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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. 

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.

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