T-Shirt Printing

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About to get some t-shirts printed? Educate yourself on taking your t-shirt printing to the next level!

In some cases when people think of t-shirt printing, they picture a fanboy replicating a t-shirt for their favourite bang, or their favourite superhero in the basement of their parents house. While screen printing can be a popular technique for amateurs, it is a fact that it is used by major shops and major brands to create a large range of different types of garments. Screen printing is a technique that has been around for thousands of years. Due to it’s high end, quality and durable finish, it makes it the choice for many.

How to take t-shirt printing to the next level?

If you have knowledge on screen printing, and know what the technique can product for you, here are some ideas for those of you who want to take your t-shirt print to the next level.

For retail

The clothing that you see hanging on the rails of your local boutiques are all screen printed in large quantities. T-shirts for high street resale has to stand quality tests to meet the standards of retail buyers. Suppliers must make sure that the technique produces a long lasting, soft-feel on the t-shirt. Consumers want to know, if they spend $40 on a t-shirt, that it must stand the test of time.

T-shirt printing onto darker colors

Quality t-shirt printing is composed of many colors and often on dark or color. Some t-shirt printers will not do this because the setup is complex and utilizes several different ink colors and screens. The process makes it to be expensive
and intricate. An experienced, and confident t-shirt printer is what you will require for a high quality dark t-shirt.

Speciality inks for t-shirt printing

At times, regular screen printing inks just aren’t enough. There are a couple different kinds of special inks that can be used:

  • Inks that glow in the dark achieve exactly as named. A brilliant glow in the dark. This ink is usually used in children’s resale garments.
  • Vintage effect is an effect that a t-shirt printer can do to make your shirt appear like it has stood the test of time! Certain special inks can be used to create a great weathered appearance.
  • Metallic inks can be used to create a beautiful shine or sparkle on the garment, these are different then metallic inks.
  • Puff inks can be used to create a 3d, raised design which is another great ink that is ideal for kids resale clothing.
  • Suede inks can be used to achieve a suede effect on your print.

T-shirt printers can use many different methods and supplies to create a wide range of finishes and designs. Screen printing is much more than creating superhero clothing.

Screen Printing Ottawa

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We are professional screen printers. Do you know what that means? Well, we are here to give you a quick and simple rundown on the basics of screen printing!

Screen printing, what is it? The word partially describes it, but it gets pretty complicated. There are many different variables in action while screen printing. If you are a screen printer, you must manage the type of inks, the time it takes to put the ink on the product, the temperature of the product and inks, and also the UV lights (only when making the screen).

Screen printing has been around for many, many years. It used to actually be called ‘silk screening’. The screens were made on 100% silk fabric, rather than today’s mesh material, which is more durable. The process has not changes a whole lot since the old days of silk screening, but today there are many new techniques that could not have been achieved in the old days.

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Making The Screen

Screens are made using a special product called emulsion, which is laid very thinly on the mesh of the screen. This is a photo sensitive product. When UV light hits emulsion, it begins to cure, and that’s when the magic happens!

When a screen is covered with air dried emulsion, a screen printer then prints a film positive, which is 100% black ink on a transparent film. This film is the placed on the back of the screen that contains the emulsion. UV light is then shined upon the screen, which then cures all areas of the emulsion which is exposed to the UV. The black ink on the film prevents the UV from penetrating the emulsion, allowing the area underneath the black ink to be washed out, thus creating a stencil.

Screen Printing

Now the the screen is prepped, the printer then shoots the unexposed emulsion out of the screen with high pressure water. A perfect stencil is formed! After allowing the screen to dry from the water, the printer will then add the screen to his/hers printing press.

Now that the screen is ready to be used, ink is applied to the screen. There are many different types of inks that can be used when screen printing. In this case we will discuss an ink called ‘plastisol’ ink. This is a plastic ink that when applied to cotton garments, cures at around 320 degrees. Once the ink is applied to the screen, the printer then takes his squeegee, and presses the ink through the stencil, onto the product.

The product is then taken off the printing press, and put under a heating over to cure the ink. Once the ink reaching is curing level, it will then permanently be on the product! There is much more involved with screen printing, but we just wanted to give you the basics of the process. When printing, there are tons of different methods and inks to be used depending on the products specifications. Screen printing is a timeless process, and we sure love being good at it, and helping local businesses!