Printwear

April '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 7 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R || 21 late way too many areas that were built with process colors to convert it to vector-printable seps. Taking the efficient route, we decided to sep this like a full-color raster image. We saved the Photoshop document to a tiff and used our simulated-process, traditional half- tone for the separation method. We usually try to minimize colors to keep costs down, so we modified our white printer and highlight white a bit and bumped up colors with the sliders. We deleted and merged unnecessary channels, built a brown using the red channel, and enhanced it using the saturation tool. We ultimately printed like so: pre-iron, white printer, flash, heated roller, gray, black, brown, and highlight white. Once separated, we took the DCS2 eps file and placed it in Illustrator to output on our template with specs. For this graphic, we outputted in a 55 lpi (lines per inch) frequency at a 22.5-degrees angle with elliptical shaped halftones to the CTS system (computer-to- screen) and exposed. All screens were built on retensionable frames with N205 tpi (threads per inch) with the exception of the white printer, which was done on an N166, and all at 45 N/cm2. Each stencil was constructed using a high-quality dual cure emulsion coated three over two, finishing on the squeegee side. The shirts were dried substrate side down to achieve 15 percent EOM (Emulsion Over Mesh) stencil thickness for the desired ink deposit. We flashed only the first white. The balance were printed wet-on-wet, so the inks would blend together for smooth transitions. The squeegees were triple-ply dual durometer 65/90/65 for the whites and 75/90/75 on the colors. They all ran at a consistent pace with minimal off-contact and pressure at a 15-degree angle. In the end, the prints were really nice and the customer was extremely pleased with the shirts. The moral of this story is, we are slow learners. In all seriousness, it's important to follow your own rules and listen to your instinct when it comes to a job. Especially one with which you're not familiar. A lesson learned. Again! with equipment, technologies and products Register Here: THENBMSHOW.com or call 800.560.9941 Get Indianapolis June 1-3, 2017 Long Beach July 20-22, 2017 The shirts were dried substrate side down to achieve 15 percent EOM (Emulsion Over Mesh) stencil thickness for the desired ink deposit.

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