SCD Designs offers two basic types of T-shirt printing:
Screen printing has been around for over two thousand years. In essence, it is a form of stenciling a mesh screen where your artwork is chemically transposed onto the screen. Ink is then physically pushed through the mesh, in the form of a design.
'Direct-To-Garment' (also known as “Laser” or 'Heat Press') printing - Not surprisingly, is a comparably new new digital option for tee shirt decoration and has quickly given Screenprinting a run for the money. (for more information see Heat Press)
So what’s the difference?
A Screeen printing machine is a form of stenciling. Screen-printing is a process where a design, drawing or other format is converted to a film and the film is transferred to a screen. The number of screens for any design is based on the number of colors of the design.
- It is an actual mesh screen where your artwork is chemically transposed onto the screen.
- Ink is then physically pushed through the mesh, in the form of a design.
- Each screen only uses one ink color, therefore many customers typically limit their artwork to less than three colors to avoid added screen costs.
- Screenprinting inks can be water-based, but the most commonly used are called plastisol, which give a plastic-like feel.
- Screenprinting is still widely used, but it is most well served for specific purposes and mass quantities.
If your t-shirt artwork is very simple, and multi-color photos or details are not important for your purpose, then screenprinting may be a more reasonable choice for you.
As we do most everything custom and not cookie cutter, speaking to you in person over the phone at (928) 669-2383 or visiting us at 1017 Arizona Ave Parker, AZ 85344 is the most efficient way to provide you with a consistent product.