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T-Shirt Printing Vs. Other Types Of Screen Printing

What is screen printing?

Screen printing, sometimes called silk screening, is the process in which a piece of artwork is etched onto a screen and ink is then pushed through the screen with a squeegee onto the garment. That is the short version, but in reality there is much more that takes place behind the scene.

To begin, the artwork is separated into colors and each color is printed in black ink onto a transparency sheet. Then a screen made up of a aluminum or wood frame with stretched silk mesh is coated with a liquid substance called emulsion. The emulsion is applied to both sides of the screen and set aside to dry in a dark room, since emulsion is light sensitive. Once dry, the transparency is applied to the back of the screen and then the screen is “shot”. Shooting the screen means applying a UV light to the bottom of the screen which exposes the emulsion and hardens it. In the meantime all areas that are covered with black ink (through the transparency) remain unexposed. Then the screen is washed and all the “unexposed” areas wash away leaving just the silk mesh in those areas. This process is repeated over and over for every color in the printing job. Then screens are then dried and brought over to the press to get ready for printing. Ink is then pushed through the screen with a squeegee onto the garment. After that a small run through the conveyor dryer and the garment is ready for wearing.

Who screen prints?

Screen printing clothing is actually a growing business in the United States since there is always a demand for printed t-shirts and other apparel. So with that said there are many t-shirt printing shops around the country, but screen printing is not just for the t-shirt printing business. Screen printing is used to print various items (with other types of inks) such as your pots and pans, posters, glass and much more.

T-shirt and other garment screen printing:

As I always say there is plenty of demand for custom printed apparel, therefor there are plenty of t-shirt screen printing business around the country. Think about it everywhere you turn, every business you walk into the staff is almost always in uniform and those need to be printed somehow. With screen printing that is easily achieved. Typically the business owner decides on a specific design, shirt color etc. and the screen printing company does the rest.

Screen printing on glass and other items:

Did you know that the print on underneath your pot is screen printed? Or the instructions on the cover of your Optimum remote is screen printed as well? Well yes these items are screen printed. People always tend to think that screen printing is only for clothing, but in reality and surface can be screen printed with the right inks and equipment. I have many items being screen printed and printed on many different presses. I have even seen presses that were rigged specifically for an item. For example, there was this one company that rigged their press to hold a tall cup and the pallet that held the cup was able to spin so as the squeegee pushes the ink the cup turns and the print is able to wrap around.

Screen printing as an art:

Another reason for screen printing, a bit less common, is using screen printing for art. There are artists that use screen printing to print large posters and wild graphics onto paper and card stock. Also there are many colleges and universities that offer a screen printing class. Learning screen printing in school is much different then using it out in the field. That is why when we receive resume’s where the only screen printing experience is in school we tend to not hire the candidate. The students learn screen printing in the art form, screen printing on t-shirts in a large production area is very fast paced and much more industrial then what is thaught in school.


Big Bang Screen Printing is a T-shirt printing company in New York. We specialize in screen printing on t-shirts and various other apparel types.

Screen Printing T-Shirts And School Spirit-wear For Brooklyn Schools

Screen Printing For Brooklyn Schools:

“School Spirit” apparel has become a staple to most schools located in Brooklyn. They promote unity amongst the student body and are a great

way for schools to raise funds. When is comes to creating school spirit wear you have to always be aware of one key component, Colors. School colors are what differentiate them from each other. The aesthetic for each school can vary from colorful mascots to single color phrases. School shirts are not limited to just Fundraising. There are various occasions when you can show School Spirit. Sports Teams and School Plays can benefit from a touch of unity.
screen printing brooklyn nyAs a Screen Printing company located in Brooklyn we have worked on a lot of School Spirit Designs. We have worked with Various Schools. Including P.S. 214, P.S. 236, I.S. 281 and Mark Twain Middle School to name a few. You will find no better loyalty in a client then working with schools.

screen printing nyc The work we recently did for P.S. 214 involved Heather grey and Red Raglans. We did a matching red for the front and back. The front was the school name arched. With Raglans I find the arch effect helps to center the piece. If you were to do text straight then you would need to be
very conscience of placement. With the arched type you just have to center the top of the arch and you have the image perfectly centered.
The back of these raglans had each student’s name.

Now that winter is coming we have retired most of the t-shirts here in Brooklyn. Hoodies and Sweaters are increasing in demand. For P.S. 236 we have done for them a full graphic front. With Hoodies is is a good Idea to hit the white multiple times. This helps to keep the print smooth and remove any opacity. This design came out very smooth. You often see a large screen printing surge foscreen printing nycr T-shirts right as summer hits and then for Hoodies right around the beginning of fall. So if you stock-up you can plan for that. Some schools do prefer to use a scholarly approach to there “School Spirit”, we have worked with a few schools that like to parody popular designs.

For Mark Twain Middle School we did a design based off of a Popular Run DMC Shirt. The humor in this is that they used RUN CMD. Which if you are as digitally inclined you know is a computer command to bring up the coding menu. The staff had a blast with this one.

If you work for a school and looking for a t-shirt printing company in Brooklyn NYC, we’re here to help!

 

T-Shirts We Are Printing For A Local MMA: Brooklyn MMA T-Shirts For Nick Diaz

Screen Printing Brooklyn Mixed Martial Arts T-shirts: Nick Diaz & Coach Terry Gold

As a young guy living in Brooklyn New York myself, I always enjoy printing shirts for fellow Brooklynites, that’s why whenever we screen print t-shirts for Brooklyn Mixed Martial Arts I tend to get excited.

Two weeks ago I was contacted by Terry Gold, the owner of Brooklyn MMA, and was informed that he is hosting a seminar for Nick Diaz at his Mixed Martial Arts gym in Brooklyn New York. Truthfully I don’t know too much about MMA and have no idea who Nick Diaz is so I had to do a little research. A little Googling lead me to find that he is a professional MMA fighter signed on with the Ultimate Fighting Championship AKA the UFC. Nick Diaz was raised in Stockton CA and is in the Middleweight Devision. Terry mentioned that him and Nick are interested in designing t-shirts that can be sold and signed at this event, and that’s where me and my team come into play. We are a local screen printing company in Brooklyn New York and we are good at what we do! So right away we went into design mode, along with Terry who actually supplied the design idea. The design he came up with is a simple block font in the front reading “Nick Diaz – 718 – Brooklyn MMA” and in the back “Stockton to Brooklyn”. I thought this was a pretty sweet design, it shows how Nick is representing not only his hometown, but also the good old Brooklyn!

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buy now buttonThe seminar with Nick Diaz will be held on November 14th at 8PM at Brooklyn Mixed Martial Arts, located at 5012 Avenue N, Brooklyn NY 11234 (that’s right.. next door to us). You can find out more information about the seminar by visiting Brooklyn MMA online or calling them via phone. The shirts are currently being sold in their gym so hurry up and purchase yours before they run out!

If you are interested in designing and screen printing some shirts for your upcoming event, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are a Brooklyn screen printing company here to serve our community.

 

Promotional T-Shirt Used For Advertising

Did you recently open a new company, business, or startup? Are you looking for a way to get your name out there?
We’ll what I always suggest to my customers is free branded giveaways and what better to give out than a custom t shirt printed with your logo on it. I always tell my customers, customized t-shirts are like a walking billboard. Imagine you print up 50 shirts and hand them out to people over 50 cities. Now every time that person will walk around that city, your company is being advertised. Now take that and multiply it by the 50 people you gave those t-shirts to, you now have exposure in over 50 (moving) locations!
Now the question is what type of shirt should you get? Should you spend tons of money and get a great quality t-shirt? Pr should you pick the simplest shirt with the most basic print in order to save money? We’ll here is my suggestion, in simple words save money! But it’s a bit more complicated than that. On the one hand you want to save all the money you can – this way you can order the most possible shirts which will allow you to gain the most possible exposure. But on the other hand, you want to get some good quality t-shirts in order to keep your brand reputation up and have people notice your brand. So I think it’s best to choose a good brand shirt that is still affordable, something like the Anvil 980. This shirt is made of a soft style ring spun cotton, this gives off a very soft feeling to the shirt. It also has a very European cut, where the shirt hugs the body rather than being a boxy cut. Then I would print just a single color imprint on both sides of the shirt. This would give off advertisement in the front and rear of the shirt as well.
Hope this helps!
If you are starting a new company and looking for a Screen printing company in NYC, we are help to help!

Understanding The Fabrics That Make Our T-Shirts

What kind of shirts wont shrink? What type of material will allow my body to breathe? Which is the softest material?These are all questions that come about when deciding what type of t-shirts to order. There are plenty of different t-shirts out on the market – some made of cotton and others of polyester, but which is the best? This really all depends on the purpose of the shirts.

Gildan T-ShirtIf the shirts would be used for promotional purposes, chances are you would want to give them the cheapest shirts possible. This way your still able to get your message across with spending the least amount of money as possible. For a promotional job I would suggest using 100% Cotton 5-6 oz t-shirts, something like the Delta 11730 or Gildan 5000. These shirts are affordable in price, come in various sizes and somewhat long lasting. The downside with these shirts is how much they shrink when put through wash cycles. But then again what the heck, these shirts will most probably be worn once and then used as Pajamas.

Gildan Dryblend Another common used t-shirt material would be a 50/50 blend, that is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. These types of shirts are generally ordered by sports organizations and contractors because the fabric allows the body to breathe. The upside of these shirts is that they shrink less than the cotton tees – since they are made of up 50% synthetic material (polyester), they tend to shrink less than the basic t-shirts. Some sports teams and organizations even go for 100% Polyester moisture wicking shirts, which keep the body cool and absorb the persons sweat.

Bella TriblendFinally, a little bit more expensive and my personal favorite fabric, is the Triblend material. This is made up of 3 materials – cotton, polyester and rayon, hence the name TRI blend. Most of these feel silk smooth on the body, I suppose this is due to the rayon material and the combed finish. These are a bit trickier to print, since each of the material has a different burning temperature and ink curing temperature. In order to print the printer needs to find a “sweet spot” where the ink cures, but the garments don’t burn. Another thing to mention is the garments most often look heather, this is the old vintage look that you see on shirts.

Deciding on which fabric should be pretty simple, but your local screen printer should always be able to point you in the right direction and make suggestions for you.

The Process Of Ordering Custom T-Shirts

Over the course of the last decade the process of printing t-shirts has become easier and easier. This is largely due to the fact that technology has evolved and advanced making it easier to make shirts.

t-shirt printing brooklyn  Whether you are ordering custom t shirts online or walking into a local screen printing shop – the first step will be to decide what exactly you are looking for. I cant even begin to tell you how many times customers walk into our shop inquiring about orders printed garments who don’t even know what they are looking for. You can order t-shirts and other promotional items for various reasons such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah giveaways, company uniforms and school uniforms.

The next step, and probably the most important step, would be to design and prepare the artwork to be printed on the garments. The reason I say this is the most important step is because without proper artwork you can not achieve perfect screen printing. For example, artwork downloaded in a JPEG format off of the internet is most often only 72 dpi (dots per inch), which would make the art very pixilated and this would be reflected in the final print. The proper way to send your artwork is in a vector format such as AI, PSD, EPS and PDF, using 300 dots per inch.

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After sending the artwork and placing the order, the final steps are taken place by the screen printing company. These steps would be to first color separate the artwork and print them into films. These films are then used to burn screens, since screen printing requires a screen for ever color in every design. Once the screens are burned, the press operator then dries the screens and tapes up the edges – in order to avoid and ink leaking out. He then sets up the screens on the press and aligns each screen in order to assure that the print comes out in the desired place and centered. He/she then loads ink into each screens and starts printing shirts and running them through the dryer. Shirts are then folded, boxed and your order is ready!

Ordering t-shirts from your local screen printing company should be a simple and efficient process since t-shirts are a particularly  common item. screen printing shop near me