Screen printing offers both quality, and versatility when decorating t-shirts. Blackwater Studios has many years experience with many types of textile inks, and foils.
Our minimum order for screen printed T-shirts is 25. Our T shirt printing deals are designed to offer the best value screen printed Tshirt in a simplified online ordering format.
Perks of Screen Printing
Print Quality: Screen printing is still unrivaled in terms of print quality. Be it spot colours, special effect inks, or photographic reproduction. Screen printing offers wash fast, and consistent T-shirt prints.
Bulk Orders: Screen printing is ideal for large bulk orders, as it becomes progressively cheaper the more T-shirts you are printing. Our minimum order for screen print is 25 items. We have T-shirt printing deals for ease of ordering.
Variety of Finishes: One big limitation of the digital process is there is only one way to apply the ink. There are a variety of special effect inks and finishes available when screen printing, and a variety of ways in which they can be applied.
How do I place an order?
The easiest way to place an order is to get a quote via our enquiry form. It’s free and we will generally respond within 24 hours.
Alternatively you can email us direct to email@example.com
Choosing Inks and Screenprint Styles
This our first choice when screen printing 100% cotton T-shirts. A very soft hand, and the most environmentally friendly option. These inks are the best choice for full color photographic screenprints. The resulting screen prints have excellent wash fastness.
Unlike Plastisol inks – which sit on top of the shirt – waterbased inks dye the actual shirt fibers, leaving you with a soft print. When printing light inks on dark garments, waterbased inks need to be combined with discharge printing.
This is a type of screen printing we specialise in. With discharge printing, the original dye of the shirt is bleached out. This leaves you with the softest print (after wash). Discharge process is used on black and dark coloured garments, in combination with waterbased inks.
Unfortunately there are a few garment colours that this process this won’t work on. Below are some common colours that cannot be fully discharged:
- Kelly Green
- Royal Blue
If you require non-dischargeable colours, they will be printed in Plastisol (instead of waterbased) inks. You can find out more about plastisol below.
Note: Discharge works best on 100% cotton garments. For other fabric compositions, it’s a good idea to get in touch with complete details of your requirements so that we can offer guidance.
Very few printers in the UK will match our vibrant wash fast screen prints. Many will claim bright multicolour discharge prints are not possible.
Other Ink / Finish Types
We try to avoid using this type of ink altogether. There are now very good water based alternatives which can achieve the same look and feel as plastic inks. True whites and vivid flourescent colours across all colour ways, can be printed using water based inks.
We offer a number of special effect inks for those who want add a little extra flare to their designs. This includes metallic inks and UV / glow in the dark ink. If there is a particular effect you are looking for, get in touch.
Metallic foils gives a shiny reflective finish. Plastisol ink is printed underneath the foil, to serve as an adhesive. Due to the process, if the foil is combined with other colours, they must be printed in waterbased/discharge ink.
What is Underbasing?
In order to keep your printed colours looking bright on dark shirts, we will use an underbase screen with your design. An underbase is generally white which is screenprinted first as a base, then the other colours are printed on top. When we underbase waterbased inks, this underbase will be a discharge print.
Underbases aren’t always required, but will be factored into the cost as an additional print colour where needed. Only one underbase is required per design, regardless of the number of colours in that design.
All Over T Shirt Printing
Large format screen printing is how we produce our all over T-shirt prints, this process requires very careful planning when creating designs. Sublimation is more widely used for this type of printing as it has virtually no restrictions in terms of design colours, and placement.
However, one major drawback of sublimation printing is the need for polyester content in the T-shirt. Screenprinting the T-shirts allows for 100% cotton materials to be used, but requires the designer to consider what elements add to set up costs before producing a design.
Large Format: The first consideration is design size. Repeat patterns are good, because one artwork covers all sizes. A placement design should have all of its main elements fitting on to the smallest size of T-shirt, with the other peripheral elements being non essential (space fillers you can afford to lose on smaller T-shirts). Multiple screens can be made for each size of T-shirt, but will add to overall costs.
Ink choices and styles: The amount of colours in a design will add to set up costs, large format screens are double the cost of those used to create a standard size screen print. The benefits: Screen printing on 100% cotton does allow for printing on to coloured T-shirt materials. Advantages over digital are that solid colours can be pantone matched, also plastic or discharge inks can be used.
100% Cotton: The main benefit to the screen printing process is the use of 100% cotton T-shirt material. Screen printing can decorate pre dyed materials, and organic materials. This, and our love of screenprint, has been the deciding factor in our move away from digital. Accepting the limitations of screen printing, and utilizing its flexibility will result in a product that cannot be replicated at the push of a button.