How to do t-shirt screen printing?

what is thirt screen printing

T-shirt – a versatile item of clothing: it is in the wardrobe of everyone, regardless of age. Custom t-shirts in Los-Angeles are worn in the gym, for a walk around the city, in the office, at school, used as home clothes and even for sleep. That is why printing on T-shirts is in demand and are ideal for advertising any goods and services.

If you need to print hundreds or thousands of T-shirts as soon as possible, you should pay attention to screenprinting, and if you need a complex photorealistic drawing on cotton – DTG and DTF are also available. For each type of printing we specify the optimal period and minimum quantity of products available to order.
The cost of tshirt and shirt screen printing directly depends on the chosen printing method, the size of the print and the number of colors used in it, as well as the number of different prints.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do t-shirt screen printing:

Materials to Screen printing on T-shirt:

  • Screen printing frame
  • Emulsion
  • Emulsion scoop coater
  • Film positive
  • Transparency film
  • Ink
  • Squeegee
  • T-shirt
  • Exposure unit
  • Water source
  • Dark room or light-safe area
  • Heat source or conveyor dryer (optional)

Screen printing on T-shirt Steps:

  1. Create your design: Use graphic design software to create your design or artwork. Be sure to create it in the appropriate size and resolution for screen printing.
  2. Print the film positive: Print the design onto a transparency film using a printer or have it printed at a print shop.
  3. Coat the screen: Coat the screen with a layer of emulsion using the emulsion scoop coater. Be sure to cover both sides of the screen evenly.
  4. Dry the screen: Allow the screen to dry in a dark room or light-safe area.
  5. Expose the screen: Place the dried screen onto the exposure unit, and place the film positive on top of the screen. Turn on the exposure unit and expose the screen to UV light for the recommended time. This will cause the emulsion to harden and create a stencil of the design on the screen.
  6. Wash out the screen: Rinse the screen with water to remove any unexposed emulsion and reveal the stencil.
  7. Set up the printing station: Place the T-shirt onto the platen of the printing press, and secure the screen on top of the T-shirt.
  8. Apply ink: Apply a small amount of ink onto the screen, and use the squeegee to push the ink through the stencil and onto the T-shirt. Repeat this step for each color in the design, making sure to clean the screen between each color.
  9. Cure the ink: Cure the ink by using a heat source or conveyor dryer. This step is important to ensure that the ink sets and will not wash out or fade over time.
  10. Quality check: Once the ink is cured, perform a quality check to ensure that the print is clean, sharp, and free of any imperfections.

By following these steps, you can create high-quality screen printed T-shirts. It’s important to use high-quality inks, screens, and equipment to ensure the best possible outcome. Additionally, make sure to follow proper safety procedures when working with ink and heat, and to allow adequate time for the ink to cure before washing or wearing the T-shirt.

Direct tshirt printing allows you to quickly and clearly transfer to the fabric all colors, any image to the smallest detail. We use the latest equipment that allows us to execute bulk orders in the shortest possible time.

No matter what type of printing you choose, we guarantee high quality finished products: printed t-shirts last a long time, attracting the attention of others and not requiring complex care.