Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink

Printing with Plastisol vs. Water Based Ink

Jacelyn Wedman
Screen printers debate which is better: plastisol or water-based ink. Some printers start out with plastisol ink, while others opt to jump right into water-based printing. But how are they different? Why would you use one over the other? Ink master Colin Huggins lays out the differences and nuances to printing each type of ink. You’ll be able to decide which ink is best for your shop.
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How to Create Engaging Social Media Posts

Sage Larson
Who isn't on social media? It's a great thing, but it also creates a challenge for businesses. How do you cut through the noise? Whatever your goal...
Four Ways to Print Black Plastisol Ink on a Black Shirt

Four Ways to Print Black Plastisol Ink on a Black Shirt

Sage Larson
Printing black plastisol ink on a black shirt — trendy, right? As with everything in screen printing, there are multiple ways to achieve this goal. From using a puff base to printing with clear base to curing at higher and lower temperatures, printers can offer a variety of effects and looks to their customers. Let's take a look to see how each technique turns out so you can decide what's best for your next print job.
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Invest in the Stock Market or Invest in Yourself

Sage Larson
Investing in the stock market isn’t the only way to bring home more money. Another way is to start a side hustle. Since you’re here, I believe it’s safe to assume that you’re thinking about diving into screen printing. If you’re a problem solver, a go-getter, a hard worker who’s creative, motivated, and driven, then screen printing is definitely for you. 
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How to Color Separate Blends and Halftones for Screen Printing in Adobe Illustrator

Sage Larson
Screen printing master Colin Huggins is here with another deep dive into artwork! In the latest video, Colin explains how to do color separations for blending and halftones in Adobe Illustrator. He shares insights about the techniques that'll dial in your design and make it ready for perfect blending. Take a look!
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How To Dial In Exposure Times Using An Exposure Calculator

Sage Larson
Figuring out exposure times is one of the most difficult tasks in screen printing. Questions about exposing appear every day in Facebook screen printing groups like Rogue Printers, in our DMs, and calls in to our experts. If you're struggling, you're not alone. The best thing you can do is invest in a 21-Step Exposure Calculator. How does it work? Let's dive in.
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Guidance for DTG Printing on Triblend Garments

Luke Ryerkerk
Last, but not least, it's time to learn how to Direct-To-Garment print on triblend garments! DTG Extraordinaire Luke Ryerkerk will share his wisdom on the topic so you can crush your next print job.
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Disposing of Hazardous Screen Print Shop Waste

Sage Larson
The screen printing process creates waste, particularly in the form of inks, emulsions, and the chemicals used to clean them off screens and tools. Some of this waste is hazardous. As awareness of environmental and safety concerns continue to grow, so does the importance of having a plan for properly disposing of it.
a ship in a light bulb black print on a white shirt

How to Print Black Plastisol Ink on a White Garment

Sage Larson
We learned about printing white plastisol ink on a black shirt, but what about black plastisol ink on a white shirt? In our latest video, expert Colin Huggins explores the nuances of printing black plastisol ink on light-colored garments.
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Tips for DTG Printing on 100% Cotton Garments

Luke Ryerkerk
Like in screen printing, the type of garment will affect how you print via Direct-To-Garment (DTG). This week, expert Luke Ryerkerk dives into the specifics about printing 100% cotton on a DTG printer. 
How to Screen Print White FN-INK™ on a Black Shirt with a Smoothing Screen

How to Screen Print White FN-INK™ on a Black Shirt with a Smoothing Screen

Sage Larson
Printing white ink on a dark garment. Screen printing genius Colin Huggins goes over best practices for printing white plastisol ink on a black shirt. Got a notebook and pencil handy? Right, let's learn how to print white ink on a dark garment and make the print as bright and clean as possible. 
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How to Create a White Underbase in Adobe Illustrator

Sage Larson
And we're back to Screen Printing Art 101! If you watched the video about making color separations in Adobe Illustrator, you'll want to watch our latest video as well. Screen Printing Expert Colin Huggins walks you through the process of creating the white underbase in Illustrator.