When a layer of ink is applied over a screen in order to produce a design, it is known as screen printing. Each end result requires a specific design to be made and this method of printing has multiple uses. Essentially, any surface that is flat can be used for printing. Not only can screen printing be done on a wide variety of surfaces, but it also allows you to use a range of printing materials, which means the creative possibilities are endless.

Popular Uses of Screen Printing:

1. Fabric
One of the biggest applications of screen printing is in the textile industry, printing tee shirts with designs on them, for example. Screen printing can be used to print graphics and designs on fabrics such as silk, polyester, cotton and organza. Once printed, the fabric is then converted into the final product such as shirts, dresses, skirts or children’s clothes. Any form of fabric that requires some form of printing on it can be used in screen printing. Many small scale startups often use screen printers to produce their clothing.

2. Paper
Another industry which makes great use of screen printing is marketing and advertising. They make use of posters, flyers and other forms of advertising that require graphics. Since advertising often times requires limited edition printing, it makes use of screen printing because printing electronically or digitally on a small scale are much higher than screen printing.

3. Promotional Products
You know what we’re talking about: t-shirts with the logos, key chains, mugs, mouse pads and sweatshirts. These novelty items have become staple marketing pieces for businesses wanting to leave behind something tangle and unique for which they can be remembered by customers and followers!

Advantages to Screen Printing
There are several advantages of using screen printing over traditional forms of printing. Firstly, because a greater thickness of ink can be used in screen printing, it allows the possibility of creating a variety of interesting printing techniques which would not be otherwise possible. Since the process of screen printing is fairly simple, a wider range of inks as well as dyes are available as compared to other printing methods. An easily adaptable printing method is always a plus for a manufacturer.

Another advantage of using screen printing is that because manufacturers can control various parameters of the process, it enables large quantities of the end result at a low cost.

Screen printing is a widely used form of printing by several industries and continues to be a popular method used by manufacturers. The process, materials required and low cost are part of the reason for its success, while the creative license that it allows is an attractive factor for many people. When it comes to bringing unique designs to life, you can’t go wrong with screen printing!