How T-Shirts Are Printed

Learn How T-Shirts Are Printed

Now that you have all of your screen printing equipment and supplies it is time to print. If you are not sure how to print t-shirts, don't worry, Lawson Screen and Digital Products will help you. Read this step by step easy instructions on how to screen print a t-shirt.

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Paper Positive for T-Shirt Stencil


1.Create the Art


You or your customer create art with a computer and print it on special paper or film in a laser or Inkjet printer.

Vellum Paper aligned on Screen Frame


2.Start Screen Developing


Attach the positive to a coated screen with removable Scotch™ tape.



Expose the Screen with the Paper Positive


3.Expose the Screen


Expose the stencil with Ultra-violet light.

Washout the un-exposed Emulsion


4.Press Wash


Washout the unexposed areas with warm water.



Mount the screen onto the screen printing press


5.Mount and Register Mesh Screen


Mount the screen in a press where you want the image to print on the shirt.

Load ink into the mesh screen


6.Add Plastisol Ink


Add the plastisol ink color you need to the screen



Load a t-shirt onto the platen


7.Load T-Shirt


Align the t-shirt on the screen printing platen to get a staright print.

training t shirt print


8.Print Ink onto shirt


Apply firm pressure with squeegee and apply ink to the shirt.



Uload the t-shirt from the platen


9.Remove Shirt


Remove the shirt from the platen to begin the curing phase.

Cure the ink onto the t-shirt using a flash unit or conveyor dryer


10.Cure the Ink


Heat the shirt and ink to 320°F to complete the drying process.



Pack the finished t-shirts to be shipped


11.Finish Screen Printing


After the shirts have completed the dryer cycle neatly fold and pack shirts in boxes. And you have finished!

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