Screen-printing T-shirts is a traditional artisan process which, although these days is aided by machines (multi-arm stamping machine, drying tunnel etc.) remains a manual operation supervised and operated by our team.
Today we bring you an example to help you understand the procedure involved in personalising T-shirts with screen-printing.
When you send us a design, the first thing our designer does is separate the design into the various colours so that he can create the films for printing. This great design in our example contains four spot colours, referring to plain colours with no shading, therefore the designer created 4 different films.
Each film is attached to a screen for printing. This stage introduces the film to the UV-exposure system which allows light to pass through the transparent areas whilst the dark areas block light. The emulsion covering the mesh in the frame solidifies, creating an impenetrable screen which blocks all the parts around the design. When we wash the screen, the blocked area (our design) is freed from emulsion and will be the only part of the screen that allows the paint to pass.
It sounds a lot more complicated than it is!
The actual T-shirt printing is done colour by colour. The colours are layered one by one until finally the design is formed and voilà, there you have your customised T-shirts!
After passing through the drying tunnel, the T-shirts are ready to be worn! And as you already know, so that they may have a long life and prosper, you need to take special care of them: wash them inside out in cold or warm water and never, never iron directly on the design!