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Archived SGIA Webinar: In this session, Dane Clement (Great Dane Graphics) will share some of his creative secrets for producing great artwork for screen printed apparel. He'll share ways for properly setting up and creating artwork using both vector and raster elements.
Water based ink systems for textile printing have been in use for many years. In fact, they have been available far longer than the now popular plastisol inks.
Since the first day when synthetic fabrics made their way into the screen printing industry, printers have been faced with the issue of dye sublimation and migration. Prior to the technological advancements made in dyestuffs, dyeing techniques and bleed resistant printing inks, dye sublimation and migration was a way of life. Still, with all the advancements made in textile printing inks, flash units and curing technology, dye migration and sublimation still plagues the textile screen printer. To fully understand the solutions to controlling the problem, one must first understand the characteristics of the components involved.
Preparing the screen is the first step in the screen printing process and is probably the most important one. We can’t expect to achieve a good print result when using a screen of poor quality. The objective in any printing process is to reproduce the original artwork as exactly as possible.
Garment screen printers must employ a wide variety of techniques to satisfy the needs of their customers. Here is a summary of the separation and printing techniques used to handle the variety of production requirements.
Evaluating the quality of a direct-emulsion stencil before it is on press is a difficult task. Pinholes and edge defects might be uncovered with illumination and magnification, but overall stencil quality and flatness are impossible to measure. After many months of research, a test has been established that can evaluate the relationship between the emulsion and the mesh.
This study looks at the effects of drying temperature on screen tension. The results show that drying at higher temperatures created lower tensions on screens before they were printed.
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