Checkout the Facebook Industry Related Groups

Facebook has open and closed groups and there are a LOT of them for garment decorating. In case you did not know about them...

Creating Distressed Look in Corel Draw

OK, I have to admit it. I have written this article before. In fact, in looking for older versions I found an article I...

Customer Service – Does anyone know what it means? By Aaron Montgomery

Aaron Montgomery talks about customer service.

Choking, Trapping & Cleaning up Type in Photoshop – by Scott Fresener

A Little Background First Choking and Trapping are two very common printing terms that relate to creating artwork that prints easy at the press.  Computer...

Moving Up to an Automatic Press

Over the years I fielded hundreds of calls from customers and students asking if I think it’s time for them to get an automatic...

Dealing With Contract Printers

Do you deal with outside contract screen printers? Are you confused by all thetalk of underbasing, flash curing, screen charges, separation costs andmore? Do...

It’s Not Always the Ink’s Fault

By Jeff Proctor. When I worked for an ink company, we spent most of every day talking "ink." And you wouldn't believe some of...

New Profession

My wife, Pat, and I spend part of our summers in Bowling Green, Kentucky to be near our son Mike and family (grandkids!). We...

Improving Poor Photographic Images in Photoshop

Always take time to improve photographic type images in Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is the defacto standard raster/pixel based program that the world uses for...

Just starting out? Come to a Printers Boot Camp!

Are you just starting out? Come to Bowling Green Kentucky for three or four days and Mike Fresener will make you a GREAT printer!...

Twitter 101 – Time to “Get It” by Scott Fresener

As more and more people use Twitter in their business and more and more people are confused by it.....I thought I would post an...

A Day In The Life Of Screen Making

This article is like a broken record and the reason I write about basic screen making is I am constantly reminded how confusing it...

Secrets to High-End Printing on Dark Shirts – Important Information!

This article was promoted by yet another call from a new T-Seps user (large company) faced with the same old "we can't print that"...

Finally…. a Digital T-Shirt!

This might  be huge - or not. A Digitial T-Shirt called thirt OS 2.0 (that displays images of your choice like a neon sign)...

Simulated Process Color Separations for Screen Printing – Part One

  Part One of a two part article. Click here to read Part Two.     Printing detailed, photorealistic images on dark shirts has always been the ultimate...

Color Separations 101 – by Scott Fresener

Color Separations 101 - Everything you ever wanted to know about Color Separations This article is for anyone involved in creating, managing or just...

Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop CC REVIEW – Updated

 Every few years companies like Adobe, Corel and others feel the urge to bring out new versions of their software – whether you want...

Shop Tour – Part Two

Mike Fresener finishes his lengthy tour of Surf and Ski in Mesa, Arizona. Watch video here: 

Woodstock…I was there … or was I?

This is a "reprint" of a fun little article I wrote on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in August of 2009. I thought I...

Combining Corel Images with Photoshop

Scott Fresener gives a short tutorial on the best way to use Corel images in Photoshop.

Coating Screens by Terry Combs

Direct Coating Screens - Step by Step. Direct coating of screens, the simple act of filling a scoop coater with emulsion and coating each side...

Printing Photoshop Channel Separations in Illustrator or Corel Draw

It is very common to create "channel" color separations in Adobe Photoshop. This is how automated color separation programs like T-Seps make separations. And, if you...

Color Separation Tips in Corel Draw

Over the years I have learned that one of the major secrets to good screen printing is good color separations.  As you become a...

Third Party Inks for Film and Direct to Garment

Someone quizzes me on this subject three or four times a week. So here’s the scoop on those third party...

Basic Screen Printing Techniques 101 by Scott Fresener

Stop! Don't put this article down just because you a few years of experience. I teach beginners who can print better with ten minutes...

Screen Printing Plastisol Heat Transfers

By Scott Fresener. I was reading a recent post on another forum where the conversation was about how to screen print your own heat...

How to make Artwork Color Separation Friendly

It’s Time For An Artwork Resolution to Help Make Separations Easier and Better The title of this article says it all. For high-end color separations...

Why I smoke cigars

OK, this has nothing to do with business..... or does it?  I first started smoking cigars in high school.  They were called Swisher Sweets...

The Work Order Flow Through Typical Production

I talked last week with printers in Florida, discussing how a physical work order progresses through a production shop. Here's how it works for...

T-RIP For Film Output

T-RIP Film Output - Perfect Films Every Time Are you looking for the perfect film for screen printing. Combine T-RIP with the Epson...

Jacket Printing in 12 Steps by Scott Fresener

This is a short article about printing on jackets. You know, those tricky little  guys that can't even be used to...

Class Name Shirts in Corel Draw

Some things never change. Regardless of what shirts are in style, there is still a market for putting a list of students in a...

Creating an Underbase in Corel Draw

When printing on a black or dark background, you need to print either sold or halftoned underbase of white ink. This short article will detail...

Small Business Marketing Tips – Second Edition by Aaron Montgomery

Marketing without being a Fortune 500 company.

Why every company should do a Marketing Plan – Big or Small – by...

to be a Pulitzer prize winning coffee table document that takes thousands of dollars to produce, but it does have to be something that...

All About QR Codes

Get your QR Code on. They are fun, cool, and cutting edge. By Scott Fresener. You’ve probably seen those little box “maze” graphics in ads...

How to get Great Results with Direct Film

Although I have probably made my "millionth" screen using the Direct Emulsion method, I have had good results with Capillary Direct...
Computer Graphics Articles

Three new computer graphic articles from Scott Fresener

There are three new articles on the main Articles page. They are all on computer graphics and they are all topics that we deal with...

That Thing You Do With One Hand by Pat Fresener

I’ve been trying for some time to get around to writing on my blog. I’d like to say my excuse for not getting around...

Maximum Production

MAXIMUM PRODUCTION20102015 Probably 15 years ago, one of my sons was working on that report all our kids have to write at some point in...

Improving Poor Photographic Images in Corel Draw

Never leave a piece of photorealistic artwork untouched. Although Adobe Photoshop is...

Four Rules of Management for Each Department

Sometimes in the heat of battle, we forget there is a customer involved in this process. If every department has the attitude of pleasing the customer, your business will prosper, guaranteed.

The Real History of Inkjet Printing on T-Shirts

This short article is one that was first posted on the U.S. Screen website a long time ago to show that none...

Halftone Dots Made Easy

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about halftone dots for screen printing and how to create them, expose them and print them in this article by Scott Fresener.

Preparing Artwork for DTG Printing by Scott Fresener

This is a topic that a book could be written about because a lot of things that need to be or could be done...

Epson F2000 DTG Printer Review and Update by Scott Fresener

  November 2017 Update. This article is starting to look like a saga. You should read this section first and work through the article and updates...

Using Special Effects Inks

No matter where you are in the world today, when you walk into any sporting goods, department, or specialty clothing store you see a...

Shop Tour – Part One

Mike Fresener takes you on a tour of Surf and Ski - a well known large shop in Mesa, Arizona. Watch it here:

Six Common Screen Printing Mistakes

Over the years I have given thousands of classes and been in hundreds and hundreds of shops doing consulting.  I use to joke to...

Non-Textile Printing by Scott Fresener

By Scott FresenerThis article is written for all the garment screen printers who want to diversifyinto non-textile printing and have never worked with inks...
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