Misprint Monday: Emulsion Trouble, Check Your Expiration Dates

Usually Tom and I relay a story of our own mistakes, which folks seem to enjoy hearing about. Today it is a mix of my woes and someone else’s. On a Facebook group this morning a fellow traveler in the world of screenprinting was having trouble with screens that would not wash out. What can cause this? Andy MacDougal mentioned expired emulsion as a possible
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Misprint Monday: Ink Color Substrate Issues

We recently printed some expensive UnderArmour reversible jerseys for a contract customer. It didn’t work out very well. As you can see from the photograph, on the black background the letters look “yellow” and on the white the letters look “gold.” To be more exact,  the white jersey printed at Pantone 1235c and the black jersey printed at 1225C. How did this happen? We actually
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Misprint Monday: Wishful Thinking about Screens

Having talked shop with quite a few people at ISS Long Beach I have detected quite a bit of wishful thinking going on out there about screens. With some shops there seems to be a bit of a move away from Newman Roller Frames and in my opinion most of that thinking is not thorough thinking. You can’t get rid of your retensionable screens and
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Mis-Print Monday: Black Ink, Black Shirt. Simple, Right?

This “expectation vs. reality” example shows that this “simple” and “clever” concept is actually not so simple to achieve (and maybe not that clever?) We get a ton of requests to print black ink on a black shirt.  To achieve the effect, the following considerations must be taken into account: First, and most importantly, what is the designer/customer actually trying to achieve? Typically the designer’s
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Misprint Monday (on a Friday…) : The Grey Blues. Brett on Triblend Issues

From our pal Brett Bowden at Printed Threads in Texas comes this tale of woe. It doesn’t seem right to publish a story about a “bedeviled” Christian shirt on Christmas (this coming Monday) so we put this out today, a Friday. The joys of printing on Triblends (cotton, polyester, rayon) that are 100% black… Our job with Triblend printing is that we’ve got to make
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Misprint Monday: Print Problem Detective Work

Somebody showed me a shirt and asked what caused all sorts of problems with the print. What we see: Filled in negative space Registration problems including white underprint showing where it should not Blurry image “Bumpy” print, not smooth White ink turned pink   What is causing all these problems?   So what are the causes? Some ink detective work leads to the following conclusion:
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Misprint Monday: Right and Wrong, Black and White?

We recently mocked up a job on lime green shirts with white ink. Not super high contrast but it looked ok. The customer approved the mock up, and the customer had seen the blank shirts in this color before. We printed the job and the customer was unhappy at the lack of contrast. We could not really disagree. As you can see it is tricky
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Misprint Monday: A Rare Fix. A Slave Associated Logo Obliterated.

I say a rare fix, because 95% of the time you try and fix a misprint with some overprint, etc. you are wasting your time. It usually looks stupid or worse and takes a long time. Usually it isn’t worth it. Get the depressing misprints out of your sight asap for any price and move on to making money doing what you do well, not by
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