Short Course on Apparel –
Covering The Basics of Tshirt Printing
(Without Being Overwhelmed)
Raise Publicity with Custom T Shirt Printing
Custom printed apparel is an excellent way to promote things or even advertise a cause; with custom printed apparel, you can print personalized logos and designs on apparel and allow folks use it so that you get free advertising. When it comes to promotional purposes, it is without a doubt that custom printed apparel is one of the cheapest ways to raise publicity; it is also very sought after among the masses and even teens to older people prefer this over other promotional items.
Thsirt Printing 101: Artwork
Remember, for every color you wish to print, you will need a separate screen. Multi color artwork is separated into different "printers". If your design has three colors, there will be three pieces of film and three screens made from them. Each screen will print a different part of the design in its respective color. We will proceed from here as though we are only doing a one color. Repeat the process for multiple colors with each piece of film for your design.
Once you have created your art and output it to a film positive, you will be ready to prepare your screen to receive the image you just created on the film
There a lot of reasons for investing in custom printed apparel for your promotional needs and some of these reasons will be discussed in this article; the first reason is that it is cheaper than other promotional items and is very cost-effective. Because it is cheap, you don't need a big budget to start your promotional campaign and you can even start with a small amount of custom printed clothing, just to be safe; the next reason is that it has a built-in repeat factor, meaning that it can be used multiple times and this is very important in advertising. There have been research that summarize that for a prospective client to become excited about a product, it must be displayed to him/her at least nine times; should you use other advertising avenues like TV ads, repetition can get very costly, on the other hand with custom printed apparel, you only have to pay for the production of the clothing.
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.
The people who wear custom printed apparel the promotes certain things are also a factor in making this promotional strategy an effective one because the act of wearing some clothing that promotes something means that you approve of that product or that cause, thus potential customers will know that there are a lot of people that can vouch for that product or for that cause; additionally, most people think that custom printed apparel is expensive because it is made for a specific reason, thus people won't be ashamed to wear it. Custom printed apparel can also be utilized to help other promotional tools like a magazine wherein if individuals purchase a magazine they also get a free custom printed t-shirt , and since custom printed apparel has a high perceived price , a lot of people be more willing to purchase the magazine ; with the age of the internet in these modern times , the appropriate words or the perfect message on custom printed apparel can go viral instantaneously and improve the traffic to your internet sites be substantial quantities.
Thsirt Printing 101: Taping Off The Screen For Printing
If you have multiple designs on one screen, you will want to obviously cover the designs you are not printing while you print another. If the stencil is not inked, I will tape it off on the ink well side so that it stays clean and I can easily line it up on the pallet for use next. If it something that has already been printed, tape it off on the substrate side to cover the ink already in the stencil. I use pieces of glossy magazine paper with masking tape. Just tear a piece of the glossy magazine paper to fit the design and tape down with masking tape to prevent unwanted ink passage. The longer you leave this on the screen the more difficult it may be to remove and clean out the mesh in the design you have covered during a print run. This is especially true if the area gets ink soaked and ink passes to the magazine paper. It will get oily looking but it will not leave ink on the shirts. It will clog the screen if left for long periods of time but it is possible to clear it out with screen opener.