April '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R 1 9 and appeared as light gray. The middle tone was everything else. In RGB color, each one of the channels is different. The Red channel had the best balance and contrast of values we needed to make this one color. The darkest was deleted out of the other two values first to allow the shirt to show through. The lightest was the max opacity and the most ink for the brightest values. The mid-tones were reduced to half-tone levels. We then brought all three values together. At 50 percent opacity, it reduced some, and the mid- tones fell away at 7 to 10 percent with just enough ink for some image translation. The distressing was a combination of two separate textures. A grungy, weathered texture was created for the highs and lows of a worn look. A typical solid knockout texture was used as a removal tool by placing them over the design. After output on CTS at 65 lpi at 22.5 degrees, screen mesh and exposure were crucial to keeping our dots. We chose 305 mesh at 30 N/cm2 to hold the detail under 5 percent and keep open above 90 percent using cream ink with a 10 percent curable reducer to help it flow through the mesh. Our squeegee was a 75/90/75 triple ply dual durometer at 15 degrees with minimal pressure opened up for a fast flood and print stroke. Because we were using a fashion shirt, we pressed the surface in station one with a heated iron with a Teflon screen. The ink printed nicely once the fibers were matted down. Then we flashed and followed up with a roller smoothing screen with matte paper to ensure a soft, smooth final print. The results were successful and presented to the happy couple with glee! PW Lon Winters learned screen printing from the bottom up, starting his 20-plus-year career reclaiming screens. He has won nearly 50 international industry awards and honors, published numerous articles, and led several industry seminars and work- shops. Currently, he is president of Colorado-based Print This, Inc./GraphicElephants. com, an international consulting firm specializing in technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete garment-embel- lishing solutions. Visit for more information. Contact Winters at The final prod- uct had a lot of depth thanks to the wood grain and texture add- ed to the font.

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