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5 Tips to Preparing an Illustrator File for Your Contract Decorator

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Apr, 14, 2015 @ 14:04 PM

Screen printers love Adobe Illustrator because the graphics are so clean and perfectly scale-able. Certain features of the program were even designed specifically for the print industry. A screen print artist or separator prepares your design file for print production, but there are some steps you should take to prepare your file for the printer.

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The Top 3 Embroidery Thread Composition Stitch Types

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Fri, Apr, 10, 2015 @ 12:04 PM


Did you know embroidery thread is sewn in different types of stitches to re-create your customer's logo or design on a garment? It’s true! These stitch types are called out by the digitizer when creating a stitch composition for your image. Each stitch type has a unique look and is best for specific design elements. Here are the top three:

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Water-Based Ink

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Mon, Apr, 06, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

Water-based inks are defined as those that utilize water as the main solvent. That does not mean, however that water is the only solvent. It is significant to note that many water base inks contain “co-solvents” which may even be petroleum based solvents. The reason these co-solvents are used varies, but one of the key reasons is to decrease the time and heat necessary to cure the ink film on the fabric.

Water-based ink is the ink of choice for the printing of yard goods; either in piece form or on the roll.

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Screen Print vs. Digital: 5 Elements to Consider Before Deciding

Posted by George Kilian on Fri, Apr, 03, 2015 @ 17:04 PM


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:


If you’re going for a standard full front design, digital and screen are good to go.  If you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional like an all over print, then there will be a clear choice.  While there may be some minor limitations, screen printing can get this done with ease.  Round one goes to screen printing.  

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Topics: digital printing, screen print

From Concept To Screen Printed T-shirt: A Six Step Process

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Wed, Apr, 01, 2015 @ 14:04 PM

Unless you have been on a screen printing shop tour or had the opportunity to print t-shirts firsthand, you may not know just how an idea actually becomes a screen printed t-shirt. In fact, even if you have been on a shop tour, without experiencing the process from start to finish with the same design, the steps may be a little unclear. In this blog, we’ll go over each step in detail and wrap it all up with a short video so you can see the process in action.

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Topics: screen printing

How To Make Specialty Printing As Easy As Mac-N-Cheese

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Mar, 24, 2015 @ 15:03 PM

It’s pretty magical when a t-shirt design and specialty ink fall into perfect alignment. With all of the specialty printing we do around here, this occurrence is a lot less common than you might think. In a perfect world, the design allows the specialty ink to exemplify it’s capability while the technical aspects are executed effortlessly, like making a box of mac-n-chesse. When we reach this utopia, we step back, take a deep breath and nod our heads in silent confirmation. Yes. It’s perfect.

Let’s take a little trip on the way back machine to around 2000, when high density printing was big on the t-shirt scene. High density ink is geared for a tall, square stack. It’s a simple as that. Why overcomplicate the beauty of the application with large, heavy complex t-shirt design that isn't very comfortable to wear? The Simple Shirt was born. Sans serif and small, the SIMPLE print stacked high and impressed. In my humble opinion, it’s the best example of high density printing we’ve ever done.

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How Soft-Hand Printing Via Discharge Inks Works

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Mar, 10, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

Discharge ink was developed specifically for soft-hand printing on dark garments. Discharge is a water-based ink that bleaches the garment weave while depositing pigment. The look of the final print is quite different from traditional plastisol prints. The end print is more muted, the colors are flatter, and the edges of the screen stencil tend to soften through the production run. Butt-to-butt registration is not guaranteed. Discharge is really great for vintage looking prints with lose designs. Tight logo style graphics aren’t ideal for discharge printing.

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Topics: discharge ink, soft-hand printing

How Fabric Type Affects an Embroidered Design

Posted by Sunil Nehria on Wed, Feb, 18, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

Did you know that the same embroidered logo can look different when sewn on various garments? Fabric weight, thickness, weave and content all effect how the stitches will hold up next to each other. For this reason, it is important to let us know what material we will sew when requesting an embroidery quote or placing an order. We digitize all logos for the best embroidery depending on what fabric we are sewing on.

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4 FAQs About Using A White Under Base when Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Feb, 17, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

When estimating the number of screens needed to produce a custom screen printed order, designers and brokers alike are often unsure whether or not their design will need a preliminary white under base for the best print. The print colors in the design plays a part, but generally it’s the shirt color that determines whether or not an under base is needed.

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4 Order Processing Steps Contract Decorators Need To Follow

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Tue, Feb, 03, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

There are numerous variables that go into placing, producing, and delivering a custom decorated textile order. A tight and organized process is key in making sure the decoration order goes off without a hitch and keeping you informed along the way. This process illustration details the key points we focused on back in 2005. And guess what? These key points are executed in 4 simple steps every day, to this very day - to get your order out on time and correctly. 

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