Color of the Year: Pantone 18-3838 (Ultra Violet)

Most of us communicate color information using the Pantone Matching System or “PMS”, (though not to be confused with the condition PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome.) Pantone also every year announces the “Color of the Year.” They scour the globe and come up with a color. This year it is Pantone 18-3838 Ultraviolet. The Pantone Institute waxes absolutely poetic about their choice. ” “From exploring new
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ISS Long Beach 2018 Highlights

ISS Long Beach brought Round One of The Ink Kitchen Hang Out, with vinyl, beer and a place to hang out and get to know people. Check out the show highlights now and keep an eye out for more coming soon.

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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Patriots Win. The Thrill of Victory. The Agony of …Victory

You can see the piece the local TV station did on our company Mirror Image printing Patriots shirts here. The story is accurate but the back story had a little more pain in it. “Hot market printing” is the phrase used to describe printing shirts right after a local championship game so that shirts can be in local stores the next morning. My company has
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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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Looking Outside the Industry for Solutions

Guest post from our pal Brett Bowden from Printed Threads in Texas: Earlier this year I was getting frustrated at our pallet storage situation. We have so many different sizes of pallets and at any given time we might need to move them from press 1 to press 4. After looking at all of our screen printing suppliers and using some screen rack type solutions,
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