Printwear

December '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 D E C E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 23 during this process, and the pixelization on the edges showed after the "Threshold" was used, the sawtooth edge wouldn't affect the look. To build our white printer or underbase, we would only put a one-pixel choke on the com- posite of the white and red, but only under the red since this would help us avoid any spread from the smoothing screen that might cause the white to peek out. To do this, we went back to the Selection Menu and used "Modify," then "Contract" by one. Filling in the selection, we once again used "Threshold" to clean up the edges of all elements and fonts and get rid of any more fringe. This also helped with the choke, because when dealing with those soft edges and the intention is one pixel, it's possible to get some color peeking out. In total, we would print four screens: the white printer, gray, red, and highlight white. The 18" back was set up on-press using our out-registration system with ease. It took only a couple of minutes per screen. The white printer end imaged on an N-166 tpi meshed retensionable screen. This would start us out with a bright layer of white to build on as the foundation of our print. We flashed in head two and then ran a smoothing roller in a Teflon screen where a cooling station would normally exist. We call it a smash plate, which helped us smooth out our base for the subsequent colors to set on. Next, we printed the gray using an N-272 screen. We would let the gray he stepped on by the red, which we ran on an N-205, and our highlight white that we put on an N-166. This would sequence wet-on-wet. With proper planning, we would only step on the red once to maintain the integrity of the color. If we didn't plan correctly, our reds would lighten up and look orange or, worse, pink. We flashed in the last station to help the puller not have any snap issues on the large 18" tall back. The front was set up the same, but we used lasers to assist us in keeping the load straight on the wide, thin print across the chest. We ended up running two sizes on each side for men's and women's styles. It just didn't work to try and run one size this time around. The client didn't pay for the extra setups, but for several reasons, it was the right thing to do. Two sizes were run on each side for men's and women's styles.

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