How do I adjust midtones on a complicated design so the print will look good?

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Proper and consistent emulsion control is of the utmost importance in achieving good results on a complicated print. Make sure that the screen emulsion is correct, meaning there must be enough emulsion on the bottom of the screen (the side that touches the shirt) to control and contain the ink being deposited.

Think of the emulsion as a gasket; if you have a leak, then the ink will spread. This will cause the ink dots to begin to touch, commonly known as dot gain. Sometimes this can be difficult to control due to variables like the type of shirt fabric, but the better the ink containment, the better the results. This all boils down to the emulsion coverage on the screen.

   —International Coatings

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Kieth Stevens

Kieth is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings (ICC). He has been screen printing for over 37 years, teaching screen printing for over 12 years and is a regular contributor to the International Coatings blog. He also won a 2014 Golden Image Award from SGIA. For more information, visit Read the ICC blog at Contact Kieth at 

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