipment set-up. In fact, it is a key piece of the pie, because of 3 critical factors to ensuring the absolute best, final products. They are: PRESSURE, TEMPERATURE and TIME. And, that’s why we can’t stress enough the value of investing in a great performing heat press.

Presented in this step-by-step video is the RT Swingman 20 with a platen size of 16” x 20”. The RT Swingman 25P with a platen dimension of 20” x 25” is also an excellent option in the high-quality/affordability department. Both systems are offered by RhinoTech.

Features of the RT Swingman include these DIGITAL CONTROLS:

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ON and OFF switch is easily accessible in front of system.

A digital TIMER with alert that can be programmed for up to 99 minutes.

The PRESSURE reading sensor that with these settings: 1-3 for light pressure, 4-6 for medium and 7-9 that offers the highest pressure setting (KEEP A LOG OF THE PRESSURE SETTINGS YOU USE FOR SPECIFIC CUSTOMER PROJECTS, SO REPEAT PROJECTS WILL BE A BREEZE).

TEMPERATURE setting that can be digitally set for up to 450 degrees F or 232 C.

Additional cool elements:

Touch Screen with easy to lock-in time, temp and pressure settings.
Phenomenal heating element.
Simple Swing-away feature, unlike a pop-up clam shell.

An adjustable LEVELING PLATEN that can adjust up to 1 3/4” to enable the operator to digitally transfer designs made with SinglePrint™ heat transfer laser paper to FLAT glass and light color wood plaques, leather, Acrylic, ceramic and metal.

Find all RhinoTech heat presses HERE.

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This is RhinoDARK Heat Transfer Paper!

In this second installment, RhinoTech showcases RhinoDARK Heat Transfer Paper.

THIS is RhinoDARK!

THIS is RhinoDARK!

This paper offers another amazing way to transfer images with a laser printer to transfer directly to all dark apparel and fabrics. It is also available in two sizes: 8.5″ x 11″ and 11″ x 17″. And, it’s compatible with the  RT SunAngel Printers. 

The RT SunAngel printers offer:
1) FLUORESCENT color toners! This laser printer enables the paper to be printed from the tray and straight out through the back; the sheet doesn’t have to go through a roller-type system.
2) FLUORESCENT WHITE toner that has two white toner cartridges to ensure opacity.
3) Traditional CMYK toners
4) WHITE toner.

To apply more bling and dimension to your prints, easily add Rhinestones and Textile Metallic Foil. Crunch the foil, lay it on the heat transfer, repress, and your design will be eye-popping.

Here is info and the directions on how to digitally print with RhinoDARK:

RhinoDARK transfer media is used as a set comprised of an ‘Image Sheet’ (A Sheet) and a ‘Transfer Sheet’ (B Sheet). Please follow the steps below for best results:

1. Place image sheet into the manual sheet feed of the RT SunAngel printer, smoothest side up (please note this is the coated side of the sheet).
2. Set the printer to print from the ‘Multipurpose Tray’ and set paper type to ‘Medium Light’ and set size to A4.
IMPORTANT: Remember to create the image in reverse to ensure it looks correct when transferred to the garment.
3. Print the image.
4. Once image is printed, place the transfer sheet on top of the print with the white (adhesive coated) side down – the image and the adhesive should be face-to-face.
5. Fold a small corner of the transfer sheet over prior to pressing as this will make it easier to peel apart after pressing.
6. Press the two sheets together using a heat press at 250 – 270°F for 30-45 seconds with high pressure.
7. upon opening the press & while hot – immediately peel the transfer sheet away from the image sheet quickly and evenly, peeling in a smooth, continuous motion.
8. Discard the used transfer sheet.
9. Trim the edges away from the image sheet to help ensure that no excess adhesive sticks to the garment.
10. Position the transfer sheet (print side down) onto the garment and press using a heat press at 250 – 270°F for 30-45 seconds using high pressure.
11. Remove the garment from the heat press and allow to cool.
12. Once the garment is cooled to the touch, carefully peel away the transfer sheet and the image will remain on the garment.
13. A final step is to apply a finishing paper to the printed area of the garment and press again for 15 seconds to provide a durable smooth finish.

Artwork Requirements Recommended by RhinoTech

For best results, it is recommended that solid colors only be used in the artwork. We also recommend printing white toner over all the color for greater opacity when printing on DARK garments.

Starting out with or adding a digital printing system is a way to jump-start your business.

Whether home or studio based, located in a store front or a commercial screen printing entity, RhinoDARK Heat Transfer Paper and other systems featured by RhinoTech is a way to add-on to your current service stream.  Use this digital system as a way to fill-in for your screen printed projects.

To help you get started, call 651-686-5027 ext 4; info@rhinotechinc.com; 888.717.4466. RhinoTech offers FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more when delivered in the contiguous U.S.

RhinoTech Wants You to be an Award Winner!

Shout out to all Apparel Decorators!Impressions Award 2014 300You still have time to enter your most creative, alluring, stunning, iconic work in the prestigious, Impressions Apparel Decorating Competition.

The deadline to enter is August 29th, 2014; there is no cost to enter.

This 36th annual contest will be judged at the Fort Worth Imprinted Sportswear Show, Sept. 18-20, 2014. Prize winners will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 20, and featured in the January 2015 issue of Impressions magazine. Winning work will also be showcased at impressionsmag.com in the Impressions Awards & Design Galleries and through their social media sites.

Additionally, thousands of show attendees and exhibitors will be able to view the champion work at the Impressions booth at all 2015 Imprinted Sportswear Shows.

Want to enter?

Visit impressionsmag.com for complete rules, category listings and the official entry form. Questions? E-mail Associate Editor Lauren Mitchell @ lauren.mitchell@emeraldexpo.com

RhinoTech digital heat transfer systems will help you Triumph.

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Printed with CMYK toners on Black w/RT SunAngel heat transfer paper.

An array of digital heat transfer papers and systems for apparel decorators are available from RhinoTech such as RT SunAngel DARK heat transfer paper, printers, toners in Daybold Fluorescent colors and white and in traditional CMYK + white. Don’t be fooled w/traditional, however. The CMYK toners offer vibrant, stand-out color and the white is the whitest of the whites. The Fluorescent toners are unrivaled. They offer a way to digitally print on black apparel with colors that will pop and stun! View step by step videos HERE.

The RhinoTech Digital Transfer Division also features these heat transfer papers: SingleJet and SingleJet Opaque heat transfer papers for use with inkjet printers; SingleStep that is a weedless paper for use with a laser printer that transfers unrivaled designs on light color garments; JetPro Active Wear and several other papers to transfer designs to white and dark apparel and fabrics that are 100% cotton, 50/50 blends and polyester.

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Black T-shirt printed with SingleJet Opaque.

 

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Want to Learn How To Easily Create Layers in Color using Adobe Illustrator?

We wanted to follow-up on a recent blog post, RhinoTech Shares An Illustrator Tutorial from Catspit Productions, regarding the video on creating layers.  In this latest video that you’re about to view, Jonathan Monaco/Catspit Productions, explains the method of Working with Colors in Layers by utilizing the layers function in a vector art software.

This step-by-step tutorial offers a basic approach to adding registration colors to a design that will eventually be screen printed. In an easy to follow, comfortable style, the secret of how to perform this function unfolds.

An additional benefit of this tutorial is that it overlaps with and is testament to the very recent post on Demystifying Film Positives. In that video by RhinoTech, we learned that for each color in a design, a film positive was required. This is echoed in the Catspit video; for each layer of color there needs to be a film positive printed.

And, you can find the quality of film positive material required in RhinoJet Film Positive Material for use with an inkjet printer. It is a waterproof clear film that is easy to work with and one that offers first-rate opaque halftone, shape and image/design clarity. It can be used with both Pigment and Dye based inks. Additional advantages of this film are that it has minimal dot gain, dries on contact and has maximum density technology. It is also 5 millimeters thick, can be printed in newer inkjet printers and high volume production printers to generate film positives or negatives. And, it is fast drying.

We hope this instructional video has given you the necessary positive reinforcement in your campaign to learn vector art color layering systems, how to use film positive material like a pro and create award-winning, customer satisfying designs.

Many thanks for watching and reading our posts!

Contact RhinoTech at 651-686-5027 x 4; info@rhinotechinc.com, http://www.rhinotechinc.com

Contact Catspit Productions @ (480) 899-9089. Catspit Productions is a distributor of RhinoTech products and equipment including RhinoJet Film Positive Material. And, be sure to check out video product reviews on RhinoTech on the Catspit Productions youtube.com channel.

RhinoTech shares an Illustrator Tutorial from Catspit Productions.

Creating Screenprinting Artwork In Adobe Illustrator: What Are Layers?

In this latest educational video from Jonathan Monaco who IS Catspit Productions, Jonathan provides a basic overview of how to work with layers in this CS3 version of Illustrator. His explanation of what layers are and how to build them in a two-dimensional way is straight-forward and simplified. The results enable you to create layers of color for artworkto be screen printed.

Designs created with this system can also be used with digital heat transfer papers and printers from RhinoTech. RT SunAngel DARK, SingleStep and SinglePrint heat transfer papers for laser printers are prime ways to transfer two dimensional images with vibrant color to both DARK and light apparel. The finished artwork can also be transferred to multiple types of hard surfaces such as light color ceramic, glass, metal, wood, plastic and leather via SinglePrint.

This is your RhinoTech Digital Transfer refresher:

Because one size and design does not fit all, RhinoTech introduces the way toward helping to create diverse, boldly printed images through its RT SunAngel DARK systems. These include heat transfer papers with printers that offer dazzling Daybold Fluorescent color and White toners and a system that features vivid CMYK and White toners.

The following papers can also work with the RT SunAngel printers:

SinglePrint™

…that is a single sheet heat transfer paper used for multi-surface printing. This weedless laser paper transfers the toner, only. Use it to print designs and photos on White/ Light colored Metal, Plastic, Ceramic Tile & Mugs, Wood & Glass Plaques, Leather and Card Stock. Use it with the RhinoTech T-shirt, Cap, Mug & Plate heat presses that offer accurate, adjustable heat/temperature controls, digital displays, touch keys, easy access to printing bed, alarms & timers.

SingleStep ™

…that is a self-weeding, heat transfer laser paper that uses a single-sheet process. And, only the toner transfers, not the background film! In conjunction with Textile Metallic Foil, you can also decorate dark apparel, as well as, light fabrics and offer immediate, value-added highlights.

Step-by-step instructional videos from RhinoTech on how to use these papers can be found HERE and by clicking on the highlighted transfer papers above.

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Make your Screen Printed Apparel ICONIC with 47 Colors.

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These images are of two Hermès of Paris scarves that were gifts to me. Their original owner was a life-long friend who felt that an outfit just wasn’t complete without a beautiful scarf. I remember her being especially elegant and sophisticated when wearing one of her gorgeous, purchased-in-Paris silk scarves. Four years ago, my darling friend died at too early of an age. I was deeply touched when her sister wanted me to have two of her Hermès of Paris scarves. When I wore one for the first time, I finally understood the special effect of an Hermès. Isn’t that the same effect we want our apparel to have on customers?

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How does a screen printer’s work become iconic like the house of Hermès? Is it by using many screens similar to the 47 screens that go into printing each Hermès scarf? Or is it like the 11 stages of silk screen printing that Hermès screen printers go through to create the perfect art? Or is it just the original design? Or…. is it similar to the “Tipping Point” (by Malcolm Gladwell) when he shares the story of Hush Puppies shoes that were suddenly “discovered” by a younger generation that helped the company return from a downward slide (I hope I’m remembering that correctly; BTW – great book for anyone in business).

So, how do screen printer’s creations get discovered? One way is to think impulse buy. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the artistic director of Hermès International and the great-great-great grandson of Hermès creator Thierry Hermes shared the story about the time he saw a long-haired young man with roller blades buy a twilly, a small silk band scarf in the Paris Hermes store because he needed to hold his hair back. What a opportune moment for Hermès and the next group of potentially young consumers seeking out silk bands by Hermes! Talk about on a whim purchase helping to tip the scales in a new direction!

I think there’s much that those of us in the screen printing industry can learn from Hermès of Paris; about creating something that’s timeless with perfect technique that offers perfect art (think: vintage Rolling Stones T-shirt). And, a pathway to a very different status with apparel that appeals to the “impulse”.

Think Star-Power

Just like the screen printers who send their original printed designs to their favorite musicians or to American Idol contestants and then spot them wearing their shirts in local and national venues and in the media, be proactive.  When Grace Kelly was spotted in a Hermès of Paris scarf, you already know what that did to help make Hermès accessible and symbolic of beauty and class.

Here are a few thoughts: Retire a bestselling piece and then give it new life after sufficient hiatus. Add a touch of an unexpected color in the design. Give it a vintage edge. Print it on a more form fitting, athletic-type shirt that does away with the baggy effect. Print on DARK. And, make it into a t-shirt dress that is always timely. Use an Icat or exotic motif. Make your creations accessible to impulse buyers. And, get your art out on social media. And, remember, there is not just one type of customer. They are all ages and sizes.

Learn from Hermès.

I learned the history of the Hermès of Paris printing technique after stumbling upon a few articles written by Allison Carey, The Plain Dealer. She detailed an event in 2013 hosted by The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cuffs Custom Clothing of Chagrin Falls that featured Hermes of Paris and two printers from the Hermès Ateliers in Lyon, France, who were invited to demonstrate the secrets of printing the company’s iconic scarves. I’m grateful to Ms. Carey for the information. Please read her articles Here and Here.

The tradition of Hermès began in 1937 when Robert Dumas created the first scarf or carres. It continues with Dumas who says that Hermès are image-makers; that “my family is obsessed. We are dreamers. Human relations are very important, and the desire to achieve a form of excellence is very strong. Whatever you do, you have to do it with your heart and as best as possible. I think the small company started to attract people who share the same values and Hermès became a very special place.”

Is this what you wish to achieve in your small business, as well? Do you share these values with your customers? Do you put your heart and soul into everything you produce? What about your printing technique? Dumas relates that although the process has changed since 1937, art is unable to be separated from tools. “All artists love their tools. They love their brushes, their little tricks, their recipes and techniques. Artists are inventors and innovators…” . Do you love your tools; your printing press, the squeegees that should be in top form to lay the ink onto your substrate? Do you have a perfect set-up? Are your screen cleaning products eco-sensitive (think RhinoTech environmentally-sensitive screen cleaning products) and perfect for the job at hand? Do the final results of everything you do in your work reflect your best creative efforts?  Do you embrace new tools and technology like Dumas who offered that though his company has employed the same master screen printers for decades, they explore all new digital and other technologies to ensure that the art that results is true?

We want you to be iconic and hope we can help. Thanks for reading.

Shelley Markus, Marketing Director/RhinoTech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Printing Innovation from RhinoTech

While rolling through the Walker Art Center website looking for some cool, innovative gift items, we happened upon this little original gem – a Minnesota Bottle Opener.

ADD A LITTLE SOMETHING, SOMETHING!

At 14 gauge metal, not only is it heavy duty, but the opener also looks as if it would offer an interesting surface in which to transfer an image. A map, the state bird of MN (mosquito), a flower…the imagination can run wild. The finalized design can easily be printed and transferred using SinglePrint heat transfer paper by RhinoTech. It’s a laser paper that can be used to print on multiple types of surfaces such as light color metal, glass, acrylic, plastic, leather, wood and some card stock. Jesse bottle opener 6 19 2014

A Step-by-Step Video on How To Print with SinglePrint.

SinglePrint™ heat transfer paper transfers the solid image without the background toner! The image appears as if it were screen printed onto the surface. RhinoTech also recommends all OKI Data color laser printers including the RT SunAngel series of printers for use with this remarkable heat transfer paper.

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SFX Matters!

Special Effects on Heat Transfer Images for DARK Apparel powered by RhinoTech.

Textile metallic foil and rhinestones are bling factors. Adding one or both to a black, indigo, red, Auburgine, orange and/or white T-shirt, dress or other apparel will provide the necessary appeal and interest to sell, sell, sell. IMG_0699But…to get to that point, it’s important to begin with a series of printers, toners and weedless heat transfer paper that will let you generate these special effects. And, the system to do the trick is the RT SunAngel DARK series of printers featuring brilliant fluorescent colors and white toner and vivid CMYK colors that can be directly transferred to black, dark and light colored apparel. Again, the addition of Textile Metallic Foil and/or Rhinestones helps to create even more powerful special effects.

The RT SunAngel systems are especially significant today with the limitless appeal of black and white apparel and/or stunning, multi-colored t-shirts. These fashion statements are especially on-trend (and unisex) when wearing bold, black and white graphics and color-blocked apparel with a bit of brilliance under a blazer or with distressed jeans. They are easy to design/print because the RT SunAngel series affords a way to generate intense color and white effects for customers who desire one or 200 pieces.RT SunAngel Dri-Fit 2

This is all you need!

To print on DARK apparel, the RT SunAngel DARK series includes the 33SC printer with CMYK toners, the RT 33WB with white toner, the RT 33DC with brilliant DayBold Fluorescent color and the RT 33DW with DayBold Fluorescent White and RTSunAngel DARK heat transfer paper that is weedless. To print on white and light colored apparel, the system includes the RT 33SC printer with CMYK toners, the RT 33DC with Fluorescent colors and weedless, SingleStep™ heat transfer paper. Apparel that is 100% cotton, a 50/50 blends and/or Polyester can be used with either system.

Multi-Purpose Printers!

SinglePrint™ heat transfer paper from RhinoTech can also be used with the RT SunAngel series of printers. Produce vivid images that transfer to hard surfaces such as metal, ceramic, wood, plastic and glass.IMG_0539

For more information about how to create special effects on DARK apparel, contact them directly at:  651-686-5027 x 4. chris@rhinotechinc.com info@rhinotechinc.com. 651-686-5027.

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