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  • Writer's pictureRichard M. Sessa

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing is one of the most popular ways to customize apparel and create unique, eye-catching designs. It's a great choice for people who want a professional look with lasting quality, as well as those who are working on large orders or need to incorporate multiple colors. In this blog post, we'll explore what screen printing is, how it works, and why it might be the right choice for your next project.


Screen printing starts with a specialized printer that uses a mesh screen to transfer ink onto fabric or other materials. The screen is first coated with a light-sensitive emulsion that hardens when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. The image you want to print is then printed onto a transparency sheet and placed on top of the screen. Areas of the transparent sheet block UV light from reaching areas of the emulsion where you don't want ink applied, resulting in an image made of tiny dots. When ink is pressed through the mesh using either a rubber blade or roller, it only passes through in between these dots where UV light has reached the emulsion. This results in a crisp and vibrant printed image.


The advantages of screen printing make it ideal for projects such as customized tee shirts for schools or sports teams, promotional items for businesses or events, and creating artwork on canvases and other textiles such as fabric flags and banners. Unlike digital printing which can be limited by color range due to technology limitations, screen printing offers an infinite color range thanks to its ability to mix different shades together accurately. Screen printed garments are also more durable than digitally printed garments since they tend not to fade over time or after washing like digital prints sometimes do.


For high-volume projects that require complex designs made up of several colors such as team uniforms or business logos, screen printing is usually the best choice in terms of cost efficiency because there are fewer setup costs compared to other methods like embroidery or heat transfers (which often have minimum order requirements). Screen printing also allows for precision control over fine details thanks to its use of tiny dots instead of larger blocks of ink like other methods use.


So if you're looking for customization with lasting quality at an affordable price point--screen printing could be just what you need! With wide versatility in terms of design complexity, color accuracy and scalability--it's no wonder that it's by far one of the most popular choices today among professional printers.

 

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