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    November 19, 2019 10:30:00 AM CST

    The Art Of Digital Printing On Dark Garments

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    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.

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    November 5, 2019 9:15:00 AM CST

    How To Ensure High Quality With Your Screen Printed Tees

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    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 ensure high quality screen printed tees. Below are the types of shirt printing these elements apply to:

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    October 15, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT

    3 Keys To A Successful All-Over Print Design

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    There is a true art to designing a t-shirt for the all over press. It isn't as simple as taking any piece of art and blowing it up huge and slapping it on a tee. For a successful all over print, it's important to work with the machine as a screen print medium and consider it's drawbacks and weak points.

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    October 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    How Screen Printing Works For 2-Ply Garments

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    Ply has a couple of meanings in the apparel industry. If you’re talking dress shirts, ply is the number of yarns twisted together to make a single thread that is woven into a fabric. For screen printers, 2-ply is referring to a garment constructed with two fabric layers. Common 2-ply garments are windbreakers, athletic shorts, and the hood on some styles of sweatshirts. Because the two layers of fabric are generally sew together at the edges and are loose against each other, there is an extra step and some additional equipment required to print these garments. Let’s take a look.

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    October 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT

    3 Ways To Avoid Polyester Dye Migration

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    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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    September 30, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    3 Types Of Embroidery Stitches

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    As a Promotional Product expert knowing as much as you can about the apparel decorating processes will help you with your sales. As partners we feel it is our responsibility to give you the information you need to sell. Today were going to talk about embroidery stitches. 'Apparel Decoration' companies use 3 distinct embroidery stitches to create the beautiful custom embroidered garments you see. Each stitch creates a different look on the fabric.

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    September 3, 2019 7:30:00 AM CDT

    Decoration, Timeline & Budget: What You Need To Know

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    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. 

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    August 27, 2019 6:50:00 AM CDT

    Coated, Uncoated & Under Base Effects When Screen Printing

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    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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    August 5, 2019 7:30:00 AM CDT

    Know Your Options When Creating Custom Embroidery

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    When it comes to the decorating of apparel, embroidery can be considered the alpha when stacked up against its counterparts -screen print and digital print. A fully formed practice for a long time, embroidery is used to decorate polos, caps, bags, luggage, and much more. When talking custom embroidery for decorated apparel, its important to understand the options available to you, as well as the process involved.

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    July 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT

    5 Pantone Colors To Reconsider On Screen Printed T-Shirts

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    Pantone® colors are invaluable tools in most graphics related fields. However, when it comes to screen printing on dark t-shirts and other textiles, some Pantone® colors don’t print precisely like the chip or fan book. The following is a list of 5 colors to avoid if at all possible because you may not get what you expect.

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    July 9, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT

    How To Use Pantone Colors For Embroidery & Screen Printing

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    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.

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