Screen Printing

Screen printing is another technique for t-shirt printing. Probably, the most common technique used for t-shirt printing. And, it is more applicable when printing multiple copies of the same design.

It works using a special screen with your design on it but creating screens is a multi-step process. First, you need separate colors and do waterproof films. Film positives are important to hinder the transfer of UV light. And these are printed using an extremely opaque ink. Marks are then used to align the two colors on the press. They are placed in the top left and top right corners of the films.

After a while, coating will proceed. A scoop coater is used each side of the screen. And once properly coated with emulsion, the screen is set to dry for a while so that the emulsion applied during the coating process will harden. When ready to create a stencil, a dry screen is selected from our rack of pre-coated screens. They will be lined up and film positives will be placed on each desired screen.

Lights, if possible, should be measured for balanced exposure. Once exposed, emulsion is easily dissolved with water. Ink is now free to pass through the open mesh and onto your shirts. Pull ink across it with a squeegee. Then the ink is will go through all of the little holes of the screen, onto the t-shirt.

Finally, each shirt is thread onto the printing platen. Once okay, it is now ready for production!