Screen Printing

Screen printing has been around for thousands of years. It was originally done by pushing ink through a fabric make of fine mesh silk threads. Nowadays, the silk had been replaced by a much stronger, longer lasting polyester thread. Screen printing is done in two basic ways: spot color and process color.

spotSolid color, or spot color printing as it’s called within the industry, uses distinct ink colors and it accounts for better than 95% of the printing we do. Our presses allow us to use from one to six colors on a design. The image above is a six color using black, green, brown, red, purple and gray, with some additional half-tone shading in the black. While we have a generous selection of stock inks, we are also capable of producing shirts using any color you may choose from the Pantone library, though there is a small charge for ink mixing. The ink colors are solid on the surface of the shirt, without color variations, although shading is often achieved throught the use of screen half-tones.

processProcess Printing – Traditional process printing that  is done in the four primary colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, commonly referred to as CMYK) has been replaced in the t-shirt industry by simulated process printing which uses colors from the Pantone Matching System and can contain as many colors as the press allows. (We have a six color press and can therefore print 6 colors on white shirts or 4 colors and a white underbase on colored shirts.)

Among the reasons: simulated process colors are more opaque and vibrant, with less fibrillation. (Fibrillation is when the fibers of the shirt rise above the print surface, giving the impression of a washed out image.) Process on dark shirts has taken on a new life with the advent of simulated process as the opaque colors allow for a vibrant print on top of the white underbase.

The reproduction of black and white photography using black, a couple of grays and a white underbase is something we have just done for the first time and the results were nothing short of breathtaking. 

We have a full-service Art Department and will be happy to create artwork for your project or to consult with you on artwork which you already have or plan to create yourself. Please call or email with any questions you may have. We will respond cheerfully knowing that we may have to hold your hand through what is often an intimidating process.  For more information, see our page on custom printing


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