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SGIA New Orleans

At this year’s SGIA show in New Orleans, we were very excited to demo our Digiace line of Direct to Garment inks, which we have recently begun to offer for sale.  Digiace is easily printed through any inkjet textile printer such as the Mutoh ValueJet 1938TX, which we used to demonstrate prints at the show(https://www.mutoh.com/products/valuejet-1938tx/) and only requires a pretreatment on the fabric which can be printed on or sprayed on.  More information and samples are available here http://matsui-color.com/portfolio/digiace/.

We printed on 100% cotton, poly/cotton blend, and 100% polyester.  We heard great feedback from visitors, people were impressed by the brilliance of the color as well as the ink’s performance, in that the color doesn’t bleed through to the other side of the fabric.

Overall we had a great time and we learned that the demand for DTG printing is on the rise.

From a Graphic Design to Screen Print Design: How to Effectively Translate Over Digital Art into a Printed Design

Quite frequently, the screen printing industry receives prints from graphic designers that are great designs for web logos, but face issues when it comes to printing. Today, I’d like to talk about some of the designs that are difficult to print and why in some instances, it is necessary for re-submission of new artwork.

One of the most common errors that we see are submissions of images with DPI that are lower than the required level. Typically, 72 dpi is adequate for the web, but unusable when it comes to screen printing. The way that screen printing works is that a stencil is placed into a mesh screen, then the ink is pushed through the screen with a tool called a squeegee. The designs are printed onto a film and no gradient is allowed in the stencil. However, if in any case the image resolution is too low, the screen ends up coming out poorly. For best results, a 300 DPI is recommended for screen printing.

Another suggestion is to only use the Pantone Matching System (PMS) as a color reference because it ensures colors that are absolutely universal. Many with web design background tend to use RGB colors when submitting their request for screen printing. Although that may be a satisfactory guideline, these colors aren’t universal because every monitor varies in color display and likewise with color schemes within different formats. Using RGB colors may lead to the risk of having colors printed that aren’t the shade you were looking for so using the PMS is the best fool-proof way in getting the colors right.

Image files recommended for web design and screen printing are also different so be aware of what programs you are using to create your images for screen printing. The web is based on raster images, which are dependent upon individual pixels. Screen printing, on the other hand, is based on shapes that can be enlarged indefinitely without jeopardizing the quality. Vector is optimal for creating screens and maintaining the quality of your images so please check the programs that you are using to create your images. Programs like Adobe Photoshop use raster graphics (pixels) while Adobe Illustrator uses vector graphics (shapes based on math).

Unlike in web design, the amount of variety of color in screen printing equates to its cost so be mindful of how many colors you want to use and how much you are willing to spend. In web design, the amount of colors used is irrelevant to the cost because it’s merely an image on a display. However, in screen printing, every color requires its own screen so even if you screen printed a very small design with a multitude of colors, it’ll be more costly because every screen is another expenditure, as well as, stocking the pigments or other Ready-For-Use ink bases.
There are several ways to price web designing such as hourly wage, one-time payment for overall project, and commission. However, for screen printing, it’s much more simplified and it’s based on volume printed per time and complexity of the print. For instance, 100 tees printed with one color on the front will be much cheaper than having 25 tees printed with three colors front and back because as previously mentioned, each color requires its own screen. Thus, the effort required to set up and take down each screen for the different colors is much more time consuming than a one color job.

SGIA Las Vegas

As you may know SGIA is coming up on, September 14-16th in Las Vegas.  We are proud to announce that we will be exhibiting.  We are having a great deal on Matsui Promotional Kits, which consist of our main core products.  This is ideal to potential dealers, the quantities are larger than our Starter Kits which are ideal for printers.  We will also be introducing several of our newly developed products:  Eco-friendly low cure additive, Fixer-L; Silicon like Acrylic Base, Acrylicon; Reflective powder for ink bases, Reflectalite; and an improved Under Base Blocker for the most difficults athletic wear, Under Base Blocker LG.  We have several new ink bases to make your prints higher quality, more efficient and easier.

Please join us for this event,  great technical staff will at our booth to answer any of your questions.  We will be at booth #2920.

SGIA 2016

Printing Water Base Acrylic on Polyester

lycraPrinting water based acrylic ink on polyester is ideal.  There’s less chance of dye migration and can yield a light ink deposit on thin garments. When talking about polyester, the first thing that stands out for this type of garment is the low stitch density of the polyester, which will make it very porous. The thickness of polyester is very thin; In addition, the garment is often completely saturated with dye and the difficulties can be even further exasperated if the polyester is holding a percentage of lycra/ rayon in it. Lycra is a synthetic fiber that does not hold any dye. Instead, the dye will simply rest around the individual fibers add to an over-saturation of dye on the garment, making dye migration more likely to occur.

Printing with an under-base blocker is crucial for quality prints, however, to maximize the effectiveness of an under-base blocker and the additional white under-base, it is important to have minimal pressure where the fabric and the screen meet. To achieve this, you can change your squeegee or squeegee angle, increase tension on the screen, change the off-contact, and etc. The key is to work with what you have to achieve that minimal penetration into the fabric so the final print will have a soft-hand feel and be opaque with no dye migration. In addition, the flood bar height is a little bit higher with water base printing as we are not simply moving the ink back up to the base of the screen for another pass. We are glazing over the screen a thin layer of ink to cover the screens, insulating moisture to prevent clogging (as can be seen in the video above).

 

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In the squeegee angle chart, we see the type of deposit we can expect with each type of angle. At Matsui, for the most of our ink we recommend usually 65°,  The viscosity level is a little lower usually for water base inks, so if you are currently using plastisol, you will most likely need to adjust slightly for optimal printing.

Nice to meet you

My name is Jesse Martinez and I manage distributor sales for Matsui International.  Myself, along with others in our company will be participating in blogging what we hope you find valuable information.

At this time, I would like to take the time to introduce to you what I consider the leaders in Water Base ink manufacturing, Matsui International Company.  With over 90 years of experience making waterborne solutions for the garment decorating industry, Matsui is making a come back in the screen printing industry and the fastest growing ink manufacturer that can provide Eco-Friendly solutions in a time of a PVC and Phthalate-Free world driven by the major brands.

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Preparing for FESPA Digital 2016

Coming up on March 8-11 will be FESPA Digital.  Matsui Color is gearing up again to promote our recently unveiled digital ink, Digiace.  A patented unique micro-encapsulated technology that is sure to gather a lot of attention.  Late last year at ITMA 2015 in Milan, was the first formal showing of our Digiace that received large amounts of interest worldwide.  We look forward to continuing this momentum into 2016.  Please visit our booth at P185.

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ISS Long Beach 2016

Matsui Color has exhibited at ISS Long Beach annually for several years now. This year’s exhibition turned out to be a huge success for us and we thank you all for taking the time to visit our booth and being interested in our company. We had seminars held by Jesse Martinez, one of our technical sales representatives, to educate on the use of eco-friendly water-based ink. We also had live printing sessions for our 301 Eco series inks and received many positive feedback on the design and soft-hand feel of the print. Most importantly, we appreciated the level of engagement that we received from our customers at our booth and foresee to continue activities like the seminar, printing session, and etc. to increase engagement with our customers and distributors to better our future products.

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