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Posted on Tue, 19 Apr 2005 at 10:17



Hello - Iam currently stationed in Iraq but am very interested in expanding my business w/ screen printing when i return home. one question - how is the design taken from a drawing or computer - to the screen??? Is it computer aided ?? Please let me know at phantom_sg04@yahoo.com Thank you for all your help! Phantom graphics!!

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Anonymous says: In simple terms... 1. original design is either done on the computer, or scanned and imported to your computer. 2. the design is separated into component layers or channels, one for each colour. this ...

In simple terms...

1. original design is either done on the computer, or scanned and imported to your computer.

2. the design is separated into component layers or channels, one for each colour. this is done in a graphics program such as corel, photoshop, Illustrator, etc

3. the design is then exported from the computer to a printer - there are a lot of inkjet printers with high resolution capable of printing decent FILM POSITIVES on special film. The film positives are black ink on clear. the black must be opaque enough to block light during the exposure.

4. the film positive is then put next to a coated screen (an light sensitive emulsion is coated on the screen and dried in the dark ) in an exposing frame - commercial units have a high intensity UV lamp, a glass, and a rubber blanket with a vacuum. the vacuum sucks the screen mesh with the emulsion tight to the film positive agianst the glass. when the light shines through, the areas blocked by the black of the positive don't get activated, the clear areas get exposed and harden under the light.

5. the screen is then washed in a spray of water. the unexposed areas washout, creating the stencil.

for more info on this, you can access my website www.squeegeeville.com and click on 'print info', there is a free tutorial - many other sites have more info as well, just have to look. when you get back, go see your friendly local screen supply store, they will be happy to demonstrate all the above.

Good luck, keep your head down.

posted on: Mon, 04/25/2005 - 1:27pm
Anonymous says: First of all thanks for your service in Iraq- an stay safe also thanks for asking a great question. I too am new and cannot find any good training in Northern California Andy you give a newbie (me) hope ...

First of all thanks for your service in Iraq- an stay safe also thanks for asking a great question. I too am new and cannot find any good training in Northern California Andy you give a newbie (me) hope and encouragement to try too expand my business...

posted on: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 3:57pm
Anonymous says: For an inexpensive guide on T-Shirt screen printing, we recommend "How to Print T-Shirts for Fun and Profit!: 2000" by Scott O. Fresener. posted on: Wed, 10/19/2005 - 3:09am

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