Screen printing is both art and science. For each order our team calibrates presses, custom mixes inks, and experiments with settings to achieve the look you’re going for. The following information is to help you, the client, understand our processes as well as the common limitations of screen printing.
Our goal is to deliver what you want, every single time, and the more you know about screen printing inks, the better you can work within the medium to create an awesome product.
It is helpful for clients to understand that ink vibrancy, weight of the tee shirt, and thick or thin feel are all a matter of client preference and are therefore subjective. If you have specific expectations for the way your final product looks and feels, please communicate this to your project manager, and we’ll do our best to match our processes with your expectations.
Spot colors are printed as solid shapes, as opposed to small dots of color that make up a photorealistic design. This is the most common print process in the industry. Logos, text, and line art typically are created with spot colors and can be
reproduced with accuracy.
Printing two layers of the same color ink. This is a good way to give more vibrancy to ink when printed on dark color tees. It will not be as bright as a white underlay, but it is usually less expensive because it does not require additional screens.
An underlay is a layer of ink that is printed as a "base" on a dark shirt for other colors to sit on. This gives the top colors more brilliance. Because the ink colors must be layered, it does cause the print to feel thick. Also, it requires an additional screen, making the final product more expensive.
A halftone is a group of large and small dots that when viewed at a distance, have the appearance of continuous shades of gray or color in an image. Images that have shading or tints of a color are made into a halftone pattern. Because screens only allow the printing of 1 solid color at time, halftones are a helpful way to give depth or shading to a design.