How to Achieve Maximum Success
with Tshirt Printing
Why Sporting Events Benefit from Tshirt Printing & Custom-Printed Apparel
Custom-printed apparels, 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 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. But more than that, these printed apparels can do so much more as it conveys a feeling of being united as a team with the way it expresses a number of people believing in the same thing.
Thsirt Printing 101: Coating The Screen With Emulsion
The side of the screen that comes in contact with the tee shirt is known as the substrate side. The side where the ink is placed and pushed through the screen with the squeegee is known as the ink well side. You will want the thickness of the stencil to be apparent on the substrate side. This is accomplished by how you coat and dry the emulsion on the screen.
Coating your screens with emulsion should be done in subdued yellow or red light. This part of the process is often done in a "dark room" or an "exposing room" where the exposure table is also located. This is very handy as when the screens are dry, they will need to be handled in the same lighting conditions to place artwork on prior to exposure.
With the use of the digital technology, there are now online shops that offer apparel printing through the internet. 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.
There is still a lot to learn and know about custom printing, aside from the popular method of customizing shirts. Keep in mind that there are other sports and sports wear that can also be customized such as baseball shirts and basketball jerseys for example. T-shirts are the most common and popular but there are still other materials to consider. This can also be a great way for friends who want to look unique and stand-out from the sea of other sports players in the field. 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: Thin Some Colors More Than Others -- Since our test job is a three-color print we will thin our lightest colors a little more. This will generally be the FIRST COLOR YOU PRINT and it needs to penetrate INTO the garment more than the others so you won't pick it up on the bottoms of the other screens. If black is our last color, we can thin it less. It needs to lay on top of the other colors and will blend in with the undercolors if it is too thin.
As intended, the customized item will be handed and distributed to those involved in the game like the players and coaches. 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. In some instances, this is made into a very profitable business as the shirts are sold to the loyal fans. And since this kind of business is one that sells like pancakes, it is also turned into a means of raising funds and money for good causes.
Thsirt Printing 101: Washing Out The Stencil
At this point it is helpful to use a very low pressure air hose to gently blow out the water and any remaining scum out of the open mesh area which is now your stencil. The emulsion is still very wet and delicate so be extremely careful not to use too much air pressure as this may blow away parts of the emulsion resulting in stencil damage. Avoid touching the emulsion and/or allowing any debris to come in contact with it. Allow the screen to completely dry out. The emulsion should be thoroughly dry. The drying time will depend on the relative humidity in your geographic region.