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Screen printing is the process of pressing ink through a stenciled mesh screen to create a printed design. It’s a popular technique used in a whole range of different industries, so even if you've never heard of the term before today, it’s likely that you’ve worn or used a screen-printed product at some point without even realizing. The process is sometimes called serigraphy or silk screen printing, but all of these names refer to the same basic method.

Types of Printing

There are 4 main types of screen printing that are commonly used with fabric. These are Spot Color Screen Printing, CMYK Printing, Direct-to-Garment and Heat Transfer. Joyya exclusively does Spot Color Screen Printing because we find it is usually the best solution for our customers. 

  • Spot Color Screen Printing is where an ink specialist uses our eco-friendly water-based pigments to create colors that match each color in your artwork. The Pantone PMS system is used to ensure that colors are accurate, and a screen is made for each color in your artwork, with the colors layered together to create the final image. Pantone screen printing is great for printing 50+ products at a time, with between 1-10 colors.
  • CMYK Printing uses 4 distinct inks in different to build a composite image on a fabric, similar to how a typical ink-jet printer mixes ink when printing on paper. The method is great for printing gradients or images with more than 10 colors, but it is limited in its ability to print on darker fabrics, and it is more time-consuming to print.
  • Direct to Garment (DTG) printers use a completely different technology to print a t-shirt using a device that looks like a giant ink-jet printer. The technique is great for small runs of a handful of tees, but cost-prohibitive on larger orders. It also typically can't print bags, or other non-standard fabrics.
  • Heat Transfer is a process by which a design is printed onto transfer paper and then the ink is thermally transferred from the paper to your fabric using heat and pressure. While it is cost-effective for small orders and great for complex images, it is expensive for large orders. Also the inks sit on top of the fabric and so tend to come off more easily, resulting in a stiffer finish that isn't as long lasting.