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  • Digital Direct SFX

    Digital Direct SFX

    Metal foil printing
    By: Paul Green
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  • Four-Color Process Printing

    Four-Color Process Printing

    Breathing new life into an old technology
    By: Mark A Coudray
    If you’re either very new or very old in this business, you’ll have come across four-color process (4CP) printing. For those who are very experienced (20 years or more), 4CP or CMYK printing was the only real way of achieving photo-realistic reproduction. For more than 150 years, this was the way all full-color printing was done for all printing processes.
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  • How to Protect Yourself when Purchasing Capital Equipment

    How to Protect Yourself when Purchasing Capital Equipment

    The purchase of capital equipment can be a major investment for any size business, but especially so for small businesses. In fact, a capital investment that turns sour can put a small company out of business. If you're a small company, and you think you don't have the time or resources to thoroughly vet the manufacturers you're considering, ask yourself what would happen to you and your business if you spent $10,000, $20,000, $50,000 or more on a machine that didn't perform as expected, broke down frequently, was hard to get repaired, or wasn't worth fixing. If you don't have the resources to vet a manufacturer beforehand, will you have the resources—and time—to sue? Or the resources to keep your business afloat while you continue to make payments on non-functioning equipment?

    Here are some steps you can take...
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  • SFX Inks: Looking Back to Move Forward

    SFX Inks: Looking Back to Move Forward

    In the revolving door of apparel decoration, everything old is new again. Stand out from your competition by innovating your ink and printing applications. By Ed Branigan, Contributing Writer In the garment embellishment business, anyone who has ever stood in front of a roomful of merchandisers and designers has heard the same question: “What’s new?” The pressure on their end is understandable. To convince large retail companies or licensed brands to use their services, they must show their abilities to design and execute sleek or cutting-edge printing techniques ...
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  • Q&A Troubleshooting Guide

    Q&A Troubleshooting Guide

    This issue is sponsored by the letters Q and A. Posing some of the most common questions and the answers to them, Printwear’s resources from all around the industry pitched in to build this comprehensive troubleshooting guide. Thumb through the following pages, sorted by the main decorating disciplines, to gain insight that will keep your business on the right track. And, keep this issue handy on the production floor for when the unexpected arises.

    Have a Q without an A? Check the Q&A tab at printwearmag.com to peruse through fresh content. And, if you’re still stumped, post your question to the site.


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  • Ghost Images in Screen Printing: Cause and Prevention

    Ghost Images in Screen Printing: Cause and Prevention

    By: Rick Roth
    Original Publish Date: October 2011

    When sitting around the campfire, there’s nothing like a good ghost story to scare the heck out of you. Well, gather round the flames of your gas dryer and let’s spin a tale that will make a screen printer’s hair stand up on end.
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  • Printing for Retail

    Printing for Retail

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  • Going Green

    Going Green

    Why a Sustainability Program Makes Economic Sense for Your Shop

    January 09, 2012 By Marshall Atkinson, Contributing Writer I could easily write an article describing the myriad ways every apparel decorator can contribute to the “greening” of the industry. You can’t pick up a newspaper, magazine or watch a television show without someone blathering on about Global Warming, Save the Planet or another trendy, talking-head catch phrase. Removing the feel-good and karma-building reasons as to why a shop sustainability program should be implemented, I’ll discuss the real reason many companies are actually making such effo...
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  • Screen Cleaning and Reclaiming

    Screen Cleaning and Reclaiming

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  • Boost Your Business with Social Media Marketing

    Boost Your Business with Social Media Marketing

    If you're not employing social media to promote your services, you may find you're losing business to competitors who are.

    By Deborah Sexton, Contributing Writer

    Have you been dragging your feet to get started using social media as a marketing tool? If so, you may want to check out how many of your competitors already are on Facebook and Twitter. Next, you may want to see if your competitors have gained some of your customers as “fans” or “followers.” Like it or not, social media has firmly established...
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