I’m sure many of you have thought about printing your own t-shirts at some point. These days we have POD companies like Zazzle and Spreadshirt so there is really no need to get your hands dirty or even deal with the customers to have your own t-shirt store but the fact is that those companies’ base prices are quite high and you have to work very hard at marketing to sell a lot of $30 t-shirts. Anyway, back to screenprinting. I have never screenprinted anything in my life so when I was given the chance to see how it’s done I jumped at it.
The guys at DIYTeeShirts.com sent me over an evaluation copy of their screenprinting tutorial series. This is a great collection of video tutorials totaling over 1 hour and 20 minutes with accompanying pdf files. They take you through the whole process from beginning to end seemingly without skipping over any areas. They teach you how to build a press from scratch. They show you how to create your design and they even tell you how to clean up after you are finished.
To be honest I was surprised at how much work there is to screenprinting so if you want to start your own screenprinting business this is a great place to start. You can see the actual process on video by screenprinting professionals. You can quickly learn about the do’s and don’ts. They even discuss the difference between water-based inks and plastisol based. At just $67 it might be the best investment in your screenprinting business you will find.
OK, I do have a disclaimer though. As I mentioned, I have never screenprinted so for all I know they have skipped out some important information but I doubt it. Not only do they give video demonstrations of how to do it but they also explain why and they even tell you how to avoid bad prints.
One criticism I would have about the videos is the sound. It is quite inconsistent so you may have to adjust the volume up or down several times. Still the information is there. Check it out.