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Page 12 of 103 9 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 Traditional screen printing is still just as popular as ever, particularly for print runs over 500 garments. (Image courtesy Xpresscreen) "You need to understand art and art programs and understand screen printing," says Jay Doub, sales and technical service rep- resentative for Xpresscreen. "Both are learning curves." e beauty of choosing a program like CorelDR AW or Adobe Illustrator is that there are plenty of resources available to help get a new shop owner up to speed on how to use them, from com- munity college courses to online instructional videos. Shops also can save money by building their own darkroom and light table. He suggests that new shops buy at least a four platen, four hit press so that they can print white and three other colors. "Anything less is kind of a novelty," he says. "I don't see the point in it. ey're not expensive and it will make money for you." If a shop is printing a white base on a dark shirt, a flash curer is imperative to dry that layer to the touch before adding colors on top. at could be as simple as pointing a hot air gun at the image to dry it by hand or purchasing a flash curer that can do the job in nine seconds. Many shops don't realize that they can screen print their own transfers. Where that comes in handy is when printing shirts for sports teams. Inevitably, a team will come back to the shop and ask for additional shirts because they had some late signups. By screen printing heat transfers with the team logo during the first printing of shirts, the shop won't have to go through the hassle of making new screens when additional shirts are needed. ey can just heat press the design onto the new shirts. To get into screen printing, all someone needs is enough space for a small manual screen-printing press and a small dryer to get started.

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