-- T shirt screen printing process
1/ There are many type of screen printing styles out there. Some companies try to do them all and end up with poor quality and attention to detail. We have taken one form of printing with one type of ink and mastered it. We currently print with Plastisol inks. These are the most common types of screen printed shirts you see on an everyday basis. Plastisol Ink is basically plastic in an un-hardened state that goes on the shirt through a screen and is then hardened by curing (heating) it. Many people think that you can't do as much detail or colors, etc. with Plastisol. This is just not true. We have many techniques that can usually give you the results you desire with this type of printing.
2/ A quick overview of the process is:
We first take the graphic image that is properly formatted on your computer and print out a transparency of the darkened image.
From the transparency, we burn the image onto our screens that are specially coated with an emulsion to allow the ink to pass through the screen at the proper places.
We then take the screen and set up the machine press for applying the ink to the shirts
After all ink is applied, we then cure the ink at 320 degrees F, just like a baking oven to get the finished product.
That is the basic process the shirts will go through for screen printing.