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Press Coverage: From Manual to Automatic

From the day we started our textile screen-printing business in 2006, my father, Bob, and I knew an automatic press was in the cards. But as with everything else, we recognized that timing and planning were critical with respect to making the leap. 

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How To

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  • How to Profile Dryer Temperature Output

    The dryer preforms a very important job in a screen-printing shop. If it’s not working properly it can result in the ink that cracks, or falls off after a garment is washed. 

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  • Printing on the Ultra Wash Tee

    In this installment of the Impressions Tech Tips Newsletter, sponsored by American Apparel, we will showcase the ladies’ Ultra Wash tee (style RSA6320).

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  • Screen-Making Techniques

    I wholeheartedly believe that if our industry held one philosophy above all others, scrape rates (misprints) would drastically decrease and profits would subsequently increase.

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Process / Production

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  • The Right Tools for the Job

    My father is a master carpenter, and I learned early on that doing the best job requires not only skills and training, but also the proper tools.

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  • The “Zen” of Manual Printing

    Pulling a squeegee on a manual screen-printing press and transforming a blank T-shirt into a colorful piece of commercial art is one of the most ubiquitous starting points for jobs in the decorated apparel industry...

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  • A Simple Test for Screen-Room Lighting

    My background is in halftone photography, and when I was using this old-school technology, it was imperative to have the proper light in the dark room where the film was handled. 

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Graphics + Design

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  • Heat-Printing Options

    Owning a heat press has never been more exciting than it is today due to the wide variety of heat-
    applied graphics available.

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  • The Key to Quicker Art Production

    One of the most important factors when it comes to designing for T-shirts is knowing exactly what the customer wants up front. Before you can even pick up a pencil or grab that pen and tablet, you already should have a good idea of what you want to design, as well as what the customer expects. 

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  • CorelDRAW X7: An Update

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