Screen printing uses a mesh screen and highly-pigmented, thick inks to transfer designs onto garments. Incredibly popular, screen printed t-shirts can have intricate details, keep the fabric soft, and maintain a high-quality finish wash after wash.
Screen printing is possibly the easiest way to print garments in bulk. It requires some initial time and work to create the screen(s) and set up the machine, but the production process itself is actually quite quick.
The quality of results seen from screen printing is also hard to match with other methods. Prints are usually smooth, crisp, detailed and durable, meaning they won’t wear off or fade in the wash. That’s why screen printing remains the most popular method of printing designs onto garments.
It’s also a popular choice on price. There are the costs of setting up the screen and press, and we do ask for minimum order quantities, but the price per unit is hard to beat, especially for print runs into the hundreds.
Screen printing is ideal if:
– You need to produce more than 50 units. Other techniques, like DTG, might be more economical for lower numbers.
– Your design uses less than five colours. Each colour is applied on a separate screen, so it’s worth knowing that the more colours (screens), the higher the cost.
– Size and complexity of design don’t affect the cost. We’ll calculate the price based on the number of units and number of colours (screens). If you like, you can order 50 units including different sizes, as long as the design stays the same.
– You can screen print onto almost anything (nylon and 100% polyester really only suit single colour printing), but it works like a dream on t-shirts.