Screen printing is the traditional method of producing printed garments. Printing involves the application of colour normally by ink. In order to screen print an item, the design has to be separated into the component colours. This is done by vectored design programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop or CorelDraw. Each colour then has a separate screen produced using light reactive chemicals. The screen consists of a very fine mesh surface where the chemical has been exposed to light the chemicals breakdown and is washed off leaving spaces in the mesh.

The ink can then be directly screen printed onto the t-shirts or on to transfer paper which is later applied to the T-shirts by a heat press. If the direct printing method is used, the T shirts are placed on a solid board. The colours are then applied individually by placing the screen manually or automatically on top of the T-shirt and forcing the printers ink through the relevant screen onto the T-shirt.

The advantages of screen printing are it's durability with long lasting wash resistance. A very fine detail can be achieved together with multi colour designs and sharp and vibrant finishes. This process can be used for most designs on any garment.

Screen printing has a set up cost for each colour or/and design. It is excellent when combining large Areas and large quantities from a cost point of view but is uneconomic for small orders requiring more than one colour. Normal orders would be for 30 items and over. Ideally for customers who anticipate many re-orders using the same design, and for designs where pantone colours need to be matched.

With this type of printing, samples can be offered providing a setup payment is made up front to cover the cost.

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