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Word of the Week: Non-PVC Inks

Word of the Week: Non-PVC Inks

Typically in the form of water base or a non-PVC, inks in this category are those that are engineered without the use of flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins. 
Monday, May 9, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1008)/Comments (0)/
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The Basics of DTG Art Prep

The Basics of DTG Art Prep

A review of the different kinds of graphic files available to achieve optimal results.

You probably have seen a variety of shirts with designs that include incredible detail, vibrant colors and beautiful, bright prints. They make you do a double-take and wonder, "How did they do that?"
Unless you are a master screen printer with years of production and art-separation experience, one of the best ways to achieve such incredible results is with digital direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. But the key to success goes beyond the kind of printer or shirt brand used. Starting your job with the right type of art is critical for these "wow-factor" prints. 

To that end, let's look at the basic types of art needed for DTG printing, the correct formats to use and how to optimize files for best results. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1082)/Comments (0)/
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Tips for Achieving Soft Prints with Plastisol Inks

Tips for Achieving Soft Prints with Plastisol Inks

Got a client who is asking for soft-hand prints?  Here are some tips from Mark Brouillard, recently published in Printwear, on achieving that “barely there” feel that is all the rage in the marketplace, using conventional plastisol inks:
Tuesday, May 3, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (993)/Comments (0)/
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New Video: Applying Emulsion

New Video: Applying Emulsion

In this new video featured on our IC TV YouTube Channel, Kieth Stevens shows his “true and tried” method of applying emulsion.  Follow his simple tips to coating a nice, even screen.
Thursday, April 28, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1234)/Comments (0)/
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Magna’s mission to make the impossible possible with new range of inks

Magna’s mission to make the impossible possible with new range of inks

MagnaColour has pledged to make the impossible possible with the launch of a new range of products, aimed at addressing industry frustrations.
Monday, April 25, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1826)/Comments (0)/
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Prepping for a Quality DTG Print

Prepping for a Quality DTG Print

Garment selection and prep aren’t just important in screen printing. They are also key when using direct-to-garment technology.
Friday, April 22, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1042)/Comments (0)/
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The Top 5 Art Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Top 5 Art Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Many times, mistakes that show up on press can be traced back to the very first stage of the process: the artwork.
Thursday, April 21, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1111)/Comments (0)/
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M&R CEO Discusses New Headquarters in Video

M&R CEO Discusses New Headquarters in Video

The M&R Companies released a video featuring CEO Rich Hoffman discussing the company’s move to Roselle, Ill. Shot on location at the new headquarters just outside of Chicago, Hoffman talks about the planning behind the move to the larger facility, and why The M&R Companies elected to relocate.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1034)/Comments (0)/
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I Made a Mistake

I Made a Mistake

Yesterday one of our workers sheepishly came into my office to let me know that he made a mistake.  You could tell it really bothered him, and that he would rather be anywhere else on the planet than admitting failure.  It was a preventable error, and something he should have caught.  It was going to cost the company some money too. The great thing was that he had already set up the correction, and it was resolved.
Monday, April 18, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1008)/Comments (0)/
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Six Effects to Help Your Screen Printing Stand Out

Six Effects to Help Your Screen Printing Stand Out

There are so many ways to add value and make your garments stick out from the competition. I’d suggest experimenting as much as you can and networking with professionals throughout the industry.

If you’re tired of standard, basic prints, your customers are probably bored too. Try some of the different methods suggested here and then pair them with another that will make a huge impression on your customers.

Explore these six popular, but unique special effect techniques for screen printing:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1036)/Comments (0)/
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