HOW WE PRINT T-SHIRTS – PART 3

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This is part 3 of a 3 part series from our blog on how we do what we do – namely screen printing on Tee Shirts! Step 3 is the actual screen printing process:

Equipment:

Pictured above is our Freedom 6 color automatic screen printing press and our Precision 20′ gas dryer. The term “automatic” is kind of a misnomer, the more precise term is pneumatic. It is air driven and can print 300-500 T-shirts an hour. Equally as impressive is our 20′ gas dryer. Gas is more economical to operate than infra red (electric). Maintaining the proper equipment saves us headache and you money!

Preparing the screens:

The freshly burned screens are checked for pin holes, tiny imperfections left over from the screen burning process. The pin holes are blocked out using a tape or block-out solution. The sides of the screens are taped with solvent resistant tape to prevent ink spillage.

Setting up the first Test print:

Once the screens are ready to go they are placed on the press and the squeegees are installed and adjusted. Plastisol ink is applied and a piece of test material is then printed. If this is a multi color print the additional screens are then set up and registered to the first color test print.

Once a successful test print is achieved on test material, it is shown to the quality control (QC) person and manager for approval. If it is approved one final test print is run on an actual T-shirt for final approval before production. Every design is checked by the print operator, the QC person and the project manager prior to production – ensuring the accuracy of your completed job!

Production:

Once the design is approved by all three personnel it’s time to enter into production. The print machine operator begins to print and feed the finished T-shirts onto the conveyor belt of the dryer. The QC person checks the temperature of the ink coming out of the dryer. Plastisol ink must reach a temperature of 330 degrees to cure properly. If the ink does not cure properly it will fade, crack and come off when the garment is laundered. Some variables that affect dryer performance are: type of garment, amount of ink deposited, humidity, air flow.

Quality Control:

At Your Tshirt Man we have many policies and procedures in place to ensure your satisfaction. One such policy is for the QC personnel to visually inspect every print for quality and consistency. Another is for him to check the ink temperature every 15 minutes to make sure the dryer is performing consistently. Any issues are corrected immediately before continuing production.

Quantity Control:

A play on words, this refers to the accuracy of fulfilling orders – including quantity, sizes, colors, etc. Quantities are verified and signed off three or more separate times in our procedure: First when garments are pulled or received for an order. Second when the order is printed. Third when the order is packaged for shipping or pick up.

All our policies and procedures are designed to ensure your complete satisfaction. Our quality and service is guaranteed in writing! We even offer a lowest-price guarantee –  If you find the same quality item at a lower price, we will beat it!

Thanks for stopping by Your Tshirt Man Blog! Don’t miss our latest video (see left column) featuring our Freedom automatic screen printing press in action!

HOW WE PRINT T-SHIRTS – PART 2

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This is part 2 of a 3 part series from our blog on how we do what we do – namely screen printing on Tee Shirts! Step 2 is transferring the artwork onto the screens:

Materials:

“Screens” are made from wood or aluminum frames with fine polyester mesh stretched across. Your Tshirt Man uses aluminum frame screens for their enduring strength.

Coating Screens:

The screen is coated with a light-sensitive photo-emulsion and dried in a darkroom. Once dry it is ready to be “burned.” 

Burning Screens:

The vellum is positioned on the screen and exposed to ultraviolet light, then washed out thoroughly with water. The areas of the screen not exposed to light wash away leaving a stencil of the image on the mesh!
 
The screens are now ready to go! Thanks for stopping by Your Tshirt Man Blog , Don’t miss Part 3 – Screen Printing.

How We Screen Print T-shirts – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a 3 part series on how we do what we do – namely screen printing on Tee Shirts! The first step is Artwork Preparation:

Artwork Specifications:
Your Tshirt Man uses the following graphics applications: Adobe Illustrator CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Corel Draw X6. When using gradients or shading, stay within 20% to 80% coverage to avoid lost or closed halftones. Save all typeset characters as outlines (Illustrator) or curves (Corel) in your final artwork files. Vector files are preferred however when using our Design Studio files must be converted to GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG.

Color Separations and Film Output:
Once we have final approved artwork we print out film positives to use in the screen making process. One film is printed out representing each color. Actually we use a laser printer to print directly onto a translucent “vellum” instead of costly film – saving us time and you money.

Thanks for stopping by Your Tshirt Man Blog , don’t miss Part 2 – Screen Making.

Custom T-shirt Printing for 2015

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Custom printed Tshirts are an important promotional tool for any business. Custom apparel will help to promote your business AND improve your company image. When you are ready to purchase custom apparel, make sure you choose a reliable screen printing company such as Your Tshirt Man. We employ many screen printing techniques, such as vintage style or standard athletic style. We also have a wide variety of garments available to choose from.

When looking for cheap Tshirt printing be sure not to sacrifice quality and workmanship. Tasteful clothing that is well designed will improve your business image and doesn’t have to break the bank. Our experts will assist you in defining your specific custom screen printing needs. We understand the importance of providing fast and friendly service on your next custom tee shirt printing project.

We provide items such as jackets, shirts and caps among others, depending on what will work within your budget. We also carry a full line of promotional products. Our products and services are available at affordable rates and you can be sure that there is some printed apparel or promotional product suitable for every budget.

The 3 Secrets of Not Getting RIPPED OFF on Custom Printed TShirts!

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I’ve been printing T-shirts for 27 years now, and I’ve learned there’s a hard way and an easy way to order custom screen printed T-shirts online. First let me tell you 3 things to watch out for:

1. Don’t jump at the lowest price! There’s tons of deceptive business practices out there; bait-and-switch, hidden charges, etc. You must be careful you’re really getting what you order.

2. A shop must be clean and organized to serve you effectively. If you get the sense that a shop is disorganized, if you’re having to wait too long to get a return phone call, that’s a danger sign.

3. Do they really care? Are your questions answered to your satisfaction? and in a timely manner? You need a company that truly cares.

Of course you can avoid all these problems by calling Your Tshirt Man! We’ll see you next time!

~ Jerold Parker

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Welcome to Your Tshirt Man Blog!

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My name is Jerold Parker, Your Tshirt Man! I have been printing Tshirts for over 27 years and I’ve learned a thing or two during that time. I will be sharing some tips and helpful information on T-shirt printing via this blog. I love screen printing T-shirts! In the old days it was called “silk screening” because our forefathers actually used real silk to create the stencil. Now days synthetic fiber is used which is superior in strength and versatility. The process is now simply known as “screen printing.” So check back in from time to time for what I hope is helpful information to you and your custom Tshirt printing adventures!

You can read more about Jerold and his 27 year history in the imprinted sportswear industry on the About US page of our web site.