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Screen printing is a printing technique used in garment manufacturing where ink is passed through a fine mesh screen when pressure is applied by running a squeegee across the surface.
Your artwork is broken into separate colours and each of these colours is then assigned to a screen. Each screen is ‘exposed’ or ‘burnt’ with a one colour image, creating a stencil through which the ink can pass. Every colour that is to be printed requires its own screen.
Pricing is dependent on two main factors. First the number of colours to be printed is equivalent to the number of screens required and therefore determines the cost of the set up. Second is the quantity of the print run, the larger the run the cheaper each individual item becomes.
Screen printing is our most commonly used method and is usually the most cost effective way to get your logo, artwork or design printed. It produces very high quality and durable prints with great definition. Screen Printing allows us to be able to print on a wide range of both natural and synthetic fabrics and are not restricted to just clothing. We can also screen print onto tea towels, cushions, pillowcases, non-woven and paper bags and everything in between. Please note that screen printing onto dark fabrics will require a white base print which is charged as an extra colour in a print run.
There are a variety of different screen printing inks and methods available which we have outlined below.
Plastisol Printing (The Standard)
Plastisol is the most common ink used in commercial screen printing. Good colour opacity onto dark garments and clear graphic detail with, as the name suggests, a more plasticized texture. This print can be made softer with special additives or heavier by adding extra layers of ink.
Discharge ink is used when screen printing lighter colours onto dark background fabrics, they work by removing the dye of the garment and replacing the fabric with the colour of the ink – this means they leave a much softer texture then plastisol with almost no texture to the hand. Disharge Inks are great for distressed designs.
Process Printing (CMYK)
Four colour process screen printing is the process of separating your artwork into four colours (CMYK), which combine to create the full spectrum of colours needed for photographic prints. This means a large number of colours can be simulated using only 4 screens, reducing costs, time, and set-up.
These inks penetrate the fabric more than the plastisol inks and create a much softer feel. Ideal for screen printing darker inks onto lighter coloured garments. Also useful for larger area prints where texture is important. If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly option, Waterbased Inks are for you.
Discharge Underbase Printing
Discharge Base screen printing is the process of using a discharge with no pigment as a base to remove the die from the fabric before printing colours. This is a technique utilised on dark garments that usually require a white base before printing. This produces a print that is not as thick as its plastisol base equivalent.
Specialty Inks & Additives
We have a wide range of specialty inks and additives for your projects including metallic inks, textured additives gloss, satin, suede and specialty effects such as puff prints, flocking and foil prints. If you are in need of a specialty screen printing call us to see if we have what you are looking for.