To demystify is kind of a bold statement, but the need to be enterprising is a needed attribute when tackling the subject of FILM POSITIVES. RhinoTech explains that creating Film Positives is a necessary step in the screen printing process that can be exasperating at times. But…it can be mastered.
WHAT IS A FILM POSITIVE?
A Film Positive is a vellum or polyester sheet with a printed positive image that blocks the light out during exposure.
Once the screen frame has been exposed and then washed off with water, a negative image appears. In other words, when all areas where the light was blocked from the film positive are washed away, the result is a negative image. And, a screen frame for printing has been created. You will see that when you print the ink onto the surface of the shirt, the ink will penetrate through the negative image recreating the design from the film positive onto the shirt.
A Film Positive is required for each color in a design to be screen printed. So…if you have a 6 color project, you will need 6 Film Positives; one screen frame for each color in the design.
WHAT ARE THE EXCELLENT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RhinoTech FILM POSITIVE MATERIAL?
An ideal material is found with the RhinoJet Film Positive Material by RhinoTech that is a waterproof clear film. It works with both Pigment and Dye based inks. The film enables the operator to secure opaque halftone, shape and image/design clarity.
Additionally significant features of the inkjet film are that the materials has minimal dot gain, dries on contact and has maximum density technology. It is 5 millimeters thick and dries quickly. This particular Film Positive Material can be printed in newer inkjet printers and high volume production printers to generate a film positive or film negatives.
According to Jonathan Monaco of Catspit Productions, “Many RIP software packages sell all black ink conversion kits so that all printer heads will print with debased black ink. This significantly improves the quality of the inkjet film positives produced.”
The following video will also help to demystify the process of making film positives.
As always, many thanks for being readers and viewers. For more information about RhinoTech, Film Positive Material, Digital Printing, Textile Screen Cleaning equipment, eco-friendly screen cleaning products and more, please contact RhinoTech directly at 651-686-5027 ext 4; firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the heart of reunion t-shirt printing season. And, that’s fortunate for all of us in the digital, screen and graphic printing businesses who will produce short or long-run t-shirt projects for family, high school or other gatherings in the next several months. Whether you operate from a part-time garage-based printing business, a store-front location, an embroidery + digital printing shop, a silk screen printing commercial enterprise or digital printing company – everyone reaps the benefits. And, the graphic designers are pretty excited to unleash extreme, comic reunion designs and slogans on the masses.
We are the people our mom warned us about.
In their blog, bluecotton.com offers some pretty F.U.N.N.Y. reunion slogans. Click HERE to read their suggestions for some good one-liners. And, then there are these from Zazzle.com. Both companies offer a place to start when needing shirts with comic slogans. And, one tip. With children and tweens in the mix, remember to check on the slogan rating before authorizing the printing order.
Reunion Survivor (courtesy of gatheredagain.com)
The survivors and ‘thrivers’ of reunion-land are all the t-shirt printers and their behind the scenes support; companies like RhinoTech who manufacture and distribute digital, screen and graphics equipment including digital heat transfer papers and printers and screen cleaning products, washout booths, filtration systems and more. Because of eco-friendly cleaning products, for example, screen frames are cleaned quickly and fully for reuse to enable the printers to continue to produce millions of reunion t-shirts on a nation-wide basis.
Those that also thrive and are winners are all the customers who now have an idea of how to get their shirts printed with some unconventional reunion slogans and/or how and where to have their own creative one-liners come to life on a t-shirt. To everyone involved in reunion season, keep on laughing!
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These images are of two Hermès of Paris scarves that were gifts to me. Their original owner was a life-long friend who felt that an outfit just wasn’t complete without a beautiful scarf. I remember her being especially elegant and sophisticated when wearing one of her gorgeous, purchased-in-Paris silk scarves. Four years ago, my darling friend died at too early of an age. I was deeply touched when her sister wanted me to have two of her Hermès of Paris scarves. When I wore one for the first time, I finally understood the special effect of an Hermès. Isn’t that the same effect we want our apparel to have on customers?
How does ICONIC happen?
How does a screen printer’s work become iconic like the house of Hermès? Is it by using many screens similar to the 47 screens that go into printing each Hermès scarf? Or is it like the 11 stages of silk screen printing that Hermès screen printers go through to create the perfect art? Or is it just the original design? Or…. is it similar to the “Tipping Point” (by Malcolm Gladwell) when he shares the story of Hush Puppies shoes that were suddenly “discovered” by a younger generation that helped the company return from a downward slide (I hope I’m remembering that correctly; BTW – great book for anyone in business).
So, how do screen printer’s creations get discovered? One way is to think impulse buy. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the artistic director of Hermès International and the great-great-great grandson of Hermès creator Thierry Hermes shared the story about the time he saw a long-haired young man with roller blades buy a twilly, a small silk band scarf in the Paris Hermes store because he needed to hold his hair back. What a opportune moment for Hermès and the next group of potentially young consumers seeking out silk bands by Hermes! Talk about on a whim purchase helping to tip the scales in a new direction!
I think there’s much that those of us in the screen printing industry can learn from Hermès of Paris; about creating something that’s timeless with perfect technique that offers perfect art (think: vintage Rolling Stones T-shirt). And, a pathway to a very different status with apparel that appeals to the “impulse”.
Just like the screen printers who send their original printed designs to their favorite musicians or to American Idol contestants and then spot them wearing their shirts in local and national venues and in the media, be proactive. When Grace Kelly was spotted in a Hermès of Paris scarf, you already know what that did to help make Hermès accessible and symbolic of beauty and class.
Here are a few thoughts: Retire a bestselling piece and then give it new life after sufficient hiatus. Add a touch of an unexpected color in the design. Give it a vintage edge. Print it on a more form fitting, athletic-type shirt that does away with the baggy effect. Print on DARK. And, make it into a t-shirt dress that is always timely. Use an Icat or exotic motif. Make your creations accessible to impulse buyers. And, get your art out on social media. And, remember, there is not just one type of customer. They are all ages and sizes.
Learn from Hermès.
I learned the history of the Hermès of Paris printing technique after stumbling upon a few articles written by Allison Carey, The Plain Dealer. She detailed an event in 2013 hosted by The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cuffs Custom Clothing of Chagrin Falls that featured Hermes of Paris and two printers from the Hermès Ateliers in Lyon, France, who were invited to demonstrate the secrets of printing the company’s iconic scarves. I’m grateful to Ms. Carey for the information. Please read her articles Here and Here.
The tradition of Hermès began in 1937 when Robert Dumas created the first scarf or carres. It continues with Dumas who says that Hermès are image-makers; that “my family is obsessed. We are dreamers. Human relations are very important, and the desire to achieve a form of excellence is very strong. Whatever you do, you have to do it with your heart and as best as possible. I think the small company started to attract people who share the same values and Hermès became a very special place.”
Is this what you wish to achieve in your small business, as well? Do you share these values with your customers? Do you put your heart and soul into everything you produce? What about your printing technique? Dumas relates that although the process has changed since 1937, art is unable to be separated from tools. “All artists love their tools. They love their brushes, their little tricks, their recipes and techniques. Artists are inventors and innovators…” . Do you love your tools; your printing press, the squeegees that should be in top form to lay the ink onto your substrate? Do you have a perfect set-up? Are your screen cleaning products eco-sensitive (think RhinoTech environmentally-sensitive screen cleaning products) and perfect for the job at hand? Do the final results of everything you do in your work reflect your best creative efforts? Do you embrace new tools and technology like Dumas who offered that though his company has employed the same master screen printers for decades, they explore all new digital and other technologies to ensure that the art that results is true?
We want you to be iconic and hope we can help. Thanks for reading.
Shelley Markus, Marketing Director/RhinoTech
Cross-over products are those that, accidentally or on purpose, have been found to have multiple uses instead of just the one they were originally intended. You can find them all over the place. Anyone remember Pepsi AM for the “breakfast cola drinker” (circa 1989)? It was supposed to be the cross-over into breakfast product, but, fortunately for all of us humans, it died out quickly. You can read more about well-intentioned cross-over products including Ponds toothpaste, Cosmopolitan (Magazine) Yogurt and Coors Rocky Mountain Spring Water at this site: http://www.businessinsider.com/qwik-fails-15-disastrous-product-launches-that-were-quickly-killed-2011-10?op=1#ixzz36EZGjIwX. And, beyond that, do you have undiscovered cross-over products?
Two examples of viable, cross-over products from RhinoTech
RhinoBond™ Toughened Frame Adhesive Systems requires no premixing of solvents and offers tension holding capabilities of over 90 newtons. The wide range of viscosities available ensure a secure bond of mesh to wood or aluminum screen frames. The RBT Series is flexible, impact toughened and has great removal characteristics. They dry in seconds and are non-hazardous.
Because of these amazing characteristics, especially the non-hazardous part, RBT 100 (super, super, super glue) is often used by beaders as an adhesive to use to secure a knot on a bracelets and necklaces and to hold beads in place. Compared to other jewelry-making glue in that growing market, this glue surpasses. It will dry quite quickly, as well. As always, follow directions for handling and don’t glue your fingers together! It’s $37.00 for the Kit.
Discovered by a quilter searching for a better bonding product, we’re showcasing RBA3 Spray Web, an aerosol adhesive that is much like the product used during Halloween to create spider webs. RBA3 Adhesive Web is the quilter’s adhesive of choice for several reasons. One, it is part of the RhinoClean Green line of environmentally-sensitive products.
Two, the “web” is quite self-contained so over spraying, unlike what is often found with other spray adhesives specific to the crafting/hobby market, is a non-issue. It works particularly well during the sandwiching phase of quilting as it is able to be respositioned. This adhesive web is strong enough to hold sweatshirt material in place and it bonds easily to a variety of materials without transferring adhesive to the fabric that is a highly important element. And, it washes out.
This quilted, reversible yoga bag in the featured image was constructed with RBA3. It’s soft and durable with two pockets large enough for a water bottle, wallet, keys, suntan lotion and more. A yoga mat easily fits. If you’d like to order a finished bag or 1 or more cans of RBA 3 Spray Web, contact RhinoTech at 651-686-5027. At $6.99 for a 13 oz. can, it’s a steal! And, with a $50+ purchase, FREE SHIPPING is available within the contiguous U. S.
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It’s Chicago on the lake in the summertime. And it’s the 15th annual ASI Show that includes the Signage + Decoration Pavilion that will be held July 15-17, 2014, at McCormick Place.
RhinoTech on Deck on Booth 480 in the Signage + Decoration Pavilion
This year, the ASI Show features an unprecedented schedule that includes Sales Boot Camp with leadership expert, Stephen M.R. Covey, and a multimedia presentation by Erik Wahl. The Signage + Decoration, On-the-Show-Floor Workshops will feature a variety of topics including one presented by Gregory Markus, president/RhinoTech, who will demo the latest digital technology and share tips on how, by embracing change and new technology, a traditional printing business can be more creative and innovative, thrive and survive. He will also offer information on how-to economically and easily embrace digital technology to broaden advantage and create new revenue streams. For Free Registration to attend the show, click HERE – complements of RhinoTech!
No Woo-Woo. It’s just New Age Digital Printing with the RT SunAngel DARK Series and other Fine Systems.
This workshop is the place where Greg Markus will help to demystify the art of decorating apparel and other products through digitally printed, heat-applied graphics using the latest heat-transfer papers, toners and equipment. Attendees who want to start a business, as well as, those in established screen/graphics printing and embroidery businesses will learn how to 1) transition a digital printing specialty into an established business space; 2) learn how to improve profitability and efficiency with digital transfer systems without a huge capital investment.
The techniques discussed will be applicable for sign companies, art studios, screen, graphics and digital printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, those mulling over the start-up needs of a digital printing business. The session will cover:
• Step-by-step instruction on how-to digitally print on light and DARK apparel and fabrics with the RT SunAngel DARK series of heat transfer paper, printers and toners that include fluorescent colors + white and traditional CMYK toners + white.
• How to print images using weedless, SingleStep™ heat transfer laser paper for light color apparel.
• Methods for printing textile metallic foil and rhinestones on light and dark fabrics,
• How to print on hard surfaces such as metal, glass, acrylic, plastic, wood and ceramic using SinglePrint™ heat transfer paper for laser printers.
• An overview of SingleJet™ heat transfer paper for use with inkjet printers.
• The heat-transfer media, printers/toners and heat-press equipment used.
• Cost considerations of producing decorated apparel digitally versus direct-to-garment and manual textile printing.
• Tips on how to choose between laser and inkjet systems, determining space needs and other considerations for adding digital heat transfer technology to an existing printing business or for a start-up operation.
• Enable attendees to hold and feel the texture of the printed garment.
After the workshop, participants will be invited to Booth 480 to watch live action, digital printing demos.
Throughout his 35+ year career in our industry, Greg Markus has fully embraced change as the landscape of screen, graphics and digital printing has evolved. In doing so, he explains, “creativity and innovation are enhanced, helping business to thrive and survive”. He encourages all in our industry and those entering it to venture out and investigate possible opportunities to the fullest within the realm of the “new normal” in printing. This involves either merging digital printing technology into traditional printing/embroidery, art studio businesses etc. and/or when starting-up as a stand-alone.
Gregory Markus is the president and owner of RhinoTech, based in St. Paul, MN. Since the company’s inception 19 years ago, Greg, along with his partner, Todd Michaels, V.P./Operations, has charted the growth of RhinoTech into a worldwide manufacturer/distributor of screen, digital and graphics equipment and papers; screen frame GLUE/adhesives, eco-friendly screen cleaning chemicals and equipment, washout booths that help save on water resources, triple-action filtration systems, screen cleaning and recirculating systems, commercial pressure washers, supplies and more.
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This guy cracks us up! Dan Danbom is a contributor to Printwear; you can find his article on the last page of the magazine each month. Dan is the laugh master. Self-deprecating and insightful, he takes our everyday world and spins it so that the things that bug us like TOO MANY PASSWORDS are put into non, ledge jumping perspective. He’s definitely the guy to offer a well-deserved righteous chuckle, giggle and snort, fall-down-laughing, LOL guffaw.
As easy as MyZK8o0veeMan62hike.
In Last Laugh (Printwear, March 2014), Dan succinctly nails the password debacle; having to remember 20 passwords (that seems a low estimate for most of us), the fact that he’s probably been hacked anyway, because most passwords are way too easy to crack, and that “because the help desk is a pleasure on a par with kidney stones, many workers simply write down their passwords on a piece of paper and tape it to their computer. While this ensures that no one will forget their password (because they don’t have to remember it in the first place, it can also lead to mischief if unauthorized person access your computer and download, say, a large retailer’s seventy-million credit card records).” Bazinga!
No Password Needed.
Fortunately, you won’t have to remember this code, RCG07, past this Saturday, June 7, 2014. It’s the code needed to receive a 12% discount on eco-sensitive, screen frame cleaning products from RhinoTech when you order ON-LINE. Help lessen the impact of screen printing on Mother Earth with use of biodegradable, RhinoClean Green screen cleaning products that have features such as low odor, a pleasant citrus scent, are soy-based, water-based and more.
RCG Screen Wash SWG220
Screen Prep SPG 2255
Soy-based, Screen Wash SWG 305 Plastisol / UV Screen Wash Degradent
SWG² 197C™ Multi-Purpose Screen Wash Degradent
Screen Wash SWG² 145C™ Plastisol Ink
PWG 125 Multi-Purpose Press Wash
PWG 122 Textile Press Wash
APG 1000 Plastisol Screen Wash Degradent & Emulsion Remover (1:15 mixing ratio)
Emulsion Remover ERG² 8500L™ Liquid Concentrate up to 1:15 ratio
Emulsion Remover ERG² 8550L™ Ready To Use or mix up to 1:4 ratio
Remarkable, emollient-rich Hand Cleaner
Be sure to use the FREE SHIPPING opps (in the contiguous U.S.) if your order is over $50. RhinoTech also ships world-wide!
Please contact RhinoTech directly at 651-686-5027 x 4 or email@example.com for any assistance you might need. Also, checkout their youtube.com site to see reviews and action packed, step-by-step videos on their screen cleaning products. Thanks for watching and subscribing!
They asked and Gregory Markus, president of RhinoTech, answered in the Screenprinting magazine article, “Slam Dunk Solutions for Screen Cleaning”. The article features a step-by-step approach to screen cleaning and reclaiming using the RhinoTech brand of eco-sensitive screen frame cleaning products. The straight-forward tutorial found on ScreenWeb also offers images of each stage in the process along with a simple explanation of each step. We hope you’ll find the following, brief overview helpful.
START from here by carding all excess ink of the screen (refer to steps in article)…
APPLY water-soluble SCREEN WASH SWG 145C that has a pleasant citrus scent. RINSE w/water to remove excess ink and screen wash (easy steps outlined in article).
NEXT, APPLY ERG8550L, a biodegradable, eco-friendly emulsion/stencil remover to fully reclaim the screen (article says it all).
RINSE SCREEN with a commercial-type PRESSURE WASHER like the RhinoSpray 1500A, heavy duty pressure washer for shops cleaning 20-50 screens per day or the RhinoSpray 3901R that is a light-duty pressure washer for small, home based/studio type businesses. In the long-term, you’ll save money by investing in a substantial pressure washer that will last and last and last (this is a must, as mentioned in the article).
De-haze with HRG2400 (or HR2800) to remove any left over ‘ghost’ or haze images on the screen (instructions found in article).
And there you have it – a fully reclaimed, reusable, new-looking screen frame – all engineered by RhinoTech!
For more information, please contact RhinoTech directly at 888.717.4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Step-by-step video instruction found @ youtube.com/rhinotechcompany
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