Printwear

May '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 M A Y P R I N T W E A R 1 9 more darkness in the shadows and to in- tensify the depth in the anatomy. We cre- ated additional shadows by selecting paths and removing density from the base utiliz- ing the Levels palette. Using the Output option, we moved the lever to bring down our solid opacity to percentage of halftone, which darkened the colors naturally. We left unaffected areas at 100 percent to keep some colors bright. The white printer al- most becomes a grayscale illustration by itself, albeit not as colorful. This is always the secret ingredient within a good print. Once seps were completed, we output on our CTS (computer-to-screen) at a fre- quency of 45 lpi at a 22.5-degree angle. To get the most out of the printing process, we ran the white printer on a 156 tpi screen stretched to 35 N/cm. A 65/90/65 triple-ply dual durometer squeegee with a soft edge and hard backer did just the trick for a clean opaque white on the surface of the fabric. We flashed just long enough to gel the ink and kept it hot long enough to make it to the heated roller and Teflon screen to matte down the fibers. This created a nice smooth surface for the rest of the ink to sit on. All the colors in subsequent heads were run wet-on-wet on 230s at the same tension using 75/90/75s. Lastly, we hit the design with the highlight white. The design was both colorful and effective. As the great Stan Lee wrote: "With great power, comes great responsibility!" 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 workshops. 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- embellishing solutions. Visit www.graphic-elephants.com for more information. Contact Winters at lonwinters@aol.com. With the new VersaSTUDIO BT-12, you can personalize cotton t-shirts, apparel, tote bags and other products in minutes. Whatever your skill-level, you can get into custom apparel immediately with an a ordable device that's as easy-to-use as an o€ce printer. DIRECT-TO-GARMENT STRAIGHT-TO-SUCCESS Build an apparel business from your desktop at www.rolanddga.com/BT-12 With the new VersaSTUDIO BT-12, you can personalize cotton t-shirts, apparel, tote bags and other products in minutes. Whatever your skill-level, you can get into custom apparel immediately with an a ordable device that's

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