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SILK SCREENING

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?

SilkScreenA 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.

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