GRAPHICS PRO

April '21

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6 8 G R A P H I C S P R O A P R I L 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M PRO TIP: I always suggest a test print be done and inspected before printing the whole order. You want to make sure the right ink color is being used, print location, handle of print, and no print details are missing. Less than five minutes of double checking per order can save you thousands in replacement orders on your own dime… what the client asked for on their order and go back and read it to be safe. Open your design and copy and paste it in a new le. From here, make a square 1" registration mark centered above and below your design. is makes it easier for your team to register the screen to the positive on the screen printer's platen. You always want to save your proof as one le and your production les for screens as another—this makes it easier to do re- order artwork down the road or make adjustments. Step Six: Print your positive. Take it to the exposure unit, center it on the glass, and tape the positive down to the glass. Remember at this point what the custom- er asked for: a light handle to the print. One way to do that is to use a higher mesh screen. e higher the mesh count, the less ink it lets pass through the mesh of the screen, creating a lighter print. Grab your emulsify screen and place it face down centered on top of the posi- tive. Every press is different. You will need to know what works best for your starting point to place your positive. You should, in most cases, be ne centering your screen to your positive and burning the positive about 3" to 4" down from the inside of the frame, but check with your screen printer if you do not know. Step Seven: After your screen is burned, spray it out and let it dry in your dark room. Depending on your setup, this can take 45 minutes to an hour for most shops. Make sure your emulsion is dry before us- ing the screen to print. Step Eight: At this point, your screen will go to your screen printer. ey will take your paperwork and proof that you created for them and read that rst. at tells them why you gave them a 230-mesh screen to print with. Now they must grab the right ink. You have dierent screen Right: Line your positive up first to tape it down to make sure it does not move. Below: The emul- sified screen is in position to be burned. We actually created our own grid to find the center faster on the screen and positive.

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