Silk Screen Printing
Screen printing is a traditional form of printing, dating back to the early 1900’s, which is still used today due to its crisp, bold appearance it offers. A great method for high volume orders which gives an excellent quality finish with long-lasting results.
Each colour is printed separately using mesh screens and thick liquid ink. Therefore, the fewer colours in your design, the less it costs to print. When printing onto darker coloured garments a base layer maybe required to ensure that the print is bright and vibrant.
Design and Cost
For this method of printing, artwork must be set to the intended print size, of a high resolution and saved in vector format in illustrator. This can be saved as PDF, Ai or Eps file. We may not always have every font therefore we suggest that all text is converted to outlines.
By having this type of specific file, it will enable us to split the design by colour ready for print. Like embroidery, we can get a close colour match to pantone colours.
For each colour in the design, a screen will be set up. So, the more colours in a design, the more screens that will need to be set up. Print positions will also need to be taken into consideration which will add to the final cost. Seams cannot be printed over as it can interfere with the quality of the print therefore we print at least 5mm away from any seams or collar.