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What the %$#@ is Simulated Process ?!?!

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Feb, 14, 2018 @ 09:02 AM


The overwhelming majority of screen print jobs are simple. One or two colors here and there and it’s done. But sometimes you or your client will have a grand vision for a complex artful design with utilizing a rainbow of colors. You might invision something like an oil painting or a photographic image. Back in the old days these sorts of images would be made using “four color process” or “CMYK” prints. But those prints tended to really work best only on light color shirts, the desired colors were really hard or impossible to get, it had lots of registration problems and never really had the vibrancy that was ideal. Read More

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ooooo Shiny... Foil Application: How it Actually Works

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Nov, 07, 2017 @ 16:11 PM



How it Works

Foil is a post-printing application, which can be applied on a press for certain affects. The means the design is printed first and a sheet of metallic foil is heat pressed during the second step. When the sheet is removed, foil adheres to any area printed in standard plastisol ink or a specially formulated foil adhesive clear ink. 

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What you need to know about Embroidery Threads

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Sep, 01, 2017 @ 13:09 PM


Basic Thread Types

There are two main thread types used for embroidery. They are rayon and polyester. Each type of thread has it’s advantages and is selected based on the logo or design and type of fabric to be sewn.

Rayon thread is shiny and smooth. It has a soft finish and is best for more delicate or high end clothing including corporate apparel, polos, and garments intended for retail sale.

Polyester thread is the more of a utilitarian thread and is used more often in uniforms for sports teams or industrial industries. It has a more matte appearance and is durable and strong. Polyester thread is also known for it’s ability to withstand bleaching, detergent, and hot water.

A Selection of our Specialty Threads  
Metallic Threads-
Metallic threads add a great contrast to many embroidery designs, however they can present a challenge to work with even for experienced embroiderers. Metallic threads feature a metal wrapping around an inner core. Because of this delicate structure, the less they are handled the better. These are also more expenive threads and much more difficult th e sew. There is a $1.50 upcharge per location when using these threads. 
Fire Resistant Threads-
Fire resistant embroidery thread are of interest to industries such as fire and safety, motor sports, aeronautics, transportation, public buildings, as well as children’s and infant’s wear. These threads are available in a variety of colors ranging from bright electric orange and fire engine red to soft pastels of pink and blue.
Solar Active-
Solare Active thread is a special brand of UV embroidery thread that actually changes color in the sunlight.  An extraordinary new thread designed and tested for today's high-speed embroidery machines that actually changes color in sunlight. Available in six sun activated changing colors. The thread is significantly more costly and more difficult to embroider so there is a $1.50 upcharge for using Solar Active thread. 


Choosing Thread Colors-

Most designers and graphic artists refer to Pantone colors when assigning specific colors in logos and art files. However, not all Pantone colors are available in threads. Chances are there is a thread color that will make a close match to the Pantone color that has been called out.

Thread manufacturers provide thread books that have a quick reference chart for Pantone conversion if you have specific Pantones selected. You can always consult with your decorator and even stop in to view the book and select from the thread colors that are available. There are even specialty thread options you may not know about, such as rainbow, reflective, neon, and glow-in-the-dark.



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Topics: screen printing

What You Need to Know About Screen Printing on Tri-Blend Shirts

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Aug, 01, 2017 @ 14:08 PM


Tri-blend t-shirts are one of the most popular options for apparel printing. Tri-blend t-shirts are made up of three materials—cotton, polyester, and rayon, and look great when decorated. The fabric is super-soft and comfortable, making tri-blends a popular choice. But although they’re a great option for wearing, there are some challenges screen printing on them. Here are some things to consider when sending tri-blend orders to your decorator. Read More

Topics: screen printing

Printing Pantone Colors on White Underlays 

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Apr, 13, 2017 @ 14:04 PM

Here's The Deal...

When you say red, you could mean any number of a gazillion shades. When you say red 485c, you mean one very specifc shade. Pantone® colors are used to select and accurately communicate color in a variety of industries. Every good screen print company uses an ink mixing system that corresponds with the Pantone® Matching System. However, despite the exact nature of Pantone® colors, what you see is not always what you will get when it comes to textile screen printing. Read More

Fabrics for Direct to Garment Printing

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Mar, 09, 2017 @ 16:03 PM

Things to Know about Fabrics for direct to Garment Printing


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What You Need to Know About Art For Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Feb, 21, 2017 @ 00:02 AM

Art for embroidery

In general, an embroidery art department can accept any type of artwork you provide right down to a sketch on a napkin. The important thing to remember is this: the better the art, the better the embroidery. The process for converting artwork to embroidery is called digitizing and the artists that do it are called - you guessed it - digitizers. Basically, digitizing is redrawing a logo or design as stitches in a special embroidery software program designed to do just that. Cleaner, more exact digital files allow the digitizer to be more exact with the stitch placement. The stitch instructions are saved to a disk by a digitizer. An operator takes the disk and inserts it into the embroidery machine, which reads the instructions.

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Embroidery Backing - A World Of Options

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Feb, 01, 2017 @ 14:02 PM

February is National Embroidery Month. This blog post is our first in a series about embroidery and its uses. Keep an eye out for our embroidery articles throughout the month.

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How Soft-Hand Printing on Dark Garments Works

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Jan, 25, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.

The most successful soft-hand screen prints begin with the design. Usually the shirt color works with the art and is allowed to influence the print color. This allows the printer flexibility to use regular plastisol, soft-hand inks, or discharge depending on the complexity of the design and amount of detail.

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Unique T-Shirt Packaging Ideas for More Sales

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Aug, 16, 2016 @ 16:08 PM

You’re in the business of showing new ideas, so finding unique and interesting ways to package shirts can lead to a boost in customer engagement and sales. Here at Sharprint, we encourage our clients to think outside the box when it comes to packaging for t-shirts, and today, we’re featuring a few unique ways to approach t-shirt packaging to better entice buyers.

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