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?
Looking for a great way to show off your screen printing creativity? Concert posters are a classic option!
March 21, 2018
When it comes to gig posters, what started as a simple way of advertising concerts has become an art form all its own. Modern gig posters are just as likely to be found hanging in a gallery or exhibition as they are to be found posted on the walls of a concert hall or theater.
Custom music merchandise is a big opportunity for screen printers - here are some ways to make the most of it!
March 16, 2018
When you think of custom decorated apparel, band shirts are probably some of the first items that come to mind. Musicians and record labels use t-shirts - in addition to a huge variety of other custom products - to promote their albums and tours, making the music industry a huge market for screen printed goods.
Tiny pinholes can create big problems! Here are some ways to keep your screens pinhole-free.
March 14, 2018
Pinholes: They’re a plague for screen printers everywhere. While you can deal with correcting pinholes in post-production, that’s far from ideal. Fixing pinholes takes time and money, and if a print is riddled with pinholes, it might end up in the scrap pile, costing you money. That’s why the best way to deal with pinholes is to prevent them. Here are our 7 best tips for preventing pinholes in your screen printing screens.
While garments are most screen printers' bread and butter, there's a virtually endless variety of substrates to decorate - including metal!
March 06, 2018
The market for screen printing on metal provides ample opportunities for screen printing businesses. To succeed in that market, screen printers have to understand the technical aspects of screen printing on metal substrates.
A big part of keeping your customers happy is filling their orders in a timely fashion - here are some tips for doing just that.
February 23, 2018
One of the best ways to keep your screen printing customers happy and returning with additional business is to produce their orders as quickly as you can without sacrificing quality. Reducing your turnaround time is a good way to separate your business from your competition, since many screen printing orders are highly time sensitive.
Puff printing is a tried-and-true special effect that can help you create eye-catching designs that stand out from the pack.
January 05, 2018
For those who are old enough to remember, “puff ink” brings to mind neon graphics and all-over 3D designs that were all the rage in the 1980s and early 1990s. The puff ink craze might have gone out of style with the Walkman, but that doesn’t mean puff ink doesn’t have its place in modern screen print designs. When used right, puff ink can add a fun textural element to your screen prints, and if you’ve never given this specialty ink a try, it’s time to see how puff ink can transform your screen printing.
Team sports are lucrative opportunities for apparel decorators. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of this market.
January 02, 2018
For screen printers, team apparel can generate big business. From local school sports teams to rec leagues to local colleges and universities, there’s plenty of business to be had. Contracting with a team can result in repeat business, year after year, and it brings more than just jerseys: Think warm-up gear, hats, team jackets and fan apparel. So if your screen printing shop isn’t already churning out team apparel, it’s something you should be looking into.
Tri-blend garments have grown in popularity, but they present some unique challenges for screen printers. Here are some tips for screen printing tri-blends successfully!
December 28, 2017
Tri-blend shirts have become a major force in the fashion industry since their introduction a decade ago. In the custom apparel industry, tri-blend fabrics have become a customer favorite. But these blended garments present their unique blend of decorating challenges. To be able to profit from the popularity of tri-blend garments, screen printers have to know how best to print on them.
Mistakes happen in screen printing. Here are some steps you can take to avoid them, and limit the damage when they happen.
December 19, 2017
Would you like to decrease profit loss in your screen printing shop? Who wouldn’t! While there are limits on what you can do to reduce costs, one area you do have control over is quality control. In specific, you can save money and cut waste by reducing misprints.
As a business owner, you may be itching to expand operations - but it's important that you grow at the right time.
December 15, 2017
Operating a small apparel decorating business today presents a multitude of choices and dilemmas. It means running your operation in an era where there have never been more opportunities and challenges. If you're an established shop owner, you may be anxious to see your business grow. However, first you need to determine whether you're ready for growth.
Looking to try a cool new effect at your screen printing shop? Give flocking a shot!
December 14, 2017
Have you ever felt a soft, velvet-like screen print and wondered how the image was created? Flock printing, or flocking, creates a unique, soft texture on garments, cardstock and even on car interiors.
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
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.
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
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.
Vector graphics can give you the versatility you need to ensure high quality screen printing.
November 10, 2017
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.