Screen printing is the process of taking artwork and separating it into its individual colours, from which each colour component is set up on its own screen. Screens are made by coating a chemical emulsion onto a mesh surface. The screen is then exposed on a light table with the artwork under it. The light solidifies the chemicals around the design, and where the light failed to pass through, the chemicals break down. The screen is then rinsed out and where the light failed to pass through is where your design will be.
When screen printing, one colour at a time is applied and therefore the cost increases with each individual colour applied. Therefore a separate screen is required for each colour. If you require a multi colour print, small run job, screen printing is not recommended.
When preparing artwork for spot colour screen printing, we need to be able to access, isolate and separate each colour of the artwork, and this is why flattened artwork files like jpegs are generally not suitable. We require vectored artwork files, 300 DPI in order to achieve this. We understand that file type can be a foreign subject and that’s why our in house designers and experienced printers are available to answer your questions. You can also read our FAQ’s to answer some of your questions.
It’s important to remember that the quality of your print can only be as good as the quality of your artwork files. Small files in the majority of cases will not provide sufficient artwork. We recommend spending the time on getting your artwork right to ensure that it prints exactly as you want it. Again, our in house Graphic Designers can assist you with this.