Screen Printing (also known as silkscreen or serigraphy) is the oldest and most popular method of t-shirt printing. It uses stencil method of printing whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a fabric, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil.
- Mesh is stapled onto a wooden/ metal frame
- Use masking tape to stick around the underside of the screen
- Cut stencil design
- Place stencil under the frame but above the paper
- Place a line of ink at the end of the screen
- Use the squeegee, press downwards firmly to draw ink from one end to the other end
- Carefully lift the screen
- Evaluate print and repeat
- Ideal to print on cotton and polycotton garments.
- Cost effective for large quantity orders with printing designs consisting of 1 to 6 colors at most.
- Perfect for individual and/or company that want to fit to a specific budget.
- Suitable for simple and non-complex graphic designs.
- Not cost effective for a dozen orders or fewer.
- Not advisable for designs with more than 6 colors unless you do not mind spending.
- Not suitable for complex graphic designs.
- Due to preferred orders to be in large quantities, allow lead time for production.