In the April issue of GRAPHICS PRO, set to mail and hit a screen near you on March 25, industry pros share insight on everything from screen printing and car wraps to sublimation.
Howard Potter of A&P Master Images, Charity Jackson of Visual Horizons Custom Signs, and Rodney Croes of One Step Papers LLC discuss taking designs to the screen-printing machine, wraps training, and printing shirts with sublimation paper, respectively. Here’s a first look at some of their thoughts you’ll find exclusively in the April issue.
Howard Potter: Take Your Design from Computer to Screen
- “Knowing your client and their end goals with not only the design, but the type of screen printing they are looking for is crucial.”
- “Your design not only has to look good for all size shirts that will be printed, but the shirt and imprint size also has to work for the screen printer’s platen and the screen size being used for the order.”
- “You always want to save your proof as one file and your production files for screens as another—this makes it easier to do reorder artwork down the road or make adjustments.”
Charity Jackson: Wrap Training Sources for Furthering Your Education
- “Every bit of information that you can glean and put into practice in your shop has the potential to make you money.”
- “When you run a small business, it’s often challenging to get out of the daily grind and take the time to mingle with others in the industry. When we do get to the shows, we always come back energized and full of new ideas.”
- “You should always think of any cost you put into your education as an investment, one that will pay huge dividends over the years.”
Rodney Croes: Confused About Sublimation Papers?
- “While it’s technically possible to create sublimation transfers with regular bond paper, your results will be much better if you use a coated, made-for-sublimation paper.’
- “In order to print sublimation transfers on dark-colored shirts, you need to have an opaque layer under the inks.”
- “Look for a manufacturer and ink supplier that provides color profiles for specific papers. You may consider using less expensive ink manufacturers, but it can come back to haunt you with color profiles.”
Look out for these articles and more in GRAPHICS PRO April.