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  • How to Print Halftones

    How to Print Halftones

    By: Joe Clarke

    Writing a how-to essay about four-color process, simulated-process or index color would be a lot sexier than one about halftones. But recent inquiries, feedback and observations all indicate we should walk before we run. So, here we’ll look at how to print a single-color halftone.


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  • Myth Buster!

    Myth Buster!

    A critical look into screen printing practices
    By: Joe Clarke
    It used to be that our supplier sales rep was a prime resource for help and technical insights. But the market has changed—since we commoditize most of the raw materials, vendors can no longer afford to share their insights door-to-door. The pittance we’ve saved in raw material costs (RMCs) is dwarfed by the inevitable increase in conversion cost, caused by these “would-be-savings” on supplies.
    Nonetheless, absent our itinerant merchants today, we surf the ‘N...
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  • Layout Logic

    Layout Logic

    Layout options for multi-disciplinary shops
    By: Lon Winters
    Original Publish Date: December 2012

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  • Create an SFX Lab

    Create an SFX Lab

    Five Steps to In-House R&D
    By: Ray Smith
    Original Publish Date: July 2012
    In today’s market, a screen printer must pursue any edge that gives an advantage. One very effective way to stand apart from competitors is to develop a proficiency in special effects printing. Unfortunately, basic special effect inks aren’t always enough (on their own) to make this distinction. A common problem among printers with special effects is the inability to print a specific effect consistently and efficiently.
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  • Artists and Engineers

    Artists and Engineers

    How engineering art for print can make a world of difference in productivity
    By: Joe Clarke
    Original Publish Date: August 2012
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  • The Superstar Employee

    The Superstar Employee

    By: Vince DiCecco When that order is up against its shipping deadline, who comes through for you? Your superstar. When you’re just not feeling well enough to make it to work, who keeps the shop running as smooth as silk in your absence? Your right-hand wo/man. What would you do without that special “go-to” person? But for all their strengths, superstar employees can also pose the toughest leadership challenge—particularly in a small business. Managers don’t just manage processes; managers manage people. People with hopes, fears and emotions—no matter how unpredictable or ju...
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  • Make Photoshop Pop

    Make Photoshop Pop

    By: Thomas Trimingham
    Original Publish Date: April 2012
    One of the fastest ways to create special effects in graphic designs is to use the style or action dialogs in Photoshop. Both of these tools have tremendous benefits to any designer that works in Photoshop, but they have some specific advantages to those artists that work in the garment decorating industry. Screen printing artists will find that there are heavy advantages to using both styles and actions in designing for garments, with only a few disadvantages.
    For those new t...
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  • Screen-Making Practicum

    Screen-Making Practicum

    By: Roger Jennings
    Original Publish Date: March 2012
    If you spend more than three minutes per screen setting up a job, have screen registration problems, flash cure frequently, or have heavy prints, these are among other problems that can be traced back to the screen-making process.
    The screen is simple, but technical. Understand the basics, and your print quality and productivity will improve and profits will increase. The screen tension, emulsion or capillary film coating, exposure unit, and reclaiming method all affect the stencil’s performance.
    Screen...
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  • 10 Ways to Save Money in Your Decorated Apparel Shop

    10 Ways to Save Money in Your Decorated Apparel Shop

    Eliminating inefficiencies, updating your insurance policy and bringing in a consultant are just a few ways you can save significant money in your shop.

    March 05, 2012
    By Greg Kitson, Contributing Writer

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  • Dissecting the Plant at Bamboo U

    Dissecting the Plant at Bamboo U

    Bamboo is a plant of all trades, it can be eaten, used for building sturdy structures and furniture, beaten to a pulp for paper and even woven into an incredibly soft wearable fiber. In recent years, we have seen an influx of brands and various versions of bamboo fabrics available on the market in every form from kitchen scrubbies to high-count bed sheets to high-performance and luxury clothing. It has been steadily gaining popularity as the world becomes more environmentally conscious and turns its focus towards sustainable clothing, living and farming. Here, we explore the benefit...
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