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The Advent of CTS Technology

The Advent of CTS Technology

Getting from computer screen to printing screen proved to be harder than it first looked.

Innovators, engineers, and tinkerers have been searching for a way to accelerate the screen making process for decades. For every printer, from the artist who burned her screens in the sun to the multimillion-dollar retail graphics provider with 18-foot screens, traditional prepress was an arduous and expensive parade.
Of course, before the advent of digital artwork and computerized film production, this parade stretched on even longer. “Everything took an amazing amount of time,” says Richard Greaves, an industry veteran and consultant. “A full-color set of separations cost $800 to $1000 and took a week to produce. And sometimes they worked; sometimes they didn’t.”
As innovations like PostScript, PageMaker, and eventually Illustrator and Photoshop enabled and simplified digital art creation, companies began exploring ways to leverage this in the screen making workflow. The first hurdle was getting output with a sufficiently dense black. Laser printer manufacturers like Qume, and then Xante, developed a way to lay down a thicker deposit of toner onto rough, vellum-finished paper; soon, early inkjet manufacturers took notice of the “film issue” and found a way to lay down more ink, too. Integrated digital imagesetting systems like the Autotype Aspect gained strong footholds.
Friday, January 12, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (858)/Comments (0)/
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Adjusting Dryer Temperature for Winter

Adjusting Dryer Temperature for Winter

For most screen printers, there is minimal heating or cooling inside their shops. This leads to seasonal temperature fluctuation that printers, and their equipment, must deal with.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (843)/Comments (0)/
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Ghosting: Fabric Discoloration Test

Ghosting: Fabric Discoloration Test

When talking about a ghost image, the actual cause of the discoloring is due to the deterioration of one of the dyes in the fabric. This most often happens from the pigment degradation of yellow dyes. This creates discoloration in the form of blemishing a light green shirt into a blue ghost image. This is true with other colors as well. To test a garment for discoloration, follow these five steps:

Monday, January 8, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (840)/Comments (0)/
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How to Increase Profitability by Ensuring Right Price

How to Increase Profitability by Ensuring Right Price

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is on the cutting edge of garment decoration and easily can become the foundation for successful business with just a single printer. The process is fun, exciting, cool and creative, but a successful business is all about the money. This means you must know how to appropriately charge for your services.
Thursday, December 28, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (960)/Comments (0)/
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A Clean Slate: Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet

A Clean Slate: Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet

The beginning of a new year is always fun to me. It represents a clean slate, a fresh start, and another opportunity to define goals and develop a plan on how I intend to make them happen. These are all good things because I can be a procrastinator and a pile-maker extraordinaire at times. Here are the top five things that I do to set the stage for creating my best year yet:


    Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (928)/Comments (0)/
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    Shop Talk: D2 with Joe Abreu

    Shop Talk: D2 with Joe Abreu

    Direct-to-substrate technology raises a lot of questions. Joe Abreu of The M&R Companies takes questions from Printwear's publisher Stacy Marshall to clear some of the air.


    Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (941)/Comments (0)/
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    How to Guide: Stencil Developing and Finishing

    How to Guide: Stencil Developing and Finishing

    The final stages in screen making are washout, drying and finishing. Even though these are relatively straightforward processes, there are still a number of key factors that you need to get right in order to produce a good screen.
    Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (840)/Comments (0)/
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    Four Major Business Benefits of DTG Printing

    Four Major Business Benefits of DTG Printing

    For those with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive, direct-to-garment (DTG) printing can open up a world of business opportunities. A DTG printer uses digital inkjet technology to print directly onto textile substrates, making it a cutting-edge T-shirt printing machine. Even though this technology is fairly new to the industry, it’s already been welcomed by printers due to the incredible benefits it offers small businesses.
    Below are four of the most impressive advantages of this technology.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (842)/Comments (0)/
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    Improve a Low-Quality Image

    Improve a Low-Quality Image

    Photoshop has a few tools you can use to increase the quality of lower-end JPG files.

    Bad artwork is an everyday issue for screen printers. There are two kinds of color separation customers: the easy ones who send 300 DPI artwork at the final print size with all the images high-resolution or vector, and the new customers who don’t understand computer graphics and often provide low-resolution, low-quality JPG images obtained online.


    Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (914)/Comments (0)/
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    The Wide World of Sublimation

    The Wide World of Sublimation

    As an industry professional, are you tired of dealing with dye migration, trying to find the correct additives or other headaches related to decorating polyester? You may think the solution is as simple as buying a sublimation printer and the required accessories to start production.
    While that is a decent starting point, it’s likely you would invest in a small-format printer, which has a width less than 42 inches. Most sublimators use such systems, but that’s just the tip of the figurative iceberg when it comes to this technology.
    Literally thinking bigger can lead decorators down the road to wide-format, roll-to-roll sublimation. It’s a process that has its advantages, but also misconceptions that need clarifying. Doing so also will enable exploration of potential markets that this type of sublimation allows decorators to access.
    Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (780)/Comments (0)/
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