Screen printed labels can add an extra touch of professionalism to your products.
August 03, 2018
When we talk screen printing, it's easy to picture full-size, multicolor designs printed across the front or back of a t-shirt. But that's not the only place you can show off your work! Whether you've got your own clothing brand or you're printing shirts for a customer's label, creating custom tags can be a cool way to add a professional look to your products.
In order to succeed in screen printing, you need to distinguish yourself from the crowd. Find a niche!
July 20, 2018
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?
Tips for developing your skills whether you're pushing or pulling your squeegees.
July 19, 2018
In the world of screen printing, a hot debate surrounds technique: Should you push or pull your squeegees on your manual screen printing machine? Some printers will argue that the best technique for manual screen printing is to pull your squeegee down the screen toward you in the traditional screen printing manner, while others will argue that pushing the squeegee away from your body is best.
Some garments are more delicate than others and require special care when screen printing to get a quality result.
July 17, 2018
Summer’s here, and for screen printers, summer usually means more orders of lightweight garments. Whether it’s requests for sports-weight shirts and tanks for charity runs, fashionable burnout shirts or just lighter weight cotton, lightweight materials are popular orders from all types of clients when temperatures rise.
Keeping your customers happy depends on high quality prints - here are some ways to achieve them!
July 02, 2018
Every screen printing shop has the goal of producing quality prints with as few misprints as possible. Achieving that goal not only means honing your skills as a printer, but also following some industry best practices to avoid problems such as pinholes, blurry prints and improper curing.
A high quality multicolor screen print depends on tight registration - here are some ways to achieve it!
June 11, 2018
This article was written for Printwearmag.com by Michael Jirasek
Once upon a time...
Some people viewed it as an art that could not be taught. To others it was a mystery that only a special few with “the eye” could solve. For the rest, it was hours of toil and perhaps a bit of luck to get a multi-colored job properly aligned on press.
Want to create realistically detailed screen printed images? Try tackling simulated process printing!
May 25, 2018
As your screen printing business grows in size, skill and reputation, your customers likely will be bringing you more complex prints. At the same time, you might be feeling ready to tackle a new challenge and learn a new technique. For creating intricate prints that are sure to wow your customers and draw attention to your work, try your hand at simulated process screen printing!
A flash cure can be a very useful tool at your screen printing shop. Check out some tips for getting the most out of your flash!
May 17, 2018
A flash cure unit allows screen printers to optimize their screen prints. With a flash cure unit, you can overlap your colors without unintended blending or put down an underbase for a more opaque print. Getting those optimal results takes some skill with your flash cure unit, and if you don’t know the ins and outs of using a flash cure, you may run into some problems with your prints. To help you perfect the flash cure process for screen printing, here are our Top 10 Tips for Getting a Proper Cure with Your Screen Printing Flash Cure.
Polyester blends are popular fabric choices for screen printers, but it can be a challenge to pull of a successful print on these garments - here are some tips!
May 04, 2018
When it comes to printing basic garments, most screen printers turn to 100-percent cotton substrates. More and more, however, customers are looking for alternatives. For that reason, cotton/polyester blends are becoming more common. These blended garments have plenty of advantages, but they also pose some of the same challenges that come with printing on fully synthetic substrates.
Plastisol is one of the most popular choices of screen printing ink, but it's not without its challenges - here are some common problems and how to confront them!
May 01, 2018
Plastisol is favored by screen printers for its ease of use. Nevertheless, there are some problems that can crop up when you’re screen printing with plastisol ink. Here is our list of the top 10 most common problems associated with plastisol screen printing and how to solve them.
Getting a soft, comfortable screen print on a dark shirt can be a challenge - here are some tips to get it done!
April 19, 2018
These days, your screen print has to do more than look good; it has to feel good, too. With a few possible exceptions, such as athletic jerseys, consumers want a soft hand for their screen printed garments. With water-based inks or ink additives, that softer hand feel is easy to achieve when printing on a light garment. Printing on a dark garment is another story altogether, as water-based or inks with additives will lose their opacity, affecting the print. That means that to print a soft hand on a dark garment, you’ll need to try a few different strategies.
Blurry or jagged edges can ruin an otherwise great screen print! Here are some tips for achieving crisp, clean edges.
April 17, 2018
Jagged, blurry or fuzzy edges on screen prints can render products unsellable. If the edges of your screen prints aren't clear and crisp, there could be several issues at work. Here are some ways you can prevent rough edges on your screen prints.
Understanding the basics of typography can help you create attractive screen prints - here are some of the fundamentals!
April 12, 2018
We’ve all seen typography fails: Ads or shirts whose lettering just doesn’t work. That could mean the spacing between letters makes the words hard to read, or easily misread; that the typeface and design don’t quite fit the message or branding; or that the design just looks “off.”
Putting in the effort to properly train your screen printing employees can pay off in a big way!
April 10, 2018
Are you equipping your employees to be the best at their jobs that they can be? Do they understand how their role fits into the overall operation of your screen printing business? If you’re not routinely implementing and refining a training program, the answer to those questions is likely no.
Putting in the time and effort to avoid these common mistakes is the first step toward moving out of "rookie" status.
March 23, 2018
When you take up screen printing, you realize just how many factors go into creating great prints press run after press run. If you feel like you’re doing everything right but still end up with frequent misprints, smudges and other problems, it might help to take a look at some of the most common mistakes rookie screen printers make. It’s worth asking yourself: Are some of these mistakes interfering with your prints?