There certainly are graphic designers who get into screen printing as a way to turn their artwork into fun, wearable and profitable products. Most screen printers, however, don’t start out with a strong graphic design background. They learn the design basics and hone their skills as they grow, becoming more adventurous and advanced as they […]
January and February tend to bring a lull in the screen printing business, following the busy holiday season. With your screen printing equipment quieting down, this time of year offers the perfect opportunity to consider the screen printing and garment decoration trends for the year ahead. This way, you will be ready to meet customers’ […]
Mastering screen printing doesn’t mean turning out perfect screen prints every time. It does mean knowing what to do when prints don’t turn out quite the way you want them to. One common problem to troubleshoot is an uneven ink edge. When something is off in your screen printing process, the edges of your ink […]
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, […]
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.
In screen printing, as in most businesses, the faster you can get your work done, the more jobs you can take on and the more money you stand to make. One common bottleneck in the screen printing shop comes in art creation.
If you’re ready to challenge yourself – and make your shop stand out – halftone printing could be for you. With halftone prints, you can create shaded effects and photorealistic images on garments.
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.
As a screen printer, some of your daily operation is sure to include creating artwork for customers. Keeping as much of the screen printing process as possible under your control is the key to getting good results – you have plenty of variables to deal with. However, your clients will often want to provide the artwork for their orders themselves. If your customers know what they’re doing, this can save you some time. But more often than not it can cause a big headache.