Screen printing uses a porous mesh that is stretched and fixed to a frame. Photo emulsion is then applied to create a screen stencil by which you then can print on a variety of substrates such as paper, board, plastics, vinyl, glass, metal, textiles, and many other materials. Only one color is used per screen, so depending on the number of colors in the design, you’ll need multiple screens to produce the final item.
The best printing type for you depends on what type of item you are customizing and how many you would like in total. Because unique screens need to be cut for each color of a screen printed design, it is much more cost effective to produce a larger number of items with this method, versus just a few at a time. For example, we prefer screen print orders of at least 50 units. Conversely, the heat transfer process is the same with every print made, so you can order just a couple items at a time without costs ballooning.