Some examples of our screen print work.
At ESP we have both automatic and manual screen print machinery, using the automatic 10 colour machine for large runs and the 6 colour manual for smaller runs and sampling.
Screen printing is the most used method of garment printing because it is cost-effective, versatile and durable compared to other types of garment decoration giving a more professional finish most favored by fashion brands and businesses.
Each colour in a design needs its own screen made, or we can print a photographic style image using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, which is a 4 screen set up called CMYK process printing. After the screens are made we then pass ink through the stenciled image on the screen onto the fabric using a squeegee.
We have the ability to print jobs from 1 to over 10,000 pieces. Samples are also available, but the more prints you have the cheaper the unit price gets.
Below are details of the screen printing process to help when ordering.
Many types of garments are available including Organic cotton and high end fashion styles.
Examples of how many colour your design is.
These are some examples of different screen printing positions but many other options are available, so let us know where you would like a print to be and we can tell you if it is possible.
Screen Printing methods are:
Spot Colour – The most common type of screen printing is spot colour printing where each colour in the image is a solid colour, like a logo or cartoon type image.
Halftone – Is where the screen printing image has gradients or tones/shades of a colour so we need to make the image passable through the screen by turning it into different size dots to create the impression of shading/depth.
CMYK Process Printing – Is basically screen printing a picture like image or anything with many colours, this can be reproduced in screen printing by using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and black colours that are mixed in the way of little dots some crossing over each other to make other colours.
Types of Ink;
Plastisol ink – Is the most commonly used in screen printing as it’s very easy to use and versatile. The most favored ink used by screen printers. We use the best inks from Sericol Fujifilm giving the best results and being ethical.
Water-based ink – Best used on light colours, the finish is more of a washed in effect. A little ore tricky than plastisol screen printing as the ink can dry in the screens and creates more work to wash out the screens.
Discharge ink – Is the effect of having the image dyed into the fabric and is like a water-based screen printing finish but can be used on dark colours. This ink is more expensive as there is more wastage because of its short shelf life once activated.
Glow in the dark ink – Does what it says on the tin and is a great screen printing effect, available in different colours.
Metallic ink – Metallic silver and gold screen printing ink for that extra bling effect!
Puff ink – An screen printing additive that we can use with our ink to give it a raised puff effect, works well in creating dimension to some designs.
Soft hand base – We use this in all of our screen printing inks as it gives a softer feel finish to the print.
And they smell good!