Learn How to Screen Print

Learn How to Screen Print

Creating a custom t-shirt with your own unique design is a fun and effective way to promote a business, organize large groups, or spread a civic message. The trick is deciding upon the printing process that will best meet your needs. Printing technology has come a long way in recent years. Today, you can easily transfer images from photos or a computer screen onto almost any medium without losing a single degree of photo quality.


You may wonder with the advent of computer design programs, why anyone would use traditional methods such as screen printing. Well, the truth is that even with all of the advantages that digital and offset printing may offer, when it comes to t-shirts, there are still some areas where screen printing reigns supreme.

Due to the unique qualities of fabric, it’s often difficult to transfer an image directly onto it without comprising its clarity. However, since screen printing adds each color layer individually, little is lost in the finished product. This also allows you to use a wide array of colors and shades, adding to the vibrancy of the completed image.

Because the ink imprinted during the screen printing process is placed in such a thick layer, it will be much more durable against standard wear-and-tear. Special treatments are also available that help screen printed inks stand up to moisture and UV rays over time, allowing their images to go for years without experiencing any fading.

Finally, the screen printing process is one that can easily be done on your own. To see all of the steps involved from start to finish, view the infographic below.

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Screen Printing Instructions Infographic


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18 thoughts on “Learn How to Screen Print

  1. Great information on screen printing. My daughter wants me to print something that she can transfer on a t-shirt.

  2. This sure looks like a fun thing to do! I would love to try this, I have so many designs in mind!

  3. Screen printing has lot of advantages & the end result is of great quality as well, particularly for printed t-shirts & other cloth materials. The info graphic is good enough to give a guidance on how it is being worked out.

  4. Ah I love this! Would be so fun to do! My oldest son would get a kick out of this. Thanks for sharing! Definitely on my list of things to do!

  5. Wow! This looks really easy and fun to do! I might need to do this for my besties upcoming birthday. What a cool gift idea!

  6. I’ve never tried screen printing on my own but it is one thing I’d love to give a go! Thank you for such an awesome and detailed graphic to help my ultimate goal 🙂 Love how we can do these things so easily now and days!

  7. This is an awesome guide. My son ordered a set of shirts online and had them screen printed with a logo.

  8. I used to enjoy doing different t-shirt designs for silk screen printing, can’t believe we’re all digital now! This makes everything much more convenient, of course!

  9. Wow, this is pretty amazing. I’ve never thought this before, I’d like to try it and give the finish shirt for my daughter.

  10. I agree that screen printing is still the best for t-shirts. They do last longer and the prints come out perfect. Thanks for the infographic!

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