Silk Screening

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Silk screening is a way of transferring images onto garments and other items for decoration, identification or advertising purposes. If the quality of materials (especially the ink) and the process is good enough, this will be a fairly durable image. All too often the service offered with silk screen printing leaves an image that looks great to begin with, but tends to fade or flake fairly quickly. You will want to go with a company that emphasizes quality in order to avoid this.

The screen printing process itself varies tremendously from machine to machine. There are ways of calibrating the finished ink image, but it is a fairly scientific process. They include such processes as off contact measurement, dry ink deposit thickness measurement, and stencil buildup thickness measurement. Equipment can be purchased that will measure all the above in order to predict a better finished product.

Planning Your Image

When planning your screen printing project, you will need to decide whether you need a simple image, with simple fonts and only a few colors, or whether you need a graphic image incorporated into your design. At the top of the line there are complex art images which involve photo-realistic designs and many colors. These will obviously be the most expensive to reproduce.

The best way to ensure that you get the service you're looking for is to ask. Try and get hold of some samples produced by the company you're thinking of using. If it's very important to you that you end up with an image that is durable and remains clear and bright for the duration of its life, then you may be better off considering embroidery services rather than silk screening.

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