The following is a list of printing services we currently offer. It includes Spot Color Printing, Halftone Printing, 4 Color Process Printing, and Simulated Process Printing. These are the main types of printing used in the screen printing industry today. Read more about each process below.
Spot Color Printing
This is the most common form of screen printing tee shirts. This method uses the stock color of the ink without alterations by printing it through the stencil in wide open areas of the screen mesh. This will produce a very vibrant solid "spot" of color. It also tends to produce thicker layers of ink depending on the ink and the mesh count used. Printing in spot colors will be helpful in achieving opacity on darker garments. This is the least expensive to create artwork for and can also be very cost effective to print on 1 to 4 colors. Spot color artwork is great for most graphic logos that do not require gradients or excessive colors.
Simulated process printing is very simular to 4 color process. It also blends colors together to create full color images. The difference here is it usually takes more than 4 colors for these prints. If you have a 10 color image you can usually print it with only 5 or 6 colors. This is also for dark garments where 4 color process is for white or very light garments.
4 Color Process
This is probably the most complex of the printing processes. Here we take a full color photograph or image and break it down into its four constituent colors; cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The printing process uses these four colors combined to recreate the full tonal and color range of the original image. Each color printer is a halftone of the opposite color in the original image. This system is based on what light is being absorbed. To put it more simply, the four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black are blended together to make all of the colors in the image.
Halftone is the graphic technique that simulates shading through the use of dots. Halftone prints are commonly used in newspapers to blend colors, and in screen printing it's a similar process. We use this technique to print photographic or otherwise multi-tonal artwork using only one ink color.