Hawaii Screen Printing 101
Making custom screen printed t-shirts is easy. All you need to do is:
And we'll take of the rest...
But, for those who want to delve deeper into detail of how the screen printing process works, here's a little 101 about the craft.
The Screen Printing Process
1. It Starts Off With The Art Design
This is where your idea manifests out of the ether. Most of our customers have a graphic designer create a digital art file of their ideas. Be sure to let the designer know what t-shirt printing technique will be used for the t-shirt. *If you will be printing with us, Hawaii T-Shirt Print Factory, specify that you will be screen printing the design.
2. Color Separation & Film Printing
Once a screen printing design is approved to be screen printed, our color separation artist will then go ahead and separate each color of the design and each will be designated to its own screen. Each of the separated designs will then be printed on a film.
3. Prepping The Screen/s For Screen Printing
A photosensitive emulsion is used to coat the screens, then the film positives are attached to the screens. A chemical reaction causes the emulsion to bond and is burnt for screen printing.
4. Screening The T-Shirts
Ink is transferred through the created screen onto the t-shirt or fabric with a squeegee. This is done for each color that was separated earlier in the process. The layers of colors will make up your custom design.
5. Curing The Ink
After screening the t-shirts, it is run through a special drying process. The t-shirts are "baked" at 320°F for the ink to cure.
6. Quality Control
Over years of experience, with trial and error, we learned to "perfect" the screen printing process. We have come up with our own "recipe" that supplies our customers with a quality printed custom t-shirt. But, mistakes do happen. That's why we check for quality to ensure your t-shirts are above the industry standards and stands out from the rest.
To begin the process of bringing your t-shirt ideas, designs, and needs to life, call us at (808) 425-9455.
You may begin the process by getting your design created. And when you have it, we'll take over the rest.