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3 Things You Can do to Save Yourself from Polyester Dye Migration

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Jul, 20, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Polyester and poly blend garments continues to grow in popularity over the years. It has become one of the most common types of materials used in the promotional apparel world. When printing on polyester and polyester blends, it can sometimes prove to be a struggle, as it's one of the most challenging fabrics to print on. 

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Topics: polyester printing

Screen Print vs. Digital: 5 Elements to Consider Before Deciding

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Apr, 03, 2015 @ 17:04 PM

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When deciding between DTG and screen print for your next apparel run, its important to understand the unique benefits each has to offer.DTG printing is typically favored for those fast, low run, high color count jobs; whereas, screen print will offer a better range of color, more flexibility in what it can print on, better hand ondarks and a much larger printable size range.  As technology advances, the gap between these two methods will narrow. Below are 5 elements to understand before choosing between screen print and DTG:

1. SIZE

If you’re going for a standard full front design, digital and screen are good to go.  If you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional like an all over print, then there will be a clear choice.  While there may be some minor limitations, screen printing can get this done with ease.  Round one goes to screen printing.  

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Topics: digital printing, digital t-shirt printing, screen print

Decoration, Timeline & Budget: What You Need to Know

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Dec, 22, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Ordering custom decorated apparel for your clients can be a fun and easy process if you are working with the right decorator. It’s simply a matter of communicating and planning with your decorator in advance to sort through the various apparel applications and options. This article is designed to walk you through the various steps to think about when working with your client and decorator during the planning, budgeting and timeline stages. 

Decoration

There are three primary techniques used to customize company apparel. These processes are screen print, embroidery, and digital printing. Casual clothes ordered in large quantities may be best suited for screen printing, whereas fast turns on full color designs may call for digital print production. Embroidery communicates high quality, professionalism, and elegance. 

Each technique has a design style best suited to its process and result. They may have embroidery in mind, but if your client has a logo that will look better screen printed,  you’ll want to opt them in for the best result. That being said, each process is pretty versatile. Your decorator should help you target the ideal scenario to make sure your client isn’t disappointed with the final product. 

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How to Use Pantone Colors for Embroidery & Screen Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Dec, 08, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Pantone colors are the universal language for communicating specific colors right down to the shade. This language overcomes distances and computer monitors with different calibrations. If both parties involved in a project are looking at a Pantone book, referencing the exact number, both parties can rest assured that they are on the same page.

Brand guidelines define specific colors of logos in terms of Pantones. Designers call out Pantone colors in their work so the image can be re-created exactly from digital media to print and embroidery. As decorators, we live and die by Pantone colors. However, the language of Pantone colors translates a little differently between screen print and embroidery - like a different dialect between the mediums of decoration. Let’s look at why and what this means for the logo or design you are having screen printed or embroidered.

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How to Ensure High Quality With Your Screen Printed Tees

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Oct, 09, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

Whether you plan to order screen-printed t-shirts in the near future, or might some time down the line, there are important variables to consider in order to make sure your clients’ custom t-shirts don’t suffer from regular wash and wear.

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The Art of Digital Printing on Dark Garments

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Sep, 29, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Digital printing on dark t-shirts or garments is not quite the same as printing on white or light ones. The direct-to-garment process is similar to screen print in that a white foundation or white under base must be printed first, allowing the design colors to be visible. Color may not look quite as bright when an under base is used, and the feeling of the printed shirt is not as soft.

In the process of direct-to-garment printing there is an additional step involved with printing the under base. It’s called “the pre-treat.” Colored or dark garments require the print area to be sprayed or treated, with a non-toxic primer. This primer facilitates the bond between the white ink and the garment or material surface. Depending on the design, a pre-treat can double the amount of time it takes to produce a digital print order. Although the pre-treat solution is non-toxic, it can leave a faint residue on the shirt, and it is strongly recommended that these shirts be washed before wearing.

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Understanding Fabric Types & Threads for Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Sep, 23, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

Before we get into various fabric types for embroidery, there is a term you should be familiar with - backing. Backing is a specialized piece of fabric used as a foundation for stabilizing embroidery stitches. Fabric, by nature, is very flexible. Backing has a stiffness and gives the stitches something stable to hold on to.

There are various types of backing for different fabrics and purposes. You don’t need to worry about selecting the proper backing. The embroidery experts will do that for you. Backing comes in white for light garments and black for dark garments to reduce visibility. In most cases, the backing is undetectable.

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Coated, Uncoated and Under Base Effects when Screen Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Sep, 18, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

When you say red, you could mean any number of a gazillion shades. When you say red 485c, you mean one very specific shade. Pantone® colors are used to select and accurately communicate color in a variety of industries.

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Understanding the Art of Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Sep, 16, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Embroidery’s craft origin gives it an air of refinement, elegance, and respectability. For this reason, designers utilize embroidery for custom embellishment in many applications from functional uniforms to high fashion. Technology advances in the embroidery industry have made high quality custom garments an affordable option for even the more casual affairs like golf tournaments and trendy retail items. These days, we add versatility to list of words that describe embroidery.

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What You Need to Know About Digital Printing on Fabrics

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Sep, 12, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Digital printing on fabric is very similar to the way an inkjet photo printer prints on paper. There are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) ink jets that spray the design onto a substrate. These inks are translucent and the amount of each color that is sprayed on the material determines the end color produced.

When printing digitally, re-creating the color you see on a computer monitor is a pretty easy process, mostly because the computer does all the calculations to determine the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow, or black needed to reproduce that color. By comparison, with screen printing a highly skilled color separator selects the amount of inks that will be transferred to the garment, and how they will be layered. It is a much more labor-intensive process.

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