What is screen printing?

Screen printing or silk screening is a printing technique particularly suited for flat or relatively flat surfaces. The heart of the process involves a fine mesh screen that is tightly stretched around a rigid frame. The areas that are not to be printed are masked out on the screen. To create the print, the framed screen is positioned over the item to be printed along with a dollop of thick ink. A squeegee is then used to press the ink through the screen. The masked areas prevent ink from passing through, but the unmasked areas allow the ink to be imprinted on the material.

The final step is to send the item on a conveyor belt through a heat-tunnel. This curing process ensures that the inks dry quickly so that they materials can be stacked or packaged. Properly cured inks will remain on the printed substrate even under harsh conditions.

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If more colours are required in the final design, the process is repeated with different screens for each colour. Therefore, a four colour design would require four different screens. The screens are placed on a rotary press which allows the different colour prints to be properly aligned or registered with each other.

At TSHIRTS ONLY we specialise in fast turnaround screen printing. In most cases we can have your job ready for delivery within 24-72 hours (based on a standard print run of 50-100 t-shirts.)

We can also provide an express 24 hour service for those urgent last minute jobs, please ask for our express rates when ordering (Also available for Digital Printing).

Our production facility can handle the largest of jobs and we can print up to 20,000 t-shirts per week.

We are also the only t-shirt printing company in Australia that DOES NOT charge any additional fees for set up and basic Artwork services.