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Solving 4 Common Problems

Solving 4 Common Problems with Your Screen Printing Emulsion

Problems with your screen printing emulsion can be especially frustrating: You can’t turn out a good print if you have any problems with your screen’s emulsion or exposure. In a previous blog, we covered some common exposure problems and how to troubleshoot them. If you are still struggling to create, expose and reclaim screens, here are […]

5 More Artwork Preparation Mistakes for Screen Printers to Avoid

5 More Artwork Preparation Mistakes for Screen Printers to Avoid

We’ve said it before: A great screen print begins with great artwork. In a previous blog, we identified five common artwork mistakes that could be keeping you from getting the perfect print. Here are five more artwork mistakes to avoid in your screen printing shop. 1. Rushing the design process In a screen printing shop, […]

Essential Screen Printing Pre-Press Prep Habits Successful Printers Use

Essential Screen Printing Pre-Press Prep Habits Successful Printers Use

So much of your focus as a screen printer goes into perfect printing operations: Using the right off-contact, squeegee angle and pressure, and curing at the right temperature for the right amount of time. But when it comes to setting yourself up for the perfect press run, much of your success hinges on your screen printing pre-press operations.

How to Streamline Your Screen Printing

How to Streamline Your Screen Printing Artwork Production

Creating and manipulating art can be one of the most time consuming parts of a screen printer’s day. Here’s how to make it easier! Where do you see a slowdown in your production process? If work isn’t flowing quickly through your screen printing shop, your business is losing time and money. While many screen printing […]

Choosing Color Separation Software

Choosing Color Separation Software for Your Screen Printing Shop

Color separations are part of the daily grind in any screen printing shop. If you’re finding that your manual separations are taking up too much of your time, or if you’re ready to graduate to more intricate prints that require more complicated separations, it might be time to invest in color separation software for your shop.

How to Prepare Your Screen Printing Screens for Water-Based Ink

How to Prepare Your Screen Printing Screens for Water-Based Ink

We all know that screen printing with water-based ink brings some challenges. One of the biggest challenges of water-based ink is fighting stencil breakdown during printing.

How to Avoid Ghosting in Your Screen Printing Screens

How to Avoid Ghosting in Your Screen Printing Screens

Most of the time, reclaiming your screen printing screens is a pretty straightforward task. But occasionally you’ll run into an issue that can affect your print quality if not dealt with quickly: ghosting.

How to Print Film Positives for Sharp

How to Print Film Positives for Sharp Screen Printing Stencils

Developing art into film positives poses — for many screen printers — the biggest challenge in the screen printing process. Printing film positives that result in crisp, sturdy stencils does take some digital know-how, but like most of screen printing tasks, you can create film positives successfully by carefully following a process and paying attention to detail.

Get Crisp Screen Printing Stencils

Get Crisp Screen Printing Stencils with the Right Exposure Unit

Running a screen printing business means making big purchasing decisions. In addition to choosing a press, a dryer and perhaps a flash cure unit, you’ll need to choose a screen exposure unit.

Preparing Your Screens the Right Way

Preparing Your Screens the Right Way: Screen Printing Emulsion Techniques and Timing

Now that you understand the different types of screen printing emulsions and have selected the right emulsion for your shop, it’s time to talk about using those emulsions the right way to prepare your screens for a successful print run.

How to Expose Screen Printing Screens Like a Pro

How to Expose Screen Printing Screens Like a Pro

With so much attention on applying ink to shirts, it’s easy to forget that pre-press is just as important! If your screen hasn’t been properly prepared before it goes on the press, even perfect printing technique won’t deliver a quality print. There are so many variables that factor into exposing your screens it can be difficult to get a good result, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the process.

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