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.
Shopping around let you think of getting the best items in town but you decide to not continue in getting them on the cart because you feel that it makes sense to keep personalized items. You may like to buy t-shirts which would show your oneness when you are together. If you will just shop all these items, you will never give them high value because you can just see them everywhere. However, when somebody takes an effort to buy a certain item and think about printing an image that you like, then, you feel that you are given so much value.
If you want to offer all the people who are very close to you personalized items, then, you would look for custom imprint services out there. If somebody celebrates his birthday, he would never want to ask you to bring him a new car since it is very expensive and ideal. He would choose to get a bag that has an imprint of the face of his favorite star. A family reunion is one thing that you want to hold so if you want to have a good time with them, you should be creative enough about sending each person a souvenir item like shirts. Find a company out there that would do a custom imprint to the shirts to highlight your clan name.
You can also do the same if you are spearheading a class reunion. Once you have already thought of the things to be given as souvenirs, you can already pick a company that will print the class picture there to make them personalized.
Thsirt Printing 101: Checking For Pinholes
You can use some of the emulsion used to make the screen or old emulsion as block out. You can keep a small container of it so that you are able to take it out and work in daylight using it as needed. If you use photo emulsion to block out pinholes or any portion of your screen, you will need to do a post cure. You can use anything from the tip of a pencil to small fine art brushes and small plastic smoothers/scrapers to apply block out. It is most often applied to the substrate side but it is a good idea to make sure it is filled on both sides but remaining relatively flat. Don't create bumps or dimples by leaving large drops of emulsion to fill pinholes. Keep it smooth.
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.
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.
Another factor is the price. It will be beneficial on your part if they could give you quotes and discounts depending on the number of items that you wish to be custom printed.
The quality of work has to be evaluated also. It would be great if they could show you samples of their work so that you will know how good they are in terms of printing.