How to Print on Wood with Direct to Garment | M2 DTG Printer

How to Print on Wood with Direct to Garment | M2 DTG Printer

all right so what we're going to be going through in our tech talk today is kind of how to prep up a design to do a non textile what I'm going to be actually printing on is a wooden panel that I got up at Michael's it's like a little wood plaque in the shape of a heart let me actually turn on my video screen here or my webcam and I'll show you all right can you see the webcam Sally I can yes okay so with the webcam I have my little wooden heart here alright it's just a standard piece that I got from a cut the pre-cut these things at Michaels and stuff like that the cool thing about doing wood it's a very absorbent surface and it prints out and then it looked really nice alright so what I'm gonna do first is I haven't primed up with Maschine yet so while this is I want to pretreat this and get this kind of ready I'm gonna go ahead and do a head cleaning here only did one earlier when I'm probably equipment in earlier this morning and then I'll do my nozzle check all right so when prepping my piece of wood here if I needed to I could take a light sandpaper like a like a thousand graders on my god and just give it a light sanding this does feel already kind of smooth so I'm just going to kind of pretreat this I am going to press Y to ink on this just they make the image stand up on top of it so it doesn't blend it with the wood grain as much so let me go ahead and pretreatment so since I will be using white I'm gonna have to use my dark Department pretreat the wedding will not solidify or skin over unless that pretreat is present alright so what I'm also going to do is get a scratch shirt real quick and I'm going to use this as just a is an easy way to catch any overspray so I have to clean up a whole bunch of crap off my bed here bring us forward over here on my dial so that way I don't have to spray the entire week little bit because I'm going to be wiping it down with a piece of paper towel anyway all right so real simple stuff there just put pretreat on now there is an excess of pretreat on this now let's see if y'all can see that so I'm gonna have to wipe that excess off of there so I just get a paper towel the woods absorbent enough that it will get the pretreat in there enough where the where that white ink will congeal on there all right so we're even going to go through a little bit more I want to put this over here on my heat press it'll dry it quicker you rotate it around just so you can see it I'm not actually pressing it I'm just using the heat from the from the lid here just to kind of dry it quicker all right so now I'm gonna go back over and I'm going to well first let's do some measurements real quick let's see where is my bag making my little tape measure here let's measure this out to see how tall it is and how wide it is so this is seven inches tall little less than seven wide so I'll do a seven by seven in here okay so I'll remember that number of how big this block is here and then that will give me I'm going to show you an easy way to be able to place that although my flatten system here so that way I get pretty good centering of the image right it takes all the guesswork about where it's going to print and if I'm gonna get it centered or not okay so let's go ahead inside here looks like you need help doing an awesome check or I need information on that definitely go to the support site and go through the training videos it definitely has that topic on there into black and a couple of Mosiah like one or two of the whites I'm just going to go ahead just real quick do you like to Moorhead cleanings while we're just sitting there talking and I think I'll be good to go after that I'm not a big fan of chasing nozzle checks but if it keeps going over and over and over again having the same nozzles missing that's when I start to troubleshoot alright so from here I'm going to switch back off my camera now go back to my screen okay now I'm in Photoshop can you see the Photoshop screen Sally alright are you still here Sally all right so we have our image that I've chosen okay first thing I do anytime I import an image so this is just a standard JPEG right here all right I thought this would be cute for the little heart picture all right first thing I'm gonna do is check my image resolution or the image size I do this anytime I bring an image into the software no matter what so down here I look at my look at my image resolution right now this is 72 dpi but it is a larger design so what I'm going to do is I'm going to crease this the 300 dpi which is kind of a sweet spot for director garment printing so that way I can increase or decrease the size without it affecting the actual image all right the image size has now become over 16 megabytes so I'm going to reduce the actual size of this but I'm not going to be printing it that large anyway for my piece of wood sometime take this down to like 10 inches 10 by 8 and then click OK alright so from here it makes it nice and crisp this is a high-res image I could get it off Google Images just as a tester alright but I am just wanting to print the actual baby I do not want to print the white background behind it if I was just printing it as a color layer only it would mix with the wood color and make the baby look probably a little bit more brown and stuff like that because it's mixing with that background but I want the baby to kind of pop up and they're a little bit better so I'm going to make sure to remove the background from here so to do that I'm going to use my magic wand tool the magic wand tool is a selection tool that has a tolerance range so that way if I click on a particular pixel say black it's only gonna grab pixels differ within that tolerance range and select notes alright so if my tolerance is lower it does not grab as much all right so say I click in this red it's only gonna grab down that's it at in tolerance let's take it up to like say a 20 times you'll notice that when I click in there it'll grab more all right so that's how tolerant works on there then you have a feature called contiguous what continuous means is touching so you notice what I used the magic wand in that selection area it was only grabbing pixels that are within that tolerance range that are touching each other so now if I click in that same area with contiguous turned off its gonna grab that same color within the tolerance universally throughout the entire image all right so that's not particularly what I want to do for this particular image but I'm gonna turn in continuous back on and I'm gonna take my tolerance up to like 100 just to start with just to see and if it does need more or less than I will adjust that as I go so I'll click in the white area here it looks like it's grabbing too much of the image it's actually grabbing some of the baby in there it's grabbing a bunch of the tail so I'm gonna deselect that I can either hit ctrl D to deselect or I can just click over here the gray area to select so let's take it down to like 50 all right so yeah it did go around the edges here it's not going into the actual kid here but it looks like I'm still gonna have to add some more to my selection than trying to clean this up a little bit better so let's see if we can zoom in the edges here and see how close it gets to the edge all right so I'll add back to this selection in a little bit and it looks like it dig it a little bit in here so let's let's deselect let's hit control D I'm gonna take this tolerance down for the magic wand a little bit lower let's go to like 25 some of this is trial and error to get to this area or some of these areas so you just have to kind of work around with it to see if you can get it to do what you're exactly looking for how to move without actually having to zoom in and out I can hold the spacebar on my key bar and the little hand comes up and then I can move the actual screen around as long as I'm holding the spacebar alright so now I'm back in my magic wand tool okay if I'm over something that's already been selected that it gives the little box from the over something they did didn't you see the magic wand say I want to add to my selector that I'm already done so what I can do is hold the shift key and then a little plus mark comes up so I can click inside these little fields right here to make sure that I've got everything selected that I want to delete I'll go around the edges here make sure there's nothing else that I need to select we'll bring back once I have all these little pieces selected then I can go through and delete some of this image out here or delete the white background rock all right so it looks like I've got most everything selected that I want so I'll just do it back out it's zero my keyboard alright so then if I hit delete right now the only thing it will do is add in the background color okay the reason is is because it's a flattened image right now we've just imported it as a JPEG so right now it comes to this background so what I can do to unlock that background is just double click over here on the layers tablet you know I asked me do I want to name that layer I can do all that but I'm just going to leave it layer zero so if I click OK now it's a layer right so with it being a layer if I hit delete that means it's going to be on a transparency so let's hit delete and see what happens all right so now we've got this little checkerboard Photoshop uses the checkerboard as a representation of no pixels also if you want to you can come in here and go to your preferences and you can make that transparency a little bit darker so you can come into your grid colors I can make it go to dark or medium height medium so that way I can see stuff a little bit all right so now let's hit ctrl D to deselect all right so let's see what this looks like right now it doesn't look like much it looks like it's got nice clean edges and stuff like that but it's probably got a little white border around there from when I deleted off that with white background let's see if we can see that a little bit better so I'm going to go ahead and click over here on this solid color let's choose black and then click OK and then I'm going to drag that color fill below my image alright so now I can look at the edges of my image and notice that it does have a little bit of a white border in the edge all right so what I'm going to do is I'm going to select the transparency here and I'm going to feather in the edge so that way it takes a little bit of that white edge out so what I'll do is I'm going to hold the ctrl key and click on this thumbnail right here so it goes into the selection even gets in those little portions right there so let's see let's go back to this layer so that way I make changes did I'm gonna select the inverse which is everything but the image and then I'm going to go up here to select modify and feather alright i'll feather it by like 5 pixels it's too much then I can go back in and redo it so as I'm hitting the delete my key is kind of feathering that edge and just lightly erasing pixels around the edge and ingredient level so every time I hit delete it deletes off about 5 pixels so let's hit control D now and you notice that white edge is pretty much gone right so that looks pretty good if I must say all right it looks like the tail got cut off a little bit right here so let's see what we can do about fixing that I'm going to go ahead and use the smudge tool let's see if we can get to it if I don't have to till available I can right click on these toolbars that have little triangles down here in the corner and it shows the hidden tools so what the smudge tool does is it gives me the ability to push color so I can actually push this over and make it look like my image used to be and this is a very soon great let me just do a little bit at a time all right fixed zoom back out so now my image is prepared it's cropped out I'm not going to need this colorful background anymore the only reason I had it on there so I could view it and see the edges of my of the design all right so let's drag this down here to the trash can alright so now I'm going to make this to the size that I want to print so before I do that I notice I have negative space up here over here on the side down here and on the bottom so what I can do to the center of this image is image trim I personally like to trim every design that I do before I send it over my friend or save it so that way when I tell it to be a certain size I'm doing it I don't have to calculate that negative space over here so I'll click OK so I noticed that the document now is right up to the edge of my graphic very so this is right now about seven and a half by seven and a half all right so that's going to be too big for that little center it on that little part so let's see let's go back up here to image size and we're going to do this let me get my little ruler out here look at that little heart shape and so it looks like the base of that design can only be about three inches wide okay so the lips I'll say is 3.25 just give it a little extra all right so now we've got a little bitty person here gonna be alright but remember I took a measurement of the physical piece of wood a little bit ago all right so let's see what we can do I'm gonna make instead of making the image to the exact size of the wood so I don't have to worry about line dance and stuff like that instead of going image size this time I'm going to go canvas size under canvas size I'm gonna make it that's seven by seven of what the heart looks seven is seven wide all right so now this is centered within that heart shape I'm sorry centered within that document size all right and it's going to be centered all right so then from here I'm going to create another layer and this is how I'm going to make a template to place my piece of wood on the machine so now that I have a separate layer on top of my my actual image here I'm coming around with a paint bucket fill that with the color white and I explain why in a second all right so now I technically have eight box that is seven by seven alright and it's not an actual background or anything but it's an action or color bill it's a layer that's been painted up utility paint bucket filled so I can improve this by moving it off and you notice that it's an actual shape now all right so I'm just going to get control Z to move it back to where bus alright so here's my little trick about creating a template to print to my machine I'm going to go down here to my layer style it's my FX button and I'm going to add a stroke okay the way strokes work is it has three options where you can positionable right a stroke adds a line to a certain size around the edge of an object right now our object is the square so if I did an outside stroke it would be outside my document size so I would be able to see it because the document is the same size as the shape so I'm going to do an inside stroke go to not center but inside so now technically I have a box on the inside here that will do this I'm going to only go down to like a two-point stroke here so that way only printed thin boxes I'll click ok so now if I move this off just to show you him it has a little black edge to it right can we go to control Z to move it back so now I've got a seven by seven box with a black stroke on the inside two points alright so now I'm going to save this are the file save as we go cute baby heart and I'll save this to my desktop right now okay it's now minimize photoshop my Adobe bridge here I'm gonna open up my c6 software and instead of printing it in my color layer is to print whitey because I don't want to print a big white box to my machine I'm going to go over here to my white chore queue because it does not it turns off the white ink of the system and wholly prints for the color so it doesn't really matter if I go graphics or graphic speed or anything about I'll probably know graphics speed it's been that way it'll print Olympic winner so I'm only going to do one of these so and I did it to up for my template system and then I'm going to add that little box in here so let's go to the desktop first and there's my cue baby art alright so I'm just gonna leave it sinner so that's really easy I don't have to move it around alright so what I'm going to do is go ahead and pre rip this alright it's gonna have that little bitty box going around here and I'm gonna switch back over back over to my videos if you watch me do this alright here's our machine so from here I want to go ahead and each it or I'm going to go ahead and then eject this to kind of prepare it bring the camera a little bit closer so we can see all right now I've already got a box up here but I did that in your previous but with doing chest looks if you would like information okay so from here place mic and some wood on here so that's why I created that little problems alright so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take a giftie platen here raise it up to the top so inside its limit and then hit load now back over here at my rip software I'm gonna go ahead a hearty spool that job so I'm gonna go ahead and hit print no it looks like a gig to get the strip oh okay so that's why it did not print all right so let me switch back over here to Photoshop real quick all right so from here since I have that hidden layer or layer with a stroke effect so what I'll do is sit here to create a new layer drag it below this one and I'm gonna merge them so now it's just a box with a black stroke right now I'm gonna hit control s all right so now I can go back to the RIP software let's try this again add that same design in Arita now what I've got to add loads of platon system first since I set a print job over that didn't have anything on there it said converting continuously on the screens so I had to power off and power back on FYI so while this is powering back up I'm going to go ahead pretty read less not to do it later see and even happens to the best of us we forget to do something all right load it then we'll go ahead and send that print job over like it was dream I must not yeah okay now I feel like an idiot alright so to do a stroke and inside sure it helps to actually have a color available right now I was adding a white strip to it so that's probably why it did not print because I'm pretty in a color of queue or I'm sorry the white shark you that doesn't print whiting that's why I would not see that stroke okay so now I can save and go back to my rips off okay so let's go in pretty rip it up little bump right there how many air pops up you just turn it off turn it back on you're good to go restart the video okay just so y'all can see it a little bit better lift this up here what's my finish pretty I might be some wood up to it and we will set up our cue to be able to print on this and we do have to do a couple adjustments especially if I'm going to be using YT to do my piece of wood as the t-shirt with me so we'll probably have to reduce the amount of physical ink that comes out of the head without changing the resolution so you still get the crispness on the print I will show you how to do that shirt if I was doing multiple ones this piece of wood then I would just leave this box on here and re-register the next piece of wood in that same all right so now my little box is finished did we eject it I try not to move the platen much because I don't want to move the platen and it's not going to print them correctly all right so let's see here you can see it a little bit better so what I'll do is I'm going to register the heart because I know my image it's going to print dead center of this box because I have the image hidden behind the white box that I did so that means it'll print probably from here to here so I'll probably want to bump my image up just a little bit or I can take the physical piece of wood and move it down a little bit controlling where it prints making sure that has the same distance on the box right here because I didn't get it in a perfect measurement nobody's perfect alright so now I've got to lower this down so that we can get past this color so I'll go do them just enough where it will fit up underneath that casing and hit the load laser as soon as I push this in it looks like I might be too high on this piece of wood here let's see yeah looks like I'm gonna be too high all right so now I'm gonna have to figure out a jig that I can use I also noticed that on the bottom of my captain's over my head here that I had a little bit of debris on the actual capping or on the bottom of the printhead care so I'm gonna clean that out let's pull this over here and so y'all can see this let me get out my cloth here town was rubbing alcohol so you might clean that off a little bit better yeah yeah add some dried ink right there don't want anything hanging down it could rub that piece of wood notice there's something on the head I lightly brushed away or the clean part of my cloth all right so let's see it's a little bit closer so barely getting the gap underneath here this is borderline way to close but I'm gonna see what happens anyway okay so I'm gonna hit live here we're just gonna find out what happens okay all right so from here let's switch back to photoshop so now what I'm going to do is I'm going to get rid of that layer that it did stroke on so now I just have the image so I'm gonna hit ctrl s to save it alright so I still gonna be the cute baby heart all right minimize that so instead of I do want to pretty light layer so I'm going to go back over here to my rib software all right and then I'm gonna go to write color shirts because I do want to print black ink on this alright so with this is a photograph here to get to the proper cue I'm going to use my higher resolution so I'm going to double click the cube town let's import the image first and then go into the cue setting or in the job settings versus the cue sentiment so if I wanted to I can actually create a cue specifically just for wood and change the cue settings so that way they're always going to be the same when I came for an image to it but I also have the ability to change just the job settings alright so when I am pretty image automatically starts to predefined the settings because I imported it to a particular cue but then I can change those at the job level just by double-clicking the job and then going into it scripted overrides and they layer profile so I want to click on show processing images I definitely do not want to print it my whitey get 100% it would leave a literal pub so I'm gonna go down to say about 40% of what it normally does alright so but the good thing about wood is if I do get too much on there then I can always sand it and start over it's like the ultimate eraser alright so click OK here so I'm not going to move the image you notice it's still the exact same box that I had before but now it's just got the image alright ribbit all right and we're going to credit ya let's switch back over here to my camera I'm crossing my fingers here because I noticed that my gap is really tiny on this so let's see what happens it's really back up here so we get here it's not quite cool let me bring this in here to see see it better later is definitely thinner than it would be on a t-shirt all it look like it moves my piece of wood okay so it is going to be too high for this particular one alright because my wood got moved by the head so what I'll do is just go ahead and power down and I'm gonna have to sand this down just a little bit alright and kind of show you what happened so what happened was is that the printhead the little bottom half of it just that little plastic piece rubbed up against it and moved the wood over a little bit so I'm going to clean this off a little bit so the cool thing about it is I can just wipe it off with a paper towel and a little bit of rubbing alcohol so now I'm back to square one all right cool so I'm gonna have to figure out a lower profile to be able to put this off to make some adjustments alright so what we're going to go through now I'm going to make this platen a little bit lower I want to tighten all four corners of it so that way I have a little bit more space to be able to get this piece of wood on there and have the proper gap some of those fix on the fly thing this is what you would normally have to do if you were running production not to ingest on the flock okay so what we're going to do we're going to lower this down a little bit bring this out here on this side what it's lower this down a little bit here so what I'm gonna use is that front leading edge of my carriage here right on up in there let's show you this for detail here sorry guys so what I'm gonna do raise this up alright and I'm gonna lock the gap off by holding both the buttons simultaneously and the light goes amber so then the reason I turn off the gas so I don't have to readjust slower this side go ahead and do these other corners too just to make sure now is where I can make adjustments okay now I've got all four corners lowered I can get this thing to be a sliver lower it down just so I can bring the head over top of these quarters and I'm gonna look at it and make sure there's like just a sliver of light through there all right so then I will lock the gap off make sure to check it another time so it's not touching the corners it's just a sliver of light in there maybe just over here to this side and make sure it's the same if it hits the corner or too far away then I need to make an adjustment so this particular one looks like I need to just go up just here want to make it look like that first one same sliver of light not touching the corners but not too far away there's a pretty head out of the way just the bed in a little bit more and then place them up here on this front corner pull it out so that way it's on there so it looks like I'm still a little bit far away on this one to you now all four of these corners match up exactly now I've got to be able to print that box off of the it's got a nice layer pretreat on there kind of runny so I'm gonna take my cloth here just kind of rub it in all right we'll let it dry on the heat press a little bit just by putting let me get on the temperature not actually go to prison or anything all right the way let's see let's go ahead and turn the gap back on all right now we're going to print that template so now I'm going to add that in there okay somebody actually had a question in here about what type of pretreat I'm using I'm using the standard whiting pretreatment for a dark garments all right you can use the non textile pretreatment which is like a gel coat but I don't do that what I'm using white ink so I have to have that dark garment pretreatment for the wedding to do what it's supposed to as long as the surface is nice and smooth like sandy would a little bit of the pretreat on there the white hand and I reduce the how much money it's going down and yes it will have that okay so now let's go back over here Photoshop again all right we are going to create a new layer fill it with white again do an inside stroke at two points okay ctrl s to save it go back to my rip software I'll go back to the white shirt Q m-series what brackets fast will do fine she looks fine let's get rid of this other one here import that image before we import it I make sure that I'm using the right template so when they use flatten here there we go now input image okay now I move it or anything flattens already loaded so I'm gonna hit pray right now we go wow that's printing that outline oops holding here let's see what did I flip my USB that's why kicked my USB out now I'm gonna so what it's going to do is going to print that square directly to the platen to empty platen here I'm going crease the size of this baby a little bit and ctrl T to transform well before I do that so it doesn't mess with it's ready okay I'm gonna convert it to the smart you want to right click convert to smart so that way it will keep its original dpi you know I expand the size now it's in here I know I'm going to have to tap it up because of the shape of the heart all right right double-click on the new job and make sure that I reduce my wedding bitsy down to about 40% now this may take some trial and error to get to the right amount sometimes 40% will be still too much all right now pre-ripped it so it'll be ready to go the square all right the wood is dry now so place this in here make sure it's centered as possible all right so then we'll lower the bed down so all that little platen judgment is going to allow me to get this piece of wood in there and still be able to raise it up to the gap so it's scanning as it's going in so I pull the wood back and forth manually just to make sure that it's not going to hit that head and then I always physically verify by pulling the head over and looking reduce my wedding got it already pre-ripped alright alright let's clear the holding here first all right so just go ahead and reload this let's go back over here to my camera fourth time's the charm right let's see if we got this a little bit more accurate this time a little bit off the edge there but I think I'll be alright for what I'm doing madam a baby a little bit big being around and see the white printing on the wood so yeah lute made the baby a little bit bigger than it should've been but if I don't like it after it's done then I can just wipe it off it's far too all right so even though it's a little bit over printed I'll show you a cool little trick we can do okay so I got a little bit of overspray here I'm just gonna wipe that off try not to damage the image on top alright last but not least smooth air and took a couple tries now I know what I'll have to do for the next time and if I ever do it again alright so now that that's done let's take a look at it yeah there's a little baby image on the piece of wood alright so I'm gonna kind of finish this off a little bit here I'm gonna try to make these edges black I'll show you a cool little trick on my dear alright when I do this I'm gonna do this little trick before I actually finish it with the lawn textile pretreat now to kind of seal it in so I have to be real careful with it the way I'm touching let's see I'm gonna get a little piece of sponge rip off a little piece of sponge it's actually a magic eraser type thing I'm gonna take a little piece of it it's over just to hear so what I'll do I can't get the cap here so it's easier control Doc's budget and then I'm just real careful about where I put it try not to get any on the top pretty neat-looking right I could have done it with different colors whatever I wanted to you're afraid about getting your hands dirty get some rubber gloves don't touch the image I should be good Oh you paintbrush might work out easier there we go alright now last but not least we'll finish normally I would do this outside but I'm on our webinar now so I'm gonna go ahead and wipe this down a little bit so don't make a mess get out of other people clean off my hands we'll save that for some other time so they're rubbing alcohol gets right off smells get you always clean up your mess by doesn't transfer to anywhere else okay so now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to spray this with my finishing coat all right I would definitely spray this outside look for this just one I'm gonna do right here camera so I don't need a whole bunch of this just enough is a light coating edges here alright I just don't want it to run okay so now let's see what we're working with so it gives it a nice little gloss coat to it and this will be ready to touch probably in about half hour all right okay yeah it took a couple of shots to get it in there that's how you print piece of wood you just gotta think it out really logically and know where you're gonna be printing it okay does anybody have any questions on some right now all right so yeah let me go hittin push stop on this record probably I can edit that a redo it so it's a little bit more smoother but that's a real-world instance of trying to do something that you haven't been done before and the machine was not designed to do like great on a piece of wood all right I hope this has been informative if you have any questions or anything like that or want to copy this recording just contact your support department and I can forward this over to you hope everybody enjoyed it and we'll go

3 Replies to “How to Print on Wood with Direct to Garment | M2 DTG Printer”

  1. Once this is set up could you do a production style job. As if you were just changing say a phrase or names on the wood? And would it have to be done on the same job or could you do multiple jobs like if you had different phrases. Sorry for the complicated question

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