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When is Screen Printing Recommended | Blog

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When is Screen Printing Recommended

Screen Printing Services in Grand Rapids, MI

The screen printing process involves applying ink to all areas of a garment, except for those blocked off by mesh stencils (also called screens). To ensure colors don’t bleed together, there is one screen for each color. Ink colors are also applied one at a time. Screen printing not only produces vibrant colors, but is also a cost-effective way to customize t-shirts in bulk. To get the best results, you’ll need to be familiar with the capabilities of screen printing before you order.

More than Just T-Shirts

Screen printing is for more than just t-shirts. For example, we are able to screen print on tote bags, banners, mouse pads, and more. A product that can lie flat and has a smooth surface is a good candidate for screen printing. We don’t recommend t-shirt designs that go over collars or the seams of the fabric because it can distort the image and look unprofessional.

Simple Designs

If you need to print a t-shirt design with lots of details, screen printing isn’t for you. While screen printing produces vibrant colors, the price you pay is the loss of details. For designs with a lot of detail or photographic prints, you’ll want to ask about digital printing. Digital printing uses a thin layer of ink to show more detail.

Screen printing is best for simple designs with little detail and few colors. The less ink colors needed for the design, the lower the cost. This is because a new screen has to be made for each ink color you choose.

Vibrant Colors

Screen printing uses a thick layer of ink to create vibrant custom designs. If you need the colors of your t-shirt or other promotion item to pop, screen printing is the best choice. Since the ink is applied so thickly, you’ll be able to see designs against both light and dark backgrounds.

A screen printing company will have a wide variety of ink colors for you to choose from. That way, you’ll be able to pick the colors that most closely resemble your logo or t-shirt design. For the most accurate results, we recommend looking at the color swatches in a Coated Pantone Book. The color swatch you see on the computer screen can be different from what it looks like in real life. Something as simple as computer monitor settings can change your perception of a color.


Screen printing t-shirts is usually done in bulk because of the time and labor that goes into the set up. For this reason, customized screen printing is great for customers who need a large quantity of shirts. Ordering in bulk is cost-effective, but only if you need that many shirts. If you only need one or a handful of t-shirts, we recommend digital printing on fabric.

You’re Not Limited to Cotton

Screen printing isn’t just for cotton t-shirts. You can also print on synthetic fabrics such as silk, polyester, and more. Be sure to ask our screen print company what fabrics would work best for your design so you can get quality results.

SportingU is a Grand Rapids screen printing company dedicated to giving customers the best results for their money. If you are interested in ordering screen printed apparel, call us at (616) 730-1614.

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