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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
Your screen printing quality fully depends on the condition of your screens - here's how to keep them in great shape!
March 07, 2018
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.
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.
Printing koozies is an easy and inexpensive way to expand your screen printing shop's offerings. Here's how to get started!
March 01, 2018
Koozies — those insulating foam can and bottle holders — have become a mainstay at backyard barbecues, summer holiday picnics, tailgates and sporting and musical events. For consumers, koozies help keep drinks colder by insulating them from warm air and warm hands, and by wicking away condensation. They also help set apart cans and bottles from the crowd, so everyone can keep track of their own drinks at social gatherings.