If you want to print a vibrant image on a T-shirt, jumper or flat garment that won’t fade easily, screen printing is the way to go.
Most of the printed tees you find on the high street use this technique, and it is ideal for both large multi colour jobs, or single colour small jobs. Create your band merch t shirt, team building t shirt, stag party t shirts, charity t shirt printing and anything else you can think of!
Creating a screen
With screen printing we are able to apply a large amount of ink, resulting in a longer-lasting design. Screens are made by putting a chemical emulsion on a mesh surface. Next, vector artwork is taken from Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw and printed out on a film type paper or vellum. The screen is then exposed on a light table with the artwork under it. The light solidifies the chemicals around the design, and where the light failed to pass through, the chemical breaks down. The screen is then rinsed out and what is left is the area where the light hit.
Screen printing T shirts
We then place the T shirt on a platen and each screen swings around over the top of it. The screen is brought down and placed on top of the T shirt, and a squeegee is pulled over the screen’s ink colour which pushes the ink onto the shirt fabric. That screen is then carefully lifted off the T shirt (if the shirt moves or is stretched, the next colour will be out of registration). The platen with the shirt is then moved under a flash unit where it dries. Upon curing, the shirt platen is brought back and the next colour screen is swung over the top of it.
Benefits of screen printing
Screen printing allows us to produce quality looking designs at an affordable price. If you want to print a vibrant image on a T-shirt that won’t fade easily, screen printing is the way to go. Most of the printed tees you find on the high street use this technique, and it is ideal for both large multi colour jobs, or single colour small jobs.