Using CorelDRAW in Screen Printing

One of our industry partners tells us about using CorelDraw to get your designs ready for screen printing.

With CorelDRAW’s support of over 100 file formats for import and export, it’s child’s play to import vector graphics from many sources and edit them ready for screen printing. A large library of industry-standard colour palettes (spot and process), allows you to choose the exact colour you need for the elements of your design. The softproofing features makes it possible to proof the colour output on various media in advance. Raster images of logos and other simple designs can also be imported and converted into editable vector graphics using the in-built Corel PowerTRACE feature enabling you go from bitmap to vector in literally seconds.

These screen shots show exactly how it works
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Reclaiming Screens – Ghosting

Have you got trouble with ghosting?

Does your screen look like this?

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David Hand had an old screen and was so impressed with the results he sent before and after pictures. He told us “Hi. I just wanted to say the products I used to reclaim this screen were excellent. That pattern had been on there for six/seven years. Great stuff!

This is the photo he sent us of the finished results

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Haze Paste remover is a great solution if you have any ghosting left on your screen which is common when using waterbased inks as they dye the mesh.  Our range includes the premium MacDermid Autohaze will deals with the most stubborn stains. There is a reason why we select our products because we want you to get the same kind of results. We have been very impressed by this product which is why we are authorised distributors.  Haze Paste. on the Wicked Print Stuff website

Tips for Choosing the Best Poster Printing Service

A guest post from one of our US people

Tips for Choosing the Best Poster Printing Service

Whether for personal or commercial use, choosing the right company to print your poster can be difficult. After all, the difference in price, quality, and turnaround times can vary widely – especially if you are getting posters printed in bulk. One minor error can mean that an entire batch is unusable, which is why it just makes sense to get the job done right the first time. Here are some tips to help you to choose the right poster printing service for your needs.

Do Some Research

The Internet is a powerful tool for learning about businesses. Customers can easily write about their experiences – good or bad. Search for commercial printers in your area, and read what past customers have to say. While your experiences may differ, you can logically assume that a printing company with numerous complaints is a red flag. You can also view each company’s website, and check to see if they have the skills, equipment, and everything else needed to complete your order successfully.

Talk to the Employees

While online research is helpful, there is no substitute for speaking to a human being. If you are not able to go to a physical store location, pick up your phone and make some calls. Tell the employee exactly what you need, and listen to what they have to say. Keep a pen and paper handy to write down relevant information, such as turnaround times, quality options, size options, and other important factors. This allows you to compare and contrast them on your own time. This human interaction can also provide insight as to whether or not you feel comfortable working with that company.

Ask About Capabilities and Pricing

Some poster printing companies are better than others. If you need a large, glossy poster with many different colors and shades, that tiny shop on the corner may not be the best choice. You want to be positive that the company you choose has the equipment to print posters that look their absolute best. You may have to pay more for higher quality, so compare prices related to your options to decide the best course of action. You may find that you are able to pay significantly less for a negligible difference in quality.

Ask About Turnaround Times

If you need your posters completed within a certain time frame, it is essential that you discuss it with the company beforehand. Never assume that a job will be done in time, even if you feel like you have plenty of time to spare. Tell the printing company exactly when your deadline is, and get a guarantee that the posters will be completed. It is possible that a large order could come in and back things up, so make sure that your posters are going to have priority regardless.

Take Your Time

It may not matter if this is just a one-time job, but having a good printing company in your Rolodex is certainly valuable, especially for corporate use. Choosing the wrong printing company could cost your business substantial amounts of money every year if you are not careful. The initial legwork may seem tedious, but in the long run you are investing in your company’s future. Take the time to find a printing company that you trust completely. There are plenty of online printing companies, so don’t feel limited just to stores in your area. Make the right choice the first time.

Trust Your Instincts

While you should definitely keep track of the technical aspects of each company, sometimes you just need to choose the business that just feels right. Some printing companies go above and beyond to meet the needs of their employees, and those are the types of businesses you want to support. If something feels even slightly off, you should continue your search. You should not base your decision on instinct alone, but you need to feel confident in the printing company – especially if you plan on working with them again.

Start Looking Today

While contacting multiple companies may seem like a daunting task, you should only have to do it once. Next time you need to have something printed, you simply place your order and that is that. Ask other local businesses about where they get their posters printed. Ask for recommendations online. A strong recommendation from someone you trust can save you a lot of time. If you’re truly feeling ambitious and want to maintain full control over the finished product, you can even print your own posters and marketing materials using inks and screen printing kits from Wicked Printing Stuff.

Remember, choosing the right printing company is worth the time and effort, so do it right the first time.

Screen Printing Fabric from Insley & Nash

Our client Insley & Nash first opened their doors 5 years ago in a tiny studio in Greenwich.

Finding that all the fun parts of screen printing like metallic inks, foiling and devore were in such demand, the company soon outgrew the small self-built studio and moved into a train arch in Deptford.

The company has grown into one of the most innovative and exciting modern textile manufacturing facilities in the UK.

 

Specialising in bespoke screen printing and dyeing, Insley & Nash offer the highest quality textile solutions for world-renowned clients such as Disney and Kensington Palace.

The company expanded last year to include Digital textile printing through their sister brand &Digital. The service is offered through a unique and modern website, catering for the growing digital conscience client.

Most recently Insley & Nash have been shortlisted for the UKFT Textile Business of the Year Award.

Loads more information on their website, do have a look www.insleyandnash.co.uk

 

Ps in case you wondered according to Wiki “Devoré (also called burnout) is a fabric technique particularly used on velvets, where a mixed-fibre material undergoes a chemical process to dissolve the cellulose fibers to create a semi-transparent pattern against more solidly woven fabric. The same technique can also be applied to textiles other than velvet, such as lace or the fabrics in burnout t-shirts.[1]

Devoré comes from the French verb dévorer, meaning literally to devour”

 

Cambrian Wool Challenge – Woolly Thinking | Nant Designs

One of our clients gave us a link this fascinating blog about her project using hand printed images.
The National Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre and the whir of its spinning frame is practically within hearing distance of where I live and so it has become a favourite place to spend time drawing the machinery, patterns and artifacts associated with the weaving industry. Childhood experiences of trips to the Ffestiniog railway and driving my fathers miniature steam trains have encouraged a fascination with large oily machines and industrial archaeology in general.

Combine these two facts with an obsession with making books, both for use as a sketch books or ‘artists’ books’ filled with prints, sketches and ephemera based around a common subject, and the idea for my book began to evolve.

I began by gathering together material from sketch books and taking photographs of anything related to wool and weaving. Having built up a bank of images, textures and patterns they were digitally enhanced to create positive, black and white stencils which were used with light sensitive emulsion to transfer the image onto a silk screen ready for hand printing.

The prints were made on heavyweight watercolour paper, hand torn to create attractive edges. Printing intuitively, pairs of pages received multiple layers of images using translucent water based printing ink, before drawings and moving elements were added………

via Cambrian Wool Challenge – Woolly Thinking | Nant Designs.

About ‘a space’ arts a Wicked client

The History of ‘a space’ arts

In July 2000 the organisation’s founding members, frustrated with the limited opportunities for emerging artists in Southampton set about laying the foundations to an organisation that could bring about a lasting change.

Our first step was to initiate a gallery space; the Northam Road gallery launched the arts organisation and opened its doors to the public on the 22nd of October 2002. Through this initial space we were able to test ideas, develop our identity and grow the remit of our work. Over a two and a half years period in Northam Road, we staged 35 exhibitions and laid the foundations upon which our organisation has been built.

In 2006 we moved our main gallery and HQ from Northam Rd to the Bargate, a scheduled ancient monument, located in the centre of Southampton. The monument features as the Southampton City Council logo and is significantly prestigious building within the city.

Through our time at the Bargate Monument Gallery we were able to grow our project portfolio that now consists of studios, galleries and professional development opportunities; all of which are featured on this site.

Whilst ‘a space’ remains a young arts organisation we have added a new dimension to the cities cultural offer. Our work has stimulated interest and inclusion at a grass roots level through creating opportunities for artists and the public to engage with cultural activities.

Our enthusiasm and determination continues to this day; we have achieved a lot and have a lot more still to offer.

via About ‘a space’ arts | aspacearts.

Our client Dirty Rich Apparel

Here is another one of our clients, such an amazing variation of products in our client list. We hope they will do a guest post one day.

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In 2014 Dirty Rich Apparel was Born from the workshop With Expression of Art and life coming together to form designs from all walks of time.We aim to make Clothing with an impact, from the dark side to the bright side. Living life to the full or living in the gutter.

At Dirty Rich all apparel is made in house from the paper sketch to the very finished product, so we make sure every product is made with no half measures.

Dirty Rich Apparel intends to grow to one day have its own platform in the fashion.

via Dirty Rich Apparel — roots.

Federation of Screen Printing Associations (FESPA.) an interview with Peter Kiddell

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Wicked Printing Stuff is a member of Fespa and director Peter Kiddell  gave us an interview explaining what the organisation does and why screen printers should join. Thanks Peter and we love your most embarassing moment, you should get that picture on a t-shirt!

 

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What is FESPA and when was it founded.
The FESPA UK Association was founded in 1934 as The Association of Display Producers and Silk Screen Printers. The term Silk Screen was correct at the time as the mesh was woven natural silk thread. In later years our name changed first to the Screen Printing Association (SPA) and then the Digital and Screen Printing Association (DSPA), next PRISM a mistake! Finally The FESPA UK Association.

FESPA Limited started as the Federation of Screen Printing Associations (FESPA.) It was formed in 1962 by 8 European Screen printing Associations of which one was the SPA. We now have 37 Associations throughout the world who work together in furthering the printing processes. FESPA Limited is owned by the Associations and through its ”Profit for a Purpose” initiative puts money  back into the industry through the Associations.

FESPA Limited organises exhibitions and events globally.

What does it do
The FESPA UK Association supports printers and suppliers to the industry in the UK and has done so for the past 81 years. It has a deep understanding of the market and the processes used in the wide format, industrial, textile and specialist printing industries. It runs networking events, conferences and provides a range of business support specifically for the industry. Screen printing is its core competence with expertise available stretching back 60 years. We have specialists who are recognised industry leading experts who give support to members.

Why should a screen printing company join FESPA
The best investment they would ever make in knowledge provision and support. We know stuff and lots of people, and we understand the market. Members like Wicked Printing are vital in developing the screen printing process. Using the FESPA UK logo and link on their website and communications adds credibility to members.

Our links with Associations throughout the world can be vital in developing a business.

What is FESPA UK’s view of the current UK market
Very positive, work is coming back from overseas. The major suppliers consider the UK as the most vibrant market in Europe. Profit margins are moving back to pre-recession levels.

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Peter Kiddell

 

What do you do at Fespa UK?:
I have a great team of people who between us work our socks off developing services for members, providing technical support (if we don’t know we know somebody who does.)  Liaising with our members, FESPA Limited, and other associations. Currently we are rebuilding our website and enhancing its content for members. Our Textile Printing Now Conference on 6th and 7th of October is well into its planning stage. With more than 40 years in the business I have screwed up many a time but learned from those mistakes. I hope I can help those starting out to avoid the pitfalls.

What is your favourite t-shirt slogan
Just Do It!!

Most embarrassing moment:
When I came across a very scary picture of yours truly in a gold lame thong at Junction 38 on the M1, (Not a pretty sight.) I was on my way to the office, ‘twas a special birthday. I have a vague recollection of the picture being taken by a “friend” at a particularly amusing party.

Jennifer Anne Brown talks about her work

Glass is my inspiration. I love the way it holds colour and light. The potential it has for making incredible shapes and its great strength and beauty. My artwork is very material based and glass has become the central focus to my creative practice. My initial inspirations to make art come from various sources, magic, quantum physics, metaphysics, music and nature.

via Jennifer Anne Brown — About Me.