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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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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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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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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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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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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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Customers are sometimes confused by the screen printing process. Years of practice have led to apparently unintuitive practices to create the best screen printed shirts. Techniques like applying a white underbase for prints seem odd at first, but after you take a brief look at the process, it starts to make a lot more sense.  

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