Screen Printing

TRADITIONAL EXPERTS 

Screen printing is a traditional artform that – as our name suggests – we specialise in. It is our most commonly used method and is usually the most cost effective way to get your logo or artwork printed.

When executed correctly, screen printing produces very high quality and durable prints with great definition, although there are several factors to consider before launching into a run of prints. It’s better suited to artwork with spot colours as opposed to photographs or full colour prints with gradients.

A separate screen is required for each colour in the design, so, the fewer colours in your design, the less it costs to print. When printing onto coloured garments a base layer is required to ensure the print is bright and vibrant.

We are able to print on a wide range of both natural and synthetic fabrics and are not restricted to just clothing, such as tea towels, cushions, pillowcases, non-woven and paper bags.

HOW IT WORKS

Screen printing is a printing technique where ink is passed through a fine mesh screen when pressure is applied by running a squeegee across the surface.

Your artwork is broken into separate colours and each of these colours is then assigned to a screen. Each screen is ‘exposed’ or ‘burnt’ with a one colour image, creating a stencil through which the ink can pass. Every colour that is to be printed requires its own screen.

Please note that screen printing onto dark fabrics will require a white base print which is charged as an extra colour in print run.

INKS

There are a variety of different screen printing inks and methods available including:

  • Plastisol
  • Water based
  • Water based discharge
  • Puff
  • Glitter
  • Metallic
  • Distressed/Vintage look
  • CMYK/4 colour process
  • Foil printing

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

We prefer to receive artwork in the following vector formats:

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Encapsulated Post Script (.eps)
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)

 

Before supplying artwork please do the following:

  • Create outlines for all fonts used.
  • Assign Pantone (PMS) colour if required.
  • If applicable leave artwork in layers.
  • Supply at actual size of print. (We recommend that you design at final size rather than scaling up as the last step).

 

If you do not have the artwork in a vector format you can send a raster/pixel image, preferably at no less than 300dpi. Quite often a redraw is required in order to convert the raster image into a vector format before printing. We are more than happy to do this for you however please be aware that for redrawing of artwork fees of $60.00/hour apply.

 

Having said all that we understand that all of the above may be complete meaningless jargon! If you’re unsure about any or all of the above please feel free to contact us with any queries you have. We’re more than happy to help you figure out your options.

OUR PREFERRED SUPPLIERS

If you haven’t already sourced your own garments, we have the best connections with a multitude of clothing manufacturers. Our preferred suppliers are AS Colour and Gildan.

 

 

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