Custom screen printing is an art form that cannot easily be achieve by just anyone. Indeed, when people imagine screen printing they think about using some ink and a t-shirt and easily creating just any old t-shirt or sweatshirt. They don’t imagine the details that go into this process. They don’t think about the requirements of doing so, and they don’t think about how much skilled and artistic acumen it takes to truly be a successful screen printer. However, it is exactly for these reasons that screen printing is to be accomplished by individuals who are trained and passionate about creating art in this way. Screen printing truly is an art form and one that so many people rely on for their businesses and in other settings. But what is screen printing, exactly? Screen printing, by definition, is a technique of printing that works with woven mesh to create a stencil used for ink-blocking. This stencil allows for some ink to pass through onto the t-shirt while preventing other ink from doing so. The stencil transfers ink and other materials onto something known as a “substrate.” Then, a blade is pushed along the screen stencil which pushes ink into the openings, transferring the ink onto the t-shirt.
You can also make screen printing happen in other ways. You can use a polyester screen to impose an image. Areas that are meant to be left blank are covered with a substance that is impermeable to ensure that ink does not pass through. A similar processes as noted before is used to push ink through the openings in the mesh, using the fill blade. If you are hoping to create an image that uses multiple colors, then many screens must be used- one for each color. You can see just by getting an elementary understanding of the ink printing process why it is so important to create a clean and clear cut image if you hope to print it onto a t-shirt. The images that look best on t-shirts are the ones that are the sharpest and clearest. Alternate names for this screen printing process include “silkscreen” or “serigraphy” or “serigraph printing.”
What does all of this have to do with you? Understanding the process of screen printing can be very important for achieving the kinds of high quality printing jobs that people hope for when they send their images to the screen printers. Knowing the limitations, and also the power, of the printing method you are looking into will help you create an image that is more effectively printed onto a t-shirt. When you work with the expert screen printers at Superior Ink Printing, you will also have a team that you can work with to help you create an image that works well for your purposes. This is the beauty of an art-centered screen printing team. They will be better equipped to help you get the kinds of screen printed garments that you have been dreaming of, whether your purposes include branding or are just for fun!