Screen printing is a cost effective printing technique particularly suited for flat surfaces. The core of the process involves a fine mesh or screen that is tightly stretched around a rigid frame. The areas that are not to be printed are masked out on the screen.
To create the print, the framed screen is positioned over the item to be printed along with a dollop of thick ink. A squeegee is then used to press the ink through the screen. The masked areas prevent ink from passing through, but the unmasked areas allow the ink to be imprinted on the material. A screen has to be created for each colour and the above process repeated to add the additional colours.
The garment is then placed through a drier. This heated curing process ensures that the inks dry quickly so that they materials can be stacked or packaged. Properly cured inks will remain on the printed substrate even under harsh conditions and will wear well even after numerous washes.
The minimum order on screen printed garments is 25 items. There is set-up charge for each screens created, therefore it is important to keep an eye on the number of colours in your design.