Everything you need to know about the most hyped t-shirt application!
Trust The Process
Also known as ‘Silk Screen Printing’, this type of printing process involves the use of a mesh stencil to transfer an image onto a piece of fabric. The mesh is attached and stretched over a steel rectangular frame, and part of the mesh is blocked using a light-sensitive chemical called emulsion. The screen is set up on a printing machine called a carousel this is what is part of the setup cost. Next, ink is applied and pressed through using a squeegee so the parts that are not covered by the emulsion the ink will pass through the mesh onto the fabric to form the print. Typically, 1 frame is required for every color on the print. And the printing is done in order one screen after the other that’s when you hear terms like ” how many colours is the artwork? “, ” is it a 1 colour? ” or ” is it a 5 colour job? “. Most screen printing t-shirt runs are usually 1 or 2 colour jobs.
Silk screen printing is the most common process we use for printing t-shirts. Also, it is the printing method of choice for commercial printing of fabrics, garments, glass, and computer parts like circuit boards as well as artisan printing of paper, ceramics, bottles, and other materials.
- The Best! A long lasting printing technique economical for large runs of T-Shirt printing.
- Screen printing provides vivid bold retail colour vibrancy! that are hard to replicate by other printing techniques. Techniques like direct to garment (DTG) or Vinyl Transfer
- Long life expectancy
- And most of all it just looks amazing!
Screen Printing Process
Email or direct call guidance
Pre-press art room
Trust The Process continued
1. Email or Direct call guidance
At the start, Andrew will work closely with you by going through the details of your order, considering any custom requirements that you have in mind, and suggest the best printing method and the type of garments that are best suited according to your order specifications.
I will guarantee to provide a ‘hands-on’ approach as I have years of experience in screen printing and graphics. And as apart of my expertise, I also am knowledgeable in the advantages and disadvantages of most garment, fabrics, brands, and other promotional items.
Once everything is set, and payment has been made, then I can start fullfilling your order.
Your order then gets moved to the pre-press room and placed into our system. And at the same time, your order is assigned to a schedule, a printer, and a printing machine.
In this process, I start transforming your designs into stencils. And I do this by carefully separating the colors with a specific software then we move to determine the mesh grade to be used, the thickness of the stencil, and tension applied to the mesh. Finally, I use the Pantone colour matching system to decide which ink color to be used that can accurately match the type of color from your design.
During this stage, the garments you ordered have now passed through the first quality inspection which cover style and size quantities are all correct also zero tears in the garments. Our presses for large orders these machines use multiple squeegees to push through the mesh stencil to lay down the ink onto your shirts. Getting the right amount of pressure and temperature is crucial in producing high-quality results.
Once the shirts are printed, they will be sent through a hot oven to cure the ink and ensure that it won’t shell off after years of washing.
Finally, the finished products will now be sent through a quality control inspection to ensure that it meets industry standards before shipping out.