October '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 2 P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 2 2 P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 SCREEN PRINTING From Software to Substrate band and not the letters by selecting the area to be affected as an isolated element. The use of effects gave a simple logo a no- ticeable makeover that the company was very happy with. They wanted this printed on black garments, and you know how we love working on black. We know how dramatic an image can look against that dark contrast. It also really expands the ranges that can be achieved when using a few colors and turn- ing it into several colors sitting on and off the base. We had bright colors in this design that needed to be maintained so they popped off the shirt but we also had areas of total knock out of the base and some very light opacities in the shadows. The silvery look was comprised of the base and the top white. The slight opacity on the base is at 9% for very little ink deposit influenced by the black substrate. Those same areas are completely knocked out of the highlight so we get that illusion of a sil- very flash. We say it often here, but, on black, your white base can either make or break the final result. A carefully engineered base plate is essential to an eye-popping result! After output on CTS at 65 lpi and 22.5 de- grees, screen mesh and exposure was crucial to our dots and transitions. We chose high tension N-205 for the whites and N-272 to 300 mesh on the colors, all at 45 N/cm2 to hold the detail under 5% and open above 90. Our squeegees were 65/90/65 triple-ply dual durometer at 15 degrees with minimal pressure for a fast flood and print stroke. We pressed the surface in station one with a heat- ed iron to flatten the surface and to keep the fibers matted down. We rolled after each flash using a Teflon screen to ensure a soft, smooth final print. The finished result was an updated version of an American classic. 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 The ampersand had the Bevel and Emboss treat- ment in the red fill along with the outer glow as well. These effects look cool on the monitor but during the print process, they might not even show. Above: The slight opacity on the base is at 9% for very little ink deposit influenced by the black substrate. Left: Having the design elements on separate layers for separation made it easy to select pieces to adjust without affecting other areas.

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