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.
If you're considering branching out your screen printing from textiles, UV inks can help open up new possibilities.
February 26, 2018
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.
If you're not careful, scorching can ruin your screen printed garments! Here are some steps you can take to prevent excess heat from causing damage.
February 13, 2018
Screen printing requires heat. Every screen printer knows that applying the right amount of heat for the right amount of time results in a crisp screen print that’s fully bonded to your substrate. Sometimes, however, heat can prove the enemy.
Giving capillary film a try can help create more uniform screen printing stencils for sharper looking prints.
February 13, 2018
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.
New advances in technology are helping screen printing keep pace with the rise of digital printing.
February 08, 2018
Screen printing remains the top method for garment decoration for a variety of reasons. It’s a straightforward, versatile and time-tested process that’s economical for high-volume printing and delivers great results on almost any substrate. However, emerging new technologies have created some doubts about screen printing’s future. So where might the screen printing industry be headed in coming years?
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.