Screen printing is definitely the most popular method of printing on fabric. Its history goes back to medieval China and the fact that it is still used in multiple types of applications to this day speaks for itself. This article contains basic information about screen printing and its advantages and disadvantages that will hopefully help you decide whether this method of printing is the right choice for you.
The process of screen printing
Screen printing is one of the more difficult methods of printing on fabric. The printed design first has to be modified in a way that allows it to be transferred to a mesh, through which the paint will be applied to the fabric. The design is transferred to a mesh using UV light that leaves only selected parts of it capable to be permeated by the colour.
Moreover, this process has to be repeated for every single colour of the final print. If multiple colours are applied, a special device has to be made in order to ensure a proper alignment of individual colours.
Advantages of screen printing
The popularity is closely connected to many advantages this method of printing has over the other ones. Some of them are listed below.
- Great colour reproduction and definition. We use high quality inks and we are able to exactly mix a colour that matches the one in the design provided by you.
- Great durability and resistance to weather and other aspects of daily wear. Thanks to the quality of used inks is the final print resistant to wear by humidity and UV radiation. The colours don’t fade when exposed to sunlight.
- The ability to print on wide variety of materials. We use screen printing to print designs on all kind of fabric (clothes, caps, hats, umbrellas, bags etc.), however, this method can be used also on materials like glass, metal, leather, paper and many others.
Disadvantages of screen printing
Because of the need to print each colour separately, screen printing is usually not recommended to be used to print designs that contain a large number of different colours. It can be used but the technical difficulty of the process renders it financially unfavourable.
The cost of screen printing
The cost of screen printing is closely connected to the number of articles of clothing ordered. The technological process of screen printing contains steps that need to completed regardless of the size of your order. The meshes have to be made whether you order one T-shirt or hundreds of them.
That is why we usually recommend screen printing to be used when the orders consist of at least 100 pieces of the same garment.
Still considering the most suitable method?
If you cannot decide which method of printing is the most suitable for your order of clothing, feel free to contact us. We will provide you with information needed to make an informed decision and to choose the most suitable method.