Moiré
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

Moiré is the patterns that emerge when opposing grids are overlaid on top of one another. In screen printing, we deal with many grids working together, and we work hard daily to avoid moiré patterns emerging in your prints. This page will introduce you to a few causes and instances of moiré and help you optimize your art to avoid it.

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Ink : Plastisol vs. Waterbased
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

Ink is the base of every printing process. Even with the best equipment, if the ink is bad, the print will be bad. At Trust, we use the highest quality Plastisol and Water Based inks available, because we know that subpar inks will leave you (and us) dissatisfied. We offer both types of ink because it lets us offer you exactly what you need for your specific job. It may be a little extra work on our end, but when you see the final print, it’s worth it.

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Halftones
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

Halftone is a printing technique that simulates a gradient tone through the use of dots varying in size, shape, or frequency. In screen printing, anything that isn’t one solid Pantone color must be created using halftones. Each screen can only print one color, and must either let all of the ink through or none of it, so gradients or shifts in color are created using halftones.

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File Types
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

If you’ve spent any time dealing with images or art, you’ve probably come across a smorgasbord of different file types. File types can make a huge difference on how your print turns out, this page will explain the best file types to use separated into Raster and Vector files

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Color : Computer Screen vs. Printed Ink
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

The biggest difficulty with color is the relationship between colors on a computer screen vs. printed inks. We have spent years calibrating our computers & programs to give us the most accurate view of colors possible & there are still discrepancies between what you see on screen, vs. a finished print.

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Working with Designers
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

If you don’t create the art for your prints, you’ve probably run into trouble or confusion dealing with an artist or designer at some point. This page will teach you what to ask for from your artist so their art can be best transferred to a print. These steps will help you know what to communicate to your artist or designer, and if they’ve never worked with screen printing before, tell them to visit our website so they can perfect their technique for your benefit.

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Art Tutorial
Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Jesse MacKenzie

Great prints come from great art. We know that professional artists aren not the only people who need shirts, so this art tutorial will help anyone with basic knowledge of some kind of art creation software to generate the best art possible. If you end up deciding to outsource your art instead, please refer to our Working with Designers article.

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Our New Breakless Pricing
Posted September 16th, 2013 by Jesse MacKenzie

We’re all familiar with price breaks, where hitting specific quantities triggers a discount on the price-per-piece. This is the standard in the screen printing industry, but we don’t like the stress that causes. Why should we push you to order 50 shirts if you only need 45? All that leads to is wasted money and wasted t-shirts. We love our products, we don’t want them to end up in boxes or stuffed in dresser drawers. This is why we created Breakless Pricing. 

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I-Jet 2: The Game Changer
Posted August 2nd, 2013 by Trust Printshop

Using film is great for printers that are just starting out or who are doing low to medium detail work, but many problems come with using film. As our awareness of film’s limitations grew, our desire for something better began. Our friends at Kiwo had the answer, and were able to help us implement what our system was missing. The remarkable I-Jet 2.

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