Why Every Screen Printer Needs a Heat Press in their Shop  | Screenprinting.com

Why Every Screen Printer Needs a Heat Press in their Shop

Jacelyn Wedman

A heat press is a great tool and has tons of uses. Many screen printers start by heat pressing transfers onto t-shirts, tote bags, or other garments. Heat presses can be used to cure garments, and are great for printing at live events. Let’s talk about all the benefits of having a heat press, and what you’ll need to be successful.

 

The Best Way to Register Water-Based and Plastisol Screen Prints  | Screenprinting.com

The Best Way to Register Water-Based and Plastisol Screen Prints

Jacelyn Wedman
Registering a print is a vital piece of the screen printing process. Printers need to make sure that all screens align with each other and have the proper placement on a shirt. Let’s take a look at properly registering single and multicolor prints with plastisol and water-based ink.
How to Achieve Matte or Glossy Screen Prints  | Screenprinting.com

How to Achieve Matte or Glossy Screen Prints

Sage Larson
Ink has the ability to look matte or glossy. Sometimes, a print will come out of the dryer looking glossier than expected, or more matte than you’re looking for. Wondering how to adjust the final looks of the ink? Let's look into it.
Curable Reducer, Soft Hand Additive, Extender Base: What’s the Difference?  | Screenprinting.com

Curable Reducer, Soft Hand Additive, Extender Base: What’s the Difference?

Jacelyn Wedman
Looking for your prints to have a soft hand feel? There are three products that seem pretty similar: Extender BaseCurable Reducer, and soft hand additive. While they may look the same, they have different functions. Let’s take a look at all three and discover which ink gives prints the softest feel. 
CMYK vs. Spot Color vs. Simulated Process Printing  | Screenprinting.com

CMYK vs. Spot Color vs. Simulated Process Printing

Sage Larson

Okay, so you’ve heard their names, CMYK Process, Spot Color, and Simulated Process, but what are they? What sets them apart from one another and what is the best use for each? Let’s go through them, one by one!

6 Ways to Screen Print White Plastisol Ink on a White Shirt  | Screenprinting.com

4 Ways to Screen Print White Plastisol Ink on a White Shirt

Jacelyn Wedman
One cool technique printers can have fun with is tonal prints. You’ve probably heard of—or maybe even printed—black ink on black shirts, blue ink on blue shirts, red ink on red shirts, and the list goes on. One tonal print that’s often overlooked is white ink on white shirts. Printing white ink on white shirts is different and unique, producing awesome effects. Let’s talk about a few different methods of printing white ink on a white shirt.
Unlock Specialty Printing with 7 New Inks from FN-INK™  | Screenprinting.com

Unlock Specialty Printing with 7 New Inks from FN-INK™

Jacelyn Wedman
What’s better than having a low-cure, ready-to-print plastisol ink that’s also a mixing system? One that’s got specialty inks and additives to make your prints as creative as you are. With seven new additions to the FN-INK™ line, the possibilities are endless. Want to know what these new specialties are all about? Let’s jump in.
Add a Sparkle or Chrome Effect to Screen Prints with FN-INK™ Metallic Silver Plastisol Ink  | Screenprinting.com

Add a Sparkle or Chrome Effect to Screen Prints with FN-INK™ Metallic Silver Plastisol Ink

Jacelyn Wedman
Sometimes, a design calls for a shimmery, sparkling effect. To get this type of effect, metallic ink can do magic. Each metallic ink has its uses, and FN-INK™ Metallic Silver can add stunning elements to a design and bring prints to life. Let’s look at some of the different ways screen printers can use FN-INK™ Silver in their shops.
Add Some Sparkle to Your Prints with FN-INK™ Gold  | Screenprinting.com

Add Some Sparkle to Your Prints with FN-INK™ Gold

Jacelyn Wedman
Adding gold sparkle to a design is a surefire way to attract attention. With FN-INK™ Metallic Gold, you can make jaws drop without any extra hassle in your print process. There are a few nuances to using this ink. Want to know more? Let’s dive in.
Take Your Prints to the Third Dimension with FN-INK™ Puff  | Screenprinting.com

Take Your Prints to the Third Dimension with FN-INK™ Puff

Jacelyn Wedman

Sometimes, a client may want their design to take on a whole new level. They want their message to stand out from the rest, to jump out at the viewer. You could make that happen by making a stellar design, choosing a loud color combo, etc. Or, you can literally elevate the print by using a puff additive

Puff prints are so cool, but there are a few tips and tricks you’ll need to know to make a solid, lofted print. So, what do you need to know? Let’s find out.

The Best Practices to Make a Print Shimmer with FN-INK™ Pearl  | Screenprinting.com

The Best Practices to Make a Print Shimmer with FN-INK™ Pearl

Jacelyn Wedman
Are you looking to introduce a little bit of shine to your prints? You don’t want it to be in-your-face shiny, but maybe you want the print to have a little shimmer. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, meet FN-INK™ Pearl. This specialty ink is perfect for adding a little shine or a pearlescent effect to prints. As with any specialty ink, there are best practices to follow to get the most out of the ink. Let’s learn how to use the pearl ink to get mesmerizing prints. 
Don’t Worry, Be Stretchy: Introducing FN-INK™ Stretch Plastisol Ink  | Screenprinting.com

Don’t Worry, Be Stretchy: Introducing FN-INK™ Stretch Plastisol Ink

Jacelyn Wedman

Once in a while, you may receive an order where the print needs to be real flexible like it can stretch far without falling apart. All ink can stretch, to a point. When it needs more support to make it extra pliable, then you need stretch ink.

A stretch ink makes an ink more flexible so it resists cracking or splitting on stretchy garments like spandex, leggings, and yoga pants. FN-INK™ Stretch is designed to be used as either an underbase, mixed in with a base white, or as an additive for colors that need even more pliability. Let’s look at when and how you’d use the stretch ink in production.