Today, we will talk about the production of print tee – with the technology of screen printing. So first of all, let’s start with what’s screen printing means.
It is actually an old technique that was developed by the Chinese even before the early 1900’s. It is a process of transferring ink onto a substrate with a mesh. A stencil (which is also called the screen) is used to block parts of the design you want to print. By applying one color at a time and with several screens with different stencil to block different parts of the designs, you can print a multi-color graphic on a tee.
It does sound like a process that requires a lot of hard work. Do we have any other faster solution in the 21st Century? Yes, the alternative is digital printing. It processes the graphic designs with a computer and print the graphic directly onto the tee with a digital printer – a complicated machine with many tiny nozzles.
Despite the high tech of digital printing, screen printing is still being widely used instead. It is because you can apply a thicker layer of ink in screen printing. As a result, the graphic has a better touch and look. It also works better on dark tee, specialty products or graphic with a complicated designs. And more importantly, The screen printing process involves man instead of machine – which gives more uniqueness and characters to the print tee.
The End Products
Polar Skate Co. , a famous Swedish street wear brand, also uses screen printing to produce their print tee. All their graphic tees are manufactured in a factory in Portugal.
Thus, you will find their graphic with a very thick touch and bright color. The graphic also features a lot of details and patterns as well, thanks to fine quality of screen printing.
Interested in graphic tee? Don’t forget to check out our product reviews for Polar Skate’s print tee!