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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. 

Best Practices for Screen Printing on Hoodies

July 20, 2017 Best Practices for Screen Printing on Hoodies

Hoodies — whether pullover, quarter zips or full zips — are perennial favorites when it comes to screen printing garments. And while screen printed sweatshirts, jackets and fleeces are ubiquitous, that’s not to say that the garments are easy to screen print.

Safety Tips for Operating Your Screen Printing Flash Cure

Being complacent with safety in your screen printing shop is a recipe for trouble.

July 18, 2017 Safety Tips for Operating Your Screen Printing Flash Cure

In screen printing, safety comes first. The well-being of your press operators and other employees is often contingent upon their knowledge of and familiarity with the equipment they're using.

How to Make Your Screen Prints Stand Out with Foil

Looking to add a new technique to your garment decoration repertoire? Consider foil!

July 17, 2017 How to Make Your Screen Prints Stand Out with Foil

Are you looking to add effects to your screen prints that make them stand out? Foil might be what you’re looking for - a simple and cost-effective way to make trendy, eye-catching designs.

A General Guide to Quartz Flash Cure Settings for Screen Printing

Quartz flash cure settings can be difficult to get just right. Here's a guide to help you get started!

July 13, 2017 A General Guide to Quartz Flash Cure Settings for Screen Printing

By Michael Jirasek

I remember the first time I worked with a quartz flash. It was a little scary! Flash settings can be tricky and require attention to detail. However, the payoff in increased production more than makes up for the learning curve. Here's a general guide to help you find the right quartz flash settings for your print jobs.

Overcoming the Challenges of Screen Printing on Nylon

Nylon presents some challenges to screen printers, but its wide variety of applications represent a lucrative opportunity!

July 11, 2017 Overcoming the Challenges of Screen Printing on Nylon

Nylon products offer ample opportunity for screen printing orders. Jackets, banners, tote bags, brief cases, luggage, sports bags and umbrellas are perpetually popular items for promoting sports teams, businesses and events. But that’s not to say that printing on nylon is without its problems.

Calculating the Cost of Business at Your Screen Printing Shop

You can't make a profit from your screen printing business if you don't understand your costs!

July 10, 2017 Calculating the Cost of Business at Your Screen Printing Shop

How many times have you asked yourself, "I wonder how much I made on that screen printing job?" In order to find out, you really have to answer two different questions: What did I charge for the job and what were the total expenses incurred? The answer to the first question is relatively easy; it's the total of your invoice less applicable taxes. The second question is a little more difficult to answer, as there's a multitude of costs that go into your business and screen printing production.

How to Identify Your Target Screen Printing Market...and Expand to New Markets

In order to market your screen printing business effectively, it's important to understand your audience!

June 30, 2017 How to Identify Your Target Screen Printing Market...and Expand to New Markets

Who are you selling your screen printed apparel to? Who are you trying to sell it to? You might have set up your screen printing shop with the simple goal of selling screen printed goods. But to execute an effective business plan and lead your shop toward success, you have to know your target market, or who is most likely to order your goods.

Screen Printing That Pops: Getting Started with Metal Flake Ink

Check out some tips for screen printing eye-catching designs with metal flake ink!

June 28, 2017 Screen Printing That Pops: Getting Started with Metal Flake Ink

Screen printing is a competitive industry, so it's important to always be on the lookout for ways to separate your business from the pack. It's hard to attract new customers (and retain existing ones) if you can't catch their eye...and giving metal flake ink a try can help you do just that!

A Guide to Screen Printing Children's Wear

Looking to expand your screen printing product line? Don't forget about your smallest customers!

June 26, 2017 A Guide to Screen Printing Children's Wear

Children's wear has always been a large component of the screen printing market. Sports jerseys, school apparel and child-sized souvenir and promotional clothing are the bread and butter of many screen printing shops.

How to Boost Sales by Lowering Prices on Your Screen Printing Services

Hesitant about lowering your prices? It's understandable, but a timely discount can help increase your sales.

June 22, 2017 How to Boost Sales by Lowering Prices on Your Screen Printing Services

Knowing when to raise your prices can help you protect profit margins. Knowing when and how to lower your prices through sales and promotions, on the other hand, can help you boost sales and attract new customers to your screen printing shop.

Effective Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Screen Printing Shop

Reducing waste in your shop not only helps the environment, it helps your bottom line!

June 20, 2017 Effective Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Screen Printing Shop

Running an efficient screen printing shop starts with reducing your waste. A print shop generates many different kinds of waste, from misprinted shirts to leftover ink and chemicals to cardboard boxes and other containers. And eliminating this waste isn't always a straightforward process; some screen printing byproducts are potentially hazardous and require special attention. How do you get it all under control?

The Delicate Matter of Raising Your Screen Printing Prices

Raising your prices can be intimidating. When's the right time and how do you execute an increase successfully?

June 19, 2017 The Delicate Matter of Raising Your Screen Printing Prices

Price setting is a balancing act. You need to set prices that maintain your profit margins for your screen printing shop but feel fair and reasonable to your customers.

Tips for Screen Printing on Glass and Ceramic Substrates

Looking to expand your screen printed offerings? Glass and ceramic substrates could be the way to go!

June 15, 2017 Tips for Screen Printing on Glass and Ceramic Substrates

Growing your screen printing business happens in one of two ways: You expand your client base or you expand the services you offer. While marketing your current services to new customers will no doubt help you increase your business, offering new products and services provides the best of both worlds, as you can sell more to your existing clients and attract new clients with your expanded offerings.

Heavy Duty Screen Printing: Tips for Decorating Workwear

Want to get started screen printing workwear? You may find it's not quite like printing t-shirts!

June 14, 2017 Heavy Duty Screen Printing: Tips for Decorating Workwear

The market for workwear can be a golden opportunity for garment decorators. Construction, emergency and industrial workers not only require clothing that shows they're part of a team, they also require clothing that keeps them safe.

Show off Your Screen Printing with a Showroom

Don't be afraid to flaunt a selection of your best work when you try to land new screen printing business.

June 12, 2017 Show off Your Screen Printing with a Showroom

The quality of your screen prints doesn't matter if you're not showcasing your products in an attractive way to your clients and potential clients.

Industrial Screen Printing: A Bright Future Ahead

Think screen printing is only used for decorating promotional items? You might be surprised!

June 08, 2017 Industrial Screen Printing: A Bright Future Ahead

When you hear "screen printing", your mind probably goes to decorative applications: t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and signs. If you're a screen printing professional, you might be concerned about the future of your craft, as other printing methods like direct-to-garment printing have encroached on screen printing's traditional turf. The good news is that there's much more to screen printing than apparel and promotional items.

Tips for Safely Disposing Your Screen Printing Ink

To reduce your screen printing shop's environmental impact and avoid potential penalties, you have to understand how to properly dispose of your ink.

June 07, 2017 Tips for Safely Disposing Your Screen Printing Ink

Even though the ingredients of most textile inks have become more eco-friendly over the years, it's important to remember that they contain certain industrial chemicals. The disposal of these chemicals is usually closely regulated and often strictly enforced.

A Beginner's Guide to Buying an Automatic Screen Printing Press

Upgrading from a manual to an automatic screen printing press is a big decision. Here are some factors to consider!

June 05, 2017 A Beginner's Guide to Buying an Automatic Screen Printing Press

Is your screen printing shop ready to upgrade to an automatic screen printing press? If you're consistently struggling to keep up with customer demand on your current manual setup, or if you've hit the point where you feel you need to increase your staffing, it's probably time to start seriously considering an automatic press.

High Performance Screen Printing: Taking Advantage of Silicone Ink

When you're looking for screen prints that really perform, silicone inks can give you the edge you need.

June 02, 2017 High Performance Screen Printing: Taking Advantage of Silicone Ink

As the demands of decorating performance wear increasingly cross over into the world of fashion, it's become necessary to develop new inks for screen printing. Given the strength and extreme stretch of many of these fabrics, it can be difficult to get the desired result, even with special additives. In response to these challenges, a number of ink manufacturers have developed silicone based inks.

Keeping Your Screen Printing Customers Happy with Accurate Print Colors

Matching your printed colors to your customers' demands can be a challenge. Here are some tips to make it easier!

May 31, 2017 Keeping Your Screen Printing Customers Happy with Accurate Print Colors

If you've ever tried to create the perfect color for a persnickety customer, you know color matching ink for screen printing can be a complicated proposition. Sure you have color matching systems to guide you, but many factors can interfere with color matching in screen printing.

Set Your Screen Printing Business Apart with Finishing Services

Consider adding services like relabeling and custom packaging to help attract customers looking for retail-ready products.

May 30, 2017 Set Your Screen Printing Business Apart with Finishing Services

In the competitive world of screen printing, you have to offer services to your customers that make your screen printing business stand out. Finishing services - such as relabeling, hang tagging, bagging or specialty packing - could be what makes a potential customer choose your shop over a competitor's.

How to Get the Most from Your Manual Screen Printing Press (Even in an Automatic Shop)

While an automatic press can give your shop a big boost, a manual press remains a vital piece of equipment.

May 18, 2017 How to Get the Most from Your Manual Screen Printing Press (Even in an Automatic Shop)

An automatic screen printing press is an exciting addition to any shop's production floor. Automatic presses speed up production time, so press runs that used to take a day now only take hours. However, screen printing shops that adopt automatics shouldn't be too fast to retire their manual screen printing presses.

So You Want to Be a Contract Screen Printer: Some Important Considerations

Contract screen printing can be demanding, but if you're prepared for the challenge it can really pay off!

May 18, 2017 So You Want to Be a Contract Screen Printer: Some Important Considerations

You've decided to go for it and make contract printing a part of your business. You know it'll be very competitive, so you've got to carefully evaluate what you'll offer and at what cost.

Preparing Your Ink for Screen Printing

For great quality screen prints, you need ink that's ready to do the job - so take some time to prepare it!

May 17, 2017 Preparing Your Ink for Screen Printing

There are countless screen printing inks that claim to be "ready for use", but in reality almost all inks require some care before they hit your press. Whether you're seeking the right consistency, the right color or a special effect, there are proper ways to get your ink ready for printing.

Finding the Right Mesh Count: The Impact of Your Screen Printing Press

In order to find the perfect screen for the job, don't just consider what you're printing - consider what machine you're printing with!

May 12, 2017 Finding the Right Mesh Count: The Impact of Your Screen Printing Press

There's an old adage: "Keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole". Of course, with screen printing it's sort of reversed, as it's most important to keep your eye on the holes in your screen mesh.

A Screen Printer's Guide to Environmentally Friendly Apparel

Choosing to print garments that are eco-friendly can help reduce your shop's environmental footprint...and it can help you attract customers!

May 11, 2017 A Screen Printer's Guide to Environmentally Friendly Apparel

"Green" living has gone beyond a fad and become a part of the modern fabric. While there have been garment brands offering environmentally friendly apparel - and screen printing shops specializing in green printing - for decades, eco-friendly clothing has gone mainstream.

Is Contract Screen Printing Right for You? 6 Questions to Help You Decide

If you're ready to handle the biggest orders, becoming a contract printer might be the right move for your business.

May 10, 2017 Is Contract Screen Printing Right for You? 6 Questions to Help You Decide

Are you looking for a way to increase your output and your profit? Do you have lulls in your regular screen printing schedule that you'd like to fill with work?

Choosing the Right Squeegees for Your Screen Printing Jobs

Your squeegee can have a big impact on your printing - make sure you're using the right one for the job!

May 05, 2017 Choosing the Right Squeegees for Your Screen Printing Jobs

A screen printer needs the right tools, and one of the most important screen printing tools is the squeegee. There are several variables to consider when selecting a squeegee, and it's important to understand how each affects your prints so you can choose the right squeegee for each job.

Getting Softer Screen Prints with Plastisol Ink

You might think that you need water-based ink to get a soft hand, but plastisol can work too!

May 03, 2017 Getting Softer Screen Prints with Plastisol Ink

Screen printing customers have been increasingly demanding a softer hand feel to their printed t-shirts. Many apparel screen printers have turned to water-based and discharge ink to achieve the soft, retro prints customers request. But plastisol can get the job done too!

How the Weather Can Affect Your Screen Printing

Changes in temperature and humidity can have a big impact on your printing. Learn how to prevent potential issues!

May 01, 2017 How the Weather Can Affect Your Screen Printing

It's that time of year when the weather is at its most unpredictable, and that means you should be prepared for all the different ways it can affect your screen printing! It's easy to overlook the role that temperature and humidity play in regard to printing results, but they're important factors.

How to Get Started Screen Printing with Halftones

Halftone printing can open up new opportunities for finely detailed, photorealistic screen prints.

April 28, 2017 How to Get Started Screen Printing with Halftones

If you're ready to challenge yourself - and make your shop stand out - halftone printing could be for you. With halftone prints, you can create shaded effects and photorealistic images on garments.

Keep Your Screen Printing Quality High with Proper Screen Tension

When your prints aren't turning out quite as they should, your screen tension may be to blame!

April 27, 2017 Keep Your Screen Printing Quality High with Proper Screen Tension

As you strive to maintain top quality in your screen printing, one of the most important factors to achieving great looking prints is also one of the easiest to overlook: Your screen tension.

How to Prepare Your Screen Printing Screens for Water-Based Ink

Learn how to overcome one of water-based ink's biggest challenges - maintaining a sturdy stencil!

April 25, 2017 How to Prepare Your Screen Printing Screens for Water-Based Ink

We all know that screen printing with water-based ink brings some challenges. One of the biggest challenges of water-based ink is fighting stencil breakdown during printing.

Smart Strategies for Optimizing Your Screen Printing Business's #1 Marketing Tool

A good looking, smooth functioning website is the centerpiece of your business's online presence.

April 21, 2017 Smart Strategies for Optimizing Your Screen Printing Business's #1 Marketing Tool

From the traditional to the digital, you have an arsenal of marketing tools at your disposal. The reality, however, is that your biggest marketing tool is also one of the most basic elements of your business: Your website.

Why Your Screen Printing Business Needs a Content Marketing Strategy

Providing valuable content to your target market is a great way to boost your business's web presence.

April 19, 2017 Why Your Screen Printing Business Needs a Content Marketing Strategy

People have become accustomed to a constant barrage of internet advertising, from spam in their email inboxes to "sponsored" social media posts to banner and pop-up ads on every website. With such information overload, people have also become accustomed to tuning out all of that extraneous information.

How to Avoid Ghosting in Your Screen Printing Screens

While they're usually harmless enough, some ghosts can cause problems with your prints! Learn how to remove and prevent them.

April 18, 2017 How to Avoid Ghosting in Your Screen Printing Screens

Most of the time, reclaiming your screen printing screens is a pretty straightforward task. But occasionally you'll run into an issue that can affect your print quality if not dealt with quickly: ghosting.

Promoting Your Screen Printing Business: The Importance of Traditional Marketing

It's tempting to focus entirely on digital marketing, but you shouldn't neglect traditional methods!

April 13, 2017 Promoting Your Screen Printing Business: The Importance of Traditional Marketing

As a small business owner, you may struggle to decide where to allocate a limited marketing budget, thinking it will only cover either digital or traditional marketing, not both. Which is right for you?

Increase Your Screen Printing Business's Visibility with Social Media Marketing

Learn how developing an effective social media strategy can make it easier than ever to attract and retain customers.

April 12, 2017 Increase Your Screen Printing Business's Visibility with Social Media Marketing

Once dismissed as a fad, social media marketing now should be an integral part of any small business's marketing strategy. Through social media, businesses can connect with existing and potential customers and tailor marketing messages to their target customers.

How to Effectively Market Your Screen Printing Business Online

Make it easy for customers to find your business by creating a unique, cohesive web presence.

April 10, 2017 How to Effectively Market Your Screen Printing Business Online

You likely went into the screen printing business because you enjoy designing and printing - marketing probably wasn't a skillset that was on your mind. But without effective marketing, your business can't succeed. Your potential customers need to know who you are and understand why they should be doing business with you.

How to Find the Perfect Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer for Your Production Needs

There's no shortage of options when it comes time to choose a conveyor dryer. Learn how your ink choice and work rate affects your decision!

April 07, 2017 How to Find the Perfect Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer for Your Production Needs

When you decide to make a go of printing t-shirts for a living, you'll soon realize that in order to produce garments in any significant quantity, you need a conveyor dryer. But there are so many choices, from tiny tabletop models to giant industrial dryers six feet across. How do you know which is right for your shop?

A Guide to Long-Lasting Screen Prints: Tips for Proper Curing

Last time we explored some ways to cure certain challenging garments. Here are some more tips to ensure a proper cure, no matter the substrate!

April 06, 2017 A Guide to Long-Lasting Screen Prints: Tips for Proper Curing

When many screen printing veterans first got started, they may not have realized just how many variables factored into properly curing their prints. As the industry has advanced, new technology has made it even more difficult to get fully caught up. Fortunately, by familiarizing yourself with the basics of curing and doing some careful tests, you can make it easier to get a proper cure.

Getting the Most out of Your Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer to Cure Challenging Garments

Some fabrics are easier to cure than others - learn how the right technique and the right conveyor dryer can help!

April 04, 2017 Getting the Most out of Your Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer to Cure Challenging Garments

As screen printing has advanced, new fabrics and inks have increased in popularity and brought with them a number of different challenges. In this day and age, it's more important than ever for screen printers to develop, test, record and implement conveyor dryer procedures to properly cure their prints.

Grow Your Screen Printing Business by Expanding Your Product Line

A wide variety of products can increase profits and keep your customers coming back for more.

March 31, 2017 Grow Your Screen Printing Business by Expanding Your Product Line

One of the most effective ways to succeed in screen printing is to create a niche for your business - focusing on one particular strength and developing and marketing it to the best of your ability. Having one special skill that people can count on you to deliver is great, but you want to be careful you're not restricting your product offerings too much.

Tips for Managing Your Screen Printing Shop's Inventory

Be ready to handle any print order that comes your way by keeping a close eye on your shop's supplies.

March 30, 2017 Tips for Managing Your Screen Printing Shop's Inventory

All retailers walk a fine line with inventory. You want to have the right goods on hand to meet your customers' needs in a timely manner, but you don't want to get stuck with a stockroom full of merchandise that doesn't sell for months on end. Screen printers are not exempt from this dilemma.

How to Print Film Positives for Sharp Screen Printing Stencils

The best screen printing stencils start with high quality film positives - here are some tips for producing them!

March 27, 2017 How to Print Film Positives for Sharp Screen Printing Stencils

Developing art into film positives poses — for many screen printers — the biggest challenge in the screen printing process. Printing film positives that result in crisp, sturdy stencils does take some digital know-how, but like most of screen printing tasks, you can create film positives successfully by carefully following a process and paying attention to detail.

4 Tips to Help You Care for Your Screen Printing Squeegees

When the ink hits the shirt, you need a good squeegee to keep your print quality high. Here are some squeegee maintenance tips!

March 24, 2017 4 Tips to Help You Care for Your Screen Printing Squeegees

There are many variables that can affect the quality of your screen prints. One tool that has a profound effect is your squeegee. If your squeegee isn't in good shape, your prints will suffer.

Tips for Controlling Screen Printing Dye Migration

A common issue you'll run into at your screen printing shop is dye migration. Learn some tips for keeping your prints vibrant!

March 23, 2017 Tips for Controlling Screen Printing Dye Migration

As a screen printer, the last thing you want is an unhappy customer wanting to return items. In another blog post, we shared some tips on how to keep your plastisol prints from washing out. Those tips will go a long way towards keeping your prints vibrant and making them last, but there's another issue you may run into: dye migration.

Essential Steps to Storing Your Ink for Screen Printing

Make the most out of your ink supply by learning some tips for extending its shelf life.

March 21, 2017 Essential Steps to Storing Your Ink for Screen Printing

A screen printing shop can accumulate a lot of ink. Storing that ink can prove a challenge, and often shops will simply look for a quick and convenient spot in which to store their inks. It's important to put more thought and consideration into your ink storage, however.

Providing Samples for Your Customers: How to Make it Worth Your Effort

Samples can be a great way to show off your work, learn how to make the most of them!

March 16, 2017 Providing Samples for Your Customers: How to Make it Worth Your Effort

Samples are a staple for marketing your screen printing business, attracting customers and nabbing new orders. However, there's a fine line between samples increasing your business and overdoing samples and eroding profits.

How to Avoid the Headache of Customer-Supplied Screen Printing Artwork

When you let a customer take part of the screen printing process out of your hands, you can open yourself up to problems. Learn how to overcome them!

March 15, 2017 How to Avoid the Headache of Customer-Supplied Screen Printing Artwork

As a screen printer, some of your daily operation is sure to include creating artwork for customers. Keeping as much of the screen printing process as possible under your control is the key to getting good results - you have plenty of variables to deal with. However, your clients will often want to provide the artwork for their orders themselves. If your customers know what they're doing, this can save you some time. But more often than not it can cause a big headache.

How to Make Your Screen Printing Shop More Environmentally Friendly

Reducing waste and boosting efficiency at your shop can be a big help to the environment - and your wallet!

March 13, 2017 How to Make Your Screen Printing Shop More Environmentally Friendly

No matter the reason - customer demand, a desire to cut costs and waste, or a sense of personal responsibility - more and more businesses are doing what they can to lessen their environmental impact. When it comes to the eco-friendly trend, the screen printing industry is no exception.

6 Steps to Marketing Your Screen Printed Apparel to Schools

Learn how to take advantage of one of the most lucrative opportunities available to screen printers: schools!

March 10, 2017 6 Steps to Marketing Your Screen Printed Apparel to Schools

Schools can bring a lot of business to your screen printing shop, from team uniforms and warm-up gear to student uniforms and school “spirit wear”. If you can contract with a school, or a school’s supporting organizations, you can find a steady flow of work for your screen printing shop.

Screen Printing Quality Control: Stop Problems Before They Start

Keep even your most demanding customers happy by delivering high quality products every time.

March 08, 2017 Screen Printing Quality Control: Stop Problems Before They Start

Screen printing involves so many different variables, it can be difficult to make sure you're getting good results every time. Some issues may not even show up until after you've delivered the garments to the customer. It's not always easy, but in order to keep your customers happy you must make every effort to control the quality of your prints.

Which Screen Printing Frames Are Right for Your Shop?

There are several different types of screen printing frames to choose from - find out which work best for you!

March 06, 2017 Which Screen Printing Frames Are Right for Your Shop?

When it comes to screen frames, there are loyalists in all camps. Some screen printers love the old-school feel, low price and sustainability of wood. Others rely on the light, sturdy technology of aluminum frames, and still others swear by the control and print crispness that come with retensionable screens.

Our Six Best Tips for Screen Printing on Fleece

Fleece garments are popular but screen printing them can be a challenge! Here are some tips to help you out.

March 03, 2017 Our Six Best Tips for Screen Printing on Fleece

Screen printing customers love fleece, whether it’s hoodies for a school team or a trendy zip-up with a great art print. Screen printers’ affection for fleece, however, tends to be a little more limited. Getting good results on fleece can be a challenge, and a misprint can be a costly mistake because of the much higher cost of fleece garments compared to t-shirts.

Speed up Your Production by Screen Printing Wet-On-Wet

Flash curing after every color? You might be wasting your time, try printing wet-on-wet instead!

March 01, 2017 Speed up Your Production by Screen Printing Wet-On-Wet

Have you noticed an overreliance on your flash cure is slowing down your production? A flash cure can be a helpful tool or it can be a waste of time; you have to know when it's necessary and when it isn't.

Get Crisp Screen Printing Stencils with the Right Exposure Unit

You might think your press alone determines your print quality - but your exposure unit plays a big role too!

February 27, 2017 Get Crisp Screen Printing Stencils with the Right Exposure Unit

Running a screen printing business means making big purchasing decisions. In addition to choosing a press, a dryer and perhaps a flash cure unit, you'll need to choose a screen exposure unit.

Overcoming the Challenges of Screen Printing Athletic Apparel

Sports are a big market for screen printed apparel - make the most of the opportunity by avoiding some common printing obstacles.

February 24, 2017 Overcoming the Challenges of Screen Printing Athletic Apparel

Athletic apparel, primarily team jerseys and workout gear, has long been the bread and butter of screen printing shops. With “performance” fabrics, favored for their lightweight feel and quick-drying properties, becoming more and more popular for weekend athletes and everyday wear, screen printers are seeing more and more requests for use of these fabrics.

Getting the Most out of Your Screen Printing Flash Cure

Use a flash cure to your advantage and cure prints perfectly without slowing down production.

February 22, 2017 Getting the Most out of Your Screen Printing Flash Cure

When it comes to your screen printing production, a flash cure can either be your best friend or your worst enemy - it can be a big help or it can slow you down. Understanding the different types of flash units and their appropriate uses will help you get the most out of them.

How to Keep Up with Your Screen Printing Shop's Customer Demand

Feeling overwhelmed by your screen printing shop's work load? Make sure you're working at peak efficiency!

February 20, 2017 How to Keep Up with Your Screen Printing Shop's Customer Demand

Every print shop longs for a full schedule that keeps the presses running and revenue flowing. Keeping that full schedule isn’t only about hustling to find new customers and generate orders. A busy shop also requires efficiency to keep up with customer demand and keep production rolling.

How to Hire and Retain the Best Employees in Your Screen Printing Shop

Want to put a together a high performance team at your screen printing shop? Check out these strategies for hiring and retaining the best employees.

February 17, 2017 How to Hire and Retain the Best Employees in Your Screen Printing Shop

Most screen printers who open their own shops don’t come from a management background, and the hiring and retaining of good employees can be one of the most intimidating aspects of owning and operating your own business.

Expanding Your Screen Printing Horizons with Hats and Posters

Shirts may be your bread and butter, but don't be afraid to think outside the box and screen print new items!

February 15, 2017 Expanding Your Screen Printing Horizons with Hats and Posters

When you think of screen printed products, shirts are probably the first item that comes to mind. But you definitely shouldn’t stop there! There’s a whole world of different materials waiting to be screen printed, and expanding your offerings will help you attract new customers and keep old ones coming back for more.

Which Type of Pallet Adhesive Should You Use?

The right pallet adhesive goes a long way towards ensuring tight registration and quality prints.

February 13, 2017 Which Type of Pallet Adhesive Should You Use?

To get a crisp, clear screen print, you need to make sure your substrate will stay in place each time the squeegee strokes across the screen. That means using a pallet adhesive to hold your print materials in place.

How to Get Started With Specialty Inks

Don't let a limited ink selection hinder your creativity - give specialty inks a try!

February 10, 2017 How to Get Started With Specialty Inks

In the screen printing world, a myth surrounds specialty inks. Screen printers often avoid puff, glow-in-the-dark, metallic and gel inks because they're considered difficult to work with.

Turning Your Screen Printing Hobby into a Business

Want to get started making money from your screen printing passion? Here are some tips for going pro!

February 08, 2017 Turning Your Screen Printing Hobby into a Business

Screen printing makes an excellent hobby. If you're creatively inclined, making a design and reproducing it on a shirt can be a very satisfying feeling. It's even better when you share your work with friends and family! After awhile, you may find yourself wanting to spread your designs to an even wider audience.

Make Your Screen Printing Business Stand Out from the Competition

In order to succeed in screen printing, you need to distinguish yourself from the crowd. Find a niche!

February 06, 2017 Make Your Screen Printing Business Stand Out from the Competition

Just like most other types of businesses, the field of screen printing is rife with competition. To succeed, you need to attract and retain customers. But how can you do that when other screen printing shops are offering similar services?

Preparing Your Screens the Right Way: Screen Printing Emulsion Techniques and Timing

Once you've selected the right emulsion for your print job, it's time to get your screens ready for stencils!

January 31, 2017 Preparing Your Screens the Right Way: Screen Printing Emulsion Techniques and Timing

Now that you understand the different types of screen printing emulsions and have selected the right emulsion for your shop, it’s time to talk about using those emulsions the right way to prepare your screens for a successful print run.

Understanding the Different Types of Screen Printing Emulsions

Good screen printing results start with a good stencil, and the best stencils start with the right emulsion!

January 27, 2017 Understanding the Different Types of Screen Printing Emulsions

A quality screen print requires a quality stencil. That means using the right screen printing emulsion for your job. So what types of screen printing emulsions are there? How are they different? How do you determine which type of emulsion to use?

Mastering White-On-Dark Screen Printing

Follow these tips to keep your white-on-dark print jobs looking sharp.

January 11, 2017 Mastering White-On-Dark Screen Printing

Almost nothing poses as big of a challenge for screen printers as printing white ink on black or other dark-colored shirts. White-on-dark prints can come out rough, splotchy or blurry, and they can be challenging to fully cure.

What You Need to Know About Four Color Process Screen Printing

It can be a challenge, but with proper setup you can wow your customers with four color process printing.

January 09, 2017 What You Need to Know About Four Color Process Screen Printing

To create a photorealistic image in screen printing, most printers rely on four color process. That involves printing the four basic print colors — cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) — in fine, half-tone dots.

Curing Water-Based Ink the Right Way

With a little practice, you can master water-based inks for that soft hand feel everyone loves.

December 23, 2016 Curing Water-Based Ink the Right Way

Water-based inks have grown in popularity due to their soft hand feel and lower environmental impact. For printers accustomed to plastisol inks, printing with water-based inks can provide some challenges because water-based inks don’t apply and react the same way plastisol inks do.

Preparing Your Screen Printing Screens for Sharp Stencils

The best screen printing results always begin with well-executed pre-press.

December 19, 2016 Preparing Your Screen Printing Screens for Sharp Stencils

It's easy to think of your screen printing press as the backbone of your operation. But remember, a press can only deliver quality prints if it's printing through quality screens.

Five Steps to Choosing the Right Air Compressor

A reliable source of compressed air is key to quality screen printing with a pneumatic press.

December 14, 2016 Five Steps to Choosing the Right Air Compressor

A screen printing shop needs a good air compressor, one that can fully power its screen printing presses and other equipment. Without the right air compressor, your machine can jolt and bounce. That can affect the quality of your prints and cause undue wear on your screen printing press.

Screen Printing Prevention: Keeping Plastisol Inks from Washing out of Garments

Make sure you're taking the necessary steps to keep your prints vibrant and long-lasting.

December 09, 2016 Screen Printing Prevention: Keeping Plastisol Inks from Washing out of Garments

It's a scenario straight from a screen printer's worst nightmare: You send a full order of high-quality, crisp t-shirts out the door. Days pass or even weeks, and suddenly you have an unhappy customer demanding to return the order because your perfectly laid prints are now washing out of the garments.

Screen Printing 101: Choosing the Right Mesh Count

The right mesh count can go a long way towards producing the results you're after.

December 07, 2016 Screen Printing 101: Choosing the Right Mesh Count

For newer screen printers, choosing the right screen mesh count often presents the most concern and confusion. Because of that, many newer screen printers - as well as some more seasoned ones - often use the same medium-grade mesh counts for all jobs. While a mid-range 160 mesh screen will get you far with your printing, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't learn about and experiment with different screen mesh counts for different projects.

How to Screen Print Plastisol Heat Transfers

Screen printing heat transfers can be a convenient way to boost your shop's efficiency.

November 16, 2016 How to Screen Print Plastisol Heat Transfers

When you're running a small business, you need to take advantage of the technology and techniques that will help you increase efficiency while still providing quality products to customers.

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