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Screen Printing America Going Further than Before

Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:19:23 PM America/Chicago

After finally working with American Apparel we can proudly say we offer custom American Apparel Products

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We're All Set For Corporate Events

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 10:55:25 PM America/Chicago

Corporate events can be fun and exciting. We've come up with a few event ideas and some blank apparel choices that you can customize for those events. Company apparel is a great keepsake for employees and it will be worn over and over, providing you with free promotion and advertising.

Provide your group with great networking opportunities while having an unforgettable day



Bowling Challenge

From competitive tournaments to wacky bowling games, a corporate bowling event is the perfect outing for your team.


                             GM Legend Bowling Shirt                                                      Monterey Bowling Shirt



Team Cooking/Cook Offs

Teams work together to create a feast for the whole group or compete to prepare the best Chili, Ribs, Chicken Wings, Salsa, etc. Cookie or cake baking and decorating contests allow all participants to take home desserts at the conclusion of the event (great for holiday parties). Grilling demonstrations can be given by professional chefs at the conclusion of the cooking events.


                           Big Accessories Apron                                                            Dickies Apron


Fun Runs/Walks

Impress guests with a customized tank top or t-shirt and a private race (walk/run) for any distance (5K/10K/15K). Don't forget to include maps, prizes, permits, etc.


                           Alo Bamboo Tank Top                                                                   Gildan DryBlend 50/50 T-Shirt

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75 Best Dressed Men Of All Time

Saturday, November 26, 2011 9:22:13 PM America/Chicago

Sit back, relax, and take a few notes.

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Cool Reasons to Screen Print

Friday, November 25, 2011 11:00:12 PM America/Chicago

There are so many reasons and needs for screen printing. We've picked out three to inspire you and give you some ideas.

1. Office Olympics. Battle your co workers in paper clip flick competitions and separate teams with t-shirts that will leave a lasting impression.

2. Family Reunions. Take the initiantive and design a "not lame" family reaunion t-shirt. This can start a tradition, and nice keep sakes for your family members.

3. Leagues. Weather it's your rugby, kickball, chess or beer drinking league, you need t-shirts and printed apparel to make it that much more fun and ever lasting.






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The Many Shades Of Blue

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 10:15:34 PM America/Chicago

What's in a name? "Blue", the color blue, has many variations, shades, names, tints, pigments, web colors, and spectral coordinates. As we've posted before, color can evoke emotion, set a certain mood, and give you competitive advantage.


Anvil Ladies' Organic Tee


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Winter Travel

Saturday, October 29, 2011 5:55:32 PM America/Chicago

Top 5 Winter Travel Tips

1. Stock up. If you're traveling by car, stock up on items such as canned food, blankets, maps and a first aid kit.

2. Make sure your cell phone is charged. Charge all batteries.

3. Tell A Friend About Your Travels. Let someone know when you depart, your route, and expected arrival time.

4. Get The Latest Weather News. Educate youself on the climate of the destination. 

5. Dress according to weather conditions. Keep dry and wear clothing in layers.


Our Winter Travel Essentials:





go to beanie



Weather proof duffel









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Your Guy Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, October 21, 2011 10:13:33 PM America/Chicago

There is no better gift than a personalized gift. It shows you put in real time and effort into choosing the item. If the guy is a traveler, why not customize a soft blanket that he can take with him everywhere? Take a look at some of our gift options for men, and get creative!


For The "Golfer Guy"



For The "Techie Guy"

BAGedgecommuterbag 180stechgloves


For The "Explorer Guy"



For The "Fashion Guy"



For The "Traveler Guy"


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Screen Printing VS Direct-To-Garment

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:34:45 PM America/Chicago

Which Printing Method Is Right For You?

For the longest time, standard screen printing had been the industry standard and, for the most
part, still is despite the rising popularity of Direct-To-Garment printing. Large quantities can be
printed for lower cost relative to that of DTG printing and the selection of inks and effects these
inks can provide is nearly limitless. Like DTG printers, screen printing ink is also available in the
water-based fashion which produces a softer touch to feel but is more expensive than other
inks. The primary benefit to standard screen printing is that, once your screen is burned and the
setup fee is paid for, you can use the same screens and setup over and over again as many times
as you need.

There will need to be a separate screen burned for each color in the design of your shirt so, if
you are interested in a small quantity of shirts, standard screen printing would not be the most
economical compared to DTG printing. Keep in mind, however, that if you are looking to place
a large order and it is something that you may need to do again in the near future, I recommend
standard screen printing. It also affords the client the option to choose special effects inks, too.
The screens are already burned and the setup fee was paid for the first time so reordering is
quick and easy. The standard screen printing inks will hold up through wear and washes better
than the DTG printed ones. In fact, in many cases, the ink outlasts the garment itself!

The special effects inks I mentioned before include metallic, foils, glow in the darks, and so
on. Direct-To-Garment printers do not offer these types of very cool and unique options. The
ink in DTG printers is water based and applied by a print head similar to that which is in the
inkjet printer you use at home or work to print documents. The machine is just not capable of
applying thicker specialty inks; maybe someday but not as of right now. The method by which
standard screen printing inks are applied allows for these as they are done by hand with a
squeegee. Considering the time and cost for a screen printer to burn each screen, separate the
colors, set everything up, and then print the shirts, it is not worth the expense if the client wants
only a small run or low quantity of shirts or printed apparel. If you are thinking about making
customized or personalized shirts, I recommend the DTG printing method. Also, if you are
considering only having a few sample shirts printed, I would suggest DTG printing over standard
screen printing.

There are many things to consider prior to selecting your desired method of printing apparel,
garments, and shirts. Among the most important things to keep in mind are the quantity you
need printed, how much time you have to print them and have them ready, the amount of
colors and detail in a given design, the level of uniqueness from garment to garment, the finish
and the feel of the ink, and how long you want the design on the shirt to last. Screen printing
is better for larger and frequent orders. Its ink is very long-lasting. On the other side of the
coin, Direct-To-Garment can produce high quantities very quickly. It also offers the ability to
customize and change little details from shirt to shirt. It can utilize a very intricate and detail-
oriented design. The finished product is soft to the feel. Choose wisely!

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Tees For A Cause

Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:34:06 PM America/Chicago

Enlist Screen Printing America, Inc to design and/or print your charity t-shirts. You will recieve discounts and we will give you the ability to sell these shirts on our website.

greenpeaceimage source: Violet Elegance

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Recycled Fashion Shows

Sunday, October 16, 2011 3:35:35 PM America/Chicago

A catwalk show with a difference is being planned for September as up-and-coming eco-designers show off the latest looks made from items salvaged from the UK's waste system. The event will no doubt liven up proceedings at the Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition, where it's due to take place.

Of course there's a serious undertone to the show. Fast fashion comes at a price to the environment, and according to the Department for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK buys over two million tonnes of clothes each year (worth a staggering GBP34bn) but nearly half of this ends up in landfill where it slowly biodegrades producing methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Just 24% is currently recycled.

As a consequence the recycled materials market is thriving, thanks to companies and organisations which collect textiles on behalf of local authorities, waste management companies and charities. Between them they save thousands of tonnes of clothes, shoes and household textiles from landfill, while raising money for charity and setting new trends in eco-friendly fashion.

The Salvation Army Trading Company Limited (SATCoL) is the UK's largest textile recycler. Of the 3,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing donated to SATCoL every month, only five tonnes go to landfill and 96% is reused or recycled.

The Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition takes place from 14-16 September at the NEC, Birmingham. The RWM Catwalk and Forum will feature three fashion shows each day and host live industry debates and exhibitor presentations.

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How To Plan A Company Event

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:14:13 PM America/Chicago

Screen Printing America, Inc. loves to throw parties and business related events. We would like to share our event planning steps and guidelines with you.

Planning steps depend on what kind of event it is. Examples of events you can plan are:


Holiday Parties


Office Party

After Hours Events




Steps In Planning Your Event

1. Define the purpose of the event.

    decide on a theme, decor, stage presentation, lighting and seating, book a venue

2. Decide who you want to invite and what you want the attendees to experience.

    Come up with a playlist. Music entertainment is essential. Don't forget to plan the menu and bar options

3. Send out invitations.

    Mail, e-mail, even phone invites are all acceptable.

4. Use promotional items.

    Promotional product ideas and tips are:

plaques or pewter trays

travel bags

engraved watches


golf goodie bags

prizes for rafflesand games

picture frames and pendants

bottles of etched wine and matching wine glasses

mugs and reusable water bottles


5. Prep the workers of the event.

    This step goes hand in hand with knowing the purpose of your event. Volunteers of charity events know they are there to    raise money for an organization that needs help. Employees at a client event know how to listen to the potential customers needs. Educating the staff on the purpose of the event will lead to future business endeavors and great business relationships.

6. Follow up.

contact anyone you spoke to who showed interest

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How Can Screen Printing Benefit Your Business?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:03:54 PM America/Chicago

There are many benefit to promotional clothing and promotional items. You will quickly notice the effect of your simple logo screen printed on an employees clothing, corporate merchandise, or a clients gift. Lets talk about t shirts. Tee shirts are a great way to promote your brand, event or organization. They can help you grow your business. T shirts can be given away as gifts promoting a certain event or business. Who doesnt love a freebie? Your t shirt recipients will be very happy with their free gift, and at little cost to you. Dont forget about hats and bags. Just like t-shirts, these items can help spread the word. Imprint a hat that will get peoples attention.

Just imagine how much it cost to place an ad in a magazine or on a billboard, now think how much it will cost to print some t shirts and have everyone you know wear them around. These promotional items make much more of an impact than people realize. Its a great business decision. You can be passing these items out to not only clients but family memebers and empoloyee family members and the reach of your promotion can be unlimited.

Another way to use screen printing for your business is for your empolyees. Your staff members wearing a shirt with the business name on it will not only look more professional but will be another great marketing tool. If you and your empolyees are at a convention or have a presentation, it's a very good idea to have matching t shirts and as a safety measure, promotional tool, and a way to keep track of a large group of people. Screen printing your name or information on a t shirt can also be used as evidence of authority and membership during these events or presentation. You, as a boss, can screen print items and give them to certain empolyees as a congratulatory gift or as recognition for a specific assigment. But don't just screen print your company name, use quotes, dates and pictures to advertise your local events, new product lines, and charity oragnizations. People will get a memorable piece from you that will be valuable to them in the future. Don't forget your corporate picnics and reunions. Utilize art and design to remember a special moment in time.

So you've made a smart business decision to screen print blank apparel, but where do you start? First of all, you have to find the pieces of clothing to print on. Many screen printing shops will have basic t shirts and items available, but your best bet is to buy wholesale blank apparel online. A t-shirts is not just a t shirt anymore. Nowdays, there are hundreds of blank shirt styles to choose from. Some of the questions to ask yourself are: Should you buy a v neck or a scoop neck? Should you buy organic cotton t shirts or polyester blend for easy care? What is your budget? What is the occassion? Blank polo shirts, especially, come in many different fabrics and styles. Some use moisture wicking technology to keep you dry and cool all day, while others are basic cotton or polyester shirts. Most button down dress shirts are now available with a special finish that prevents stains, spills, wrinkles and even sunburn. Are you eco concious? If yes, then you need to research apparel with recycled polyester and organic cotton. Will the recipients of this clothing be wearing it outside or inside? Where on the item will your logo be placed? Do you need pockets or drawcords? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself while choosing from the many styles and brands of blank apparel available.

Once you have chosen and ordered your blank clothing items, you will need to find a quality screen printer to customize these items. While you might think that your local printer is good enough, often times, these places are out of date and out of fashion. Scope the web as well as printers around a 200 mile radius to find the one that's best for you. Remember, custom clothing, hats, and bags can bring you more recognition and more sales. So do your homework and get your name out there!

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Environmental Awareness

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:18:14 PM America/Chicago

Show the love for your earth by imprinting your clothing and everyday accessories with environmentally friendly sayings and images. We only get one life and one earth and we must take care of it. Feel free to express your ideals and spread the eco message.


photo from flickr

Here are some examples of sayings and wording you can put on your eco conscious apparel and bags:

Green Is The New Black

Addicted To Green

Save The Earth

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get Your Green On

I Wear Green For The Environment

Green Is In

Let's Go Green!

Don't Blow It, Good Planets Are Hard To Find

I Believe In Green

Every Day Is Earth Day

Going Green For My Children

Don't Be Mean, Go Green

I Hear The Eco

Save Your Mother!

What Would Nature Do?

Think Green

Go Green or Go Home

Your Planet Needs You

Act Like You Live Here

Eat, Sleep, Recycle

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Working Girl: Blank Choices For Restaurant Servers and Bartenders

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 9:23:13 PM America/Chicago

brightlinehostess brightlinebartender servertnk barshirt

Bightline brings you the best in cocktail server wear and restaurant uniforms. Fitted and modern, these blank tops are perfect for hip bars and local restaurants.

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Saving Tips For The Christmas Season

Monday, October 3, 2011 4:49:23 PM America/Chicago

One of the biggest problems that people experience post-Christmas is how to deal with their spending. Planning a budget as early as possible can help with this. At the very least it gives consumers an idea of how much they have available to spend. Free budget planners may be useful in this process.

Plan Ahead
Buy decorations a year before, right after Christmas.
Save your children’s (or grandchildren’s) holiday crafts and artwork from school each year, after a few years you’ll have a houseful of free and beautiful decorations!  And the joy your child will feel seeing his/her artwork proudly displayed year after year is priceless.
Leave your credit cards and debit cards at home. Allocate an amount of money for each gift, and put that money in separate envelopes marked with the recipients' names.

Use social media:
Before you start shopping, start following your favorite retailers on Twitter and Facebook. Many companies offer discounts exclusively to their Twitter followers and Facebook friends. A quick search of their recent posts may reveal money-saving discount codes.

Barter via online chat:
When you're shopping online, look for a "chat" or "live help" button. Tell the customer service rep you'd like to shop with them but you want a 15 percent discount. Ask them to check with their manager or you will abandon your shopping cart and click over to their competitor. This won't work all of the time, but when it does it will save you money.

Find discount codes:
Go to, and to pull up all of the available discounts for your store. Use the discount code during the checkout process to get free shipping or to save 20 percent or more.

Give group gifts:
When exchanging presents within large groups of people, even "token" gifts can really add up. Try a "white elephant" exchange, a secret Santa strategy or going in with coworkers on a gift for your boss.

Use discounted gift cards:
How would you like $100 worth of gifts for $80? You can purchase discounted gift cards from hundreds of online/offline retailers including the Apple Store, Radio Shack, Sears, Home Depot and others. Discounts are usually 5 percent-30 percent off the face value of the card. Check out and

Use pretty magazine pages to wrap small gifts.
The comic section of your newspaper also makes nice wrapping paper.
Cut up old Christmas cards make wonderful gift tags too!
If you sew, you could also use scrap material to wrap gifts.

Send postcards or letters, instead of Christmas cards.
 If you send postcards, whether purchased or homemade, remember they require less postage than a regular card!
 Christmas cards always go on sale in December, and the longer you wait the better!

Search the Internet for money saving tips

Shop on the Internet
Experienced online shoppers will also use price comparison sites. These can be a useful way of getting a snapshot view of which retailer is selling an item at the lowest cost. Bear in mind online shopping can save money by sourcing bargains that aren't to be found in high street stores.

Compare prices on food:
Many grocery stores are offering great deals during the holidays, some are even giving away food, or cash!  Read the paper every week for your local deals, or if you don’t subscribe to the newspaper, pick up the free ad flyers at the store and take it home so you’ll have time to look it over really good before shopping.
Store brands are great when making casseroles and side dishes… no one will even notice!
Visit our Web site for hundreds of free tips on saving money at the grocery store, with or without coupons!  

Save Money by Spreading Purchases
It's all too easy to overspend when Christmas shopping is left until the last minute. People get into a panic as they know they have to buy something and will often spend more than they can afford. Why not try to spread the cost here by buying some presents in the months leading up to the holiday? Buying just a few stocking fillers or small gifts a month, or even just one big one, can help bear some of the cost burden.

Make a promise that you won't buy anything for yourself
When you're shopping for gifts, it's easy to be tempted to buy for yourself. Make this season about others, not you -- and remember that the items you want will likely be less expensive during the after-season sales.

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The Colors We Feel

Monday, October 3, 2011 2:58:25 PM America/Chicago

Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medical Research Methodology describe the development of a color chart, The Manchester Color Wheel, which can be used to study people's preferred pigment in relation to their state of mind. Those who described themselves as happy picked shades of yellow where as those feeling anxious or depressed chose shades of grey or dark blue.

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When designing clothing or promotional items, think of the color meanings and different emotions associated with certain colors. Choose your colors wisely!

Read more about Color Psychology

Collection of Color Meanings

Red Color  Red

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.
This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.


Orange Color  Orange

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.

Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.


Yellow Color  Yellow

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.
Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. You can choose yellow to promote children's products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, 'childish' color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes. Yellow is an unstable and spontaneous color, so avoid using yellow if you want to suggest stability and safety. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.


Green Color  Green

Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a 'greenhorn' is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.
Use green to indicate safety when advertising drugs and medical products. Green is directly related to nature, so you can use it to promote 'green' products. Dull, darker green is commonly associated with money, the financial world, banking, and Wall Street.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.


Blue Color  Blue

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids, vodka), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water). As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect. Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.
Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.
Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite. When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect color scheme for a superhero.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.


Purple Color  Purple

Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple is a very rare color in nature; some people consider it to be artificial.
Light purple is a good choice for a feminine design. You can use bright purple when promoting children's products.
Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.

White Color  White

White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.
In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it's the color of snow. You can use white to suggest simplicity in high-tech products. White is an appropriate color for charitable organizations; angels are usually imagined wearing white clothes. White is associated with hospitals, doctors, and sterility, so you can use white to suggest safety when promoting medical products. White is often associated with low weight, low-fat food, and dairy products.

Black Color  Black

Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, 'black death'). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.
Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but a black background diminishes readability. A black suit or dress can make you look thinner. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, you can use a black or gray background to make the other colors stand out. Black contrasts well with bright colors. Combined with red or orange – other very powerful colors – black gives a very aggressive color scheme.

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Mens Fashion Trends 2012

Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:22:57 PM America/Chicago

It's hard to believe, but 2012 is almost upon us! Here are a few of our favorite 2012 fashion trends for men:



1. Off White, bone, and dirty white. All in contrast and answer to the crisper, bleached versions. Summer should never end.

2. High Performance Sportswear


Mixed Prints and Patterns

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What's Up With Your Logo?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:48:16 PM America/Chicago





When you start a clothing line, you'll be creating a logo and imprint artwork so understanding design principles, branding, and where to find inspiration is crutial. First of all, let's remember the definition of a logo. A Logo is a recognizable and distinctive graphic design, stylized name, unique symbol or other device for identifying an organizations. Also called a logotype, it is affixed included or printed on all advertising, buildings, communications, literature, products, stationery and vehicles. Not to be confused with a brand, which identifies a product or family of products.

Second, learn what graphic design is all about.

Key Elements of Design Are:





and Color


Types of Logos:

Letter based




Top Logo Trends Are:


-Thin Lines



-Multi Part









-Brown/Gray Colors

-Circles and O's

-Organic 3D


-Web 2.0 Logos

-Transparency In Logo Design

-The New Crest

-"UGLY" 80's

-Leaves and Nature

-Sci-Fi Fonts

-Color Scale/Rainbow

-"Underground" Typography/Minimal Font


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How To Screen Print A Tote Bag

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:10:58 PM America/Chicago

Obviously, you can screen print your company logo on some tote bags for promotional purposes, but what about something more creative? Read the rest of this article to get ideas and design inspiration for custom totes and promotional bags.

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Stripes Are On Trend Fall 2012

Monday, September 19, 2011 5:23:37 PM America/Chicago

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Custom Hats: What They're All About

Monday, September 19, 2011 4:29:40 PM America/Chicago

We all wear hats. Wheather for work, promotional reasons, or a bad hair day, hats are worn all the time. It's easy to customize a hat but what design should you use? Where on the hat should you place your artwork? Should you use screen printing or embroidery? What type of fabric is best for your one of a kind hat? Structured or Unstructured?

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Sportsman Hats



What designs can you embroider?

Do's and Don't's of Designs For Embroidery:


  • Embroidery fonts
  • Line art
  • Lines 4 points or wider
  • Crisp outlines (thick outlines are better than thin outlines)
  • Colors from the Embroidery Thread Palette
  • Solid colors
  • Minimal background, cropped to your design
  • Smooth edges
  • 150 dpi or greater



  • Complex fills (Example: pattern fills)
  • Small/fine details
  • Transparency
  • Photography - Jagged edges and small areas of color detail make this posterized photographic image difficult to recreate in embroidery.
  • Areas of color smaller than .25" by .25" or multiple colors in small areas
  • Lines narrower than 2 points
  • Gradients don't work in embroidery, try changing all gradients to solid color images.
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Stain And Wrinkle Resistant Shirts

Friday, September 16, 2011 12:26:13 AM America/Chicago

Apparel manufacturers are starting to make our life easier by using fabrics with special technologies and treatments, such as stain release, wrinkle release, anti bacterial, waterproof, and moisture management. But how well do these fabrics work?

Stain resistant clothing has microscopic strands of cells embedded in the fabric that is suppose to repel almost any staining substance. Substances such as coffee, juice, yogurt and wine just wipe away, but grease and things such as ketchup and mustard are hard to get out.

featherliteladiesFeatherLite Stain Resistant Work Shirt

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Back To School Fashion: Staple Go-To Items All School Year Round

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:55:17 PM America/Chicago

Lets face it! We all want to look cool and presentable, but we can't afford to go shopping everyday and constantly think up new outfits. That's why you need a few "staple pieces" in your fall woredrobe to go to anytime. Try out our latest styles and brands and, with a little accessorizing, make them your  "staple pieces"


1. V-neck t shirt






2. Zip up hoodie




3. Anything Burnout













5. Custom Tote Bag


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Earn Your Eco Degree! Read Through Green Fashion Terms And Definitions

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:41:57 AM America/Chicago

What is conscious dressing? Where is banana fabric made? Wait.....What IS banana fabric??? We want you educated about the earth conscious world and the first place to start is the terminolgy.

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How To Accessorise A T Shirt

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:05:03 AM America/Chicago

We gathered the 10 best ways to accessorise a blank t shirt


1. Cool Shoulder Bag (with a fun detail such as fringe)

2. Structured hat

3. Statement Necklace

4. Designer Umbrella

5. Big Ring

6. Awesome Bracelet

7. Skinny belt

8. Knotted Scarf

9. Funky Sunglasses

10. Unique Bra or Intimates

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Things That Inspire

Monday, September 12, 2011 10:04:30 PM America/Chicago

Sure, we can get inspiration and ideas from looking at others' t shirt designs, but don't forget to look at other inspiration sources such as jewelry, statues, art, nature, and interior design.

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Coolest Ways To Recycle Your Old T Shirts

Monday, September 12, 2011 8:01:43 PM America/Chicago

Everybody has old t shirts. Do you keep them in your closet forever or do you throw them away? Why not reuse them in an original and practical way? Old t-shirts can be used for so many things, but we've put together a list of the COOLEST ways and ideas. Keep reading this article and start recycling your old tees!


Favorite T Shirt Throw Pillow

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Is Your School On The Green List?

Monday, September 12, 2011 7:14:09 PM America/Chicago

The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges profiles 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The 220-page guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.

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Remembering The Victims Of 9/11/2001

Sunday, September 11, 2011 10:35:30 PM America/Chicago

Always Remember, Never Forget. September 11th is the date we'll never forget, especially because of the people that lost their lives as a result of that trategy.

Customize your own 9/11 t-shirt or buy one of ours and pay respect to victims of 9/11.

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Who Are Big Players In Eco Friendly Apparel?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:36:25 PM America/Chicago

We've just learned that we carry THREE of the top TEN organic cotton using clothing brands. The 2010 Global Market Report on Sustainable Textiles states that brands like Adidas and Anvil are some of the top organic cotton users.

Textile Exchange projects the global organic cotton market will increase another 20 percent in 2011 to result in an estimated $6.2 billion market in 2011 and $7.4 billion market in 2012. Great news for organic farmers and the environment!

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LOL: Funny T Shirt Sayings

Monday, September 5, 2011 11:39:06 PM America/Chicago

Funny t-shirts allow us to be goofy while being an adult at the same time. They can be mood enhancing and make a statement in a light-hearted, humorous way.


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Let's Get Physical!

Sunday, September 4, 2011 11:56:35 PM America/Chicago

When you're working out, you want to be comfortable and you don't want your clothes to get in the way. Proper sizing is essential because you don't want to restrict your range of motion or have the clothing interfere with your performance. But what fabric is the best for athletic actitivies? What style or fit is best for sports? Which meterial is breathable enough for running? These are some of the questions you might be asking yourself when picking out performance apparel. Read the rest this article to find out the styles, fabrics, and terms associated with fitness apparel.


W1004 Alo Ladies' Short-Sleeve Bamboo T-Shirt

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Typography! What is it? And How Can It Help Me?

Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:14:58 PM America/Chicago

Typography. What is it?

When it comes to design, typography means letters and words put on a t shirt or other marketing material. The typography can really make or break the item and it's important to reasearch different fonts, styles, photoshop effects and other letter/word related design ideas.






And what font should you use?

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T-Shirt Design Inspiration

Thursday, September 1, 2011 6:56:02 PM America/Chicago

Everybody needs inspiration. Browse through these t shirt websites, get ideas, and start designing you original t shirts.










Click "Read More" to look through some more designs

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Dry Clean Or Machine Wash? Guide To Taking Care Of Fabrics

Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:34:29 AM America/Chicago

Generally, the best rule is to follow the care instructions on the manufacturer’s label. If there is no label and/or you wish to wash a garment or fabric at home instead of dry clean, the properties of each fabric will help you determine the care of the fabric or garment.

Read the rest of the article to determine how and what process to use to clean your favorite clothing and how to keep it fresh and new looking longer.

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How To Pick A Blank T Shirt

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:06:16 PM America/Chicago

Though it sounds easy, choosing the right blank t shirts can be a difficult and confusing process. Some of the main factors to consider are:

-Brand     -Style     -Colors     -Quantity     -Quality/Construction     -Fit     -Size     -Fabric     -Detailing

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How Can Screen Printing Help Your Business?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:36:02 PM America/Chicago

There are many benefit to promotional clothing and promotional items. You will quickly notice the effect of your simple logo screen printed on an employees clothing, corporate merchandise, or a clients gift. Lets talk about t shirts. Tee shirts are a great way to promote your brand, event or organization. They can help you grow your business. T shirts can be given away as gifts promoting a certain event or business. Who doesnt love a freebie? Your t shirt recipients will be very happy with their free gift, and at little cost to you. Dont forget about hats and bags. Just like t-shirts, these items can help spread the word. Imprint a hat that will get peoples attention.

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Green Is In: Sustainable Apparel

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 10:59:59 AM America/Chicago

Choosing blanks for your custom designs may be trickier than you think. Choose fabrics made out of organic cotton or recycled polyester, and get with the green times. Screen Printing America Inc cares about our Earth and that is why we offer a large selection of eco friendly and environmentally safe fabrics and styles of blank apparel as well as eco friendly dye and ink processes.


Alternative Apparel 06032C2 V-gan Organic V-Neck T-Shirt

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Things to Consider When Designing T-Shirts

Saturday, February 26, 2011 1:14:40 PM America/Chicago

T-Shirt Design Inspiration

When Designing a T-Shirt there are things you want to take into account to ensure your screen printer screen prints your apparel exactly how you want it and so that you don't incur any extra art charges.  You must first know your screen printers capabilities(what is thier largest screen size,  what is pricing per color, what are their minimums, what forms of inks they use) so that you get exactly what you order.

First we will discuss setting up your session in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Photoshop Users:

We will start with a standard size of 11inches wide by 17inches tall.

Set your width and height as shown along with DPI to 300 ( width and height vary according to screen printers capabilities along with pricing for set up charges)

Photoshop Session Set Up

Photoshop Session Set up and Open

Now we have our Session size squared away. Moving Forward.  Make sure everytime you create a new graphic to put it on a new layer in photoshop so when it comes to seperating colors and layers for the screen printer you don't run into any issues with your artwork.

One of our favorite tools to use is Adobe's Kuler to get great color swatches

Kuler Screen Shot

T-Shirt Design

To make this move quick and easy we will search for some stock vector art.  Now we have our color swatch and our session set up.  Lets proceed with the design aspect of this post!

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Applying Rhinestones to Fabric

Saturday, February 26, 2011 1:03:27 PM America/Chicago

Coming Soon

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American Made Shirts | Canvas comes out with New line

Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:36:33 PM America/Chicago

Canvas / Bella releases new clothing line to compete against American Apparel, and Alternative Apparel.  A very Reasonably priced line Made in the U.S.A.


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