Screen printing is a printing technique used to push ink through a mesh stencil to apply layers of ink onto the printing surface. Each color in a design requires a different stencil (or screen) to be made. Before printing can begin, the stencils (colors) must line up to one another. We utilize both manual presses and an automated press. Our automated press is incredibly precise and is capable of repeatable printing on thousands of garments a day. Even with digital printing on the rise, we believe that screen printing is still the best process for custom apparel.
Plastisol Prints (Our Standard)
Perhaps the most popular ink used in the garment printing industry. Plastisol inks are easy to print, are opaque on dark garments, and features great adhesion to most t-shirt, athletic jerseys, hoodies, and most textiles in general. This type of printing is also known as spot color printing.
Plastisol inks can be printed on many items that can withstand the heat required to cure the ink and is porous enough to permit good ink adhesion. Plastisol inks do not dye the threads of a fabric, the ink wraps around the fibers and makes a mechanical bond with the fabric. Screen printing plastisols will not adhere to non-porous substrates such as plastic, metal, wood and glass. They also will not adhere to waterproofed nylon material without adding a bonding agent/catalyst.
Plastisol Transfers (Hats)
With hats, due to their unsuitable printing surface, we print plastisol transfers then use a heat press to apply the design.
Discharge printing is becoming increasingly popular. With this method, the ink evaporates the dye from the garment and replaces it with pigment from the ink. This leaves a very soft print with almost no feel. The print won't crack or fade over time since the ink permanently dyes garment. Discharge printing is limited depending on the fabric material and color. This method of printing is not ideal for prints that need exact color matching.
Water Based Prints
Water based ink is a special type of decorative ink that literally soaks into the fabric instead of sitting on top of it. Like discharge prints, water based prints will leave a very soft, durable finish since the garments are not compromised by the ink. Since they are water soluble, water based inks are environmentally friendly and are the best option for the eco–conscious customer.
Simulated Process Prints
When an design is not reproducible using basic spot color methods, is a Photograph, complex tonal illustration, scanned image or any style of complex halftone tonal image that will be printed on either dark or light colors garments (including white using halftones), then Spot Process is the print method of choice. Since the early 1990's Spot Process has been widely accepted and replacing the need for CMYK. Our simulated process prints are the highest quality and are sure to last years to come.
CMYK (Four-Color Process) Prints
CMYK is the oldest halftone print reproduction method. Using cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink, we can print digital designs on light color garments only. This style of printing is becoming less frequently used by the majority of screen printers.