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Quick-Draw
Design
How to use a pen or stylus to create
mascots and easy custom text.
BY THOMAS TRIMINGHAM, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For many screen printers, the thought of
drawing a design isn't appealing. In fact,
a lot of experienced artists either don't
draw well or wish their drawing skills
were better.
The ability to draw an attractive picture,
however, is not necessary to accomplish
a production art task. In fact, if the right
process is followed, it takes little skill -
only patience and careful application.
The first and most important thing is to
start with the right tools. It has been said
that drawing with a mouse is like trying
to draw with a bar of soap. Not only is
the hand in the wrong position, but the
software doesn't really provide a level of
sensitivity for the mouse.
A stylus is the right tool to use when
trying to redraw an object.There are many
styles of pen tools available, but they all
are not made the same.The best pressuresensitive pens don't have wires hanging off
of them and they are weighted properly.
Wacom is the most popular brand that
dominates the art market (see Figure 1).
Buying a new or used pen doesn't have
to break the bank, either. For the average
shop, a small 4" x 6" tablet is satisfactory
for most jobs. Just make sure the pen works
with the latest version of graphic design
software you are using.
Once you have a pressure-sensitive pen
installed on your computer and you want
to start drawing, use software that allows
you to access its pressure features. Many
pens also have different features available
like Tilt, and other styles of use (like an
"eraser" function on the back side) that you

FIGURE 1

may have to program into your software.
This is where patience is necessary
because you cannot immediately start
drawing. You must set up the software
first, practice different pen strokes and
develop a working process before you
can start seeing results.
The learning curve isn't long with
a pen stylus, though, and you can be
working on a job in just a few minutes.
It is important, however, that you have a

For the average
shop, a small
4" x 6" tablet is
satisfactory for
most jobs.
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Impressions - May 2016
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
Innovation in the Trenches
The Knits Just Keep On Comin’
Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
Stitching Staples Get Upgrades
Digital Shines in the Spotlight
Shop Talk
Embroidery Production
Screen Printing Production
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Heat Printing
Classifieds
Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - May 2016 - CT1
Impressions - May 2016 - CT2
Impressions - May 2016 - Impressions - May 2016
Impressions - May 2016 - Cover2
Impressions - May 2016 - 1
Impressions - May 2016 - Contents
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Impressions - May 2016 - 4
Impressions - May 2016 - 5
Impressions - May 2016 - First Impressions
Impressions - May 2016 - 7
Impressions - May 2016 - From the Show Director
Impressions - May 2016 - 9
Impressions - May 2016 - Overheard
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Impressions - May 2016 - 15a
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Impressions - May 2016 - First Look
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Impressions - May 2016 - Scene at ISS
Impressions - May 2016 - On Design
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Impressions - May 2016 - Innovation in the Trenches
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Impressions - May 2016 - The Knits Just Keep On Comin’
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Impressions - May 2016 - Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
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Impressions - May 2016 - Stitching Staples Get Upgrades
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Impressions - May 2016 - Digital Shines in the Spotlight
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Impressions - May 2016 - Heat Printing
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