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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


    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


    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


    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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    June 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM CDT

    Why Embroidery Sew Outs May Vary From The Finished Product


    The best way to preview a new logo or design as embroidery is to see an actual sewn example. If you closely compare your sew out sample to a garment from the completed production run, it’s likely you will find some variance. If the same digitized file is used for both the sew out and the production, how is this possible?

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    June 11, 2019 7:21:00 AM CDT

    Screen Print Vs. Digital: 5 Elements To Consider Before Deciding


    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:

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    June 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    Choosing The Right Type Of Screen Printing For Your T-Shirts


    Specialty, all-over, over-sized, AOP plus, faux this, and vintage; these are some of the many different types of screen printing going on these days. The challenge lies in deciding which is going to produce the ideal product. To get the best result on any print, consult with your screen printer. By telling your screen printer what affect you would like to achieve, and providing any visuals you have, your printer can troubleshoot complications and poor printing issues. Together, you can find a solution that will produce the right result at the right price. 

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    November 7, 2017 4:32:23 PM CST

    Foil Application: How It Actually Works.




    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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    September 1, 2017 1:42:00 PM CDT

    What You Need To Know About Embroidery Threads


    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.

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    August 1, 2017 2:44:20 PM CDT

    What You Need To Know About Screen Printing On Tri-Blend Shirts


    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.

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