Screen Printing

Screen printing is a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee and by wetting the substrate, transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. As the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate. It is also known as silk-screen, screen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi-colored image or design.



Here are detailed instructions on how to create your file for screen print.

This link talks about:

Print Trapping  – an acknowledgment that no printing process is perfect. It compensates for mechanical shifts or stretching of paper or plates in the printing process and provides an overlap of colors to prevent unprinted paper from showing in the final printed product.


Separations – To reproduce color and continuous-tone images, printers usually separate artwork into four plates (called process colors)—one plate for each of the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black portions of the image. You can also include custom inks (called spot colors).

Spot Colors – In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. The widespread offset-printing process is composed of four spot colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black) commonly referred to as CMYK.

Here is an article about Spot vs Process Color

Here is an article about Printers Marks

Project Description:

You are going to design 2 finished products.

1st one is for a class competition. We are going to each make one design for a class t-shirt, we will vote on the best design and we will each get one print of the class t-shirt.

2nd is your own personal artwork. You can design anything you like and we will print that product as well.

Document size will be  no larger than 11″ Wide x 17″ height.

One Color

Registration Marks at the top and the bottom of your image – Typically used for multi colors, we will use this to center your image.


Your image should be in wrong-read.








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