Pre-Press Tips

Basic Screen Room Training Let’s gets back to the basics of screen making!  Spring is the start of the busy season in screen printing with new companies opening their doors and new employees that need to know how to make a screen. So this month’s article is an A to Z look at the products and process to create a durable screen.
Print Engineering: Screen Printing is unique among printing methods. It can vary from a printed medical circuit, to a 14 color simulated process masterpiece on a t-shirt, to a 100 screen fine art serigraph. While the print process is very similar, squeegee, mesh, ink, and substrate, it’s the art that we use to make the screen that is unique to the product being printed.

How to prevent Moire: Moire is the interference of halftones and mesh. This interference is the result of mesh or mesh knuckles blocking some or part of the halftones in an image. Generally moire is controlled by adjusting the line count and angle of the halftone to avoid interference with the mesh.  This article explores the  possible angles that work well with common 45 and 55 line halftones on various mesh counts.  Even with good angles it is essential that the mesh be captured square to the frame for best results.

How to separate art for 3D foiling: 3D foiling is an easy to use technique to achieve a brighly faceted foil embellishiment. Foiling has regained popularity over the past few years as an accent in water base and discharge ink prints.
Wasatch SoftRIP SP is sophisticated RIP software made easy. With simple setup, intuitive workflow, and powerful print controls, SoftRIP saves you time and money while producing excellent quality color or, for the textile screen printers, the best ink jet film reproduction possible. With SoftRIP, you don’t need to be an expert to print like one. No matter how large or complex your production environment, SoftRIP has the tools you need for complete control.

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