ScreenPrinting at ShirtShack

What is 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 likely the method that comes to mind when you think about printing designs on t-shirts. It's a traditional approach where each color in a design is separated and transferred onto individual fine-mesh screens. These screens are then used to apply ink onto the shirt. Screen printing is a popular choice for teams, organizations, and businesses due to its cost-effectiveness, especially for large custom apparel orders.

The process begins by separating the colors in your logo or design using graphic software. A mesh stencil, or screen, is then crafted for each color in the design. Keep in mind that the number of colors impacts the cost of screen printing. To create the stencil, we start by coating the fine mesh screen with an emulsion. After drying, the artwork is "burned" into the screen using bright light. This results in a screen for each color in the design, which are subsequently used as stencils for printing onto the product.

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 nine 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: Takes place in hot air conveyor dryer 160 degrees for 2 miniutes 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 and our ink mixing system.
  • 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 nine 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, we specialize in screen printing, even for orders exceeding 10,000 garments. Contact us today and explore our expertise in bringing your designs to life

Why Choose ShirtShack for Your Screen Printing Needs?

Welcome to ShirtShack, your local hub for professional screen printing services in Weymouth, Dorset. At ShirtShack, we're passionate about bringing your apparel ideas to life with top-quality screen printing solutions.

Local Weymouth Expertise: As a proud Dorset-based business, we understand the needs of our community and provide tailored services to match.

High-Quality Prints: We use the latest screen printing techniques and premium inks to ensure vibrant, durable designs that stand out and last.

Customization Excellence: Whether you're looking to create custom T-shirts for a business event, a sports team, or a personal project, our team works with you every step of the way to realize your vision.

Versatile Design Options: From simple text to complex graphics, we offer a wide range of design options to suit any style or requirement.

Quick and Efficient Service: We value your time. Our streamlined process ensures timely delivery without compromising on the quality of our prints.

Competitive Pricing: Get the best in screen printing services at prices that offer great value for your investment.

ShirtShack is more than just a screen printing company. We are a team of dedicated professionals committed to providing exceptional service and quality. Our commitment to craftsmanship and customer satisfaction has made us a preferred choice for screen printing in Weymouth and the surrounding areas.

Our Screen Printing Services Include:

  • Custom T-shirt Printing
  • Corporate Branding and Merchandise
  • Event and Promotional Apparel
  • Personalized Garments for Teams and Clubs
  • Fashionable Streetwear and Apparel Design

Whether you're a local business, a community organization, or an individual seeking unique apparel, ShirtShack is here to make your screen printing dreams a reality. Contact us today to start your screen printing project with Weymouth's finest!

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