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Simple Guide To Screenprinting

Postby dead.broke.crew » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:32 am

Á Tip: Decided on the layout & the way the design will sit on an item before vectoring. Dont go ordering stock ahead of time. Get an item you already own and gauge the design with that as a test. Then start the process of screenprinting

This is just on a guide on how we @ personally print. We are sure that all professionals have differing ideas.

After you have completed a design-digitally or by-hand the next step is to get the design vectored & put onto a screen.

Vectoring-Photo Emulsion-Screen Application & Curing The Ink?

Basically when you introduce a design to be printed you want to make sure that even the finest imperfections are smoothed out so to speak. The artwork needs to be sharpened up- this is called vectoring. Any small jagged edges & fine lines need to be cleaned up so that when you create the stencil via photo emulsion

We wont go into too much detail but putting the image/design onto a screen is called photo emulsion. But it is basically the same process used when developing film based photographic images. This process is applied to a screen of fine grade nylon mesh that creates a stencil for the item you are about to print.

So you have a garment chosen, a design relative to that garment or cut & you have either prepared a screen yourself or had a professional screen printer prepare one for you.
You are basically ready to print or have a screen printing service do this for you!

We personally hand-print all of our own items. We take our time lining up the screen on the printing board with a test unit.
We then use a test unit to press the ink through the fine mesh that the stencil of your design is on. Basically the screen only lets the ink through the fine mesh where you have created the design, blacking out the edges around it.
Once this is done and the ink has been pressed over the design enough times (depending on the design and colour of both ink & garment you may need to do this several times) you are ready to put the item through the curing process.

Making sure the print will stay on for years to come…

We run each unit that we’ve printed through a Tunnel oven to cure the ink onto the unit. This process takes approx 15 seconds as the heat seals the print at 143-166 Degrees Celsius (300-330 Fahrenheit)

Do any of the ingredients that we use contain animal products? Does the process harm the ecosystem?

No. The way we print contains no animal products from start to finish. Our impact on the ecosystem is minimized by using as few chemicals as possible, safely discarding all associated rubbish & recycling in a Eco-friendly way.

That is the basic layout for OUR personal procedure of printing. Many other companies use automatic machines or have them printed overseas. Here at DBC we like to keep as much of our business In-House & personal!
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