Screen Printing Basics with IDG's Custom Screen Printing Palm Desert

Screen Printing Basics

When a design is produced using the screen printing method, actual screens are used in the process! Essentially, this screen is cut to make a stencil for the design. Ink is then spread over the screen, passing through to the object underneath only in the areas you want it to be. Only one color per screen can be used - so depending on the number of colors in the design, you’ll need multiple screens to produce the final item.


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Screen printing is the best way to put an amazing custom screen printed shirt design on a piece of clothing, and here at IDG screen printing in Palm Desert we handle the entire custom screen printed t shirt design process right on site! First we do the design work, making sure your graphics look great and will print perfectly on our quality screen printing products. If you only have an idea of what you want, our design team will personally guide you through creating a great design for your screen printed products. Next we'll help you pick the right product to put it on, be it a custom t-shirt, hoodie, tote bag, or any of thousands of possibilities.
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Screen Printing Basics part 4 with IDG's Custom Screen Printing Palm Desert

1. Plan Out Your Color Scheme
When planning out your color palette in advance- it is helpful if you create mock-up designs to test colors-  this will help with any issues when it comes to printing time.

2. Use Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw
If you have access to the Adobe Suite,  or Corel Draw then you should be using them to create your designs. This is important for using spot color and saving as vectors. Always be sure to save your designs in vector format! Unlike other formats (JPEG, GIF, or BMP), vector images can be resized without sacrificing quality. This helps especially if you’re planning to print the design across different materials such as business cards, postcards, t-shirts etc.
When using other products, like Photoshop, you’re creating a raster-based application. This means you are pretty much stuck with the original dimensions. This can greatly affect the quality of the printing process and final product.
A pro tip: Always create your design at a larger scale and higher resolution than you need as you can scale art down without any issues, but not the other way around.
If your artwork is hand-drawn and needs to be digitized, make sure that you have scanned your design at the correct resolution! Generally, if the drawing is actual size, then scanning at 300 dpi will produce the best end result.