Also known as silkscreen, it is the process of transferring an image and/or text onto a material or garment, by using a mesh-based stencil to apply the ink. You can use either a single or multicolored image or design.
Screen printing is the most cost-effective method to decorate a T-shirt, garment, or promotional item. This process requires quality artwork from you with the two most popular formats being Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. If your design is not in either of these too formats, not to worry. Our amazing graphic design department can take any picture, drawing, old garment and recreate these for you. There is an artwork / design fee but our sales reps can get you an estimate.
After the artwork is completed you will receive a digital design proof for your approval. The digital design proof is basically a simple mock-up of how your design will look prior to sending to pre-production / production.
Now, the magic begins! Digital proof color separation and film output comes next. Color separation is the process where each color is separated from others in a design and that color goes onto its very own film positive. The color separated film positive is made for each color and for each location being printed. This is time consuming and the reason why there is a set-up cost for the screen print process.
Next, screens are “burned”. This is similar to creating a stencil for each color in the design for each location. A frame is coated with a photo-reactive / light sensitive liquid that turns into a solid on a screen. After the screen cures, film is taped onto each screen and exposed by very bright light. The screen is sprayed with high pressure water removing the emulsion from the design cooked in by the light and the blacked out film positive.
The screens dry overnight then are sent to production. Each screen is aligned on the press for each color of the design and each location being imprinted. Ink is selected or mixed to match an exact color and applied to each screen. Sample runs are done to ensure each screen is aligned accurately and that all colors of the job are printing properly.
Boom! Your items are ready for production and imprinting begins.