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How Screen Printing Works

t-shirt on screen tableIf you want to create your own custom-designed t-shirts, a great way of executing your design would be through screen printing. Screen printing creates high-quality images that can be used for everything from brand identity, team uniforms, or special events.

Screen printing uses a synthetic screen stretched over a wooden or metal frame. The screen is then coated with a light-sensitive emulsion that blocks out any parts that haven’t been exposed to light through a burning process.

 Here’s a step-by-step process of how screen printing works.

1. Start with your design – Before deciding on a design, make sure the one you’re going to use is a high-quality one – one that uses a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) to ensure a clear and well-defined image. If you’re not sure how to go about it, we can guide you or we also offer professional design services.

Afterwards, the design is then printed onto a film or vellum. The film used for screen printing is similar to that used in overhead projectors, though a vellum can also be used as a cheaper, but just as effective, alternative. This kind of film allows light to penetrate properly, creating a high quality image.

2. Colors are then separated from the design – If your design uses several different colors, these colors are then separated and printed onto different films.

3. Emulsion is applied to the design – After color separation, a photo-sensitive emulsion is then applied to each screen. The emulsion will block out any areas where there are gaps in your design to create a proper stencil. The screens are then dried before the next step, the exposure process.

4. Burning – During exposure process, or burning process, the screens are transferred to an exposure unit. These units contain lights inside them. The films are then placed between a glass and the screen so that light can shine down on it, through the glass and film, and into the screen. Wherever the light doesn’t hit, the emulsion will block out.

5. Printing – After the burning process, the screens will then be washed out with water to remove excess emulsion and left to dry. After the screens dry, they’re ready for the registration process.

6. Registration is a process of lining up each screen so that the design/image is in its proper place and ready for printing.

So whether you want to customize t-shirts for your annual company retreat, or have a t-shirt design in mind for your parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, screen printing is a great way of making your designs a reality.

For custom t-shirts, jackets, and other printed apparel, visit Name of the Game Custom Embroidery and Screen Printing services. We service Lake Forest and surrounding areas in Orange County, California.


I Have an Intricate Logo Is Embroidery Right for Me?

Rugby embroideryMost people think of bad needlepoint designs in old bamboo hoops that elderly people frame or hang on their wall when they think of embroidery. However, embroidery has certainly come a long way since its inception. It is no longer used to just make custom towels or handkerchiefs for men’s suits. It is not just used for monogrammed pillows. Today embroidery is a multi-million dollar industry.

Why Embroidery?

The reason for this is simple. You can get just about anything embroidered if it is material or cloth based. Everything from baseball caps, T-shirts, beach towels, dish towels, canvas totes, and flags can be embroidered with whatever you choose. There are a range of color options and thread styles. Design options are only limited by your imagination, and you might be impressed by how good your logo looks when it is displayed on the finished product.

The diversity of embroidery makes it a great choice for putting your logo on company shirts and the like. The possibilities are endless now as most embroidery machines operate off of vector images and utilize software and technology that is cutting edge. The color range is only limited to the types of thread that your supplier has in stock. If they are out, they can always order a particular color to suit your needs should you require it.

Is My Logo Too Complex for Embroidery?

So with that said, the time has come to update the company polo shirts and you want to get your logo embroidered on the front. However, your logo is very intricate and you are afraid that it might not translate well. Here is a bit of good news for you. Since most embroidery shops utilize software along with their machines, they can re-create just about any logo you give them. Intricate designs do not limit what a print shop can do because modern embroidery machines use several different types of stitching.

In fact, there are three primary types of stitching they use. Cross stitches are used as foundation stitching for letters and numbers. Loop stitches can be used to cover an area with a defined amount of color and are very precise. Run stitches are tiny little single stitches that are used as connecting points between letters or other items in your graphic that might be separate from the main image. All of these types of stitching methods are pre-programed into the embroidery software and used as needed to create your logo design. The resulting product is polished and impressive. There is nothing quite like seeing your image come to life on a shirt or hat.

There are only a few requirements on your end. Typically, your embroidery shop will ask for your logo in a specific file format such as JPEG, bitmap, etc. They can then print up a sample image for you and show you what your logo would look like before you make your final decision. You might be surprised to see that just because your logo is intricate, it is possible to have it embroidered and look great. The embroidery shop will also guide you in color choices and the like. They might tell you that your logo would look good on a certain color shirt or to stay away from a particular color, etc. After that, the only thing left to do is place your order for your polo shirts and pick them up in a couple of weeks.

Contact Name of the Game Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing today to get a quote for your next embroidery project.


Custom Embroidery As An Economical Way To Brand Your Business

Often times when we think of marketing, we are inundated with everything from social media to print advertising. It seems like you have to have a marketing plan for email, customer retention, Facebook, and monthly newsletters. Custom Embroidered Uniform

All of these are great things to consider and you should be doing a few of them by default. Yet there is also another way to brand your business that you might be overlooking. This method has been around for years and is one of the most underutilized resources in my opinion. Let’s take a look at custom embroidery and how it can be applied to brand recognition for your business.

Do You Need A Uniform?

To begin with, does your business require a uniform? If it does, then you need shirts for all of your team members. Most corporations will provide T-shirts for their staff as part of their daily uniform. Typically they will be screen printed on the front and have some sort of tag line displayed on the back. However, there is nothing stopping you from getting those T-shirts embroidered if you are the company owner.

In fact, if it were me, I would consider only using embroidered T-shirts for my team members. The reasoning is simple. Screen printing tends to wear out over time, whereas embroidered items can be washed. You get more use out of those shirts and they will look a lot less worn-out than a faded, screen printed T-shirt will over time.

If your team wears polo shirts then there is no reason whatsoever why you should not consider getting your logo embroidered on the front. This brings the entire team together into a cohesive look and gets your brand noticed. It is one of the most economical ways to make your business standout as professional.


If you are doing an event that requires giveaways, consider giving away a few polo shirts with your logo embroidered on them. The more people that wear your shirt in public, the more you get noticed. These are particularly effective at golf events. Golfers love great golf shirts. They are usually not picky about whether or not their shirt has a corporate golf logo on the front, but they are always keen on bragging to their buddies if they won it as a prize. Golf shirt giveaways are great promotional items that can be embroidered and used to further brand recognition.

Also, you can embroider baseball caps with your logo. These are great items to have on hand for corporate events such as marathons and other sporting events. They are also great items to sell in your shop if you have a larger retail store. Again, the goal is brand recognition. The more you can get your logo out there and get people familiar with your brand, the more they will be likely to choose you for your product or service. In the long run, that translates into more business and a healthier bottom line.

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