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It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, and for that we’re sorry.

But trust me, the wait was well worth it.

While we were away, we were working on a very exciting project … a new sister company called TStacker.com.

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There is a glut of information on the Internet, from articles to YouTube tutorials, explaining the process of printing your own T-shirts. It’s advertised as easy, fun, and inexpensive. It’s actually difficult to find any evidence on the Internet to the contrary. This post is designed to give some balance to that perspective.

Don’t get me wrong. I firmly support the pursuit of your creativity, and screen printing is a good avenue for creativity. If that is what you’re after, then get down to business. If, on the other hand, you’re thinking you can cut corners by doing it yourself, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

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Most shirt designs sit inside careful boundaries, confined to a portion of the shirt. One way to break away from traditional t-shirt design is all-over printing. You’ve undoubtedly seen all over prints, which cover the entire shirt, or at least one side of it. All over designs are literally all over the shirt, but how is it accomplished? The answer is complex, engrossing, and perfectly suited for a blog entry.

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Posted by on in Marketing Tips and Strategies

This post started with a simple, intriguing bit of information: a marketing campaign based on chocolate grasshoppers. For a company that doesn’t do food or grasshoppers.

Needless to say, my interest was piqued.

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 Before you get caught up in crude jokes or start thinking of ashtrays, you should take a look at this. It’s not very often that a product manages to straddle the line between hilarious, useful, and just plain creative.

The Butt Station is one of our newest promotional items. It’s a mini office supply cabinet, in an unexpected form.

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Your employees work hard for you, day in and day out. One of the best ways to fill their sails, recognize hard work, and encourage future performance is through employee recognition programs.

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Posted by on in Marketing Tips and Strategies

As marketing and advertising change with emerging information formats, business professionals have learned a few things about how to reach customers. One of the most surprising lessons is that traditional advertising is still the most powerful.

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Posted by on in Artwork and Design

When it comes to typography, it’s all about style, or more accurately, it’s about making content stylish. The subtle differences in typographic components convey volumes. Decisions you make in terms of typography have enormous impact on customers, even if they don’t know it. Don’t gloss over typography. It’s as important  as every other part of your design. Here’s a quick look at some fundamentals of typography.

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How does a business maximize its promotional efforts? To answer that question, I refer to a 2013 study by Advertising Specialty Institute.

The study measures what percentage of adults own various promotional items and indicates that the top 3 promotional items, in order, are:

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Posted by on in T-Shirt Printing Community

 

If you’re thinking you can take a screen off your window at home, add some emulsion to it, and start printing shirts, this article is for you. I’d like to gently talk you down from that idea. You can do better. Preparing screens is a critical part of making good prints. This is how the pros do it:

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You can get just about anything you need on the Internet, without ever having to speak to a soul. Ordering custom garments from DFC Screen Printing is no different.

Trepidation at ordering custom shirts without human interaction isn’t uncommon. There is a degree of uncertainty in the process, on first glance. But ordering custom shirts is a painless and easy process.

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Posted by on in Marketing Tips and Strategies

Ready to boost your visibility, sales and bottom line?

These custom printed clothing solutions could be just what you need to ignite your small business, create a buzz, and drive in real leads while maintaining a budget.

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Discharge printing has seen a little coverage in this blog already, but deserves its own post.

If you remember, in the post about water-based inks, we discussed how water-based inks dye fabric, rather than laying ink over them. Discharge printing is a variation on water-based inks.  

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When you’re ordering a promotional product, whether it’s a series of pens or tote bags for a contest, it’s tempting to purchase the cheapest possible. If you’re giving something away for free, it makes sense to spend as little as possible, right?

But in reality, promotional products are just as important part of your marketing program as a well-designed print ad. If done correctly, your return on investment (ROI) can be far greater than the amount you actually spent in the first place.

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The ink that most of us are familiar with for screen printing is plastisol. Plastisol is cheap, easy to use, and it delivers great results. One of the other major options for inks is water based inks.

Water based inks, as the name implies, are solutions of chemicals and dyes with water is the main solute. The term doesn’t imply that water is the main agent in the ink, only that it is the largest ingredient therein.

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On occasions where artfully rendered plastisol prints just aren’t enough to get your message across, consider the exciting specialty ink options on the market. Specialty inks set your shirt design apart from the crowd and widen the design possibilities for shirts.

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Posted by on in Educational Resources

In this post we’re exploring the history of screen printing, which appears a murky topic until the last century, when the process really took off.

Most accounts put the birth of screen printing in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE), while there are strong claims for the origination of the technique by other cultures around the Mediterranean. During the Song Dynasty, the screens/stencils that were used for prints included block shapes held in place by human hair in a wooden frame. Hair is sufficiently strong and fine to support the stencils, while allowing ink to reach the substrate.

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Posted by on in Artwork and Design

In this post, we are going to venture into another graphic design nerd-out. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you in the dust with techno-babble. This stuff is pretty interesting, and I hope to translate these sometimes difficult topics to laypeople, who might not even know why to care about these things.

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Between the time when you send your design to DFC and the beginning of production, your design spends some time in a mythical land called the Art Department. There, skilled artisans practice dark arts to perfect your image before it reaches production.

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Green Shirts: More than a Fabric Color

When it comes to reducing your impact on the environment, the clothes you purchase don’t always come to mind. Sure, you can re-use torn clothing, or opt for second-hand. But if you want to order custom made t-shirts, is there a way to make sure they are eco-friendly?

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