Category Archives: American Screen Printing Association

RhinoTech shares an Illustrator Tutorial from Catspit Productions.

Creating Screenprinting Artwork In Adobe Illustrator: What Are Layers?

In this latest educational video from Jonathan Monaco who IS Catspit Productions, Jonathan provides a basic overview of how to work with layers in this CS3 version of Illustrator. His explanation of what layers are and how to build them in a two-dimensional way is straight-forward and simplified. The results enable you to create layers of color for artworkto be screen printed.

Designs created with this system can also be used with digital heat transfer papers and printers from RhinoTech. RT SunAngel DARK, SingleStep and SinglePrint heat transfer papers for laser printers are prime ways to transfer two dimensional images with vibrant color to both DARK and light apparel. The finished artwork can also be transferred to multiple types of hard surfaces such as light color ceramic, glass, metal, wood, plastic and leather via SinglePrint.

This is your RhinoTech Digital Transfer refresher:

Because one size and design does not fit all, RhinoTech introduces the way toward helping to create diverse, boldly printed images through its RT SunAngel DARK systems. These include heat transfer papers with printers that offer dazzling Daybold Fluorescent color and White toners and a system that features vivid CMYK and White toners.

The following papers can also work with the RT SunAngel printers:


…that is a single sheet heat transfer paper used for multi-surface printing. This weedless laser paper transfers the toner, only. Use it to print designs and photos on White/ Light colored Metal, Plastic, Ceramic Tile & Mugs, Wood & Glass Plaques, Leather and Card Stock. Use it with the RhinoTech T-shirt, Cap, Mug & Plate heat presses that offer accurate, adjustable heat/temperature controls, digital displays, touch keys, easy access to printing bed, alarms & timers.

SingleStep ™

…that is a self-weeding, heat transfer laser paper that uses a single-sheet process. And, only the toner transfers, not the background film! In conjunction with Textile Metallic Foil, you can also decorate dark apparel, as well as, light fabrics and offer immediate, value-added highlights.

Step-by-step instructional videos from RhinoTech on how to use these papers can be found HERE and by clicking on the highlighted transfer papers above.

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More Bling News for Printing on DARK Apparel & Fabrics from RhinoTech.

RT SunAngel 2

RhinoTech has rolled out a new digital printing system that has been demo-d via DAX shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City. Next up for the RT SunAngel DARK debut will be the ASI show in Chicago in July. Other show demonstrations are still being discussed such as NBM Indy, ISS and more. RhinoTech has promised information as soon as it becomes available.


In the meantime, here is an extension of  their printing instructions found at RT SunAngel DARK video on how to add rhinestone bling to a DARK t-shirt printed with the RT SunAngel DARK series.

The shirt on the right was originally printed with RT SunAngel DARK heat transfer paper, printer & fluorescent color + white toners. Rhinestones were added to it by placing a sheet of random patterned rhinestones on top of the design, placing a piece of parchment paper on top of that…heat pressing it using LIGHT pressure at 300 degrees F for 30 seconds. When done, the parchment was removed and, using a soft cloth, the rhinestone sheet was rubbed thoroughly.  When cooled, the carrier sheet was peeled off ( RhinoTech would like to acknowledge USA Rhinestones for use of the rhinestone sheet).


By adding rhinestones, you have added more dimension and interest in your product. The product value has just increased, as well, enabling higher pricing and profit margins for you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief, informative article in the digital printing realm. Again, thanks for subscribing and learning.







Another option to print on DARK garments and fabrics from RhinoTech.

In the world of all forms printing (screen, digital and graphics), the search for a way to print on black, indigo, red, aubergine and other dark apparel and fabrics is on-going.  And, if found, the resulting image from this almost-perfect product should have durability through the virtue of the product, itself, and via prime washability characteristics. The following educational video is from RhinoTech ( featuring Jet Opaque Inkjet Heat Transfer Paper. The characteristics you seek have been found!

A Simple, Easy way to Transfer to Black.

This video is a great example of how a new guy to the industry not only learns the digital printing process and a few creative techniques, but then is able to share it to the world in a matter of a few hours due to the ease of use of the heat transfer paper and equipment. As you view the video, be aware that this inkjet transfer process can also be used with other substrates such as T-shirts, hoodies, golf towels, pillow cases, bags, hats, mouse pads and more. Another great aspect of the paper is that it offers a much softer hand, allowing for photo-quality transfers with a white base. Additionally, Jet Opaque heat transfer paper has a distinctive white coating that is actually peeled back and laid down onto the shirt for printing.

These are the steps to printing with Jet Opaque:

Trim off any excess white background (or, as you’ll see with the second that shirt that is going to be printed, add some extra something with a ripped edge – be wholly creative).

Prepress shirt to remove moisture and wrinkles @ 350F (adjustable temperature control, too)

Peel design

Place design on shirt

Immediately cover print with parchment paper and heat press for 30 seconds (using adjustable timer)

Slide t-shirt off press and lay flat until paper is cool to the touch

Remove parchment paper –  the colors will POP!

For best washing results, turn shirt inside out.

Jet Opaque is available in two sizes: 8.5” x 11” and 11” x 17” and can be found HERE and HERE.

Contact info:, 651-686-5027 or 888-717-4466.

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Screen Reclaiming with a Heavy Duty Pressure Washer!

There are a variety of pressure washers on the market today. From household units that last about 150 hours to others like the 1500A from RhinoTech, there is much decision – making required whether investing $100 or $7,000.The thing is, you need this essential piece of screen cleaning equipment if you plan to reclaim/reuse your screen frames. The outdoor hose just won’t cut it, especially if you’re cleaning multiple screens per day. And, unless you have a constant and endless revenue stream, you are going to want a pressure washer that will last for many years. The video product review offers a great overview of what will you get when you invest in a quality machine. Yes, it’s an investment, but one that you won’t regret. The pay-off will be your bottom-line profit. Enjoy.

The video is a full-on, product review by Catspit Productions of the RhinoClean 1500A Heavy Duty Pressure Washer. But…watch at your own risk since you’ll definitely want one of these gems after seeing it in action.  RhinoTech offers FREE SHIPPING (as always in contiguous U.S.)  on orders of $50+! 

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Are these your parents?

The path is not straight.   Mistakes need not be fatal.

People are more important than achievements or possessions.

BE GENTLE WITH YOUR PARENTS (even if they are the people above)


LEARN TO USE A SEMICOLON ( this is really important; it is so misunderstood).

You will find Love (if you haven’t already).

Marion Winik wrote these superb words (the ones in parenthesis are ours).


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Emulsion News

Emulsion is a light sensitive liquid product that is coated onto a screen frame to create a stencil (required in order to create an image to print).  Emulsion hardens where light hits (exposes) it and then washes away where light doesn’t hit it leaving the desired image to be printed on the screen frame.

Emulsion Remover is required to “reclaim” a screen; so that the stencil (emulsion) can be removed from the screen making it able to be used again and again. There are emulsion removers on the market including biodegradable ones that are water soluble, non-toxic and work quickly on most emulsions. Some are concentrates that are mixed with water while others are ready-to-use.

Fresh, emulsion-free frames

RhinoSol 600 is just one example of an emulsion remover that is a dual cure photo emulsion intended for use with most textile printing using plastisol, water based and discharge inks. It uses a powder sensitizer that, when used in conjunction with this high solids emulsion, offers excellent durability during printing.  Make sure to have the emulsion completely dried for best results.

Wishing you the best of results!

Jimi Hendrix!

Jimi Hendrix!

Epic. Legendary. Larger-than-life.

Wearing his favorite military jacket purchased in London.

His Star Spangled Banner still rocks our 4th.  And his image endures with screen printed designs by Slingshot T-Shirts.

Have a happy, safe celebration.


Powerful Business Tools Learned from a Book on Child Rearing

How to handle the irate customer? Check out How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk  by Adel Farber and Elaine Mazlish (the teen version is equally excellent). This bible of child rearing is one of the best non-business books that makes perfect sense in the business world. Read it and you will believe.

One of the best take-aways from the book was how to use the following expressions Uh-huh, Oh, Interesting, Really? I See and Mmm, along with sympathetic silence, during a customer rant. It was astonishing at how powerful these simple little words made it possible to diffuse/resolve a situation with the irate, unreasonable, emotionally charged, often loud, unhappy-and-wanting-justice customer in the calmest, most peaceful way possible. Speaking from experience, these practical tactics (and some appropriately interjected humor) help to restore sanity and harmony in a tough customer/workplace situation. Though we might fantasize about strongly articulating, why you gotta be so mean?, logically, we know that a defensive posture will just be a lose-lose situation. In the end, what we really want is to retain a customer who will remember that we tried hard to solve a problem to his/her satisfaction.

Here is an excerpt from a summary of the book …..The more I move through life and the business world, however, I am struck how the same techniques enhance communication between adults in all aspects of life. This book should also be listed in the Business/Management section. It says all the same things the high-priced consultants say — treat people with respect, do not deny their emotions, state the facts (only) and shut up and listen. This book also talks about giving praise and recognition, which makes it another reason to use it in real life, inside the family AND outside in the “real” world.

Some tips with tactics from the book:

Apologize and Listen. Immediately respond to the customer problem with, You do sound unhappy, my apologies. Let me help you. (or)  I’m so sorry, I want to try and turn this around (or)  if all else fails, It sounds like we owe you an apology.

Then…let the customer talk and respond at intervals with, Oh (or) Interesting (or) Uh huh (or) Really? (or) Mmm (or) I See (non-judgmental words) so that the customer knows you are listening.

Treat people with respect: actively listen, acknowledge with short bursts of Oh (or) Interesting (or) Uh huh (or) Really? (or) Mmm (or) I See. If appropriate, throw in a that does sound frustrating. As the customer is able to air the complaint, he/she should start to calm down.

On the other hand, if the customer is just becoming increasingly angry and/or abusive, try to retain integrity and calm and say something like,  I understand that you’re very unhappy and I want to help you, but at this point I need to put the president of the company on the phone (or) I need to ask for your name and number so that the president of the company can call you back

State the facts back: Ask yes or no questions, only, to get the full details  of the complaint. And to reach a resolution. Once you think you  have it, remain sympathetic. State back the problem and resolution. Gain agreement that the resolution you’ve discussed is understood by the customer. Say something like: So that we’re both comfortable (another good word from the book), we’ve decided that our company will fix the equipment and you will pay to have it shipped to our location (or) Just to confirm, you understand the step-by-step set-up instructions and you are now comfortable in completing the set-up?

Thank the person for calling; document the conversation point by point.

And be awed at the huge impact of Oh (or) Interesting (or) Uh huh (or) Really? (or) Mmm (or) I See!

Hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading and subscribing!

How To Photograph Your Screen Printed Tee Shirts 101

Wanted to share this blog by Jonathan at Catspit Productions. It’s well done and answers the question for many of us who are often frustrated with the process. The Catspit Forum is a great place for Q and A.

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