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What to Know About All Over Printing (AOP)

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Jul, 27, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

In the printing industry, certain trends come and go, and lately, all over shirt printing is hot.

The all over print, or AOP, is a very striking option that sets apart your promotional apparel from everything else out there. Custom all over print shirts are highly suited to adding flair with patterns like step and repeat, stripes, polka dots, and other simple patterns in super soft inks. However, this method has a vastly underutilized potential for dynamic placement and effect.

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

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Apr, 28, 2016 @ 13:04 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 screen printing on tri-blend shirts. Read More

Topics: screen printing

6 Things to Tell Your Clients | Embroidering Custom Apparel

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Mar, 09, 2016 @ 06:03 AM

Logo embroidery adds a one-of-a-kind custom touch to any garment. Hobby clubs, organizations, small businesses, and corporations can all benefit from this type of apparel. It will help members of a company stand out at a trade show, identify various teams at a tournament, or give all the members a sense of belonging and solidarity, no matter what kind of group they belong to. When arranging for logo embroidery, there are several important points to consider.

1. The Quality of the Image Affects the Quality of the Finished Product

It's extremely important for the art submitted for embroidery to be clean and crisp. A detailed image with fine lines and small print will not translate well to embroidery on decorated apparel. It's best to design a brand new image for this specific purpose. Important points to consider are:

  • Any text on the image must be 1/4" tall or larger
  • Images should be saved as Adobe Illustrator vector files for best translation to embroidery
  • The image should be simple and clear cut without a lot of fine details that won't be appreciated in the medium
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Printing Techniques that Make Your Screen Printed Tees Pop

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Feb, 18, 2016 @ 11:02 AM


When you start to discuss printed tee shirts with your customers, be creative and think outside the box to guide their designs. Give them a few that will stand out, rather than just sticking to the regular printing basics. Here are a few trends we have seen that you may want add to your toolbox:

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Topics: tshirts

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

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Sep, 24, 2015 @ 07:09 AM

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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Topics: soft-hand printing, tshirts, screen print

5 Pantone Colors To Avoid On Screen Printed T-shirts

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Sep, 11, 2015 @ 15:09 PM

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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Why Embroidery Sew Outs May Vary from the Finished Product

Posted by George Kilian on Thu, Aug, 20, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

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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Topics: embroidery

The Benefits of Shipping via PSST

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Aug, 19, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

SanMar is a supplier of apparel and accessories to screen printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, athletic dealers, industrial launderers and more. Founder and CEO, Marty Lott, sums up the SanMar mission simply, “It’s our goal to help you build your business, and for you, and us, to grow together.” PSST is a ground-breaking initiative to do just that and Sharprint is a proud collaborator on the program and one of the select few in Chicago.

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Know Your Options When Creating Custom Embroidery

Posted by George Kilian on Tue, Aug, 11, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

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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Topics: embroidery

3 Keys To A Successful All-Over Print Design

Posted by George Kilian on Mon, Aug, 03, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

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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