Screen Printing

Printing custom t-shirts and branded apparel is an affordable way to publicize your charity, business, school, event, or organization. We print on t-shirts, hoodies, zip ups, sweats & more! Check out our catalogs to browse some of the options we offer.

Screen printing is the process of pressing ink through a stenciled mesh screen to create a printed design. It’s a popular technique used in a whole range of different industries, so even if you’ve never heard of the term before today, it’s likely that you’ve worn or used a screen-printed product at some point without even realizing. The process is sometimes called serigraphy or silk screen printing, but all of these names refer to the same basic method.

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yellow ink screen print

Screen Printing Process:

Step 1 

Design

The design is created in vector form, artwork is separated by each color and then printed onto a transparent sheet.

Step 2 

Prepare Screen

A mesh screen is selected depending on the design and then coated with a layer of light-reactive emulsion.

Step 3 

Expose Emulsion

Design is laid onto the emulsion-coated screen, and the whole thing is exposed to a very bright light. Each color of the design is placed onto it’s own screen.

Step 4 

Wash off Emulsion

Any unhardened emulsion is then carefully rinsed away. This leaves a clear imprint of the design on the screen for the ink to pass through.

Step 5 

Set Up & Apply Ink

Garment is placed on printing press onto a flat board . Ink is added to the top end of the screen, and a squeegee is used to pull the ink along the full length of the screen.

Step 6

Cure Ink

The printed product then passes through a dryer, which ‘cures’ the ink and creates a smooth, colourfast finish. Garment is ready to be packed up!

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