If you’re familiar with the garment decoration or promotional product industry, you know there’s no shortage of methods used to apply a design to a t-shirt, sign or other item. Screen printing is one of the most well-established and time-tested methods. However, dye sublimation is a newer technology that has made rapid gains in the industry in recent years.
If you have mastered printing on sweatshirts, t-shirts and polos, it’s time to consider what other items you could offer to help expand your screen printing business. Screen printed sweatpants, yoga pants and athletic pants are perennial favorites for athletic teams and clubs, and as spirit wear and promotional items.
For many screen printers, dealing with color separations presents on ongoing battle. From understanding the different types of color separations and knowing when to use them to knowing how to troubleshoot tricky separations, many screen printers struggle to consistently produce successful color separations. From basics to overcoming obstacles, here is our guide to screen printing color separations.
Most screen prints involve laying down simple designs with finite borders, one color at a time. But every screen printer has to deal with more complex prints from time to time, whether it’s a four-color process job or a print with gradient tones for special effects.
Custom garment makers often line up on each side of the debate: Screen printing versus heat transfers. While the issue is one that can divide, the reality is that both types of garment decorating have their merits.
For all of the work that goes into creating the perfect screen print, perhaps the biggest element that determines the success or failure of a print is heat. The right flash temperature determines the integrity of your underbase, or whether a heat transfer will, well, transfer. Getting your ink to the ideal curing temperature for the correct amount of time determines whether your finished print will crack, peel or wash out.
In order to grow your screen printing business, it’s important to keep an eye out for new products you can add to your list of offerings. One customizable item that continues to grow in popularity is the reusable canvas tote bag.
Screen printing shops are full of dangers. Screen printers work with flammable substances, toxic chemicals, high-powered heating units and heavy machinery.
Everybody makes mistakes, but in the screen printing business, mistakes can cost you money.
From time to time, screen printing will throw some challenges at you that leave you guessing. How can you overcome particularly difficult jobs?