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SCREEN PRINTING


What is screen printing?

Screen printing typically uses a fabric stretched tightly over a frame. Images are created by blocking parts of the screen using various techniques. Ink is forced through the open areas of the screen onto the surface of the object. A separate screen must be created for each colour to be printed and colours must be applied in passes allowing drying time between each. This is the most common method of imprinting on promotional items and apparel such as T-shirts. The digitizer must actually recreate the artwork using stitches. Then it programs the sewing machine to sew a specific type of design, in a specific colour, with a specific type of stitch. This is the process known as digitizing. Embroidery is most commonly used on logo patches, apparel and caps or hats. FORMATS SUPPORTED FOR SCREEN PRINTING:
PDF | AI | CDR
ALL to be for PC and NOT MAC

Preparing of Artwork

    Preparing the artwork in order for it to be used for screen printing:
  • Vector format only
  • Artwork is seperated by solid colours, maximum of 6 colours available
  • 8 colours are possible under certain conditions

Advantages

  • Can brand up to A3 (420 mm x 297 mm) on certain items
  • Turn-around time is good
  • Shows small words and fine detail better than embroidery
  • Can have shading to a degree - there are some limitation

Limitations

  • Some items can’t be screen printed
  • Some products are limited to 1 colour only
  • Rough surfaces will not print correctly
  • Cannot brand on seams & zips