Thsirt Printing 101: Artwork
There are many different ways of generating artwork from simply hand drawing it to using sophisticated computer software to create it. Artwork should be created specifically for the product it will be printed on. If the material is course and has texture, fine lines will not reproduce well. The bottom line is you need to know what you're doing here. If you're not sure do some research. The ultimate goal is to create a film positive of your art. This is simply a positive rendition of your art in black on a clear based transparent film. It could be anything from vellum to overhead transparencies. The most important thing of all when making your film is making sure it is dense enough. If the film is not 100% black in the artwork areas, then light will pass through it semi curing your emulsion which will cause it to be very difficult to wash out, if at all. The better your film is, the better your stencil will be on the screen and the easier it will be to make the screen.
When you roam around shopping centers, there are a lot of things that you want to buy but you hesitate because you want something that is personalized. Some of them are t-shirts which you like to share to other people. Seeing these items at the shopping mall every now and then halts your desire to keep them at home as they do not have enough value. But, if one person who is special to you finds time to buy any of the items but provide some customized imprints there, then, it will be a different story.
Thsirt Printing 101: Taping Off The Screen For Printing
Tape off any areas on the sides of the emulsion toward the frame edge where there may be no emulsion present. Typically a scoop coater for a 20 X 24 screen is about 14 inches wide. This will leave about 2 inches or less of open mesh on the length sides near the frame edge. Make sure to tape off all 4 sides to ensure that stray ink will not pass through unwanted areas of open mesh. Some screen printers prefer to do this with block out. I find using masking tape or screen tape is best and costs less. You can tape off the edges of a screen on either side. It is your preference. I tape off my screens on the substrate side because I work in such a way with my ink that tape on the ink well side gets in my way. This is because I prefer to use the more controlled, efficient, and ergonomic pull flood and push stroke.
It makes a lot of sense for you to think about getting some custom imprint services if you want to offer the people dear to you a simple item yet personalized. If one of your friends celebrates his birthday, he would never think about letting you buy a new sports car for him but he would appreciate the fact that you give him an item that has the print of the image of his favorite star. He will be so blessed to have you as a friend and would also do the same if you will be celebrating your natal day. If you are planning to do a family reunion, then, it makes sense to look for a set of shirts to be given to your relatives. Find a company out there that would do a custom imprint to the shirts to highlight your clan name.
The same concept could also be done when you desire to hold your reunion in class. Just ask your classmates what they want to get after the reunion so you can easily buy a bulk and send them to a printing company to customize them. There are various companies out there that could offer you custom imprint services. However, there are some important things which you need to take a look at before you would decide to pick the right one.
Detail is king but keep things simple: Everyone appreciates great drawing ability and attention to detail. There is nothing better than seeing a really well executed masterpiece on a tee, that you can study for hours. But equally, some of the most classic designs have been the simplest and get the message across through their simplest form. Anywhere in the middle and you may struggle to deliver a successful design.
It makes a lot of sense for you to think about getting not only limited services so you have to find a flexible printing company. But, for them to be flexible, it makes a lot of sense if they could manage to print on whatever kind of material you want to bring on to them. It will give you an advantage as you never have to look for other printing venues just to let other materials custom-printed.
It is also essential to have knowledge on the price of services. You have to get discounts as well if there are a lot of items that you like to be custom printed.
It is very important to you to think about assessing the quality of work. Some printing companies are better than the others so if you really want to bank on quality of work, then, you need to get a sample and see what you can get.