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A Tale of Registration: Tips for Properly Aligning Multi-Color Screen Printing Jobs

A high quality multicolor screen print depends on tight registration - here are some ways to achieve it!

June 11, 2018 A Tale of Registration: Tips for Properly Aligning Multi-Color Screen Printing Jobs

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.

On the Level: The Importance Of Properly Maintained Screen Printing Pallets

While many factors determine the quality of your screen prints, it's especially important not to overlook the condition of your pallets!

May 24, 2018 On the Level: The Importance Of Properly Maintained Screen Printing Pallets

This article was written for Printwearmag.com by Michael Jirasek 

It’s a part of the screen printing press that is known by many names - pallet, platen, shirtboard - to name a few of the more common descriptions. They've been manufactured with a variety of bases: wood, plywood, steel, aluminum and various composites. Some of these are honeycombed, and/or covered with a variety of laminates or rubber, and they come in a variety of sizes to handle everything from tees, children's garments, sleeves and more.

Tips for Successful Screen Printing on Polyester Blends

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 Tips for Successful Screen Printing on Polyester Blends

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.

A Garment Decorator's Guide to Women's Styles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Beginner's Guide to Screen Printing with UV Ink

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

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

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

Getting Started with Capillary Film Emulsion for Screen Printing Stencils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.



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