This week’s blog will address the Q-Ss of typical screen printing terms. We will address the rest of the alphabet in future blogs.

Reflective Ink – a special effect Plastisol ink with reflective elements.
Registration – lining up the screen image to the original art; also  separations on a printing press.
Resolution – the quality of an image as measured in DPI (Dots per inch).
Reverse – artwork in which the light and dark areas are inverted.
RIP – Raster Image Processing software designed to maximize film output. Screen – the platen (wooden or metal frame with tightly attached mesh for each color of the design.
Serigraphy – technical term for screen printing.
Sizing – chemical agent on fabrics that often burns off during curing.
Soft-Hand Extenders – ink additive that reduces opacity, often used on lighter colored shirts, producing a soft feel to the print.
Solvent – liquid that dissolves a solid.
Solvent Based Inks – acrylic, UV and epoxy based inks, typically used for the printing of hard goods and other non-textiles.
Spot And Dot – combination of spot color printing and halftones.
Stencil – portion of screen containing the image to be printed.
Stretch Test – stretching a garment to see if the ink cracks, used to check for proper curing of ink.
Substrate – the item that is being printed on; also the side of the screen that comes in contact with the item being printed.  

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