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How to Get Softer Prints with Heat Transfers

April 24, 2018 How to Get Softer Prints with Heat Transfers

Heat transfers provide a great alternative to a traditional print run in any screen printing shop. They allow printers to create smaller batches of customized apparel for customers, when it might be cost-prohibitive to fire up the screen printing press. A heat press and premade transfers also can be taken on the go to create event-specific apparel on location. While heat transfers are often faster and easier than screen prints, they do have one primary challenge: It can seem nearly impossible to create a heat transfer with a soft hand feel.

Promoting Your Prints: 3 Creative Ways to Market Your Screen Printing Business

April 20, 2018 Promoting Your Prints: 3 Creative Ways to Market Your Screen Printing Business

To achieve any measure of financial success as a screen printer, you have to put maximum effort into marketing your business. So you've got a user- and search engine-friendly website, active social media channels, a content marketing strategy and some local advertisements - but you're still falling short when it comes to generating new leads. What else can you try?

Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Softer Screen Prints on Dark Garments

April 19, 2018 Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Softer Screen Prints on Dark Garments

These days, your screen print has to do more than look good; it has to feel good, too. With a few possible exceptions, such as athletic jerseys, consumers want a soft hand for their screen printed garments. With water-based inks or ink additives, that softer hand feel is easy to achieve when printing on a light garment. Printing on a dark garment is another story altogether, as water-based or inks with additives will lose their opacity, affecting the print. That means that to print a soft hand on a dark garment, you’ll need to try a few different strategies.

Helpful Tips for Avoiding Jagged or Blurry Edges in Your Screen Prints

Blurry or jagged edges can ruin an otherwise great screen print! Here are some tips for achieving crisp, clean edges.

April 17, 2018 Helpful Tips for Avoiding Jagged or Blurry Edges in Your Screen Prints

Jagged, blurry or fuzzy edges on screen prints can render products unsellable. If the edges of your screen prints aren't clear and crisp, there could be several issues at work. Here are some ways you can prevent rough edges on your screen prints.

Typography and Font Tips for Sharp Looking Screen Prints

Understanding the basics of typography can help you create attractive screen prints - here are some of the fundamentals!

April 12, 2018 Typography and Font Tips for Sharp Looking Screen Prints

We’ve all seen typography fails: Ads or shirts whose lettering just doesn’t work. That could mean the spacing between letters makes the words hard to read, or easily misread; that the typeface and design don’t quite fit the message or branding; or that the design just looks “off.” 

How Proper Training Can Bring Out the Best in Your Screen Printing

Putting in the effort to properly train your screen printing employees can pay off in a big way!

April 10, 2018 How Proper Training Can Bring Out the Best in Your Screen Printing

Are you equipping your employees to be the best at their jobs that they can be? Do they understand how their role fits into the overall operation of your screen printing business? If you’re not routinely implementing and refining a training program, the answer to those questions is likely no.

Growing Your Screen Printing Business Through Word-of-Mouth Advertising and Referrals

Few marketing efforts are as effective as referrals and positive word-of-mouth advertising. Here are some tips to help you benefit from them!

April 05, 2018 Growing Your Screen Printing Business Through Word-of-Mouth Advertising and Referrals

Advertising and marketing are expensive and time consuming. Of course, they’re necessary for helping your business to grow and flourish. But what if there was a way for you to advertise your screen printing business for little to no cost, and with more success? In fact, there is!

A Garment Decorator's Guide to Women's Styles

There's a whole world of choices when it comes to decorating women's garments - here's a primer on some popular styles.

April 02, 2018 A Garment Decorator's Guide to Women's Styles

For decades, wholesale garments were mostly a one-size-fits all proposition, with garments cut to fit men, and women left wearing baggy, oversized and ill-fitting garments. That changed, and for years, women’s garments were smaller (and often extremely fitted) versions of men’s garments.

How to Grow Your Screen Printing Business Through Networking

Networking can seem scary, but it doesn't have to be! Here are some tips to make the most out of it.

March 29, 2018 How to Grow Your Screen Printing Business Through Networking

What determines the success of your screen printing business? You might say it’s the ability to turn out the best prints on time to meet your customers’ needs and their deadlines. And while those are important parts of a successful screen printing business, there’s another factor that’s just as important: Connections. Your ability to connect with the people who need your services plays more of a role in building a successful business than your screen printing know-how.

4 Costly Heat Transfer Mistakes to Avoid

Heat transfers can be a quick and easy way to decorate shirts and more, but watch out for these common mistakes!

March 26, 2018 4 Costly Heat Transfer Mistakes to Avoid

Heat presses are great tools to use to quickly and easily apply designs to apparel, accessories, mugs and other promotional items. As easy as the process is, there's still a learning curve involved in applying heat transfers. Here are some of the most common heat transfer mistakes and how to avoid them.

Rookie Mistakes: The Top 5 Errors Beginning Screen Printers Make

Putting in the time and effort to avoid these common mistakes is the first step toward moving out of "rookie" status.

March 23, 2018 Rookie Mistakes: The Top 5 Errors Beginning Screen Printers Make

When you take up screen printing, you realize just how many factors go into creating great prints press run after press run. If you feel like you’re doing everything right but still end up with frequent misprints, smudges and other problems, it might help to take a look at some of the most common mistakes rookie screen printers make. It’s worth asking yourself: Are some of these mistakes interfering with your prints?

The Art of Screen Printing Gig Posters

Looking for a great way to show off your screen printing creativity? Concert posters are a classic option!

March 21, 2018 The Art of Screen Printing Gig Posters

When it comes to gig posters, what started as a simple way of advertising concerts has become an art form all its own. Modern gig posters are just as likely to be found hanging in a gallery or exhibition as they are to be found posted on the walls of a concert hall or theater.

What You Need to Know to Run a Successful Home-Based Screen Printing Business

Screen printing can be as lucrative as it is creative! Here's how to start making money from screen printing in your own home.

March 20, 2018 What You Need to Know to Run a Successful Home-Based Screen Printing Business

Screen printing makes an attractive option for people who would like to own and operate their own businesses. Screen printing is fun and creative, it offers many marketing opportunities, it can be run as a one-man operation and the equipment is small enough to set up in a garage, basement or spare room. 

Screen Printing That Rocks: Decorating Custom Music Merchandise

Custom music merchandise is a big opportunity for screen printers - here are some ways to make the most of it!

March 16, 2018 Screen Printing That Rocks: Decorating Custom Music Merchandise

When you think of custom decorated apparel, band shirts are probably some of the first items that come to mind. Musicians and record labels use t-shirts - in addition to a huge variety of other custom products - to promote their albums and tours, making the music industry a huge market for screen printed goods.

Our 7 Best Tips for Preventing Pinholes in Your Screen Printing Screens

Tiny pinholes can create big problems! Here are some ways to keep your screens pinhole-free.

March 14, 2018 Our 7 Best Tips for Preventing Pinholes in Your Screen Printing Screens

Pinholes: They’re a plague for screen printers everywhere. While you can deal with correcting pinholes in post-production, that’s far from ideal. Fixing pinholes takes time and money, and if a print is riddled with pinholes, it might end up in the scrap pile, costing you money. That’s why the best way to deal with pinholes is to prevent them. Here are our 7 best tips for preventing pinholes in your screen printing screens.

Taking Advantage of Promotional Pet Products at Your Screen Printing Business

The market for promotional pet products is huge - and still growing! Here are some ways your screen printing business can capitalize.

March 12, 2018 Taking Advantage of Promotional Pet Products at Your Screen Printing Business

The pet industry brings in billions of bones, year after year, and the pet market has been growing at a dramatic rate for more than a decade. In 2016, the pet product market brought in $62.8 billion, up from $60.3 billion in 2015 and from $38.5 billion a decade before. Sixty-three percent of Americans own pets, and pet owners love to spoil their furry family members. As a screen printer, you have plenty of opportunities to capture a portion of the pet market with promotional pet products.

Tips for Designing Effective Business Cards at Your Screen Printing Shop

A business card is often a company's first impression. Whether you're designing for a customer or your own business, it's important this impression is a good one!

March 09, 2018 Tips for Designing Effective Business Cards at Your Screen Printing Shop

A business card is an essential tool for networking and marketing not only your customers' businesses, but also your own screen printing business. Design possibilities are limited only by your imagination, but there are some guidelines to follow to make sure your card produces the desired effect - generating interest in the business it represents and creating new contacts.

Proper Mesh Care: How to Maximize the Life of Your Screen Printing Screens

Your screen printing quality fully depends on the condition of your screens - here's how to keep them in great shape!

March 07, 2018 Proper Mesh Care: How to Maximize the Life of Your Screen Printing Screens

For every screen printing shop, screens are a major expense. Knowing how to clean, care for and store your screens properly can help you to get the maximum amount of life out of your screens, lowering the amount of money your shop spends on screens over time.

Exploring the Possibilities of Screen Printing on Metal Substrates

While garments are most screen printers' bread and butter, there's a virtually endless variety of substrates to decorate - including metal!

March 06, 2018 Exploring the Possibilities of Screen Printing on Metal Substrates

The market for screen printing on metal provides ample opportunities for screen printing businesses. To succeed in that market, screen printers have to understand the technical aspects of screen printing on metal substrates.

3 Tips for Smart Market Research at Your Screen Printing Business

Careful market research is the key to understanding your business, your customers and your competition. Here are some tips for researching effectively.

March 02, 2018 3 Tips for Smart Market Research at Your Screen Printing Business

Whether you're starting a new screen printing business or looking to expand your existing shop, the importance of conducting careful market research can't be overstated. Market research gives you a picture of the landscape in which your business will operate, from the economic conditions of the industry to the demographics of your customers and the performance of your competition.

Adding Custom Can Koozies to Your Screen Printing Shop’s Product Line

Printing koozies is an easy and inexpensive way to expand your screen printing shop's offerings. Here's how to get started!

March 01, 2018 Adding Custom Can Koozies to Your Screen Printing Shop’s Product Line

Koozies — those insulating foam can and bottle holders — have become a mainstay at backyard barbecues, summer holiday picnics, tailgates and sporting and musical events. For consumers, koozies help keep drinks colder by insulating them from warm air and warm hands, and by wicking away condensation. They also help set apart cans and bottles from the crowd, so everyone can keep track of their own drinks at social gatherings. 

A Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing with UV Ink

If you're considering branching out your screen printing from textiles, UV inks can help open up new possibilities.

February 26, 2018 A Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing with UV Ink

UV inks have been on the market for screen printers since the 1970s. They’ve grown in popularity as manufacturers have worked out product kinks and printers have learned the best applications and methods for UV inks. Screen printers who have been working primarily with garments — or those who are just getting started in screen printing — might be new to the world of UV inks. 

7 Tips for Reducing Turnaround Time at Your Screen Printing Shop

A big part of keeping your customers happy is filling their orders in a timely fashion - here are some tips for doing just that.

February 23, 2018 7 Tips for Reducing Turnaround Time at Your Screen Printing Shop

One of the best ways to keep your screen printing customers happy and returning with additional business is to produce their orders as quickly as you can without sacrificing quality. Reducing your turnaround time is a good way to separate your business from your competition, since many screen printing orders are highly time sensitive.

Vacation Decoration: Screen Printing for the Resort and Hospitality Markets

Marketing your screen printed goods to hotels, resorts, festivals and other destinations can open up big sales opportunities for your business.

February 20, 2018 Vacation Decoration: Screen Printing for the Resort and Hospitality Markets

The travel and hospitality industries are always booming, and where people are vacationing, touring, eating and drinking, they’re buying t-shirts, bags, glasses and more customized with their destination’s logo. Nearly every locale has destination spots, whether you’re in a tourism hot spot or located near a local amusement park, microbrewery or annual music festival site. For screen printers, that means the hospitality and tourism markets provide ample business opportunities. Once you’ve located local tourist hot spots, there are a few strategies you can use to successfully pitch your products to potential clients.

Building a Fanbase: Tips for Creating Loyal Customers at Your Screen Printing Business

As a screen printing business owner, you're probably always on the lookout for new customers. But don't neglect your existing ones - retain them!

February 19, 2018 Building a Fanbase: Tips for Creating Loyal Customers at Your Screen Printing Business

Businesses invest a lot of time in attracting new customers, often to the detriment of their existing customers. One of the best growth strategies for your screen printing business is to focus on building a loyal base of customers. Not only do loyal customers provide you with regular sales, they’ll also sing your praises and recommend your services to their friends and colleagues.

How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Screen Printing Business's Email Marketing

Email marketing is a valuable tool for businesses of all sizes, but you have to put in the effort to do it right!

February 16, 2018 How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Screen Printing Business's Email Marketing

In today's digital world, email marketing is a must for businesses large and small - and screen printing businesses are no exception. Email marketing is quick, easy, affordable and measurable, making it an invaluable addition to your existing marketing efforts. Sending out regular emails that your target market finds interesting and valuable is a great way to stay at the front of your customers' minds and give your sales a boost.

How to Prevent Scorching to Keep Your Screen Prints Looking Sharp

If you're not careful, scorching can ruin your screen printed garments! Here are some steps you can take to prevent excess heat from causing damage.

February 13, 2018 How to Prevent Scorching to Keep Your Screen Prints Looking Sharp

Screen printing requires heat. Every screen printer knows that applying the right amount of heat for the right amount of time results in a crisp screen print that’s fully bonded to your substrate. Sometimes, however, heat can prove the enemy. 

Getting Started with Capillary Film Emulsion for Screen Printing Stencils

Giving capillary film a try can help create more uniform screen printing stencils for sharper looking prints.

February 13, 2018 Getting Started with Capillary Film Emulsion for Screen Printing Stencils

For most screen printers, liquid emulsion is the preferred tool for coating screens to make stencils. There is an alternative that’s often overlooked and undervalued: capillary film. Capillary films are sheets of hardened emulsion on a polyester backing. The emulsion side of the film is applied directly to a wetted mesh screen. The emulsion forms a firm bond with the mesh as it dries, and the backing is peeled away. From there, the printer can expose a stencil much as they would a screen coated with liquid emulsion.

Exploring the Future of Screen Printing in an Increasingly Digital World

New advances in technology are helping screen printing keep pace with the rise of digital printing.

February 08, 2018 Exploring the Future of Screen Printing in an Increasingly Digital World

Screen printing remains the top method for garment decoration for a variety of reasons. It’s a straightforward, versatile and time-tested process that’s economical for high-volume printing and delivers great results on almost any substrate. However, emerging new technologies have created some doubts about screen printing’s future. So where might the screen printing industry be headed in coming years?

Where It All Began: A Brief History of Screen Printing

Screen printing's origins can be traced back to ancient times - how did it become the thriving industry it is today?

February 08, 2018 Where It All Began: A Brief History of Screen Printing

Today’s screen printing industry seems like a completely modern endeavor, with computer-based design, commercial-grade electric screen printing machines,  special effects inks, UV lights and commercial dryers. The reality, however, is that screen printing has had a long history, evolving through the ages as people look for different ways to decorate paper, material and even buildings. So how did the high-tech screen printing industry of today come about?

Tips for Setting (and Achieving!) Smart Goals for Your Screen Printing Business

To maintain success at your screen printing shop, you need to identify your goals and how to accomplish them.

February 06, 2018 Tips for Setting (and Achieving!) Smart Goals for Your Screen Printing Business

What are you working toward at your screen printing business? If you don’t have goals in place — and an action plan to meet them — you’re flying blind in your business. Having a goal for your business helps you to keep your focus, guides your decision making and motivates you and your staff as you work toward a common purpose. 

Shopping Smart for Used Screen Printing Equipment

You can find good deals on used machines, but be sure to do some careful research!

February 02, 2018 Shopping Smart for Used Screen Printing Equipment

Whether it's your first screen printing machine or you're looking to add another press to your setup, it can be tempting to go the used route. Screen printing presses - especially automatic machines - are big investments and every dollar counts for your business. You can save a bundle by opting for a used press over a new model, but there is some risk involved. If you're set on purchasing pre-owned equipment, you have to do your research to make sure you're getting a solid machine.

The Pros and Cons of Using a Dip Tank to Reclaim Your Screen Printing Screens

In your quest for screen printing efficiency, you've probably considered using a dip tank to clean your screens. Is it a good decision?

February 01, 2018 The Pros and Cons of Using a Dip Tank to Reclaim Your Screen Printing Screens

How do you reclaim your screens? This might be one of the least liked jobs in the entire screen printing shop, which leads most screen printers to explore all screen cleaning options. If you’ve undertaken the search for the best way to reclaim your screens, you’ve likely come across the controversial dip tank. Some screen printers love them, touting them as time and supply savers, while other screen printers warn against them, saying they waist chemicals and produce hazardous waste.

High-Level Performance: 7 Ways to Keep Your Screen Printing Staff Motivated

In order to reach the goals you've set for your screen printing business, you have to keep your team moving together in the right direction - here's how.

January 29, 2018 High-Level Performance: 7 Ways to Keep Your Screen Printing Staff Motivated

An unmotivated staff can pose serious problems for your screen printing business. Only 33 percent of American workers report being fully engaged in their jobs, according to a Gallup report, and that majority of unmotivated workers results in more than $550 billion in lost productivity. A motivated staff keeps your screen printing shop running quickly and efficiently. And on top of that, happy, motivated employees help make your shop a pleasure to run and a pleasure to spend your work day in.

7 Tips for Leading Your Screen Printing Business to Success

As you build a team to help your screen printing business grow, they'll look to you for leadership. Here are some tips to keep everyone working together toward common goals.

January 25, 2018 7 Tips for Leading Your Screen Printing Business to Success

Most screen printers enter the business and open their own shops because they’re passionate about making great prints, and they know that screen printing can be a profitable business year after year. But running a business, especially as that business grows and adds employees, is about so much more than making sales and delivering a product. Your business’s success depends on your ability to lead your team toward your business vision.

The Pros of Plastisol: Why Plastisol Ink Is Still the Top Choice for Screen Printing

While many different varieties of ink have grown in popularity in recent year, plastisol is still king. Here are some reasons why.

January 24, 2018 The Pros of Plastisol: Why Plastisol Ink Is Still the Top Choice for Screen Printing

Plastisol ink transformed the screen printing industry when it was introduced to the market in the 1970s. Since then, plastisol has become the industry standard. Why is plastisol ink so popular? 

A Guide to Common Water-Based and Plastisol Screen Printing Ink Additives

You'll often see screen printing ink advertised as ready to use out of the container, but there's a wide variety of additives to help you handle different jobs.

January 22, 2018 A Guide to Common Water-Based and Plastisol Screen Printing Ink Additives

When it comes to altering ink to get it to behave just how you want, ink additives can be invaluable. When you’re trying to get a print to look and feel just so, looking to create an eye-catching effect or printing on tricky substrates, screen printing ink additives are tools you can use to get your screen printing jobs to turn out just right. 

Safeguarding Your Screen Printing Business Against Scams and Fraud

While the internet has made it easier than ever to do business, it's also made businesses more susceptible to scams and fraud. Here are some tips for staying safe.

January 17, 2018 Safeguarding Your Screen Printing Business Against Scams and Fraud

While scams and fraud meant to deprive people and businesses of their hard-earned money certainly aren’t a new concept, these days scams seem to be omnipresent. From over-the-phone scammers to credit card thieves, those who wish to do individuals and businesses harm make news daily.

Taking Advantage of Visual Social Media to Market Your Screen Printing Business

Screen printing is a visual art, so it lends itself perfectly to visual social media platforms you can use to market your business.

January 17, 2018 Taking Advantage of Visual Social Media to Market Your Screen Printing Business

In the digital age, marketing is constantly evolving. You probably know the importance of social media marketing for your business. At this point, every business must have a well-established Facebook page, at a minimum. But as Facebook has become a mainstay, the social media marketing audience is migrating, this time to visual social media.

Choosing a Catchy Name for Your Screen Printing Business

Starting a screen printing business? Don't underestimate the importance of a good name!

January 09, 2018 Choosing a Catchy Name for Your Screen Printing Business

When you start your own screen printing business, you face many challenges: Procuring the right location, finding the right equipment and formulating a business plan that will help you meet your goals. One challenge that can stump even the most prepared entrepreneur might come as a surprise: Choosing a name.

Add an Extra Dimension to Your Screen Printing with Puff Ink

Puff printing is a tried-and-true special effect that can help you create eye-catching designs that stand out from the pack.

January 05, 2018 Add an Extra Dimension to Your Screen Printing with Puff Ink

For those who are old enough to remember, “puff ink” brings to mind neon graphics and all-over 3D designs that were all the rage in the 1980s and early 1990s. The puff ink craze might have gone out of style with the Walkman, but that doesn’t mean puff ink doesn’t have its place in modern screen print designs. When used right, puff ink can add a fun textural element to your screen prints, and if you’ve never given this specialty ink a try, it’s time to see how puff ink can transform your screen printing.

A Starter's Guide to Decorating Team Sports Apparel

Team sports are lucrative opportunities for apparel decorators. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of this market.

January 02, 2018 A Starter's Guide to Decorating Team Sports Apparel

For screen printers, team apparel can generate big business. From local school sports teams to rec leagues to local colleges and universities, there’s plenty of business to be had. Contracting with a team can result in repeat business, year after year, and it brings more than just jerseys: Think  warm-up gear, hats, team jackets and fan apparel. So if your screen printing shop isn’t already churning out team apparel, it’s something you should be looking into.

Tackling Tricky Tri-blends: A Screen Printing Challenge

Tri-blend garments have grown in popularity, but they present some unique challenges for screen printers. Here are some tips for screen printing tri-blends successfully!

December 28, 2017 Tackling Tricky Tri-blends: A Screen Printing Challenge

Tri-blend shirts have become a major force in the fashion industry since their introduction a decade ago. In the custom apparel industry, tri-blend fabrics have become a customer favorite. But these blended garments present their unique blend of decorating challenges. To be able to profit from the popularity of tri-blend garments, screen printers have to know how best to print on them.

Tips for Marketing Your Screen Printing Toward Corporate Clients

Corporations are always in need of custom apparel to create a cohesive look - here's how your screen printing business can take advantage!

December 22, 2017 Tips for Marketing Your Screen Printing Toward Corporate Clients

The demand for branded corporate apparel will never fade. Corporate uniforms, in particular, allow companies to create a cohesive look for their employees that solidifies the company image and helps customers identify company representatives.

Top 5 Screen Printing Artwork Mistakes to Avoid

Quality artwork is the main ingredient to great-looking screen prints. Avoid these common mistakes to keep your work looking sharp.

December 21, 2017 Top 5 Screen Printing Artwork Mistakes to Avoid

In screen printing, your final product is only as good as your artwork. Working hard to eliminate artwork mistakes — which happen in even the most experienced shops — can help your shop produce higher quality prints with more consistency. To help you create better quality control in your art department, here are some common screen printing artwork mistakes to avoid.

How to Avoid Screen Printing Misprints (and How to Reuse Them When They Happen Anyway)

Mistakes happen in screen printing. Here are some steps you can take to avoid them, and limit the damage when they happen.

December 19, 2017 How to Avoid Screen Printing Misprints (and How to Reuse Them When They Happen Anyway)

Would you like to decrease profit loss in your screen printing shop? Who wouldn’t! While there are limits on what you can do to reduce costs, one area you do have control over is quality control. In specific, you can save money and cut waste by reducing misprints.

Are You Ready to Grow Your Screen Printing Business?

As a business owner, you may be itching to expand operations - but it's important that you grow at the right time.

December 15, 2017 Are You Ready to Grow Your Screen Printing Business?

Operating a small apparel decorating business today presents a multitude of choices and dilemmas. It means running your operation in an era where there have never been more opportunities and challenges. If you're an established shop owner, you may be anxious to see your business grow. However, first you need to determine whether you're ready for growth.

Expanding Your Screen Printing Shop's Repertoire: How to Get Started with Flocking

Looking to try a cool new effect at your screen printing shop? Give flocking a shot!

December 14, 2017 Expanding Your Screen Printing Shop's Repertoire: How to Get Started with Flocking

Have you ever felt a soft, velvet-like screen print and wondered how the image was created? Flock printing, or flocking, creates a unique, soft texture on garments, cardstock and even on car interiors.

Avoiding Copyright Infringement: What Can You Screen Print?

Copyright laws can be confusing, and the consequences of breaking them can be costly. Here are some tips to protect yourself and your work!

December 12, 2017 Avoiding Copyright Infringement: What Can You Screen Print?

Screen printers make a living from reproducing images. Some screen printers lay down a majority of original prints, while others might rely solely on images provided by customers. Whichever end of the spectrum your shop lands on, you need to what to do to protect your shop from copyright infringement.

How to Navigate the Holiday Season at Your Screen Printing Shop

The holidays are a busy time! Here some tips to get ahead and keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed.

December 08, 2017 How to Navigate the Holiday Season at Your Screen Printing Shop

At this point in the year, everyone has been caught up in the holiday rush. From mid-November through the new year, screen printers can expect to see higher order volumes, special requests for out-of-the-box gifts and last minute rush orders. Even for seasoned screen printers, managing the holiday season can present a challenge. By using some simple strategies, you can successfully navigate the holiday season in your screen printing business.

The Dos and Don'ts of Starting a Successful Screen Printing Business

Opening your own screen printing shop can be a challenge. Here are some tips to get you started!

December 06, 2017 The Dos and Don'ts of Starting a Successful Screen Printing Business

Screen printing can be a fun and challenging business venture, and it can be a serious money maker. Just like any business, however, there are important steps to take to find success with a screen printing business, as well as pitfalls to avoid to prevent business failure.

4 Reasons Why Your Screen Printing Business Needs an Online Store

Want to give your sales a boost? Here's why you should consider creating an online store!

December 04, 2017 4 Reasons Why Your Screen Printing Business Needs an Online Store

Regardless of how small or large your screen printing business is, or who your typical customer is, an online store can help you to grow and maintain your business. Online stores are easy to set up and manage, thanks to specialized software, apps and websites created just for this purpose.

What Causes Poor Screen Tension and Why You Need to Avoid It

Your screen tension directly influences the quality of your prints - here are some of the root causes of poor tension.

November 28, 2017 What Causes Poor Screen Tension and Why You Need to Avoid It

One of the most often overlooked details in screen printing is mesh tension. While brand new screens might print great, over time, your mesh tension will wear down. Poorly tensioned screens can have a major impact on print quality, even if it’s hard to notice that the mesh has become loose or saggy.

How to Optimize Your Exposure Time to Create Durable Screen Printing Stencils

To make high quality stencils that hold up over the course of a long print run, you need to properly expose your screens.

November 27, 2017 How to Optimize Your Exposure Time to Create Durable Screen Printing Stencils

There are a lot of variables that go into exposing a screen for screen printing. The opacity of your film positive, your emulsion, the type of exposure unit you’re using and even the age of your exposure unit all will affect the amount of time you need to expose your screens and the success of your stencil.

OSHA and Your Screen Printing Shop: Why Compliance is Good Business

Making sure to follow OSHA rules and regulations is a good way to keep yourself and your employees safe and healthy.

November 20, 2017 OSHA and Your Screen Printing Shop: Why Compliance is Good Business

You want your employees to be safe while working in your screen printing shop. While OSHA regulations can occasionally feel burdensome, they are designed to do just that. And on top of keeping employees safe, following OSHA regulations makes good business sense.

Creating Quality Screen Printing Stencils with the Right Emulsion and Proper Coating

If you're looking to create finely detailed screen prints, you need high performance stencils. Here are some factors to pay attention to!

November 17, 2017 Creating Quality Screen Printing Stencils with the Right Emulsion and Proper Coating

Before you can create high quality prints, you have to create high quality stencils. However, this is often easier said than done. There are many, many variables that go into creating the right stencil for the job, and some of these factors are easy to overlook. First, you need to right emulsion, then you need to apply it correctly.

Choosing Color Separation Software for Your Screen Printing Shop

If you find artwork preparation is taking up too much of your time, color separation software can make your life easier.

November 14, 2017 Choosing Color Separation Software for Your Screen Printing Shop

Color separations are part of the daily grind in any screen printing shop. If you’re finding that your manual separations are taking up too much of your time, or if you’re ready to graduate to more intricate prints that require more complicated separations, it might be time to invest in color separation software for your shop.

Separating and Screen Printing Halftone Colors on Textiles

When you're looking for a little more detail in your prints than standard spot color, halftones can open up new possibilities.

November 13, 2017 Separating and Screen Printing Halftone Colors on Textiles

Nearly all printers begin with simple, color-blocked prints, laying down one to three colors at a time. While there’s certainly plenty of money to be made, and plenty of designs to be made, by printing spot colors, many screen printers look to advance their skills and try new techniques.

Using Vector Graphics to Your Advantage When Creating Screen Printing Artwork

Vector graphics can give you the versatility you need to ensure high quality screen printing.

November 10, 2017 Using Vector Graphics to Your Advantage When Creating Screen Printing Artwork

Designing artwork for screen printing is not always a straightforward job. In order to create a great-looking print, you need art that's up to the task. Making an effort to use vector images whenever possible can help keep you avoid some headaches throughout the screen printing process.

Dealing with the Effects of Static Electricity in Your Print Shop

Static electricity can cause havoc in your print shop - here are some tips for keeping it under control.

November 08, 2017 Dealing with the Effects of Static Electricity in Your Print Shop

Every winter — when the moisture in the air drops outside and furnaces further dry the indoor air — static electricity abounds. Unfortunately for printers, print shops create the perfect environment for the generation of static electricity.

Load Shirts on Your Screen Printing Press the Right Way Every Time

Perfecting your loading technique will help speed up your screen printing production and cut down on misprints.

November 06, 2017 Load Shirts on Your Screen Printing Press the Right Way Every Time

Loading shirts onto the screen printing press the right way — that is, with the shirt straight and properly positioned for the print — can be a challenge, especially for novice screen printers. Screen printers have to master the skill of loading shirts the right way. Your press-loading technique impacts how quickly you can print, as well as the amount of discarded prints you’ll have due to crooked or off-center prints.

Screen Printing vs Dye Sublimation: Which is Best for Your Project?

Both screen printing and dye sublimation have their advantages, so how do you choose between them?

October 27, 2017 Screen Printing vs Dye Sublimation: Which is Best for Your Project?

If you're familiar with the garment decoration or promotional product industry, you know there's no shortage of methods used to apply a design to a t-shirt, sign or other item. Screen printing is one of the most well-established and time-tested methods. However, dye sublimation is a newer technology that has made rapid gains in the industry in recent years.

How to Get Started Creating Custom Decorated Pants

As a screen printer, you know there's a huge market for custom shirts. But pants can be a great opportunity too!

October 26, 2017 How to Get Started Creating Custom Decorated Pants

If you have mastered printing on sweatshirts, t-shirts and polos, it’s time to consider what other items you could offer to help expand your screen printing business. Screen printed sweatpants, yoga pants and athletic pants are perennial favorites for athletic teams and clubs, and as spirit wear and promotional items.

A Guide to Screen Printing Color Separations

Color separations are vital to the screen printing process, but they can be tricky! Here are the basics to get you started.

October 25, 2017 A Guide to Screen Printing Color Separations

For many screen printers, dealing with color separations presents on ongoing battle. From understanding the different types of color separations and knowing when to use them to knowing how to troubleshoot tricky separations, many screen printers struggle to consistently produce successful color separations. From basics to overcoming obstacles, here is our guide to screen printing color separations.

How RIP Software Can Improve Your Screen Printing Results

Garment printers can benefit in big ways from RIP software. Here are some ways it can help you!

October 20, 2017 How RIP Software Can Improve Your Screen Printing Results

Most screen prints involve laying down simple designs with finite borders, one color at a time. But every screen printer has to deal with more complex prints from time to time, whether it’s a four-color process job or a print with gradient tones for special effects.

Key Features to Look for in a Manual Screen Printing Press

Looking to add a manual screen printing press to your screen printing shop? Learn how to choose the perfect model!

October 18, 2017 Key Features to Look for in a Manual Screen Printing Press

If you're reading this, it's time to move up to a larger manual screen printing press, add one to your screen printing arsenal, or replace an older, worn out model.

How to Take Advantage of Clipart for Screen Printing

Having a library of stock art to choose from can speed up the design process in your shop.

October 17, 2017 How to Take Advantage of Clipart for Screen Printing

In screen printing, as in most businesses, the faster you can get your work done, the more jobs you can take on and the more money you stand to make. One common bottleneck in the screen printing shop comes in art creation.

Which Screen Printing Press Configuration is the Best Fit for Your Screen Printing Shop?

Here's a helpful guide for determining how many colors and stations you need in your screen printing press.

October 13, 2017 Which Screen Printing Press Configuration is the Best Fit for Your Screen Printing Shop?

When shopping for a screen printing press, there are many variables you'll have to take into account. One of the most important decisions to make is how many colors and stations you want.

A Guide to Selling Your Screen Printed Products Online

Taking advantage of e-commerce can give garment decorators a big sales advantage. Here are some tips to get started!

October 12, 2017 A Guide to Selling Your Screen Printed Products Online

Even for established screen printers, opening your business to online sales can help you to boost your profits. Opening an online store can attract new customers and create a new source of revenue to help you through normal seasonal lulls.

Screen Printing or Heat Transfer: Which is Right for You?

Two of the most popular garment decoration methods both have their benefits. Which is best for your project?

October 11, 2017 Screen Printing or Heat Transfer: Which is Right for You?

Custom garment makers often line up on each side of the debate: Screen printing versus heat transfers. While the issue is one that can divide, the reality is that both types of garment decorating have their merits.

How to Establish a Winning Culture at Your Screen Printing Business

One of the biggest keys to success in any business is building a positive work culture.

October 06, 2017 How to Establish a Winning Culture at Your Screen Printing Business

During the day to day operation of your screen printing business, it's easy to get so busy working in your business that you forget to work on your business. As a business owner, if you have a team of employees working under you, it should free up time for you to step back from the fine details and take a look at improving the big picture.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Temporary Employees

Hiring temporary employee can be a good way to take the pressure off an overworked screen printing staff.

October 05, 2017 The Pros and Cons of Hiring Temporary Employees

Screen printers know that there’s an ebb and flow to the business; each year, business seems to pick up in the spring and summer and into the fall, as sports teams, schools, festivals and special events seek custom apparel. Though you know busy periods happen, knowing how to prepare for them can be more difficult.

Smart Strategies for Measuring Screen Printing Curing Temperature

Temperature is one of the most important variables in screen printing. Here are some tips for measuring it!

October 03, 2017 Smart Strategies for Measuring Screen Printing Curing Temperature

For all of the work that goes into creating the perfect screen print, perhaps the biggest element that determines the success or failure of a print is heat. The right flash temperature determines the integrity of your underbase, or whether a heat transfer will, well, transfer. Getting your ink to the ideal curing temperature for the correct amount of time determines whether your finished print will crack, peel or wash out. 

Adding Tote Bags to Your Lineup of Screen Printed Offerings

The ubiquitous canvas tote bag can be a great canvas for your screen printing!

September 29, 2017 Adding Tote Bags to Your Lineup of Screen Printed Offerings

In order to grow your screen printing business, it’s important to keep an eye out for new products you can add to your list of offerings. One customizable item that continues to grow in popularity is the reusable canvas tote bag.

Equipment Safety Tips for Your Screen Printing Shop

Safety should always be the top priority in your shop! Learn more about best practices for protecting yourself and your workers.

September 28, 2017 Equipment Safety Tips for Your Screen Printing Shop

Are you doing everything you can to keep employees safe in your screen printing shop? While our previous blog shared tips for protecting employee health and safe handling of screen printing chemicals, there's one more danger to consider in your shop: Your screen printing equipment.

Health and Safety Tips for Your Screen Printing Shop

Here are some key tips for maintaining a healthy shop environment at your screen printing business.

September 25, 2017 Health and Safety Tips for Your Screen Printing Shop

Screen printing shops are full of dangers. Screen printers work with flammable substances, toxic chemicals, high-powered heating units and heavy machinery.

Stand Out by Giving Your Screen Printing Business the Human Touch

Separate yourself from the competition by crafting a personal image for your business!

September 22, 2017 Stand Out by Giving Your Screen Printing Business the Human Touch

Screen printing is all about personalization. Your clients use custom-printed products to make themselves or their businesses stand out. Are you following their example?

Understanding Different Types of Fleece

As the weather gets colder, the demand for sweaters heats up! Here's a primer on the world of fleece.

September 19, 2017 Understanding Different Types of Fleece

To order the right garments for your screen printing shop, you have to understand different fabrics. While our previous blog post provides a primer on general fabric basics, there’s one type of fabric that warrants its own discussion: fleece.

A Screen Printer's Guide to Different Fabrics

All shirts aren't created equal! Here are some of the key characteristics that define your garments.

September 18, 2017 A Screen Printer's Guide to Different Fabrics

Any screen printer who sets out to find a basic t-shirt to use as a go-to substrate will quickly be faced with the reality of garment selection: there is no such thing as a basic t-shirt.

7 More Common Screen Printing Mistakes to Avoid

Old habits can be hard to break, but you shouldn't let these common issues hold you back!

September 08, 2017 7 More Common Screen Printing Mistakes to Avoid

Everybody makes mistakes, but in the screen printing business, mistakes can cost you money.

Staying on Schedule: Tips for Meeting Deadlines at Your Screen Printing Shop

A busy shop can be an overwhelming place - here are some ways you can stay on top of your orders!

September 07, 2017 Staying on Schedule: Tips for Meeting Deadlines at Your Screen Printing Shop

As a screen printer, you know that customers want their orders filled as quickly as possible with no sacrifice in print quality. Meeting your deadlines is key to keeping your customers happy (and coming back for more business).

8 Tips for Cutting Costs at Your Screen Printing Business

Reducing your business's operating costs can lift your profits - here are some ideas to consider!

September 07, 2017 8 Tips for Cutting Costs at Your Screen Printing Business

“You have to spend money to make money,” but all business owners know that balancing costs is a must when it comes to maximizing profits.

Your Guide to Screen Printing with White Ink

Printing with white ink can be deceptively difficult - here are some tips to help you out!

September 01, 2017 Your Guide to Screen Printing with White Ink

Screen printing with white ink can frustrate even experienced screen printers. The same printing process you use with darker inks on lighter substrates can lead to blurred, fibrillated, heavy-handed or undercured prints when used to print white ink on darker substrates.

Applying Lessons Learned: Building a Screen Printing Knowledge Base

Creating and drawing from a detailed library of your screen printing experiences will help you overcome future challenges.

August 31, 2017 Applying Lessons Learned: Building a Screen Printing Knowledge Base

From time to time, screen printing will throw some challenges at you that leave you guessing. How can you overcome particularly difficult jobs?

7 More Ways to Grow Your Screen Printing Business

Looking to give your business a boost? Here are some more tips to pick things up!

August 30, 2017 7 More Ways to Grow Your Screen Printing Business

As the saying goes, if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. That’s as true in a screen printing business as it is in any business.

Tips for Planning the Perfect Screen Printing Shop Layout

Planning your shop's layout might seem overwhelming, but it'll help you create an efficient, profitable business!

August 25, 2017 Tips for Planning the Perfect Screen Printing Shop Layout

To be truly successful in screen printing, you need to work as efficiently as possible. This doesn't only mean choosing the right equipment for your needs, it also means arranging your equipment and supplies in a smart, organized way.

6 Strategies for Surviving the Screen Printing Slow Season

Find your business cooling down with the weather? Here are some steps to get through the lull!

August 24, 2017 6 Strategies for Surviving the Screen Printing Slow Season

Every industry falls victim to a slow season, and screen printing is no exception. For screen printers, usually the lull comes during the cold winter months, when people are busy with the holidays, the weather doesn’t call for t-shirts and the demand for promotional apparel for sports teams, summer camps and charity events comes nearly to a halt.

How to Prevent Fibrillation in Your Screen Printing

If you notice your screen prints are less vibrant or fuzzier than usual, fibrillation may be to blame.

August 22, 2017 How to Prevent Fibrillation in Your Screen Printing

Successful screen printing depends on quality control. By following the right steps and using the right products, any screen printer can create quality prints that satisfy their customers.

An Introduction to Screen Printing on Plastic Substrates

Getting started screen printing on plastic can open up a whole world of opportunities for your business.

August 18, 2017 An Introduction to Screen Printing on Plastic Substrates

When you think of screen printing, the first application that comes to mind is probably textile decoration. But printing on fabric only scratches the surface of screen printing's capabilities.

Exploring Different Types of Digital Transfers

Digital transfers can be an easy and cost effective way to decorate garments using many tools you've probably already got in your shop!

August 17, 2017 Exploring Different Types of Digital Transfers

Are you looking for a way to up your sales by offering additional products to your screen printing customers? Do you hate turning down small-batch screen printing jobs just because the order size doesn’t make them profitable enough?

Traits to Look for When Hiring New Employees for Your Screen Printing Shop

Want to assemble an effective screen printing team? Learn how to find the best-fitting employees for your business!

August 15, 2017 Traits to Look for When Hiring New Employees for Your Screen Printing Shop

For a lot of business owners and managers, the hiring process can be intimidating. It’s difficult to know which applicants will become fantastic employees.

Protect Your Screen Printing Business with Insurance

Expecting the unexpected is a way of life for screen printers. When things go wrong, insurance can offer you some peace of mind.

August 11, 2017 Protect Your Screen Printing Business with Insurance

Many people view insurance as a real pain - and in some respects, it can be. But it can also provide you with a valuable safety net.

How to Give Your Screen Printing Customers the Total Quality Experience

Learn some helpful steps you can take toward assuring the quality of your screen printed products from start to finish.

August 10, 2017 How to Give Your Screen Printing Customers the Total Quality Experience

As a screen printer, your biggest concern is certainly a quality print for your customer. While this is important, today’s marketplace often demands more from vendors.

Choosing the Right Shirt for Your Screen Printing Job

There's no shortage of fabric options out there - learn how to choose shirts that'll keep your customers happy!

August 09, 2017 Choosing the Right Shirt for Your Screen Printing Job

For what seems like all of screen printing’s history, screen printers have laid down their art on basic cotton shirts. While basic cotton still might be the industry standard, there are countless shirt options available for screen printing.

Screen Printing on Campus: Taking Advantage of the College Market

Your local colleges and universities represent a huge opportunity to sell your screen printed products!

August 04, 2017 Screen Printing on Campus: Taking Advantage of the College Market

Colleges and universities offer a vast opportunity for marketing your screen-printed goods.

The Lived-In Look: Creating Vintage Screen Prints

A shirt doesn't have to be old to look like it's been well loved! Here are some tips for achieving distressed screen printing.

August 03, 2017 The Lived-In Look: Creating Vintage Screen Prints

People want cozy, comfortable, lived-in looking screen prints. The vintage t-shirt trend seems to be here to stay. That means if you're in the screen printing business, you'd better understand how to create vintage screen prints.

How to Create a Darkroom for Screen Printing

A darkroom is one of the most important areas of a screen printing shop...here are some tips for setting one up!

August 01, 2017 How to Create a Darkroom for Screen Printing

One of the most misunderstood — and often overlooked — elements of a screen printing shop is the darkroom.

Essential Supplies and Equipment You Need to Start a Screen Printing Business

Starting a screen printing business can seem overwhelming, but planning for the essentials can make it easier.

July 28, 2017 Essential Supplies and Equipment You Need to Start a Screen Printing Business

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own screen printing business, you’ve likely been wondering just what you need to get your screen printing shop up and running.

How to Choose a Flash Cure That Will Fit Your Screen Printing Needs

July 27, 2017 How to Choose a Flash Cure That Will Fit Your Screen Printing Needs

Flash cure units are a mainstay in nearly every screen printing shop. They’re crucial when it comes to printing a white underbase or when printing abutting or overlapping colors.

Tips for Screen Printing Over Zippers, Buttons and Seams

Screen printing can be challenging enough on a smooth, flat surface - don't let fasteners and seams get in your way!

July 24, 2017 Tips for Screen Printing Over Zippers, Buttons and Seams

In our previous blog, we discussed tips for printing on hoodies and zippered or buttoned sweatshirts. The usual tactic when dealing with the unique terrain of these garments is to adjust artwork to avoid buttons, zippers and seams. 

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