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A Brief Breakdown of the Screen Printing Process

09/14/2018

Although there have been many advancements in the screen printing realm, it’s always best to remember the original method. Screen printing may seem primitive or simplistic when comparing it to the more high-tech methods but there’s a reason why it still remains as an option. For starters, screen printing is done by hand. As such, it requires more attention to detail. A simple mistake can lead to catastrophic outcomes, which is why it’s necessary to team up with a reliable screen printing company. If you’re in the El Paso area, Corporate Connection can help!

What Is Screen Printing?

The act of screen printing has been around since the early 1900s and remains a stalwart of the printing industry. This technique makes use of ink and a mesh stencil, which is known as a “screen”, in order for printers to add designs to clothing, tote bags, hoodies, sings, and much more. The exact technique has been passed down through generations with very few alterations. To start, the screen must be pre-processed with a light-sensitive emulsion, which must then dry in a darkroom. This leads to a negative pattern of the print that will go on the garment. Once the mesh screen is ready, it will be able to hold both the ink and allow ink to squeeze through. The screen is then placed within a printing press. The article of clothing will be placed under the press and, once the mesh is in position, the printer will run a squeegee with ink over the screen. This will result in a vibrant and permanent design! If your design requires different colors, different screens will be used, with each screen correlating with a certain color.

The Great Benefits of Screen Printing

Screen printing is most commonly a manual process that’s great for smaller jobs of up to 50 pieces. The screen printing process can also be done on automatic presses which can print up to 1,000 pieces per hour. The automatic presses are great for high-volume and contract screen printing.

Screen printing gives you the ability to print designs on a variety of different surfaces. This may be one of the reasons why it remains a top choice. Best of all, the screen printing method works on different types of materials as well. In addition to cotton, you can screen print designs on polyester, silk, and much more. Since screen printing relies on the use of original mesh screen with designs, it’s a popular option for bulk prints. Perhaps your band is going on tour soon and you’d like to stock your merch table with high-quality shirts in all sizes, then screen printing is the right choice for you! Screen printing yields classic results that are sure to please. Corporate Connection provides custom screen printing services in the El Paso area. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer!

 

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