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DIY Screen Printing

If you want to try and do screen printing on your own, there are a few things you need to know.

The artwork you want on your T-shirt needs to be prepared properly. If you creating the artwork yourself, you need to be sure that it is the current size. If the artwork is getting printed from an image on the computer or a camera, it is imperative that the resolution is correct. A low resolution jpeg will result in poor quality screen printing. A minimum of 300 ppi at print size is best for screen printing.

You will want to double and triple check that everything is spelled correctly. Once it is printed on your shirt, it’s there for good. You don’t want to waste your time or money doing it again because of a simple mistake.

Once you are in the process of the actual screen printing, there are many problems you could possibly encounter. One problem could be the emulsion not going onto the screen smoothly. If the mesh loosened or the tension was not even, the emulsion will not go on properly. This will likely happen if you are using older frames. You need to be sure that the emulsion you are using has not already expired. When you are not using it, keep it in the refrigerator and keep the container clean. This can ensure a longer shelf life.

You could also be experiencing the emulsion washing all over the screen. This could mean a variety of things. You may not have left your screen exposed for a long enough time. This may take practice to figure out the right amount of exposure time. If the emulsion was applied too thickly, this could need a longer exposure time. You need to check the lights you are using for exposure. If they are starting to lose their potency they won’t work properly for your screen printing.

Burning screens is a huge problem to have when screen printing. It can results in a variety of unpleasant mistakes that you certainly do not want your screen print to appear. If you burn the screen the most common issue is losing the fine detail of your artwork. This wouldn’t be good. Your beautiful mermaid you drew out could turn into a big blob without the finer detail shown.

It is important that when you are exposing your screen to the lights, it is done at the proper angle. The light source needs to be hitting the screen print straight on at a 90 degree angle. This will ensure that the entire piece of art is getting evenly distributed in light. If this is not the case, the picture is likely to turn of spotty.

Screen printing can be a challenge. Many people do not have the talent to create beautiful screen prints. Of course, there are always professionals that can do the work for you. American Stitch is one of the valued Las Vegas screen printing companies you can trust. For more information about pricing and services, contact 702.233.8567.