Screen printing

Screen Printing: Creating Vibrant and Long-Lasting Designs

Screen printing stands out as one of the most preferred methods for clothing printing, particularly for large orders. This technique involves pushing ink through a screen onto the garment's surface, resulting in vivid and durable designs that can endure for up to 20 years.

The Screen Printing Process

Screen printing is highly efficient, especially for large orders, and offers longevity to your designs. It can be applied to a wide range of materials, including fabric, paper, plastic, glass, metals, and wood, thanks to specialized inks. The process involves six essential steps:

  1. Design Creation: Start by designing your artwork, aiming to limit the number of colors to five or fewer. We will then transform this design into a stencil.

  2. Screen Preparation: Using a photo emulsion process, the design is transferred to screens, with a separate screen for each color.

  3. Ink Application: Place the garment under the screens and apply the corresponding ink using a squeegee.

  4. Printing: The squeegee pushes the ink through the screens, ensuring it adheres only to the lines of your design.

  5. Multi-Color Application: Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each screen, applying each color separately.

  6. Drying: Allow the garments to air dry, or for expedited orders, a special drying machine can be used. On dark garments, a layer of white ink may be applied first for vibrant designs.


Depending on your requirements and preferred inks, you can choose from various screen printing processes, such as Water-based, Discharge, Metallic Ink, Foil Ink, Puff Ink, Glow in the Dark Ink, Reflective Ink, and Jumbo-Sized Screen Printing.

Advantages of Screen Printing

Screen printing is a favored choice for clothing printing due to its numerous benefits, including:

  • Precise Color Matching: Achieve an exact color match with pantone color matching.
  • Longevity: Designs won't fade or crack, ensuring years of quality.
  • Cost-Effective: Economical for large orders, offering competitive pricing.
  • Speed: Ideal for large orders, delivering quick turnarounds.
  • Professional Finish: Provides a vivid and professional appearance.
  • Suitable for Dark Garments: Works well on dark-colored apparel.
  • Soft Feel: Screen-printed designs offer a comfortable, soft texture.
  • Versatility: Suitable for various fabrics and materials.


When to Opt for Screen Printing

Screen printing is the ideal choice when:

  • You have a large order, as it's cost-effective and efficient for bulk production.
  • Your design is extensive, as you won't be charged based on design size.
  • Durability is a priority, and you want your design to withstand regular wear.
  • Vibrancy is essential for your design.
  • You wish to print on dark-colored garments.
  • You have a variety of garment types with the same design, as you won't incur extra charges for diverse garment selections.


When Alternative Print Methods are Preferred

While screen printing offers exceptional benefits, alternative print methods may be more suitable when:

  • You have a small order (under 50 garments), as screen printing is better suited for larger quantities.
  • Your design includes more than five colors, as each color incurs additional charges.
  • Your design is intricate, as complex designs may not print successfully.

Screen printing is a versatile and popular choice for various clothing printing needs. At The Shirt Shack in Weymouth, we specialize in screen printing, even for orders exceeding 10,000 garments. Contact us today at 01305 759424 to request a screen printing sample and explore our expertise in bringing your designs to life.

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