This popular printing method is best for simple designs produced in bulk.
How it works
Artwork and film positives
The better the quality of artwork you provide, the better the print will be.
Screenprinting starts with the artwork. If the design has multiple colours, then separate positive films will need to be printed for all colours in black colour. Subsequently, these separate films are adhered to separate screens, which have a coating of emulsion for exposing.
Each colour screen is exposed with UV light, burning the image into the emulsion.
After that, screens are exposed with UV light for a short period, burning the artwork into the emulsion. After the exposing process film is removed, the screens are rinsed with water, washing away emulsion that has been exposed.
Ink is pushed through the exposed mesh using a squeegee.
Once the individual screens are ready, they are locked in place onto the arms of the print carousel and aligned with each other. This process ensures that each colour and each layer of colour is printed in its correct position. The suitable colour of ink is applied to the screens, and the colours are applied to the image, one at a time, to create your final print.
Heat or UV curing process is used to dry and affix the printed ink to the garment.
- Versatility. Screenprinting can work with any material type and texture and with different types of garments, such as t-shirts, bags, hats and other promotional products.
- Durability. Weather-resistant and environmentally friendly inks guarantee that your product is of the highest quality when you receive it. With sharp and crisp images that will not fade in time or with the number of washes.
- Cost-effective for bulk orders. Screenprinting is very cost-effective, especially for larger orders and can be printed in a short period of time. We can print large sizes, up to 42x55 cm, and can print up to 12 colours.
- Environmentally friendly. There is an option of using water-based ink for a softer feel, that is environmentally better than traditional ink. This ink is not appropriate for dark colours.
- Not ideal for photography artworks. Since screenprinting isolates colours when printing, gradients and transparency effects don't print well with this technique.
- Screenprinting has setup costs.
- Multi-colour prints have higher set-up costs and higher printing costs.
- The minimum print order for this method is 50.
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