Promo Planet's Custom T-Shirt Screen Printing Process for applying Ink to Tee Shirts
The Screen printing process is the procedure of pushing ink through a mesh screen with the design burnt into the mesh. Ink is then pushed through the mesh onto t-shirts and other garments. Below we will take you through the steps we use to create custom screen printed apparel at Promo Planet.
1. Designing the Art
It all starts with your ideas. Your idea is taken to our in house designers who make a computer generated version of that idea using Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop, incorporating the t-shirt color(s) and ink colors you have chosen for your order. Once the design has been completed it is posted to the Art Approval Directory. Nothing is ever printed without the customer approval of the artwork.
Approving your Artwork
Before you approve your artwork, PLEASE double check:
- ALL spelling & text (especially names & personalization's)
- Print location (i.e. front, back, left chest, etc.)
- Correct artwork used in each location
- Ensure correct colors are being used in the design
- Print size (print dimensions can be found below your artwork)
All artwork, designs, and layouts created by Promo Planet are property of Promo Planet. Any use of this artwork without the express written permission of Promo Planet is strictly prohibited. Any questions regarding this artwork policy should be directed to your Sales Representative.
2. Process the Art
Once you approve your design, it goes to our production artist, who take your design apart with a method called color separation. Each color of the design will have its own screen. Before the production artist can take the design to the screen department they must print each color on a film positive.
3. Preparing the Screen(s)
Screen printing relays on well constructed screens. The film positives from the production artist go to the screen department, who prepares the screen by coating it with photosensitive emulsion. The color separated positive is attached to the emulsion coated screens, and taken to be burned for t-shirt printing. This process is done for each color of your design.
The screen is placed into a unit that exposes it to ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet light burns the design into the mesh. Water is then used to remove the excess emulsion to let ink come through the screen. This is very important to get the best screen printing results.
4. Screen Printing Your Custom T-Shirts
Screen printing finishes by transferring the ink through the screen onto the shirt. To begin this process, the press is loaded with the mesh screens. Ink colors are then poured onto the proper screens.
The screen printer then loads the t shirt making sure that it is even and sitting straight on the t-shirt plat. Once it is loaded properly the automated screen print machine raises the shirts and pulls the ink across the design with a rubber squeegee.
The t-shirt is then removed and placed on a belt that runs under a special dryer. This dryer will cure the ink at 320°F. At the end of the dryer, Quality Control inspects each garment to ensure the garment meets our high quality standards.
Be sure and check out our other custom t-shirt decorating techniques. Digital Shirt Prints are great for high detail designs or low quantity shirt orders. All Over Prints inks the entire garment, and rhinestone embellishment is great for a more feminine look. Don't forget about embroidery where we sew your design onto your garments.