Custom-Printed Apparels and How Sport Events Make Use of Them
Thsirt Printing 101: Going To Press
In order to mount the screen in the print head with ease you can draw cross hairs on your pallet. If your pallet is somewhat clean and the cross hair lines are dark, you will be able to see them through most emulsions before they are inked up. After the screen has been inked up and used a bit, it may be difficult to see your cross hairs on the pallet. Take the time to line up your screen properly before you ink it up.
For multi color prints go from the most amount of information and the darkest color first to the lightest color with the least amount of design on the screen. I draw a cross hair on my master pallet and line up my black printer to that first. I always line up my black printer first, the one with the most information, then line all other colors up to that. Take some time to do this before inking up so you can get it as close as possible.
Whether you are a big sports enthusiast or not, you must be aware on what every team players wear during games – apparels or shirts that are customized for the team. Just by looking at the logos printed on the shirts, one can easily identify what team it is even from afar. This is indeed the new trend in uniforms as it veers away from the boring and very typical designs; because it is customized, the team can decide on what to print and how the logo will also be presented. With a team getting identified as a member of a team or group, these shirts can also bring unity to a group of people who have the same goals and enjoy the same sports.
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.
If this was done by going through traditional stores before, this is no longer the only available option now; online custom apparel printing is very much possible through the aide of the growing internet technology. This works by simply uploading the logo of your choice, selecting the right color for it and adding a few more details such as the names and numbers that you want to see there as well. So don't worry if you feel your shirt is too plain and simple for sports use because having it digitally printed and custom-made will change everything – expect to have the best and hottest sports apparel soon enough.
As far as custom printing is concerned, it covers a lot of areas and not just personalizing t-shirts. There is after all basketball, baseball and other kinds of sports, that just the same need certain personalizing processes, therefore making the options bigger and wider. Printing is after all not limited to one type of apparel but rather all other types that are made with different materials and quality as well. 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. Even jackets, caps and other sporting wear can benefit from a great print design too. For sports team going on long travels, the custom-printed jackets are just perfect.
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.
Naturally, the custom-printed apparels are made for the players, the coaches and other sporting staff. But have you ever thought of also making some for your cheerers and fans watching the game? Fans and supporters feel and show their support by also wearing shirts with the team logo printed on it; this is probably the reason why many people sell such shirts, as they see the great demand for this especially during games and competitions. Therefore, it can also be done for the purpose of raising money or funds for certain causes.