Printwear

October '14

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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76 | Printwear O ctO b e r 20 1 4 5 Tips for superior Canvas prinTs 1. to get the best print quality, use inkjet-receptive canvas. Spend a little extra on the more expensive brand—it's worth the vibrancy you gain in the print. the ink also lies down nicely with no bleeding. 2. It is very important to control the amount of ink output with your printer. canvas printing typically uses half the amount of ink as garments use. 3. the image you are printing should be as high a res- olution as possible. Low-quality images are much more noticeable on canvas. 4. Use a unidirectional print pass. this helps with resolution and accuracy on canvas and helps keep the edges of the print crisp. 5. Put a clear coating over your print once it has dried. this helps protect the print and also helps enhance the color of the overall print. Curing the Print Once the canvas is printed, make sure it is dry before you put any coating onto it. In most cas- es, the print should air dry very quickly due to the low amount of ink that is used. To be on the safe side, let the print dry for 15 minutes before applying any sort of coating. To help speed up the process, hover your heat press over the print for a minute. Coating the Print It is very important to put a clear coating over your print once it has dried. Clear coating serves multiple rolls in its function. First, it works to protect the print itself from being touched, rubbed, or lightly cleaned. The clear coating also helps to enhance the color of the overall print. For a nice, clean, even coat, it is best to use a spray-on acrylic varnish in matte or gloss. This can be found at most arts and craft stores. There is a general rule of thumb when deciding whether to use matte or gloss: Matte is most commonly used on paintings, while gloss is used with more photographic-type images. Another way to finish your print is by us- ing a clear-texture coating. This is a brush- on coating that is very thick in nature. De- pending on how you apply the coating, you can achieve a bumpy oil painting texture digital art prints Top: Images should be at the highest resolution possible as canvas allows for more detail than a t-shirt. Above: Make proper adjustments to the printer to accommodate the different substrate. Ink output and drop size are among the most important in this application to avoid pooling and bleeding. pw

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