Screen Printing Articles

Screen Printing on Umbrellas


By DrPrint - Thursday, October 6, 2016
There are some items that are easier to print than expected if you understand the potential problems before you start.  Umbrellas are really easy once you have the proper items in place and work out the procedures. The first thing to realize is umbrellas are usually made of nylon.  When nylon is heated, it shrinks, so pre-shrinking the nylon is a...

Adding Sublimation To A Screen Printing Shop


By Jimmy Lamb - Friday, September 23, 2016
When it comes to mass printing of apparel, screen printing tends to win out in terms of cost and efficiency.  But what happens when a client wants an order of 12 t-shirts with an 8 color image?  Or suppose that same person needs some promotional items and/or signage – are you able to handle that too or do you wave bye-bye to those dollars as they...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing - Part 4


By Scott M Ritter - Friday, September 9, 2016
<Back to Part 3 Gathering Timeframes for Screen Printing Large corporations usually establish separate budgets for each department. They do this because each department performs a different task, has different needs, and provides different products or services to the company. In a way, each department is like a separate company producing a...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing or Embroidery - Part 3


By Scott M Ritter - Wednesday, September 7, 2016
<Back to Part 2 Time is Money Now that you have created your estimate for the amount of money your shop needs to generate annually, you also need to estimate the number of hours of production you will use as well. Just because you are open eight hours a day does not mean that production is occurring all day. In fact, most print shops won't...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing or Embroidery - Part 2


By Scott M Ritter - Wednesday, September 7, 2016
<Back to Part 1 Part 2 - Making Cents of it All: How Manufacturers Arrive at the Prices They Charge The whole idea behind the costing process is to arrive at an annual profit figure that the company can be happy with. They try to look at the big picture. Instead of looking at the cost of building a car, they look at the cost of building all the...

Guaranteed Profits for Screen Printing or Embroidery


By Scott M Ritter - Tuesday, September 6, 2016
If you are reading this, you probably already have a pricing structure that you are using, but you are not satisfied with the profits your company is making. So how did you come up with the prices you've been charging? Did you create your pricing system by checking a competitors price list, then - to gain a competitive advantage - undercut the...

Distress to Impress


By Clay Barbera - Tuesday, August 9, 2016
- By Eric Jenson In a world of creative ideas and revolving trends, new ideas are becoming an interesting topic. Some schools and companies have simplified their designs and follow the rinse and repeat rule.  Others are continually trying to revamp their brand or enhance their logo or mascot.  Adding visual value to an existing design or identity...

Using a dip tank is kinda like sharing your bath water...Your screens deserve better....


By Dave Gehrich - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Emulsion Remover Direct Application vs. Using a Dip Tank Many years ago, one of the most common means by which a screen was cleaned was through the use of a “hot tank”. A dip tank of sorts was filled with solvent and then heated to the point where a thorough soaking would allow the ink and emulsion to release from the mesh. Not only was the...

Color That Pops: Simulated Process on Light and Dark Garments


By DrPrint - Thursday, July 7, 2016
'Simulated process' is the process of breaking down an image and making it look like it was printed using four color process - but without the use of the process colors, and not limited to a specific number of colors.  It would usually be a raster image, meaning it was created or broken down in Photoshop or a similar program and is made up of...

Screen Exposure 101: Get it Right the First Time


By Scott M Ritter - Thursday, May 19, 2016
Almost every screenmaking problem a printer can have will be the result of either incorrect screen exposure or bad reclamation. (contaminated screens) We can look at reclaiming techniques another day, but to correct your exposure issues, we can resort to a technique that has been employed by amateur and professional photographers since the 1800's...

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