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Screen Printing Columbia

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With screen printing t-shirts, you
can either design your own tshirts or use one of the standard
designs offered by those firms
that specialize in t-shirt printing.
However if you want to design
your own t-shirt, there are
certain aspects of screen printing
you should understand, because
they impact on the type of design
you can use. First, a brief description of what is involved in screen printing,
screen printing T-Shirts: the Process: Checkout promotional products for more
The Screen- At one time this process was known as silk screen printing,
because the screens used were made from silk. It was a popular printing
technique in China, hence the silk, but modern polymer fibres now enable us
to use synthetic screens which are considerably less expensive. Although the
artwork is needed before the screens can be made, an explanation of the
technique will be necessary so you can understand the limitations in your
design. First, a mesh is required with holes large enough to allow the ink to be
squeezed through it. An average mesh will be 110 (110 threads/inch), with
lower for thicker inks and block images, and higher for thinner inks and more
definition. The mesh is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion, and the artwork
placed under it. Light is exposed up through the screen, and where the light
hits the screen, the
chemical solidifies and
covers the mesh. The
design area stops the
light, so when the
screen is washed, the
area of the design is
clear of emulsion,
while the rest is solid.
This is true whether
screen printing t-shirts or any other item.

The Printing-The screen is
mounted in a box, and the
garment is placed under the
box. Ink is poured into the
box and a tool known as a
'squeegee' is pulled across,
forcing the ink through the
mesh. The ink is then dried,
leaving the image on the tshirt. As you can imagine,
this process is suitable only for a single colour per printing because only one
colour can be poured in the mesh box or they would run together. For more
colours, the process has to be repeated. Only delineated areas of individual
colour can be printed, so it is not possible to merge one shade into another
when screen printing t-shirts. Custom Embroidery Columbia Sc offers excellent
info on this.
It should be apparent that a new screen is needed for each different colour
unless the pattern is exactly the same. This adds to the cost, and screen
printing t-shirts is expensive for individual garments. There is a fixed set-up
cost and then an additional cost for each colour. The more t-shirts that are
printed in a run, then the cheaper it gets for each individual garment. Other
printing methods, such as digital printing, can print multiple colours without
any increase in price. So why use screen printing for t-shirts rather than just
digital? There are a number of reasons:
Advantages of Screen T-Shirt Printing: Screen printing is advantageous if you
design your own t-shirt with large areas of block colour. Digital printing, and
other methods, cannot print large areas as effectively as screen. Screen
printing t-shirts is very opaque, and can cover any deep colour beneath it.
Digital printing struggles to print light shades on top of dark, such as pale blue
on bright yellow, without it looking green. Screen printing is great for whites,
and even with DTG jet printers, white on dark often lasts no more than two or
three washes. Screen inks are far more stable and are thicker so give greater
coverage. You need offer no specific washing instructions. Screen is extremely
cost effective if you have only one colour, and if you have longer runs screen

beats most other methods for
economy and price. The colours
are brighter and stand out more
when screen printing t-shirts
Columbia Promotional Products
with Lesesne Industries provides
screen printing & embroidery,
custom T-shirts, polos, caps and bag, promotional products, and more!

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