The popularity of screen printing has increased tremendously over the last few decades, and the demand for the art form has made it a major modern-day fashion trend. There are several types of screen printing that produce the creative artwork that is seen in large varieties on tee-shirts of all kinds. Any picture or design can be made into a screen printed tee shirt from one of these methods.
The most common type is the Spot Color Screen Printing process. With this method, the main color ink is used to print it according to the pattern of the screen mesh. This produces a solid vibrant image of true color and makes an even thicker layer of ink. This is better used when printing darker shirts. This method is perfect for printing company logos.
The Halftone Printing method generally uses multiple colors, or a single color, in a slope, then printed. The tones range from a one tone spot to halftone of the color. This method is great for achieving a multi-colored print without using multiple colors. To get a radiant pink color on a white tee can be done by printing a red color, for instance, on a white tee and using a 50% slope on the red which combines with the white of the shirt to have a pink appearance using one color and one screen.
The Grayscale Printing method is a great way to print a full-color image as only one color. A full-color picture can contain a range of various colors that can be produced by using a one-color halftone. This is usually done in dark color ink on a much lighter colored garment, but can also be done in any of the other colors of ink desired. The lines per inch that will be used in the pattern will determine the resolution. The more dots used will determine the details of the print.
The Duotone Printing is a combination of two or more halftones to create one image printed using at least two colors. To begin, using a black halftone to print on a white t-shirt, then use a second halftone to be printed in any color ink. This combination gives an old school look and a cooling effect to prints created on light-colored garments. This is the less expensive to get the appearance of a complete color print.
Other screen printing methods include the CMYK Printing and the Simulated Printing Process. The most complex of the screen printing processes is the CMYK method that is generally processed on an automatic shirt press for optimum results.