Screen Printing – Silkscreen
If you have not heard of the term “Serigrafia,” you must surely know the other name by which this technique has popularly known: Silk Screen. Screen printing is one of the best-known methods when it comes to stamping. This technique uses individual screens, with the specific cutout for each design you want to print on the shirt.
It has been placed on a board, and then the pigment is spread over the surface. What makes the process take longer is the fact that, for each color present in print, a different canvas has needed.
The advantage is that the material has excellent quality and strength. The print can also have made using bright, metallic, or fluorescent tones, either on light or dark fabrics.
For example: is the illustration you want to print composed of five colors? Therefore, it will take five screens to do the job. The good news is that the filters can be reused later.
For printing, the inks are all water-based, and the process can be applied to various types of materials in addition to fabric, such as paper, rubber, wood, and glass.
Despite its incredible benefits, screen printing can have some drawbacks, depending on your needs. As stated in the post, the process takes longer and is not suitable for prints with many colors.
And if you want a print-rich in detail, screen printing is not the best option. Also, the print screen can become very thick, impairing the quality of the part that will produce.
Following the same line as Transfer, Sublimation can transfer any figure to the fabric.
The difference is that this stamping technique does not use screens; it is printed on a specific paper, with sublimated ink. Then, together with the T-shirt, the image is pressed at high temperature, causing the pigment to penetrate the fabric’s fiber.
Sublimation offers an impression rich in detail. This option makes this very suitable for those who want to print photographs or intricate illustrations.
Sublimation is also an agile method, print the matrix with the unique ink and put it in the press. In a few minutes, you will be able to stamp a piece. Another advantage is the value, which is practically the same for those who want to stamp many or few units.
When it comes to t-shirt printing, sublimation is still a minimal option. The reason is simple: this method must have done on fabrics with at least 80% polyester.
The method also cannot be applied to dark surfaces, such as black T-shirts, since there is no white sublimation ink. Remember to consider each technique’s advantages and disadvantages and what your needs are to make the right choice between sublimation and Serigraphy. That way, you will have a product that fits your expectations!
It is also necessary that you look for companies that guide and guide you throughout your personalized shirt production process!