Silk-screen printing is one of the most popular printing techniques, and is the most-used by companies when printing designs onto products of different sizes and materials.
It has been used for more than 100 years in the commercial and artistic sector and is mainly used for printing images and designs on T-shirts, tote bags, paper, wood, ceramics and other materials.
There are different types of silk-screen printing, depending on the aim and the printing process used. Among them, we can find serigraphy for the graphic design sector, serigraphy for the art sector and textile printing, which is what interests us most.
In order to print using the silk-screen printing technique, different materials are used. To start with, the printing frame is created, or rather, the design is printed onto a sheet so that the ink can be transferred.
The frame is placed on the T-shirt and with the help of a scraper the colours are screened (one layer for each colour, up to a maximum of four colours).
Whenever applying a layer with the frame ink, it is left to dry and then can be used for another application.
In spite of its craftsmanship in recent years, silk-screen printing has become more modern, and there is now ink and machinery available that enables us to obtain results of superfine quality.
For this reason, nowadays there are more and more companies that decide to opt for silk-screen printing when creating T-shirts and other items with their logo.
Silk-screen printing is recommended for designs of up to four spot colours, for example logos, phrases and simple graphic designs. For short runs and more complex printouts such as photographs or designs with gradations, digital printing is recommended.