Don’t Mess with The Mouse

By Clay Barbera - Saturday, November 2, 2019
There are a few underlying ‘laws’ in our industry that newcomers should be made aware of. Copyrights, Registered Copyrights, and Trademarks are to be honored. Understand that people have poured their blood sweat and tears into a unique brand. They may have invested decades and worked very hard to establish a small corner-niche in a specific market...

An Imprint Industry Designer

By Clay Barbera - Friday, October 25, 2019
Producing quality artwork is not as difficult as you might think. Our industry values quality graphic and design skills just as highly as any ‘artistic’ media. The difference is; our graphics are relatively simple in comparison. Speak to a “classically trained Graphic Designer” (with the student loans to prove it), about our industry. Watch their...

Corel Shortcuts

By Clay Barbera - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Website Growth and Online Design

By Clay Barbera - Friday, December 8, 2017
Small or large, imprint companies today must have a good online presence. With a universal source for all information, questions, and solutions, the internet has become a singular location for all our, and importantly our customers’, inquiries. There is simply no better way to present products, services, and resources than with a strong website....

Empower Yourself With A Break

By Katie Wubben - Monday, July 24, 2017
I think you and I may be alike in a few significant ways. If you're reading this article, I think it's likely you're an entrepreneur. Or you're an employee who cares as much as an entrepreneur. This tells me you may set the bar of expectations quite high for yourself, are goal-oriented, and are always thinking of the next big move. This is what...

Sublimation Ghosting Busting

By Aaron Montgomery - Sunday, February 12, 2017
Ghosting mainly occurs in sublimation when the ink is still active even after you have opened the heat press as the transfer paper could have slightly moved during this process. When opening the heat press, the substrate and paper might move slightly resulting in the image to be slightly skewed from where it was intended to be pressed. This will...

Decoding 3D Sublimation

By Aaron Montgomery - Tuesday, November 15, 2016
What is 3D Sublimation? If you've never heard of 3D Sublimation before, don't be alarmed. It is a relatively unused process that is currently being adopted by specialized markets. It sounds a lot harder than it is since the sublimation process is the same as using a standard flat or mug press. Remember, a combination of heat and pressure is needed...

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 Embroidery - Part 4

By Scott M Ritter - Friday, September 9, 2016
<Back to Part 3 If you have a calculator and an embroidery log with a number of varied jobs in front of you, you have everything you need to calculate two out of the four timeframes you need for pricing embroidery. The other two timeframes will take a little time and observation, as well as a clock with a second hand or stopwatch. The first...