Screen printing is one of the most common textile printing technique in t-shirt printing. It is the best known, and possibly the favourite of both companies and designers. Clients get spectacular results.
Screen printing on paper and textiles have a very similar operation. They are made from the passage of ink through a mesh stretched on a screen and stamped colour by colour, in the case of the textile, directly on the garments.
It is necessary that the specialists touch up the designs to adapt them to create the phytoliths and the screens, and he has to put the shirts together one by one. It is time intensive.
Process of textile customisation with screen printing
The process of customised t shirt printing Australia is quite complicated to explain. The basic thing to know is that colour is printed by colour and that the inks are transferred through a mesh.
The 3 main elements involved in the process are the phytoliths, the screens, and the inks. This trident is the one that determines the technical expenses. The more colours the client’s design has, the more photo-lithographs, screens, and inks will be present, and greater the expenses.
- Once the screens are created, they are meticulously placed in the silkscreen octopus, the shirts are put on and the inks are put on. In order to adhere better, a spray is applied so that the shirts do not move from the octopus and thus avoid moving or crooked logos.
- A few tests and retouches are made, and thing starts to turn! The operator has to supervise that everything is going well and remove the shirts that are already stamped.
- To close the process, the shirts have to go through the drying tunnel. The tunnel has to be at a precise temperature so that the inks are fixed correctly. It is the secret, so that the Seri-graphed t-shirts last years and years, and they do not erase with the washings or wear out.
Silkscreen advice, what must be considered?
Regarding the number of inks, clients can make personalised white shirts printed with 8 colours or coloured shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts with a maximum of 6. Other items such as bags, caps, etc. have a maximum of 4 colours.
Screen printing serves to reproduce relatively simple logos, phrases or designs. Even so spectacular things are achieved with this technique. It is not quite possible to reproduce photos with photographic quality, or gradients as such, but it can use silkscreen with frames to simulate those gradients.
Screen printing is an artisanal process involving many elements such as photolithography, screens, and colour printing by colour. Therefore it is not possible to make a personalised shirt from one day to another.
Stamping areas and tips
T-shirts can be printed on the front, on the back, on the sleeves, on the sides or as a label on the back, under the neck. Keep in mind that it cannot screen print on seams, neck, etc. If the client wants to stamp on the sides, tubular shirts will be needed, without seams on the sides.
Printed silkscreen clothes do not need a special wash, just warm water and mild abrasive soap. It is forbidden to iron the print on top or it will remain stuck to the iron.