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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 A P R I L G R A P H I C S P R O 6 9 print inks for dierent fab- rics along with additives as well. In this case, your screen printer will grab their normal white ink that works for a 50/50 T-shirt blend, but they will add a little reducer into the ink to allow it to pass through the smaller holes in the mesh. Step Nine: The printer will take your positive and tape it to the platen, cen- tering and positioning it to where they want the print to be on each shirt. Then they will load the screen in and lower it to the positive to register the screen to the positive to ensure the screen hits the same exact spot on the platen every time. Step Ten: After the screen is registered and the ink is in the screen, your screen printer will take a test shirt and do a test print. is is done to not only make sure the print matches the proof, but to also deter- mine how many hits of ink are need- ed to make sure the design looks good printed and that the desired print han- dle is accomplished. Left: The screen is registered to do a test print. The ink has had some reducer mixed in it to allow the ink to pass through the 230 mesh, mak- ing it easier to create a light handle to the print. Below: A close up from a video of the piece being printed. All of the tips and steps stated above are great starting points on how to take your design from com- puter to screen, but always work to improve each step. Each one aects the next person in your company, and the common goal for all is to keep your customer happy and re- turning! GP HOWARD POTTER has been working in the promotional industry for 17 years, from designing to building brands and a family-owned business. He is the co-owner and CEO of A&P Master Images LLC with his wife Amanda. Their company offers graphic design, screen printing, embroidery, sublimation, vinyl graphics, and promotional items. Howard, his family, and the business reside in Utica, New York. For more information, please visit

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