What is screen printing and how does it work?

Screen printing is probably what you think of when you think about t-shirt printing. It's the traditional t-shirt printing method in which each color in a design is separated out and applied one by one creating layers of Ink onto each garment through the screen. Teams, organizations, clubs, small or large events and businesses usually opt for screen printing because it's extremely cost-effective for printing large custom apparel orders.

First we separate out the colors in your design using graphic software. A mesh stencil (screen) is then created for each color in the design (keep in mind each color adds to the cost). We then coat the fine mesh screen with an emulsion. Once dried, we "burn" the artwork into the screen by exposing it to a bright light. We now have a screen for each color in your design which are then used as stencils for printing onto your product.

Why choose screen printing?

Screen printing is the perfect print method for large orders, using simple prints requiring vibrant inks. Screen printing has some limitations as to what products and materials that can be printed on. The fast turnaround times can make it a very economical option for Bulk orders of 12 or more. However, the labor intensive setup can make it expensive for small runs.  

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