September '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 S E P T E M B E R P R I N T W E A R 2 1 We chose targeted areas for shadows and highlights. The white areas had the most density and required detail with a combina- tion of hard edges and softly brushed areas to create shiny colorful characters. For the hair, we went to the Wacom tablet and pen and manually brushed in the strands of hair in the head and mustache. We added a light percentage on the highlight white to create an additional flash that would occur natu- rally on an object. The colors all looked flat in the file, but once printed with the base and the highlight, the tones came to life. Once seps were completed, we output on CTS at 55 lpi and 61 degrees. We ran the white printer on an N166 tpi screen stretched to 45 N/cm2 after a heated pre-iron in head one. A 65/90/65 triple durometer squeegee was used. We flashed to gel the ink and hit the print with the heated roller screen to matte down the fibers in the next head. This created a smooth surface for the ink to sit on. All the colors were run wet-on-wet on N272s at the same tension, using 75/90/75s in succession. Finally, the highlight white was done on an N205. The event happened the next weekend and was well attended by Team Graphic Elephants. The shirts looked great and we were happy for them to be a part of this event. And, in the immortal words of Stan Lee, "Nuff said!" 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./, an international consulting firm specializing in technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete garment-embellishing solutions. Visit for more information. Contact Winters at BRITELINE HTV WILL HAVE YOU READY FOR GAMEDAY! Providing you with quick install and universal solutions to help you maximize productivity. Install in under 5 seconds at low temperatures! G-FLEX BLOCKOUT * • Sublimation-resistant with high level of opacity and smooth face. • G-FLEX TURBO * One stop solution with over 40 colors! *also available in a digital print option.

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