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A Step by Step Approach to Garment Decorating Using the Direct-to-Film (DTF) Process

Posted: January 24 2023 in Education and Training

A 10 Step Guide to DTF Printing In general, the Direct-to-Film (DTF) process can be broken down into 10 steps. Below is a guide that covers the basics of DTF printing, from artwork creation and printing, to powder and pressing. This is a great tutorial for those thinking about adding DTF to an existing shop or wanting to start out in DTF printing. 1. Prepare artwork at 300 dpi, be sure to prepare on a transparent background. Then, create a channel for the white layer. 2. Now you have to RIP the artwork file using software. Cadlink’s Digital Factory DTF...

Direct-to-Film (DTF) Printer Considerations

Posted: January 20 2023 in Education and Training

The newest printing transfer technology, called “DTF” (short for direct-to-film), is revolutionizing the garment printing game. In the short time DTF has been on the market, early adopters have been creen printing, direct-to-garment (DTG) and vinyl printers. “The new DTF machines are unlike anything the screen printing industry has seen before,” says David Landesman, President of Lawson Screen & Digital Products. What is DTF? DTF printing is a quick and easy heat transfer process for low cost and high quality production. The basic steps include printing a design onto a special film, applying and melting a powder adhesive to the...

What is the Difference Between Exposure Units with a Vacuum and Those Without

Posted: January 16 2023 in Education and Training

Exposure Unit Basics: Understanding What an Exposure Unit Does Exposing, or “burning,” a screen is one of the first major steps of the screen printing process. An exposure unit uses a light source to burn a screen that has been coated with emulsion to transfer artwork onto the screen and develop the image. This is how you transfer your art from the film positive onto your screen printing frame. Each color you print will need its own screen, so if you are printing a 3 color job, you will burn 3 different screens - one for each of the colors. ...

Understand Screen Printing and Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Dryer Energy Costs: Comparing Gas vs. Electric Dryers

Posted: December 21 2022 in Education and Training

How to Calculate the Cost of Electric & Gas Conveyor Dryers When looking at conveyor dryers for screen printing and direct-to-garment (DTG) drying, the first question is deciding whether you want an electric or a gas dryer. Most commercial and residential locations have both utility services available, so deciding between curing shirts with electric or gas often comes down to which dryer is cheaper to operate.To figure out the cost it takes to operate a gas conveyor dryer versus an electric tunnel dryer, you need to understand the difference in how the utility companies charge you for the amount of...

Three Essential Tips for a Successful Screen Print

Posted: November 30 2022 in Education and Training

Knowing how to put ink onto a shirt is not the same as producing a successful screen print that balances brilliant color, opacity and a softhand. With the prominence of YouTube, screen printing “influencers” and the low cost of entry into our industry, there are many screen printers who apply ink to t-shirts. Producing a successful screen print - a shirt that someone loves to wear, that they keep around even after they’ve outgrown it or its gotten frayed - takes skill and understanding the process of printing. While numerous different factors contribute to success, here are three essential tips...

Learning the Basics of DTG Printing: 5 DTG Myths Debunked

Posted: May 19 2021 in Education and Training

  Learn the truth of five of the most common misconceptions about DTG printing.   Learning the Basics of DTG Printing: 5 DTG Myths Debunked There is a lot of misinformation around direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. Getting the facts about DTG tshirt printing and what the machines can and cannot do is very important. Much of the bad information you hear is based on old information that used to be print back when DTG printers first came out over 10 years ago. Think back to any technology 10 years ago compared to what we have now to realize how important it...

How to Set Up the Best Screen Printing Darkroom: Key Factors in a Screen Print Screen Room

Posted: April 16 2021 in Education and Training

Set up the best darkroom for screen printing by following this simple how to guide. How to Set Up the Best Screen Printing Darkroom: Key Factors in a Screen Room A key to running a successful screen printing business is properly setting up your screen room, also known as a darkroom. A good screen room and darkroom helps increase production, reduces consumable costs and minimizes labor expenses. You want to go through all the different stages of screen creation as efficiently as possible. Having a good workflow where you go from imaging and burning frames, to developing and washing them...

Troubleshooting Beginner Screen Printing Mistakes

Posted: March 15 2021 in Education and Training

After reading this guide you should be able to troubleshoot some of the most common screen printing problems. Beginner screen printers face a lot of challenges and have a lot of questions about how to fix mistakes that happen when screen printing. Issues include problems like prints washing out, dye-migration/bleeding and spot flash drying are all on-press problems that can be easily overcome. Here is a list of 10 of the most common printing problems beginner screen printers face when screen printing with plastisol ink and how to fix the issue. These quick and easy screen printing solutions will fix...

Six Benefits Why Every Screen Printing Shop Should Use a Computer-to-Screen (CTS) Machine

Posted: March 01 2021 in Education and Training

  Computer-to-Screen (CTS) technology allows screen printers to produce the best screen for printing. Upgrading away from your old laser or inkjet printer to a CTS has numerous benefits. Whether you are a large screen printer with 10 automatics, or only print manually, here is a brief list of reasons why adding CTS just makes sense. 1. Labor Savings -The labor savings is two-fold. First, it saves time for your graphic artist. Using CTS eliminates the use of film positives. This means no more waiting for film printing. Depending on the image size Lawson’s Express-Jet CTS v5, can take as...

How to Increase Revenue Without New Customers

Posted: February 15 2021 in Education and Training

Tips to help you generate more revenue without having to use paid advertsing or look for new customers. How Screen Printing & DTG Shops Can Increase Revenue Without New Customers There are a few different ways that screen printing and direct-to-garment (DTG) print shops can increase revenue. It can be expensive to advertise and generate new customers, so knowing some of the best ways to increase sales (revenue) from your existing customers is vitally important. Use these tips to help you increase your revenue without new customers. Upselling If you have not heard of upselling before, it is the suggestion...

Product of the Year 2020: Digi-Star Elite

Posted: October 19 2020 in Lawson Updates

The Lawson Digi-Star Elite conveyor dryer was recognized as the Best Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer. Lawson Wins Again in Printing United 2020 Product of the Year Awards Competition Lawson Screen & Digital Products -- St. Louis, MO -- is proud to announce it has won the prestigious Printing United (formerly SGIA) Product of the Year Award for 2020. The Lawson Digi-Star Elite conveyor dryer was recognized as the Best Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer. Lawson beat out more than 200 entries across all categories to claim its victory over one of the largest field of competitors in the awards program’s history,...

Love for the Lou in the Age of COVID19

Posted: May 04 2020 in Lawson Updates

In these unusual circumstances, life has changed for everyone. Students are doing their work from home and seniors are missing their final games, proms, and other hallmark events. There are a select few workers who are working remotely, but many others are unfortunately unemployed. In public, people are walking around dawning masks and gloves. And many, many businesses have made significant cuts, have seen significant losses, and are trying to figure out how to survive this. Though this has been a profound challenge for all of us, good can still come of it, for it’s in times of crisis and...

DAX KC MO Trade Show 2020 Exclusive Preview

Posted: January 31 2020 in Lawson Updates

Getting pumped with this exclusive behind the scenes article on what Lawson is showing at the DAX Expo. The Decorated Apparel Expo Kansas City, MO Exclusive Preview Lawson Screen & Digital Products is looking forward to seeing you at the Decorated Apparel (DAX) Show in Kansas City, MO. We are going to have an array of exciting new supplies and equipment that you will want to see. Be sure to stop by Booth #312 and say “Hi” sometime between February 21 - 22, 2020. Lawson remains the most complete, well-rounded stop for all your garment decorating needs. We specialize in...

ICYMI: The Printing United 2019 Show

Posted: October 30 2019 in Lawson Updates

On October 23rd-25th we exhibited at Printing United, one of the largest garment printing shows of the year. On October 23rd-25th Lawson Screen & Digital Products exhibited at one of the largest garment printing shows of the year. Formally known as the SGIA Expo, Printing United is the next generation of expo that brings the entire printing industry together under one roof. This year the expo was held in the big city of Dallas, Texas. With over 700,000 square feet of exhibition space, attendees saw the latest from the printing industry. Lawson Screen & Digital Products had multiple booths to...

2019 NBM Charlotte Trade Show Preview

Posted: October 24 2019 in Lawson Updates

Stop by Booth #1021 at the NBM Show in Charlotte, NC Nov. 8th-9th Lawson remains the most complete, one-stop-shop for all your garment decorating needs. We specialize in Screen Printing, Direct-to-Garment, Embroidery and Heat Transfer products. We are a company of people who care. Since 1949, Lawson has served the imaging community by helping people print better, work smarter and learn more. We will have many new and popular supplies and equipment for screen printing, direct-to-garment (DTG), heat transfer vinyl, embroidery and more. THE NBM SHOW combines three synergistic markets of graphics professionals, entrepreneurs, suppliers and distributors and is a...

The Printing United Sneak Peak for 2019

Posted: October 17 2019 in Lawson Updates

PRINTING United SNEAK PEEK - Dallas, TX Join us at Booths #2316 & #2416 Lawson Screen & Digital Products will be at the ALL NEW PRINTING United show, happening from October 23rd - October 25th. We will have many new and popular supplies and equipment for screen printing, direct-to-garment (DTG), heat transfer vinyl, embroidery and more. Come see the NEW Express EX automatic press, Zeus V Digital Hybrid Squeegee-Jet, SAATI Laser to Screen (LTS/CTS) and the AJAX-R In-Line Screen Reclaimer. Come join us at the Lawson booth for special trade show deals. Equipment is available to take home off the...

ICYMI: Shirt Lab Atlanta Conference in 2019

Posted: October 09 2019 in Lawson Updates

Shirt Lab Atlanta 2019 Recap Lawson Screen & Digital Products was happy to present and sponsor Shirt Lab. Shirt Lab focuses on how to grow your retail marketing business with art as a sales tool, concepts that create demand, e-commerce, and line branding. The Shirt Lab event was held in downtown Atlanta on Sept. 28, 2019 with a great turnout. Everyone from screen printers to digital decorators and embroiderers learned from a diverse panel. Featured speakers flew in from across the country and there was a great mix of industry professionals and cross-learning from other industries related to brand promotion...

2019 NBM Columbus Trade Show Preview

Posted: August 13 2019 in Lawson Updates

Stop by Booth #715 at the NBM Show in Columbus, OH September 12th-14th Lawson remains the most complete, one-stop-shop for all your garment decorating needs. We specialize in Screen Printing, Direct-to-Garment, Embroidery and Heat Transfer products. We are a company of people who care. Since 1949, Lawson has served the imaging community by helping people print better, work smarter and learn more. We will have many new and popular supplies and equipment for screen printing, direct-to-garment (DTG), heat transfer vinyl, embroidery and more. THE NBM SHOW combines three synergistic markets of graphics professionals, entrepreneurs, suppliers and distributors and is a business-to-business...

ICYMI: Lawson's 70th Birthday Open House Party

Posted: May 20 2019 in Lawson Updates

Lawson Celebrates 70 Years in Business with an Open House: Featuring New Screen Printing Equipment, Supplies and Digital Printing Equipment On Friday, May 10th, Lawson Screen & Digital Products celebrated its 70th Anniversary at the St. Louis, MO headquarters with an Open House to showcase new screen printing equipment and supplies. Friends, customers and the Lawson family, both old and new, got to see Lawson’s newest line up of automatic screen printing presses, hybrid printing and the latest digital advancements in the industries. Here are some highlights of the event if you couldn’t make it. Printers were excited about our...

Lawson's 70th Birthday Open House

Posted: April 24 2019 in Lawson Updates

Lawson is proud to be celebrating 70 years in the garment printing business. Come help us celebrate! Lawson is proud to be celebrating 70 years in the garment printing business. Help us celebrate with a screen printing Open House and Demo Day on May 10th from 10AM - 3PM (CST) at our St. Louis Headquarters. BIG SHOW DISCOUNTS AND OPEN HOUSE SPECIALS ON EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE OPEN HOUSE. Help Us Celebrate 70 Years in Business - Lawson Open House Come to our St. Louis Headquarters, located at 5110 Penrose St., St. Louis, MO 63115. There will...