When it comes to apparel printing, screen printing is the most popular printing method, but what is it exactly?

How Does It Work?



It uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil has open areas of mesh that transfer ink. As a squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, ink is forced through the mesh openings, creating an image on the apparel. Silk screen printing allows up to 4 colours, and the 4 colours will come together to form a complete picture with a range of colours.

Advantages of Silkscreen:

  • Most cost-efficient printing method for bulk quantity. Once a silk mesh template is created, the template will be reused and the only additional cost incurred is the ink required, making it cost efficient.
  • Durable – vibrant and opaque finishing that can withstand many washes

Limitations of Silkscreen:

  • Expensive for small orders
  • Every color of printing requires a new screen. Therefore, every color of printing adds on to the start-up costs. Therefore, can get very expensive for complex design printing with many colors.

This method is most advantageous when:

  • Your order quantity is high
  • You have a tight deadline and need the apparel ASAP
  • Design contains less than 4 solid colours

Cost of silk screen printing depends on:

  • Number of colours
  • Size of print
  • Number of print positions
  • Quantity of the order
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