The Reason Screen Printed Shirts Use Multiple Screens

John David Wilson
Owner of Rimshot T-Shirts

Are you not hip to the methods of T-shirt printing in Dallas, TX? Screen printed shirts that don’t require multiple colors or shades are printed using a basic screen printing method. However, if your design requires various hues and tones, you must use multiple screens to achieve it. Here’s the breakdown why screen printed T-shirts use multiple screens.

Screen Printing

The Basic Screen Printing Process

The screen printing process is the technique of using a mesh screen to transfer a design onto an item like a T-shirt, canvas bag, or other similar material. You can create your own print with the help of a screen print machine, which holds the shirt and screen in place while you apply the ink. But they are expensive (my last automated machine cost a quarter of a million bucks) so you may want to have us do it instead. When printing on fabric, make sure to use only fabric inks because they’re more viscous than other types of inks. The screen allows the ink to pass through only in certain areas in order to create a design.

Screen Printing Multiple Colors

If the image you’re using requires multiple colors, it’s time to bust out the multiple screens. Only one ink color can be printed at a time. So if you’re trying to print an image with various colors, you need to layer the colors. To do that, you have to layer each color one by one using multiple screens. Also, before applying each color, sometimes you need to be sure the previous color is dry, first.

However, there are additional methods that can be used in order to speed up the drying time between layers. Devices called flash dryers are set-up along the screen printing machine. They flash dry the T-shirt for a few seconds after a color is applied. This allows you to apply the next color faster, cutting the overall production time significantly.

For you cost-cutters, when creating a design, ideally, you’ll be using 1-2 different colors, but a maximum of 7-8 colors for more complicated pieces. It’s best to limit your colors to 3-4 to save money on setup and ink costs.

Once you’ve completed printing the T-shirt, you need to cure the ink. You have multiple options when it comes to heat setting. You can use an iron, a heat gun, a heat press, or a dryer. It comes down to personal preference and experience. My last dryer cost a couple o’ thousand bucks, so, again, you would probably be better off letting Rimshot T-Shirts do it.

The Screens Used in Silk Screening

The screens used for silk screening are typically made with a wooden or aluminum frames. The mesh screen holding the image is held in place with tension from the frame. The mesh itself is often made with a monofilament fiber such as polyester or nylon.

The typical density of the mesh can vary from 110 counts to 280 counts, which are used for different effects in the final product. The lower the mesh count, the higher ink deposit you’ll end up with; for more detailed designs, you’ll want to use a higher mesh count.

Fabric Ink for Screen Printing

Ready to start creating the custom T-shirts of your dreams? Rimshot T-Shirts offers you high-quality T-shirt printing online in Dallas, TX, to suit your needs. Contact the team today to learn more about how to get started.

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