Screen Printing

How Screen Printing Works

1.
Approve Art

Bring your own art or have us create something special, screen printing starts with artwork that you love!

2.
Design & Print Film

Your artwork is prepared for printing by separating the colors into individual printed films.

3.
Make Screens

Special screens are prepared with light-sensitive emulsion and the images on the films are “burned” into the screens.

4.
Align Screens & Mix Ink

The screens are aligned on the press and ink in colors that will make your design are added.

5.
Print Apparel

Ink is pressed through the screens making your awesome print!

6.
Cure Ink

Your item is sent through the belt dryer reaching the temperature required to cure or dry the ink.

Traditional Plastisol Ink

Traditional printing uses plastisol ink that is heated to a specific temperature to cure and harden.  The majority of screen printing in America is done using plastisol inks.  We maintain a wide variety of basic colors that will bring your image to life.  If you need a custom color we can mix that as well, just let us know the Pantone color.

Water-based Screen Printing example

Water Based Ink

Water-based ink is an eco-friendly alternative to plastisol ink.  As you would imagine, this ink starts with a water base and pigment is added to achieve the color and density required for your image.  Like plastisol ink maintain a wide variety of basic colors of water-based ink, if you need a custom color we can mix that as well, just let us know the Pantone color.  Because of this process dyes the fibers of the fabric the end result is a print with an extremely soft feel that is breathable.

Discharge Ink

The discharge process bleaches the fiber of the garment leaving the natural color of the cloth.  This process can also include a color that redyes the fabric with your artwork.  This is a specialized form of water-based printing so this process is eco-friendly and soft feel as well.

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Water-based Screen Printing example

Foil

With the foil process, the adhesive is screen printed onto the garment, the foil is placed over the adhesive and using the heat press high temperature and high heat cure the adhesive and bonds the foil to the adhesive.