Screen Printing

Print that leaves a lasting impression

The Power of Print

Screen Printing-The most efficient and economical way to get high-quality, limited color prints on garments with a minimum of 20 pieces.

Screen printing made easy, results that amaze

Screen printing is a method of transferring an image onto a surface, typically fabric or paper, by pressing ink through a mesh screen. Each color in the design requires a separate screen. Screen printing can produce vibrant, long-lasting, and high-quality prints, and it is very popular for making shirts in larger quantities.

In summary, screen printing is a great option for those looking to create custom designs for large quantities and simple designs. It is cost-effective, efficient, and produces high-quality prints. However, for more complex designs with many colors and gradients, other printing methods may be more suitable. It’s important to consider your design needs and printing options carefully to ensure the best outcome.

Screen Printing
screen print verses screen print transfers
what is best for your project

Use direct screen printing when you order over 40 shirts or if the shirts will never need to be reprinted.

We stock screen transfers for clients needing multiple small to mid-size repeat orders. They also work well for corporate and spirit stores. When an on-demand order comes in we heat press the screen print onto the garment. 

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Use vector graphics:
Vector graphics are images that are made of mathematical shapes and curves, rather than pixels. They are ideal for shirt screen printing, as they can be scaled, edited, and separated without losing quality or clarity. You can create vector graphics using software such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, or Inkscape. If you have a raster image, such as a photograph or a scanned drawing, you can convert it to a vector graphic using software such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, or Vector Magic

The number of colors that you can screen print on a shirt depends on several factors, such as the printing method, the type of ink, the type of fabric, and the design complexity. Generally, the more colors you print, the more expensive and time-consuming it will be.

  • Wash your shirts inside out in cold water with a mild detergent. This will prevent the ink from rubbing off or bleeding onto other clothes, and also reduce the heat and friction that can damage the print.
  • Avoid using bleach, fabric softener, or harsh chemicals that can weaken the fabric and the ink. Also, avoid soaking or scrubbing your shirts, as this can cause the print to peel or crack.
  • Dry your shirts on a low heat setting or hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area. High heat can cause the ink to crack or fade, and also shrink the fabric and distort the shape of the shirt. Hanging your shirts to dry can also prevent wrinkles and creases that can affect the print quality.
  • Iron your shirts inside out on a low heat setting or use a steamer. Do not iron directly on the print, as this can melt or burn the ink. If you need to iron the print area, use a thin cloth or a parchment paper to protect the print from the heat.

No, it is not legal to add a professional sports teams or trademarked brand logo to your shirts without their permission. This would be considered trademark infringement, which is a violation of the intellectual property rights of the team/company owners. Trademark infringement can result in High Winds Graphix incuring civil penalties, such as fines, damages, and injunctions, as well as criminal penalties, such as fines and imprisonment.

The type of ink that is used for shirt screen printing affects the quality, durability, and appearance of the print. Some common types of ink are:

Plastisol ink: Most widely used ink for shirt screen printing, as it is easy to use, versatile, and durable

Water-based ink:  An eco-friendly alternative to plastisol ink, as it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and easy to clean. Water-based ink creates a soft, breathable, and natural print that blends with the fabric. 

Discharge ink: Is a specialized water-based ink that replaces dye with color, resulting in a soft and permanently printed fabric. However, it has some limitations to keep in mind. It’s only suitable for 100% cotton fabrics dyed with reactive dyes, and it requires high temperatures and a catalyst to work effectively. Additionally, it has a strong odor, a short shelf life, and can be challenging to control.

Most often the lead time for screen printing is two weeks (10 business days) after order approval. During our busy season (June-September) it often takes 3 weeks. 

At High Winds Graphix we prefer to work on garments and items we obtain from our suppliers. We use clothing and items that have been tested and proven to provide quality decorated results.   Occasionally during the screen printing process, a garment will be damaged. Sometimes we may experience unexpected results on untested material. We may have a misunderstanding about the color or placement of the design.

 If we have supplied the garment or item, we have calculated a margin of error in the cost and will replace it. We cannot replace garments or items we have not sold or provided. If you supply the garment or item and there is a problem, we do not replace your item. Your damaged piece will be returned to you as is. Problems do not arise often, but the customer must be aware and agree to the possibility.

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