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Screen printing is a printing technique where a mesh or screen is used to transfer ink onto a material, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi-colored image or design.
The advantages of screen printing are many. You get very sharp-edged high quality long lasting printed images; The cost of screen printing can be less than any other large volume decorating like embroidery.
You can print on garment fronts, backs, sleeves, pockets, hoodies, hats. Even vinyl, wood etc are printed with the screen-printing technique. Screen printing is not necessarily cost efficient in low quantities especially with multiple colors since you have or make a screen for each color with a screen charge for each screen. When printing larger quantities such as tee shirts for employees or events screen printing is very cost efficient.