Thsirt Printing 101: Coating The Screen With Emulsion
Now the screen is ready to coat with emulsion. Emulsion is a light sensitive liquid chemical that is applied to the screen; it becomes most light sensitive when dry. For this step the best tool is a scoop coater even if you are the home printer. This is a tool devised to be used by hand that resembles a trough the width of the screen with a rounded smooth edge or "blade" on one side. Typically a scoop coater for a 20 X 24 screen is about 14 inches wide so that you may coat a screen length wise with one pass from bottom to top. It will give you the most consistent, smooth coat and provide even thickness in the emulsion as well. The thickness of your stencil is directly related to the amount of ink that will be deposited onto the shirt. The thicker the emulsion is, the deeper the stencil is and more room the ink will have to be deposited onto the shirt. This gives better "opacity" or "coverage".
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.
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.
Thsirt Printing 101: Going To Press
Now you are ready to go to press. We will assume that you are versed in the printing of a one color design; inking up the screen and flooding and stroking ink through the stencil onto the shirt with a squeegee. We will compare printing techniques later. For this part you will also need an understanding of how your particular press works. Get familiar with your press. Become friends with it. Name it, give it love for this machine you will be married to in a commercial business. The press can be your best friend and your worst enemy. Make sure your press is in good working order. Skimping on press maintenance and buying used equipment that is no longer in good shape is unwise. The better your press is, the easier it will be to print high quality prints quickly.
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.