Some people pass their messages by talking, others say it through the written words while others simply use apparel. Custom apparel printing is also a way of making a statement of your personality. Normally, apparels bear messages in the form of photos, patterns, drawings and words. The kind of printed apparel a person chooses is usually at their discretion.
Thsirt Printing 101: Post Cure
Many screen printers employ a technique known as the post cure. This is often done whether or not a photo emulsion was used as block out. In general, this is done to ensure that the ink well side of the screen is fully cured. The screen is simply put back on the exposure unit, this time with the ink well side facing down toward the light source, and exposed again. The top is pulled down but the vacuum is not necessary for this. We are just making sure all of the emulsion is fully cured and hard. Dual cure emulsions may not respond to post cures.
Now the screen is ready to tape off and go to press.
People have different tastes and preferences, and this is seen in custom apparel printing as well. Custom apparel printing has many designs, and that is the best part for people who like to wear creative designs. The apparels can have highly versatile, high contrast, metallic shades, to puffy and glow in the dark in different designs. Once you have identified the kind of printing you want, you will be on course to getting the best print jobs available. However, there is nothing wrong with trying out something new. People who have never done this before can ask their designers for help.
Most people associate custom apparel printing with companies seeking to promote different items. Different people, including the young, old, men and women can still wear apparel. You can buy them for your kids and pets as well. Credibility of the company becomes more real in the face of potential customers when they encounter company employees donned in well designed company attires.
Thsirt Printing 101: How To Hold and Move the Squeegee
Another debatable area. A lot of printers use the standard "two-hand, top grip, pull towards you" stroke. While this works good, it can cause some problems if printing all day long. Not only will the tips of your fingers and thumbs be sore (and maybe numb!) you may also feel tenderness in your wrists. What you are getting is a repetitive motion disorder known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Some people can print all their lives and never get this. I am one of them. Others print only a few hours and have a problem. To minimize this problem you should use one of the special ergonomic squeegees that force you to hold your hand wider. You can also pad the handle with foam and tape or purchase the new squeegee pad made specifically for this industry. Carpal Tunnel is a very real disorder that should not be ignored.
That small logo at the front of stunning polo shirt says a lot about the company even before you utter a single word. If it is very stunning chances are that people will be attracted to it. They get to draw curious people who will definitely want to know about the business. They are likened to dozens of walking billboards out there selling your brand. There are very many apparels that can be printed. Such printing looks good on t-shirts, handbags, hats, and so on.
An advantage of custom printed apparel is that they have a very good turnaround time. Some designers will only ask for ten days to get done with the order. The period covers the steps of ordering, designing and delivery, which are all part of the process. Most designers have invested in customer service personnel who hold your hand through the process. Clients get good service from the designers as well. With great customer service, it becomes easy for the client to voice all concerns they might be harboring.
Unlike in other fields, it is not difficult getting designers to print your apparel. It is possible to get designers offline and online without going through a lot of trouble. You can get a good designer by asking people who have printed apparel before. It is important to ask a designer to show you their portfolio so that you can see if they can do a good job. You will not have to worry much about cost when looking for custom apparel printing. Different designers offer different costs, which means you can compare and get the best.
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.
A good designer may suggest that you drop some colors to save on cost. When producing an apparel, the designer will take it through the same process as the number of colors. The cost will also come down for people who order in bulk. In some instances, a designer will use some designs that are drawn from other places as well. Using designs from other cultures will make your pieces stand out. This is because they make it easy for a potential customers to seek help from an employee without confusing them with fellow customers. The attires usually make employees to be easily recognized in the store and in turn, enhances good service delivery to customers.
Lastly, the custom branded apparels will serve to reinforce comradeship and a sense of pride among the employees. They get to feel like they belong somewhere and are therefore bound together by the fact that they all represent a common brand.