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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 J U N E G R A P H I C S P R O 5 1 HAVE A LASER? YOU CAN ALSO PRODUCE FACE SHIELDS. LEARN HOW WITH THIS TUTORIAL FROM UNIVERSAL LASER SYSTEMS: Of course, we may as well brand, and the company logo was printed on each ban- dana. A bandana's fabric is thinner, and most notably, the material is not as heavy as a five- or six-ounce T-shirt, so the approach required a little thought. It would be used for practicality, so design wasn't our biggest concern. The three-col- or logo was only three inches wide, so we removed small details and halftones that wouldn't translate to minimize any struggles on press. We built the vector art in Adobe Illustra- tor so edges were crisp and clean, and added the tagline message to promote awareness. We copied the oval and changed it from a Fill to a Stroke so the dimensions were the same. From the Tool palette, we selected the Type tool and dropdown menu to Type on a Path in the Character palette. We chose a font that has larger openings so letters like B, A, and R wouldn't fill on press at this small size. We dragged it into place, and centered and sized it appropriately. Once the client approved the mock-up, we moved to seps. They chose orange and yellow bandanas. The blue color would not require a white printer or base plate under- neath as it is dark and plenty opaque. We only needed a base under our lighter col- ors—the red and yellow. We put a half point stroke for an overall choke on the base plate areas selected. The blue area around the outside in the oval shape acted as a key line or trap so there was no white peeking out in the final print. We also created a small gutter between some colors as the "&" and "M" touch each oth- er, and tried to minimize the potential of yellow and red smearing. Making sure all colors in the design were spot colors, we placed on our template in Illustrator and moved to RIP and CTS (computer-to-screen) output. We used our default frequency of 45 lpi at a 22.5-degree angle. All screens were work hardened mesh on retensionable frames at a 45 N/cm2 with a 15% EOM (emulsion over mesh) adequate stencil. Once screens were developed and dried, we were ready for setup using our pre-reg- istration system and ironing on-press. We ran the white printer on an N-166 mesh and used a 65/90/65 triple-ply dual durom- eter squeegee for adequate ink deposit. We flashed long enough to gel the ink and used a smoothing screen in the next station. The balance of the screens ran wet on wet dark- est to lightest with no flashes on 272s with 75/90/75s. We used a double squeegee in the blue to help bridge the thin and open fabric. ADAPT TO CHANGE As we all know, much has changed in the last 30, 60, and even 90 days. Many busi- nesses including ours has changed consider- ably. After the bandanas, many colleagues have worked hard to convert manufactur- ing to build masks. Perhaps the mask busi- ness will help hold us all up. We are all in this together. This too shall pass. Press on! GP At 21 years old, LON WINTERS was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio special- izing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete apparel decorating solutions. Learn more at FREE SHIPPING Screen Print Supplies • Siser Heat Transfer FDC Sign Vinyl • Screenprinting Equipment & More! (800) 535-4657 Plastics Inc A Division of

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