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Q: How is a balloon printed?
A: The Balloons are heated in a dryer to make them easier to inflate for printing. The    balloons must be inflated before the ink is applied. Otherwise, when the balloon expands,    the ink would break apart.

Q: Is special ink used?
A: Yes. It has been developed for the balloon printing industry. It is made from ground
   up rubber particles with pigment in it, and expands and contracts with the balloon.

Q: What is the apex print process?
A: This is Beantown's silkscreen process, in which the ink goes through the screen
  directly onto the balloon. The coverage is solid and the ink takes longer to dry. More ink   means more time the screen-printing process is in action.
  In the silkscreen process, there is a separate screen for each color, and the balloon must   go to two stations. The balloon can move slightly or deflate a bit, so registration is hard to   accomplish.

Q: Can I get accurate color matching?
A: Take into consideration the fact that the balloon is a translucent colored surface. Its   color will influence the appearance of the ink.

Q: Why does my artwork sometimes look distorted on the balloon?
A: Basically because you're printing a two-dimensional surface. Straight lines become   curved and don't remain parallel. The balloon is inflated 60 percent in the printing process,   but is blown up to 100 percent when used, which also contributes to some degree of   distortion.

Q: Since the balloon is round, what shape should my artwork be?
A: The shape of the artwork depends on which printing process is chosen. In the    flexographic process, the balloon rotates with the plate, so the ink wraps around it at its    equator. A design which is wider than it is high is well-suited to the flexographic process.    The optimum proportion is width=2x height. In general, a larger design will work better    with the flexographic process.
   For the silkscreen process, on the other hand, the optimum shape is square. When    printed, the balloon is stationary, with an area 5x5 inches flattened down by the screen.




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