screen printing loupe

Term of the Week: Printing Loupe

This magnifying lens helps shops check their exposure time. Options on this tool can range anywhere from a basic handheld version to a high-end, electronic microscope.

According to, printer loupes are used for:

  • Analyzing text, colors, type size, offsets, and registration
  • Inspecting type size and quality

Matt Marcotte, T&J Printing Supply, suggests searching for a reliable unit over the priciest version. The primary function should allow a shop to check exposure and make sure they have clean, hard edges and proper coating.