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Different Graphics Outputs for Different Imprint Processes


By Clay Barbera - Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Why Graphic Layers Don’t Matter for Screen-Printing, But Do -BIG TIME- for Cutting Artwork sent to production for different processes needs to be prepared differently. Recognizing these forms of output and their different requirements will help us in Cutting, Direct print, Sublimation, and in a much different way for Embroidery.  I would like to...

Cutting Time, Not Just Vinyl


By Clay Barbera - Wednesday, July 27, 2016
I would like to offer some insight in graphic development for vinyl applications. Better results come from not only using higher quality vector artwork, but some art techniques as well. The quality of the graphic will not only determine your ability to edit and customize, but also to cut, weed, apply, and press. Not all artwork is created equal,...

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...

Editing for the Non-Digitizer


By Ruth Guenther - Saturday, July 2, 2016
The digitizing process is the programming of the actual design.  Editing, which is manipulating the design, is done after digitizing.  While knowing how to digitize efficiently is important for the shops that want to undertake this step (you can send your artwork to contract digitizers), knowing simple editing techniques is crucial for flexibility...

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...

Dipping Garments Illustrated!


By DrPrint - Saturday, February 20, 2016
Most garment decorators, whether we screen print, embroider or apply heat-transfers, do the same things over and over. They don’t always seem to get very excited about another shirt because for the most part, they’ve been there, done that.  Decorating a garment that hasn’t been printed yet certainly creates a little more excitement, especially...

Sublimation - The Short Run / On Demand Solution


By Jimmy Lamb - Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Have you ever had a customer spend an hour (or more) of your time placing a highly-detailed custom order only to announce that it needs to be filled by lunch time?  It’s tough enough getting people to spend money in today’s challenging financial climate, but then to have them place a set of unrealistic conditions on the job such as an impossible...

Success in Direct-to-Garment Printing


By Terry Combs - Sunday, January 17, 2016
Direct-to-Garment printing is like any other business. It’s more than just buying the equipment and supplies, and hanging out your “Open for Business” shingle. If you’re not already running a business, you’ll need to look at the big picture… pricing your product, marketing, setting up a business checking account, and all the other steps and...

The Embroidery Formula - What I Wish I Would Have Learned in the Beginning


By Andrea Bommarito - Wednesday, December 16, 2015
As an embroiderer, I am always learning and growing. As a teacher, I am always thinking about what I wish I had learned before embarking on the long journey to comprehension.  With embroidery (and I’m sure any other form of decoration), there are so many reasons, so many techniques, and so many ways to produce just one item. In the beginning, I...

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