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Arron Harnden

Golf and Golf-wear....the pastime for the divine interventionist.

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Golf is the marriage of physics and biology where power, centripetal force,rotational velocity, pendulum swing and the science of composite materials combine to affect the outcome of an...
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Arron Harnden

Beginners guide to screen-printing for T-shirts...

Beginners guide to screen-printing for T-shirts...
  Screen printing has been around for half a century and will probably last another half-century unless 'digital' takes a leap forward and can do some of the things that currently can only be ach...
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Arron Harnden

Have you ever thought about printing on the inside of your t shirt?

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Have you ever thought about printing on the inside of your t shirt? I know…..what would be the point? However, for some time now we have seen exactly this going on with fashion brands and we have to a...
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Arron Harnden

What has veganism got to do with T-shirts?

Vegan approved garments and organic print processes

What has veganism got to do with T-shirts?

It's a strange concept because it's not like you get to eat your garments but it is a very real and growing trend right now.

The demand for t-shirts which satisfy an objective to avoid using animal products and an absence of animal testing or cruelty of any kind has now produced a set of products and decorative processes that have undergone scrutiny by the relevant bodies to allow them to be classified as vegan-friendly.

There are 2 components to a vegan-friendly product. The garment and the print process.

GARMENTS

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Arron Harnden

Aprons - The new symbol for the craftsmen in all of us.

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'Branding' is the trippiest mind game of all time, a commercial sleight of hand and the ultimate smoke and mirror trick that fools you into believing that the 'thing' you always ignored or took for gr...
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Arron Harnden

Sustainable, environmentally friendly sportswear for screen printing and embroidery?...........Nearly!!

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Don't get too excited. I am not about to unveil a new 'white label' range of environmentally friendly and sustainable sportswear for your 21 st century sports brand just yet. All I am going to do is o...
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Arron Harnden

T shirt printing- why is it expensive to do low volumes when using a screen print process?

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Remember your GCSE ( or even O Levels! ) economics class? Remember that old chestnut that wore thin by repeated use? That phrase that you could utter under pressure, to get you out of the teachers' sp...
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Arron Harnden

The clothes of the dead whites (kafa Ulaya-Nigerian)

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I have always been amused and amazed at the televisual sight, of a well know commercial/promotional branded T shirt, scampering through a South American jungle or sub Saharan bush. How did that T shir...
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Arron Harnden

Symbols and logos, the design process and how they can be used on T-shirts.

These days, no one really cares what the difference is, but a symbol is a picture while a logo is a word that is used as a branding device. When combining the two, you have a 'combination mark'. Human...
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Arron Harnden

T-Shirt printing artwork -Creating a distressed or vintage look.

T-Shirt printing artwork -Creating a distressed or vintage look.
We get asked, quite regularly, how we can help create a 'distressed' or 'vintage' look for our customers. The answer is three-fold. 1 Select the right garment. 2 Add the 'distress' into your artwork. ...
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Arron Harnden

Our top 10 Gamer t shirts

Our top 10 Gamer t shirts
I am 44 years old. I am a first generation gamer. Amongst other things, I am a gameaholic. Home gaming with me really began in 1982 when my next door neighbour, Matty Haines, got a ZX spectrum and a m...
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Arron Harnden

Fonts!... What matters and why when designing your artwork for T-Shirt Printing

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'A picture paints a thousand words'………why? Well, this is your brain working and deploying its imagination while accessing stored references to make sense of what it sees. Because your brain is super c...
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Arron Harnden

Shop talk - When can water based inks work and when do they fail?

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Screen printers will mostly agree that they do not like using water based inks. In a fast paced print environment where 'time is definitely money' there are significant problems with using water based...
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Arron Harnden

What is colour matching for t-shirt printing?

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Your guide to Pantones, RGB, CMYK, HEX and just SWAGGING  it. SWAG is an acronym taken from the phrase S cientific W ild A rsed G uess. It is always better to avoid 'SWAGGING' it if real data and...
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What format is best when supplying artwork for screenprinting?

What format is best when supplying artwork for screenprinting?
My Nan was from Glasgow. She smoked too much, drank too much, and lived a difficult life where a practical mind-set ensured her survival through the Second World War, some heartbreak and some disappoi...
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Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.

Brand Focus -SPIRO sports brand.
I love getting sweaty. I have figured out that I really appreciate the feeling I get after I have worked hard. I have figured out that if my motivation starts to take a dip, I can buy a new piece of k...
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Arron Harnden

Customer Focus/Product Development.

Customer Focus/Product Development.
SELKIE open water swimming.   Open water can be frightening. Slate grey craggy cliff faces plunging into a frothy tumult; angry swirls of murderous ocean can conjure a primeval fear where the dar...
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The little people in your life…………..

The little people in your life…………..
Kids and toddler clothing for printing and embroidery. Look at this pitiful image and take a moment. What do you see?  These poor wretches were typical of their time when 'kids fashion' was a fut...
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Andy Timmins

So, you want to start a clothing company?

So, you want to start a clothing company?
Each day, we process around 300 quotations for customers who are looking to buy clothing for a number of reasons. We have workwear customers, we have marketing or advertising agencies, we have clubs o...
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What is Colour Separating for T-shirt Printing

 

What is colour separating for T shirt printing?

Printing onto T-shirts using the traditional screen-printing process is not always straightforward.

There are variables, which will determine the approach.

The first variable is the image itself and how it will be colour separated before being sent to the screen room.

Artwork is always constructed using some basic but variable building blocks that require us consider how they will be screenprinted;

  • Is it a vector or a bitmap file format?
  • Is the resolution of the artwork good enough to begin with?
  • Artwork will contain one or more colours. How many is too many?
  • The ‘object’ in the artwork may be solid spot colours or they may contain gradients and tonal changes.
  • It may contain text. The size of this is important.
  • The artwork may contain key-lines and their thickness is important.
  • What colour garments are we printing on?

Many customers will not consider that so much is required to assess artwork. If they are lucky enough to have had a graphic designer produce their artwork then much of this thinking will already have occurred if the graphic designer is ‘t shirt’ trained.

Screen printers are often supplied with low-resolution images from websites for reproduction. This is rarely adequate for direct reproduction as web graphics are designed to be as small a file size as possible so that the web page they are lifted from has a faster loading speed.

These images often have to be re-drawn using a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator or they are put through a number of Photoshop filters to try to improve them. Sometimes both.

Assuming the artwork is the best it can be, there are a number of colour separation techniques that we use.

  1. SPOT COLOUR SEPARATIONS
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