August '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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SHOP TOOLS 4 0 P R I N T W E A R A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 ART PREPARATION & SEPARATION SOFTWARE: Key software includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and CorelDRAW. INKJET OR LASER PRINTER: This will be how you create your film output. WASHOUT BOOTH: This keeps mess contained and helps set you up for better screens. PRE-STRETCHED SCREEN FRAMES AND CAP FRAMES: A great investment and affordable option. EXPOSURE SYSTEM: Find one that utilizes a UV black light system to gain perfect frequency and minimum exposure time with a pin reg- istration that allows artwork to be pre-registered for a faster set up. TENSION METER: A well-tensioned screen equals better prints. INKS: A variety of inks for various jobs should be on hand. For example, bleed-resistant, high-opacity, general purpose, athletic, glitter, metallic and day glow cover a broad range of options. INK MIXER: The best shops thoroughly stir their ink before putting it on their press. Available as either an automatic mixer or a drill attachment. SQUEEGEES: A variety of thicknesses will help various jobs. SCOOP COATER: Manufactured with aluminum and a sharp edge with plastic ends, it helps control the angle of the coater during the coating process for excellent results. DUAL-TACK PLATEN TAPE: This double-sided sticky tape costs less per platen than the alternatives and is better for the environment. SPLIT TAPE: Everyone has to tape their screen and split-tape is easier to apply and remove. SPOT CLEANING GUN: A must-have to get out accidental pin holes, stray ink spots, and smudges. Shop tools and accessories make every decorating job that much easier to execute and with better results. But what items do you actually need and which are just extra? Industry experts weighed in on the goods they deem essential to any shop's tool- box. Here are a few "shopping lists" of sorts for some of the most popular apparel decorat- ing disciplines. And while these lists are not exhaustive, they will get you ready to roll! (Image below courtesy Lon Winters/ Graphic Elephants) SCREEN PRINTING

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