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Old October 23rd, 2007, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Real size of screen printing screens

I just found out when they tell you the screen size (22 x 31) , its really not that size because the boarder is 2 inches which takes it down to 20 and then i suppose to give it a extra inch or two for mistakes which leaves (18 x 25)..... IS THIS REALLY TRUE???? DO I HAVE TO LEAVE ONE OR TWO INCHES FOR MISTAKES???????
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Old October 25th, 2007, 08:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Real size of screen printing screens

It's true that a screen has a one and one half inch piece of wood or metal that makes up the frame. But if the frame is square, you don't need to leave extra space for mistakes. A 13x18 inch print fills up the front of a large shirt. Any bigger than that and you'll have an all-over print. So twenty and one half by twenty nine and one half inches of room should be all you need, without "leaving extra" for mistakes.
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DO I HAVE TO LEAVE ONE OR TWO INCHES FOR MISTAKES???????
I think you have to spend some more time learning the entire process. Your statement of leaving room for mistakes makes no sense??

You have an area of the screen that is roughly about 2-inches from the inside of the frame all the way around that is not to be used, (even if you could) for printing. The actual image area will always be smaller than the dimensions of the frame....thats just how it works.

Besides that, I find that rarely, if ever for textile printers will the print size be much bigger 12" wide by 13" long. For manual printers the "standard" frame size is a 20"x24" frame.
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