There’s plenty of helpful information about screen printing out there. Many screen printers learn how to print from watching YouTube. Want to pick up some more info before the year ends? Here’s five of our most popular videos from 2021.
WHAT IS COLOR SHIFT AND WHY DOES IT CHANGE THE COLOR OF MY INKS?
Color Shift is based on color theory. If you have ever printed a color, checked the print, and noticed it turned out different than you expected? That is called color shift. It will happen with every ink you print. Depending on a few key factors, you can end up with one color looking completely different than you anticipated.
Let's look at the different variables at play and show you how to make adjustments to deal with color shifts both before press and on press.
THE BEST WAY TO EASILY ALIGN FILMS ON A SCREEN WITHOUT A TEMPLATE
Aligning film transparencies is a vital part of the pre-production process. If your films aren’t all in line, your print may appear off-center, crooked, or misplaced. Nobody wants that (unless it’s intentional). There’s one sure-fire method to make sure your films are lined up. In the video, Ronald Peters shows you how to align your film transparencies perfectly with just a T-square.
HOW TO PROPERLY CURE PLASTISOL INK WITH A FLASH DRYER
A flash dryer is a versatile piece of equipment and can be used in many ways, no matter how small your shop is. Curing with a flash dryer takes a little bit of experience to dial in, but can be another way to cure prints without a conveyor dryer. In the video, Josh Wells walks you through properly curing garments with a flash dryer.
HOW TO PREP YOUR PLASTISOL INK FOR SCREEN PRINTING
Ronald teaches the importance of stirring your plastisol ink before you start printing. When you buy a bucket of plastisol ink, that ink has most likely been in storage a while before it got to your shop. You might notice that your ink has separated a little bit. Even ready-to-use inks can separate over time. Let’s talk about why this happens and what you can do to prep your plastisol ink before you jump into screen printing.
4 TIPS TO PREVENT FISHEYES AND PINHOLES ON SCREENS
You’ve coated a screen for screen printing, exposed it, and rinsed it out. You might notice tiny holes in the screen where there shouldn’t be. Why is this? In this video, Ronald Peters touches on why pinholes and fisheyes happen, and gives tips to stop them before they cause problems on your screen.
There’s plenty more information about screen printing out there. Head to our YouTube channel for more helpful content. If you’re looking for even more educational content, check out our blogs too! Let’s make 2022 even better than 2021.