What is Screen Printing?
Screen printing, also known as silk screening, is a millennia-old art form believed to have originated in China, whereby stencils are used to transfer ink onto the surfaces of different objects (known today as “substrates”).
The process sounds complicated at first, but essentially, fine mesh fabric is stretched taught over a frame. After that, an ink-blocking stencil is applied to the screen using a light-sensitive emulsion process. The result is a crisp, clean, leak-free stencil. After this, ink is applied to the screen and pushed through the exposed mesh onto the substrate (t-shirt, hoodie, etc.) with a squeegee. The processes is repeated as many times as necessary, depending on the amount of colors in the design.
We recommend screen printing for most t-shirt printing orders because it is the most durable process and offers the widest range of options.
Our Silk Screen Printing Process
Ten years is a long time for a business to “get it right,” and we take great pride in the simplicity and efficiency of our screen printing process. The bottom line is that we offer the best quality products around. Here’s how:
You give us a design. We've optimized this process to make it as simple as possible for all of our customers. You can either submit your own design to us, or just give us an idea or vision of what you might be looking for. This is where your job ends, and ours begins.
Next, the dedicated and visionary staff in our art and design departments analyze every single submission to see what works and what doesn’t. They separate every color into separate screens, clean them up, and prepare them for printing. After you approve the final design, your project goes to press.
Each screen gets “inked up” with the approved color, and each shirt is then printed in correct color order. Our flash-drying process between each individual screen ensures crisp quality and prevents color bleeding.
The finished product is dried at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 seconds on one of our conveyer dryers. This process makes for a thorough and even curing of the ink to the fabric, which ensures your design won’t crack, fade, peel, or wash off.
You get your beautiful t-shirts, fall in love with them, wear them often, and post nice things about us on Yelp,Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or just shout it from your rooftop.