Screen Printing, which is also known as Silk Screening, is a method of printing graphics on a t-shirt using thick inks that lay on top of the shirt rather than soaking into the shirt. Screen printing consists of three elements: the screen which is the image carrier; the squeegee; and ink. The screen printing process uses a porous mesh stretched tightly over a frame made of wood or metal. Proper tension is essential to accurate color registration. The mesh is made of porous fabric or stainless steel mesh. A stencil is produced on the screen. The stencil defines the image to be printed. In other printing technologies, this would be referred to as the image plate. Screen printing is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes. The advantage of screen printing over other print processes is that the press can print on substrates of any shape, thickness and size.
A significant characteristic of screen printing is that a greater thickness of the ink can be applied. This allows for some very interesting effects that are not possible using other printing methods. Because of the simplicity of the application process, a wider range of inks and dyes are available for use in screen printing than for use in any other printing process.
WHAT IS SCREEN PRINTING?
WHAT IS EMBROIDERY?
While the embroidery machine is what is actually applying the embroidery, before any logo design can be embroidered, it must be digitized. Digitizing is a complex process that is both art and science. This is a process we use in embroidery so that the needles on the machine know when to make a color change. It also helps us to determine how many stitches there will be in your design.
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The digitized file is the brains behind the art. A digitized file is the file that tells the embroidery machine what to embroider and how to embroider it, therefore it is extremely important that your embroidery digitization is done professionally and correctly. Every time you see a shirt or cap with an embroidered company logo, that design was digitized. Embroidery digitizing is the process of converting existing artwork like a company logo or team emblem into a stitch file that an embroidery machine can sew on a garment.
Color N Design Embroidery uses Robinson - Anton® embroidery thread to embroider your digitized logos onto shirts, hats, hoodies and jackets. We place a backing on the back of each apparel item to keep the stitches together and ensure the design does not unravel. The backings are extremely durable and meant to last the test of time. We then place the apparel item in an embroidery hoop which is used to keep the fabric taunt.
We then use a commercial 15 needle embroidery machine that reads a digitized pattern from a file and embroiders the color of thread that you have chosen onto the apparel item. Some logos will have to be simplified to achieve the best embroidery results for your clothing. The cost of embroidery varies based on the number of stitches in a logo. The larger and more detailed the logo, the higher the stitch count will be.