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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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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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The Basics of Using Direct-to-Garment Printing

Posted by Alex Tsigolaroff on Mon, May, 09, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

If you’re considering direct-to-garment printing, there are some basics you’ll want to know before you get started to avoid being disappointed by the final product. Unlike screen printing, which places colors onto the garment by pressing ink through screens, direct-to-garment printing uses a specialized printer to put the ink directly onto the garment. It produces great looking, sharp prints, but there are some precautions to take for best results.

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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 Simple Checks to Ensure Screen Print Perfection

Posted by Jake Saunders on Mon, Apr, 11, 2016 @ 11:04 AM


Screen printed t-shirts are awesome. Most times they look pretty cool, but the medium isn’t all encompassing. Follow this simple checklist of the 7 musts to make sure your art will print perfectly for screen print:

1. Check the level of detail.

Most fonts are printable at 12 points or more. Line width should never be thinner than .3 points.

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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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