Screen printing is the art of applying ink to the surface of a corporate clothing or corporate gift item or item by passing ink through a mesh design that has been exposed with the use of emulsion onto a mesh screen. Screen printing is generally used on garments, bags, corporate gifts and certain head wear.
Once the ink has been mixed according to your pantone colour requirement, and printed onto the product, i.e. a corporate branded t-shirt, it must be cured to prevent the ink washing out of the garment.
The curing process is where the garment is passed through a oven on a conveyer belt at a specific temperature to cause the moisture in the ink to vaporise, and thus fixing the design permanently onto the item that has been screen printed.
Preparing of Artwork for Screen Printing
What do you need to do to prepare the artwork in order for it to be used correctly for screen printing:
- Vector format only
- Artwork should be separated by solid colours and a maximum of 6 colours are available
- 8 colours are possible under certain conditions, but you would need to check this with us before sending through your final artwork
Limitations of Screen Printing
- Some items can’t be screen printed
- Some products are limited to 1 colour only
- Rough surfaces will not print correctly with screen printing
- Cannot brand or screen print on seams & zips
Advantages of Screen Printing
- You can brand up to A3 size (420mm x 297mm) on certain items
- The turn-around time with screen printing is good
- Screen printing shows small words and fine detail better than embroidery
- With screen printing you can have shading to a degree – there are some limitations