Screen Printing Tips

Screen printing, also known as serigraphy and silk screen printing, is a printing technique that lets you create a sharp-edged image with the use of a stencil and a porous fabric.Screen printing’s main focal point is the design.

T -shirt screen printing can be a great way to start a home based business. It is not that hard to learn. You can find step-by-step instructions in the internet, some even have videos. Here are some simple tips that could be of help when you start designing screen printed shirts.

As mentioned earlier, you need to have the instructions or video of the printing process ready. Be sure, you have a big workspace before you even start working or buying materials. You need to clear off that area to make room for your tools and supplies. If you have settled with your work room or area, you are now ready to purchase your printing kits and additional supplies needed. You can make your own silk screen if you’re up to it. Old newspapers or scrap papers will come in handy. You can use them to line your work area because silk screen printing can be messy.

While you are in the process of printing t-shirts, be sure to place a piece of cardboard in between the front and back of the shirt to avoid soaking the ink through it. When you’re done printing, you will need to let it dry overnight.

It’s so easy! Give it a try, who knows, you might become a personalized shirts mogul!



Flat Screen TV Consumer Guide

Digital television has eliminated the need for the CRT monitor. For years they were the primary display for analog TV. Since analog TV no longer exists most TVs sold today are flat screens.

A flat screen TV gives flexibility in mounting and locating the screen within the room. Since the monitor is no longer a huge box it doesn’t need a piece of furniture on which to sit. Most flat screens are hung on a wall or a bracket. The brackets are engineered to accommodate the weight of the screen and to adjust for the best viewing. This requires that a suitable blank wall be set aside in the viewing room and the furniture arranged for the best viewing angle. There are stands and carts that can be used with flat screen displays but they are rare.

A flat screen TV, especially a large one, is generally used as a monitor. That is to say that they are sold without speakers built into them. Since most customers for flat screen displays also have a Surround Sound setup this is normal. Smaller sized sets come with speakers but the sound is disappointing when compared to a Surround Sound setup.

There are three types of flat screen TVs. The first to gain popularity was the Plasma TV. These screens take advantage of the properties of certain noble gases when turned into plasma by the application of voltage. The plasma causes a phosphor to fluoresce and this produces one pixel of light. The advantages of Plasma screens are a bright display and blacker blacks with a superior contrast ratio. The disadvantage to these sets is that they have higher power consumption than other flat screens.

The next flat screen TV is the LCD screen. These have been used for years in laptop computers and many small devices. Any hand-held calculator, cell phone, or other such device with a small display uses an LCD screen. LCD screens have the advantage that the technology is well developed and they use little power. They do require a light source behind them in order to be visible. This can be either a cold cathode fluorescent light, as is used in laptops, or an LED array. LED back lighting doesn’t produce the best color quality and is used when power consumption or cost is an issue.

The newest type of flat screen TV is the OLED display. These are just coming into the market but promise to be the display of choice in the future. They are currently confined to small sizes but manufacturers promise to deliver large displays which equal other technologies in the near future. The OLED requires no back lighting and uses little power. They offer better contrast for blacker blacks and will accommodate viewing angles up to ninety degrees. Manufacturing is simple and they can be applied to a number of surfaces in novel ways. The only problem that needs to be addressed is a limited life which currently would allow five years of eight-hour-a-day viewing.



Pro and Cons of Screen Printing Technology

Since decades t-shirt printers have depended on screen printing for creating fabulous styles and trends that lived over generations. Screen printing has always been a preferred medium for casual fabric printing industry. Iron-on designs were yet another popular printing method that was considered as a feasible alternative for screen printing. This was also popularly termed as iron-on transfers. However, these thick rubbery prints were prone to cracking and withering as time went on.

Another issue with iron-on was that the method was time consuming. On the contrary, printing was swift and efficient and also produced comparatively higher quality prints. In t-shirt printing industry, Screen printing has always been the standard printing method. However, with the development of digital printing, screen printing was largely replaced with the new technology.

With advanced designing softwares, the art of graphic designing evolved into a new. Since decades t-shirt printers have depended on printing for creating fabulous styles and trends that lived over generations. screen printing has always been a preferred medium for casual fabric printing industry. Iron-on designs were yet another popular printing method that was considered as a feasible alternative for screen printing. This was also popularly termed as iron-on transfers. However, these thick rubbery prints were prone to cracking and withering as time went on.

Another issue with iron-on was that the method was time consuming. On the contrary, printing was swift and efficient and also produced comparatively higher quality prints. In t-shirt printing industry, printing has always been the standard printing method. However, with the development of digital printing, screen printing was largely replaced with the new technology.

With advanced designing softwares, the art of graphic designing evolved into a new era. In the current job market, designing is considered as one of the most sought after skills. More and more artists are depending on designing softwares to create quick t-shirt and fabric designs. Even though designing work is done by computers, screen printing is still being used for creating the final prints. With the onset of advanced digital printing, the market of printing was further curtailed. In digital printing, you can directly print the computer generated design onto a t-shirt. It is swift and requires no other raw materials like inks or stencils.

Even though, digital printing is widely prevalent in our advertisement and fabrics industry, printing is still being used by several small scale printing companies. Sometimes, the method is used for creating contemporary t-shirt prints known for their modern art designs.

Screen print is more cost effective when compared to digital print. Although screen printers are technically backward, when it comes to per-unit cost, they are far more feasible than digital printers.

With screen printers, the printer has to change the inks and stencils for creating newer designs. However, with digital print machines the colors utilized lasts for a longer duration and one can produce several t-shirt prints without refilling the colors after each print.

Again, screen printing is more time consuming when compared with digital technology. With screen print productivity can be low but it depends on the nature and purpose of the printing. For personal print needs digital printing can be a feasible option but if you are running a fabrics printing firm, you can’t possibly depend on digital print for all your printing needs.

Digital printing gives more control over the entire print process than printing. Digital printers have the option of auto-matching colors. Ink matching enables the digital printer to create any color combination out of a base design. This allows the printer to print multiple t-shirts bearing same design but different color combinations. Thus creating multi-colored designs is a quite task if you are using digital printers. But with screen printers you can’t change the inks so easily. era. In the current job market, designing is considered as one of the most sought after skills. More and more artists are depending on designing softwares to create quick t-shirt and fabric designs. Even though designing work is done by computers, Screen printing is still being used for creating the final prints. With the onset of advanced digital printing, the market of screen printing was further curtailed. In digital printing, you can directly print the computer generated design onto a t-shirt. It is swift and requires no other raw materials like inks or stencils.



What Is A Serigraph?

Most of us have used stencils in school for lettering and it is a popular method on home decorating shows in order to add a pattern or design to your walls.

Stencil prints were created from this concept and appeared on the art scene in the early part of the 20th Century. Silkscreen or serigraph is the most familiar form. The process is simple. A fine mesh fabric is stretched over a boxlike frame and is used as a stencil by either masking out with wax or some other impermeable substance all parts of the image which are not to print. A sheet of paper is placed under the prepared screen box & with a squeegee-like tool, ink is forced through the screen. It will not go through where the screen is masked. In order to have more than one color, it is necessary to make a separate screen and print them in order on the same sheet of paper. This type of printing can be done quickly and in very large editions.

Silk screen is the term used when this method of printing is used for signs and other commercial endeavors and serigraph is the term used when it is used for art. I have noticed recently that the large auction houses are using the term “screen print”.

The ink lies on the paper like a very thin blanket. Techniques have changed so that under examination if there is an absence of this effect it does not necessarily mean that it is not a serigraph. The colors have a flat appearance or are evenly graded.

This medium can be used to create original works of art or reproductions.



What is Digital Art?

Digital art is art created by computer. These images can be viewed on screen, projected or printed out. The computer does not create art for you, however. Just like giving someone brushes and paints, does not make them an artist. The computer has an incredible range of possibilities for the creation of images, but not something you would necessarily want to put on your wall! It takes the eye of an artist to make the choices necessary to find something pleasing on the eye.

There is a good range of software available for computer art. Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw and Painter to name a few popular ones. I particularly like creating abstract designs with fractal software. The main one I use is ‘Apophysis’ which is a fractal flame software. It has an amazing range of possibilities and tools, with which I am in total control of all the elements, colour schemes and output resolution. I usually always use a combination of all this software to create the finished product.

Getting the ‘art’ from the computer involves printing in one form or another, also art can be displayed on the computer, as in the case of screen savers or backgrounds, or projected. What I like to do, however, is to render at incredibly high resolution and print in fine detail. Printing on canvas gives a very nice quality product which can enhance your living or workspace.

I am fascinated by technology and this also becomes the subject of my art. I also focus on language and communication, issues of both art and technology. My other influences are mathematical and geometric forms in nature and how light interacts with the elements.

My first foray into digital art, way back in the mists of time was on a mainframe computer storing the programs onto paper tape with punched holes. In order to draw a line or circle it was necessary to input the equations and plot the points. The output was on a graph plotter. The ‘artist’ was essentially a mathematician and programmer.

Digital art consolidates all my previous skills and experience. I have worked as a technical illustrator, airbrush artist, photographer, portrait artist, painter and a commercial artist using computer graphics and publishing software.

There has never been a better time than now for digital art. Recent advances in printing inks and a process called Giclée, allow the possibility of cost-effectively outputting high resolution digital files on to large canvasses, with guaranteed permanent colours, these also being acceptable to commercial galleries.

*Digital in fact means something created with digits – individual separate components (or to be more technically accurate, ‘discrete (discontinuous) values’, rather than a continuous range of values). On a computer screen that means pixels (hence my alias ‘pixelpainter’). A ‘pixel’ is a small picture element, one of many that builds up the image like a mozaic. An example of digital could be like Morse code, a series of dots and dashes or bleeps, whereas an example of continuous analogue data (non-digital) could be like the hands of a clock sweeping round continuously.



How Custom Screen Printing Works

Screen prints are usually done on posters, t-shirts, hats, bags, DVDs/CDs, bumper stickers and on lot of other objects. It is also known to many as serigraphy and it involves the process of printmaking by creating a sharp edge image with the help of stencil. Screen prints can be done on various shapes and materials which include wood, glass, paper, ceramics, plastics and metals.

This process involves materials which are quite affordable and moreover the tools or the equipment used can be prepared at home for very nominal charge. The necessary items required for such a task are:

Screens: The screens used for screen printing are metal or wood frames which are covered with fabric mesh that are stretched and attached to frame. The mesh has holes for the ink to seep through.

Ink: Inks for screen printing are of various types and depend mostly on the type of material on which screen printing is to be done. The ink which is commonly used on t-shirts is Plastisol. It is more of liquid plastic rather than an ink which when exposed to 320 degrees of temperature hardens. After it hardens, the shirt can be worn easily. Most commonly used inks are water based and they need time to dry. Unlike Plastisol, water based inks can dry in the screen. If one requires frequent prints, then they can leave Plastisol in screens for several months.

Light source for exposure: The light exposure used for screen prints are those which gives off Ultra Violet light. Most of the light sources we use give off UV but the exposure varies. The screen will expose faster if there is enough UV light source. You can use halogen, metal halide, black light unfiltered, mercury vapor and also the sun.

Squeegees: Squeegees are tools which helps the screen printer to push the ink through the screen and then to the substrate. In order to get the sharp image, the squeegees are used to cut the ink. These tools come in various sizes and durometers.

Light sensitive coating and scoop coater: The light sensitive coatings are applied on the screen locks and the holes are blocked except the one where the image is placed. It is highly sensitive to UV light and can harden on exposure to such lights. The scoop coater on the other hand is used to apply the liquid coating on top of the screens.

These materials are just a few of things that make custom screen printing an incredible process that can brand your business like no other.



Finding the Market For Screen Printing Caps

Surveys show that caps are the 2nd or 3rd largest selling item after shirts. Caps can be an opportunity to increase your screen printing sales and profits. Selling prices vary widely for caps. Some sell for $30, and even the old foam front, mesh back caps that used to sell for $3-$5 now are being marketed as “trucker caps” selling for $15 and $18. These foam fronts cost under $1, and the 5 and 6 panel caps cost $2-$3. So there is plenty of profit potential from caps.

Ask a teenager or college student what they paid for their cap, and you probably will be surprised to hear prices that are much higher than are paid for shirts. The potential for high profit margins makes caps a product to be investigated.

Companies buy caps for many reasons. Hygiene laws require occupations like food handlers and medical product manufacturers to wear caps. Soiled caps get discarded rather than washed. Restaurants have employee turnover and need new caps. Companies like UPS want to project their image, and the local UPS manager has the authority to buy locally. Power, gas and water meter readers need caps so homeowners will not be alarmed by a person in the bushes at the homeowner’s house. A company might provide caps as a morale booster, safety award or advertising bill board. Companies have lots of reasons to buy caps.

The cap market is actually a collection of market segments. The cap an individual will buy for their own use depends primarily on their age. Companies buy based on use. Knowing the buying habits of individuals and companies gives the decorator the opportunity to maximize the selling price and order size.

A Person’s Age

Students typically pay the highest prices. That price could be $12-$30 per cap. However, their parents might only pay $8-$10 for a cap, and the grandparents might only pay $5-$6. So age is the first clue to who pays the highest prices.

Although we recognize people by age, the actual differences are self-esteem and cost. To students, wearing the right fashion or look in a cap is very important. Young people still growing are concerned about their self-esteem. The “right cap” identifies the young person with their peers. Only a 6 panel cap is acceptable for many of these young people. For a youngster on a skate board, however, only a foam front typically worn crooked on their head communicates with friends that he is one of them.

Students frequently get the money to buy the cap from their parents and therefore are less cost conscious about price than parents who have to earn the money before the parents buy a cap. So students will pay more than their parents. Grandparents are the least fashion conscious, and most cost conscious, because they are retired on fixed income and are the least concerned about what others think about how they look.

To find the student cap market, we first need to find what interests students. Their school, team and images that unify students are good places to start. During basketball season a basketball with the name of the team written through the basketball can be very simple and striking image that conveys a clear message. The same approach can be used for all sports. Artwork that students consider “cool” will convert compliant buyers yielding to group norms into compulsive buyers who have to have that cap.

The market segment for the cap can be clearly identified to minimize sales time and cost. The school will have a class president, student athletic association or similar organization that can take pre-paid orders as a fund raiser using a sample decorated cap put on display. The same image can also be offered to older alumni who order the 5 panel cap on a pre-paid basis.

This form of marketing can be extended from a school class or sport to events, tournaments or any occasion that brings students together. In each case, the sale should be to the students with the students’ agent acting as your sales agent in return for compensation.

This method of selling allows using a retail price students will pay. That price can be determined by seeing what students pay at the shopping mall, or by asking them what they have paid. The decorator will yield a much higher selling price by selling direct to students with a discount to the sales agent than by approaching the school administration that does not have funds budgeted for caps and which would solicit three competing bids.

To sell to parents, we again need to find what interests them. That could be golf, fishing, hunting, team sports, patriotism, and a variety of other themes. Using golf as an example, golf caps sold in the pro shop at a public golf course will command a high price with half of that price going to the pro shop as their mark up. The selling price should match the prices being charged currently in the pro shop. The net selling price received by the decorator times the number of caps produced per hour will show this market segment to be more profitable than shirts. Group and tournament sales are the best way to get established at golf courses, because custom decorating that is not in the store inventory will be what the group wants.

A Company’s Use

Companies are not driven by self-esteem, but rather a corporate purpose and cost. The purpose might be part of the entertainment of customers and high priced staff where the corporate image is more important than cost. In most situations the cost is an important consideration, and the decorator may be faced with competing bids.

Marketing to corporations is more complicated than students. First, who makes the buying decision? In a corporation that could be any one of a number of people. The Sales Department may want caps for customers. Human Resources may want caps for a group outing. Production might need to keep hair out of products. Requirements like these might be fulfilled without going to the Purchasing Department.

A purchasing department will be more driven by getting the lowest cost than the other objectives of the requisitioning department. A large company with lots of employees can have numerous potential buyers of caps. So understanding the decision making process is important. Then, once a decorator knows who to talk with, who has to approve the purchase? At each level of approval the caps have to be sold again to finalize an order.

Decorating a sample cap to persuade each person in the approval process is a measured gamble. Buyers frequently cannot visualize the product they are being asked to buy without first seeing one. A decorated sample of exactly what the customer will receive can be a strong “closer” to a sale when the motivation to buy already exists. However, creating art, and going through all the other steps to produce one cap is expensive.

Therefore, decorating samples is probably an unwise business decision, unless you know the sample is being presented to the decision maker(s) and the decorated sample will substantially improve your chances of getting an order. When these conditions do not exist, similar decorating for other customers should be used. Those samples may also serve as endorsements by other companies of the decorator’s capability to produce excellent work for the sales prospect.

So the starting point with corporations is finding out what their plans are, and how caps fit those objectives. Company representatives may have never considered using a cap to meet their objectives. Certainly many products are promoted on caps. Just watch a golf tournament on television and almost every golfer is wearing a cap promoting something. Local businesses can do the same, and get financial aid from their suppliers that provide coop advertising money to have their name or brand on the cap.

Easier is going to companies known to use caps, and then displacing the current supplier. To displace another supplier the offering will have to meet or exceed the conditions of the order. We all think of price as a condition to an order, but often other conditions are more important.

Many corporations are image conscious, and want the image on the cap to match the sign at the entrance to their business, stationary, packaging and sales literature. That means colors must match PMS standards. The font or logo must be a photographic duplicate. If you can meet this condition, and the other supplier cannot, then you have a better offering.

Other conditions can be your proximity to the customer, how fast you deliver, the personality of the sales person, or help you provide to improve the art. To find out what conditions are important to the customer, ask. When sales prospects talk about past purchases they will frequently reveal important conditions that were not met well by another supplier.

After the customer has spoken at length about the execution of prior orders from art preparation to delivery, and you have asked questions about the order, then ask, “and by the way, what did you pay?” If the price was too low, you will have to justify why your price will be higher. If the price meets or exceeds your expectation, then you will know to charge what the other supplier charged, and take the order based on conditions other than price. You want always to leave open the opportunity for higher prices.

Notice that no mention was made of contract decorating. This market segment requires substantial production assets that many shops do not have. Also, contract work usually results in low prices for the decorator and less than optimal pricing for the middleman. Financially you will do better eliminating the middleman and drawing your own conclusions about what price a customer will pay. Contract work can also mean competing with foreign production where labor rates are very low and employee benefits are even less.

Conclusion

When surveying local decorators you will most likely find all the decorators – people with transfer machines, screen printers and embroidery shops – are decorating shirts, but few sell many caps by comparison to shirts. Caps are not as competitively priced as shirts. Decorating a cap is different from a shirt, and there is a learning curve to climb. However, the rewards can be substantial. Caps can be that opportunity you are seeking to make this year a better year than last year.



Everyone and Their Mother Wants to Screen Print

Screen printing tee shirts is one of those businesses that everyone seems to think they can make money at. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say: “I have a great idea for a tee shirt!” I would not be writing this article right now.

I don’t mean to be insensitive or sound like some pretentious know it all. It is just the fact of the matter. And we all know very well that many successful screen printing shops have started in someone’s garage but many screen printing businesses also have failed in someone’s garage. I suppose it really comes down to people’s preconceived ideas and beliefs in regard to screen printing. To many, it seems like an excellent business to start if you have very little or no money at all. Now we all know that isn’t the case. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, because it has. It means that sometimes it takes more than good business and sales skills to be successful. Many screen print shops fail due to inferior quality work or the inability to produce product by set deadlines.

Another very important reason people are interested in printing tee shirts for profit is all around us. Tee shirts are everywhere. The next time you are out at the local mall or supermarket take a look around you. Chances are that a majority of the people you will see are wearing some type of printed garment. So there is a false impression that it is easy to produce and market a brand of logo wear. Just like it is sometimes faulty print work that can sabotage a screen printing business, so too can jumping into a branding project without doing your marketing research and making sure you have the capital to push the product line. Many brands of logo wear are successful and very profitable only because of the marketing behind the product.

It is important to understand that it takes a balance of printing skills, business skills and marketing that will ultimately determine the level of your success. It may be obvious at this point that having money to invest into the business at the time of startup will be of the greatest help. It is true that it takes money to make money when it comes to manufacturing a product for consumer use. If you have the right tools to do the job and the right tools to promote your business then most anyone can build a profitable screen printing shop.

It is the nature of the printed garment industry that there always seems to be room for one more printer. That may be another factor in the popularity of starting a screen printing business. Try to Google screen printers in your local area. I would bet there is a pretty good amount that will show up in the search results. And let’s not even mention all the Google ads you will see for online screen printing services. Today’s printed garment market is more competitive than ever with the introduction of online printing services.

The custom printed garment industry is basically a cut throat business. There will always be someone who is willing to print for less than you. In any economic state the screen printing business is such that there will always be a lot of talk. A lot of inquiries and price quotes with few that actually go anywhere. You will give price quotes on jobs only to be told later that, “although your pricing is very competitive, we have found the product for less with another printer”. This is normal.

So be forewarned moms and dads, brothers, sisters and strangers alike. Screen printing for profit is much more than a hobby or a home project. It is an endeavor that requires dedication and determination.



Screen Printing Process Guide

What exactly is Screen printing? What is the procedure or process behind screen printing? Screen printing methods basically require webbed mesh or a screen which is properly stretched with a stiff casing. The portions which do not require printing are properly blocked. For creating prints, the screen needs to placed appropriately on dry paper or the fabric. Then the ink is placed above it. The rubber blade helps in spreading the ink properly across the screen. The ink uniformly spreads to the places which have been uncovered so as to create a design or a print. This form of printing is ideal when it comes to flat surface printing.

Screen printing is a superb combination of preparing, installing and orientation. The preliminary steps involve usage of cutting tools so as to create the right designs. Some tools which are commonly used are art knives, multiple blades, scalpels and scooping knives but of course. These can be used effectively for creation of designs on polyester surfaces, multifilament nylons. It is important to have screen printing inks which would be helpful in the procedure. The blotting pens are used for blocking parts which need not be printed. The next process is to spread the ink with the help of rubber blades, spatulas and rubber squeegees. Once this procedure is through, the artist uses the special screen printing frames. Novices can use tapes or clamps to keep the article to be placed in its place so that it does not move. If you are using photosensitive screen printing films, garment printing machines or tabletop printers need to be used.

Once the process of printing has been effectively completed, the next procedure is to cure the ink. Curing the ink is done with specific equipments like a flash dryer, textile dryer and a drying board. Fabric cleaning brushes are used for cleaning the screen. Sometimes the ink stains are really tough to clean and a quick screen wash is advised. Instant screen openers are helpful in dissolving the inks and these are highly effective in opening the mesh once there have been two to three ink coats.

The latest trend is to pass the printed article through heating tunnels through a conveyor belt. This means the ink would dry quickly, so that the material can be packed and stacked immediately. In any case, the screen print items need to be dried well so that they last longer. For darker items, ideally a proper supportive base print would serve the best. For lighter base colors, white is preferred.

During the process of screen printing, flash bulbs are useful to check even the minutest details. You could buy the entire screen printing kit which contains all the necessary equipment. Till the entire process of screenprinting is perfectly understood, novices can make use of stencils and designs to begin with. There are self explanatory manuals which would help you in understanding the entire process related to screen printing. They are perfect guides for beginners.

Commercial screen printing is also gaining popularity. It is possible to produce a huge quantity of alphabets very quickly. Screen printing is ideal for detailed graphic designs. Even minute and smaller particulars could also be duplicated. The latest printing technology is the ideal example of the development in the field of printing. Latest equipments are used and all this has been possible thanks to the improvements in field of science.



Screen Printing High Density: A How To Guide

It’s hard not to stop and admire the thick ink deposit and sharp defined edge of high density imprints. Every time I walk though a sporting goods store I find myself stopping to feel a high density print on a hoodie from a major brand. Don’t let the rich look fool you, high density can be achieved on your manual press with as little as one screen. This tutorial walks through the entire process.

Screen Printing Supplies

  • Excalibur 838 PF High Density Super Clear
  • Excalibur 500/1550 Series (Any Color)
  • PC 701 Direct Emulsion from Image-mate by Chromaline

For most techniques we usually do not recommend a specific stencil system. In this case, our goal is to achieve a thick stencil and the high 52% solids of PC 701 from is a perfect fit. Capillary film could be employed as an alternative, but the fast exposing time and low cost of PC 701 save both time and money.

Plastisol Ink Preparation

The 838 PF High Density Super Clear is ready for use out of the container. The only ink preparation would be if you need to mix a custom pantone for the other colors in the design.

Screen Making

In this example we used an 83 mesh with a 70 micron thread diameter (when purchasing mesh the thread diameter is noted as the second number). We recommend using Image Mate PC 701 to create a thick 400 micron stencil. The combination of mesh and stencil provides a wide opening to accommodate a thick ink deposit. Your artwork will ultimately dictate your mesh selection. 838 PF High Density Super Clear can be printed through meshes ranging from 60 for less detail to 110 for finer detail. Keep in mind that higher mesh counts may require additional print flash print cycles to build up the ink deposit.

If other colors are used in the design refer to the mesh count recommendation from the manufacturer and select the mesh that best fits the detail of your artwork.

Screen Printing Method

Print any additional colors in the design as you normally would before printing the 838 PF High Density Super Clear. You can stack the HD Super Clear on top of a previously printed and flashed color to create a doming effect and/or print it directly onto the garment for a tone on tone effect. Both techniques were used in our example. The HD Super Clear was printed on top of the blue icon to create a domed look and on directly to the shirt creating a tone on tone look with the text.

If you are staking the clear on top of additional colors make sure that you flash them first. Flood the HD Super Clear thoroughly into the stencil and print the first stroke. The HD Super Clear will look milky. This is perfectly normal and will clear out when cured. Inspect the print, if the surface appears uneven or pitted, flash the image and repeat the flood – print process to achieve a smooth, even surface.

Environmental Note: The screen printing supplies used in this project were phthalate free, so this final print is CPSIA compliant.