Tshirt Printing for Sporting Events and Activities
Tshirt Printing, specifically shirts, have always been the biggest things or staple in every kind of sports team known. The popularity of the trend has been more beneficial for the watchers of the game and supporters of the team because telling which team is which is made easy; with the team logos printed on the players' shirts, they can easily be identified. This has indeed become the latest sporting uniforms regardless of the sports; with the unique designs, uniforms are seen at a new light. But aside from being identified, the same uniform custom-printed shirts can also unite a group of people as it gives a sense of belonging and togetherness.
Thsirt Printing 101: Coating The Screen With Emulsion
Depending on how good your air circulation is and how many screens you coat at one time, your drying time can be anywhere from an hour for one screen to overnight for a rack full. The drying time will also depend on the relative humidity in your geographic region. Remember that the area where the screens are drying with emulsion should be a clean room with minimal dust being airborne. Dust that falls onto the surface of the wet emulsion on the screen is most likely to cause pinholes or blockage within your stencil area.
Once the screen is dry it is very light sensitive and all steps hereafter up until the screen is taken out of the exposure unit should be done in subdued yellow or red light.
Thsirt Printing 101: Taping Off The Screen For Printing
If you have multiple designs on one screen, you will want to obviously cover the designs you are not printing while you print another. If the stencil is not inked, I will tape it off on the ink well side so that it stays clean and I can easily line it up on the pallet for use next. If it something that has already been printed, tape it off on the substrate side to cover the ink already in the stencil. I use pieces of glossy magazine paper with masking tape. Just tear a piece of the glossy magazine paper to fit the design and tape down with masking tape to prevent unwanted ink passage. The longer you leave this on the screen the more difficult it may be to remove and clean out the mesh in the design you have covered during a print run. This is especially true if the area gets ink soaked and ink passes to the magazine paper. It will get oily looking but it will not leave ink on the shirts. It will clog the screen if left for long periods of time but it is possible to clear it out with screen opener.
With the modern age and technology, even t-shirt and apparel printing can now be done online though the many shops available. Yes, this is very much possible because a simple upload of a photo/image is needed to get your designs done and printed just as you want it to; once that is accomplished, you will have the option to personalize and play around with the colors and other details you wish to put in there. You may have started out having this plain white t-shirt but after going through the process, it will instantly transform into a rocking and cool sports shirt!
Custom-printing does not simply end with shirts and personalizing them. It can also consist of different types of sports apparels from basketball jerseys, baseball shirts and numerous other sports apparel. This shows how flexible apparel printing may be as it can work with not just the typical shirts but also those with different materials. Friend playing the same game and sports can also turn this into a way to bring out their inner artists, as they come up with stand-out designs for the prints. Don't stop at just the t-shirts because you can always add some more design to your sports jackets and caps too – for a complete sporty make-over! More than just for personal use though, having the team jackets custom printed makes it the more exciting especially when the team goes on leagues and championships out the state or even the country.
Thsirt Printing 101: How To Hold and Move the Squeegee
How Many Strokes Do You Do?
Does it take three strokes in both directions to "work" the ink in to the garment? I'd like to see the print! You really don't have to work the ink into the garment. Just print the shirt with ONE – or maybe two strokes. If you must use two strokes for better coverage DO THEM IN THE SAME DIRECTION! If you have to do two or three strokes then maybe your ink is too thick and it is not flowing good through the screen. Try thinning it down a little and see what happens.
Naturally, the custom-printed apparels are made for the players, the coaches and other sporting staff. If that were the case, then the fans and top cheerers should also be handed out with custom printed sports shirts, since they are also very much part of the team as well. For the business-minded people, these sports shirts are turned into money-making options as they sell it to people who also love the team. Therefore, it can also be done for the purpose of raising money or funds for certain causes.