What Are the Steps of Screen Printing?
Screen printing is a popular printing method that's done in a few easy steps:
- • Step One: Your design is put on a screen.
- • Step Two: Thick green goo called emulsion is spread over the screen.
- • Step Three: Before the emulsion hardens, a machine goes over it with UV-shielding ink.
- • Step Four: The emulsion hardens and a negative image is displayed.
- • Step Five: Colored ink is spread over the screen and applied via a printing machine.
- • Step Six: The screen-printed item is ready to go!
The reason that it's called "screen printing" is because it involves the use of screens, which we hope isn't that surprising. It would be great if manufacturers had giant pens they could use to draw a company's logo in puffy ink on their items, but until they do (and until they make enough to handle a giant production like five thousand t-shirts), manufacturers need a way to force ink onto the item in the shape of a specific design.