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How do you align films on a screen without a template?Updated 3 years ago

You can align film transparencies on a screen with just a T-square and a Sharpie.

Depending on the screen you’re using, measure the width of the frame on the T-shirt side and mark where the center is. If you’re doing a left chest print, make a mark 3 to 3.5 inches to the right of the center line. Your screens will be flipped around for printing, so marking the right side will mean you will print on the left side once you’re on press.

Now, flip your T-square so it runs vertically down the center of the screen. Take your film positive and place it on the screen under the T-square. Use the T-square to keep the straight center line. You’ll want to make sure that your top registration mark is a couple inches from the top of the screen so you’ll have room to print. It should be the same spot above your design so it’s always the same distance down. 

Make sure to mark your T-square where you want your registration marks to be every time. This way you’ll be consistent and repeatable. By marking this on the T-square itself, you’ll always have that measurement.

Once your film positive is centered, tape it down to the screen. That’s all you need to do! You’re ready to burn some screens.

If you're more of a visual learner, watch this video to see how the process is done.

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