Glossary of Screen Printing Terminology

Screen Printing is a printing method where ink is driven through a stencil with a squeegee– but you probably knew that. It’s all the other jargon that can feel like the screen printing business has its own language. Here’s a comprehensive list of terms, inks and equipment to help you understand what’s going on and get going with your next print project.

Example of Color Separation Terms

All the terms you might hear thrown around when researching screen printing.

Bit Map– an image created on a visual display unit where each pixel corresponds to one to more bits in memory, the number of bits per pixel determine the number of available colors. Bitmapped graphics is often referred to as raster graphics.

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What to Expect With Over the Zipper Screen Printing

Screen printing is a lot like painting with a roller. On a flat wall, the paint will go on evenly and smooth. When the roller hits a bump in the wall, it skips a space and there is a break in the color, a little gap that the paint doesn’t hit. Fleece hoodies are mostly smooth unless you hit a zipper or pocket. Luckily, we’re experts at Jakprints and we have the know how to work around these limitations.

Apparel with non-traditional print areas is extremely popular right now. But, this type of printing often comes with its own challenges, like how to get your design to look good while printing over seams and zippers. This can be tricky but not impossible and the final products are always worth the effort. We sat down with Jeff Wisenberg, head of Apparel Production here at Jakprints, to get some tips and information about the process of printing over zippers.

Color swatches and ink

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Screen Printing Tips From The Pro’s

We sat down with some of the best and brightest Jakprints employees, LT Magnotto & Jeff Wisenberg, to talk about the ins and outs of screen printing.

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LT has worked in color separation at Jakprints for more than a decade and is considered one of  the best in the industry.

Color separation is the process of breaking down a full color image into a few colors so that it can be screen printed without the eye seeing the limited number of colors.

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Jeff has the honor of being the very first employee of Jakprints. He’s put in 16 years of hard work to help build the  foundation of what we have today. Jeff is the head of apparel production, making sure they have everything they need in order to make the best possible product.

Tips for Screen Printing

Some designs work better for screen printing than others but, as LT says, “Everything works, we won’t turn any projects away.”

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Unique & Innovative Screen Printed Poster Designs

Screen printed posters are some of the coolest promotional and collectible pieces bands and brands can make. Musicians, take advantage of one of a kind art your fans will want to collect. Brands, benefit from eye catching art that promotes your message while giving consumers something more than plain old advertisements to look at. You can use screen printed posters to elevate your brand by creating art instead of standard promo flyers.

Here are 10 artists that use screen printing to create stunning original artwork as well as art to promoting bands, events, businesses.

food truck posters1. BLDG teamed with the City of Covington to advertise their Food Truck Invasion event. They also took this opportunity to promote the city’s brand as a destination for art, culture and entertainment.


 

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Screen Printed Posters Dave Kloc’s Skills are No Joke

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Screen Printing has a long and storied history that spans over 1,000 years of artistic and industrial pursuits. In the western world during the 1930’s the term “Serigraphy” popped up to denote when the process was being used toward a creative end. Artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein helped to strengthen the interest in screen printed artwork, utilizing the process throughout the Pop Art movement. Meanwhile, advertisers and promoters were using screen printing techniques to their own ends creating marketing materials for products, services, conventions and sporting events.

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New Apparel Order Forms

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wizorder-jakprintsCancel that afternoon meeting, because it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite topic: Online Forms and Order Processing.

Soon, we’ll be rolling out some big changes to both of our Screen Printing and Embroidery order forms. We’re super proud of the massive number of brands, image locations, inks, effects and threads we offer to create truly custom apparel for you… But, all those options can also make ordering feel overwhelming. That’s why we re-built the forms from the ground up.
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Jakprints Employee Spotlight: LT Magnotto

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The Mixtape Casanova and DJ Kid Robot at The Avenue Taphouse in Lakewood, Ohio.

 

Jakprints employees are the best you can get! They’re hard working, dedicated and have mad skills, both on and off the clock. This months Jakprints Spotlight Employee is LT Magnotto!

For over 9 years, LT has worked as a Color Separation Specialist  in our Apparel Department. What does a Color Separation Specialist do, you ask? Well, in order to screen print a design on a t-shirt or other garment, the design must be broken down to the individual color components. The process of isolating each color is called, color separation. LT’ is on the Jakprints color separation team that makes this magic happen.

He was first introduced to us by renowned artist, longtime Jakprints customer and friend, Derek Hess. Before Jakprints, LT was working as a childcare provider at the YMCA. During that same time period, he was working  with Hess, assisting with the launch of  Strhess Clothing. Lucky for us, Derek recognized LT’s talents and introduced him to Jacob at Jakprints. It’s been a love affair ever since.

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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (11.5.12-11.9.12)

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When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

We’ll post all five products from the week into one blog post so you can see what you missed, what you like and what may inspire your next project.

Monday November 5, 2012

Today we have some super cool full color circle vinyl stickers for Neck Deep Media. The stickers are for their logo which keeps with their independent vibe and public relations work with Indie, Rock, Pop-Punk, Hardcore, Alternative, Ska and Metal music scenes.

Product: Full Color Vinyl Sticker
Stock: Gloss Vinyl Sticker
Finished Size: 3 x 3″ Circle
Inks: Full Color


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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (09.24.12-09.28.12)

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When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

So today, and every Friday, we’ll post all five products from the week into one post. This is a great way for you to see our printing capabilities, as well as inspire new ideas.
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Top 5 Printed Products Of The Week (09.10-09.14)

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

When we get the chance, we like to dig in and pull samples that we think are creative, well designed, unique and just plain awesome. But we’re not selfish, so we post our favorites on the Jakprints Tumblr everyday for you to see.

So today, and every Friday, we’ll post all five products from the week into one post. This is a great way for you to see our printing capabilities, as well as inspire new ideas.

Monday September 10, 2012

Jakprints Four Fold Brochures for NeonCRM

These creative brochures from NeonCRM may look like a custom job, but these Four-Fold Diagonal Brochures are actually a standard product we offer!
Product: Four-Fold Diagonal Brochures

Stock: 100 lb. Gloss Text
Flat Size: 16.875 x 10.75”
Finish Size: 3.38 x 10.75”
Inks: Full Color
Finishing: Folded (4) times to create (10) panels. Accordion fold+ diagonal cut

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