Silkscreen Printing

Silkscreen printing, also known as screen printing, is a popular method for applying designs on apparel such as t-shirts and polo tees. Silkscreen printing is the widely preferred method for printing high quantity orders. As silkscreen printing is done in a way that allows the ink to bond with the fibres of fabric, the print is highly durable and does not peel off easily.

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Introduction to Silkscreen Printing process

Silkscreen printing works like a stencil, in which the artwork is burned unto a mesh and empty areas are covered with an impervious chemical. After which, ink is applied and pushed through the mesh, onto the t-shirt.

Silkscreen printing works in layers of shapes and colours. Depending on the intricacy of the details in your artwork or logo, different mesh types will be used in the silkscreen printing process. Finer details require finer mesh type in order to print small lines and shapes clearly.

Colors and Special Effects

Referring to the physical Pantone Matching System (PMS) Solid Coated colour book, colours are chosen to match the artwork’s colours as accurately as possible. Silkscreen inks are mixed to match the PMS colours for consistency purposes.

Silkscreen printing is not limited to only solid colours. There are special effects which silkscreen printing can produce: High Density prints, Glow-in-the-dark prints, Metallic Prints, Glitter Prints and Clear Gel Prints.

Products suitable for Silkscreen Printing

We have a wide array of products available for silkscreen printing Singapore at Ark Industries.

Choose amongst non-branded or branded apparel for your logos or artwork to be printed on! Our brand partners include international brands such as adidas, Under Armour, Puma and Yupoong Flexfit.

✓ Tshirts
✓ Jerseys and Shorts
✓ Polo Tees
✓ Singlets
✓ Button Shirts
✓ Jackets and Windbreakers
✓ Hoodies
✓ Caps
✓ Bags

Depending on the chosen apparel item, our team will advise if silkscreen printing is the best print method for the item. In some cases, alternative methods such as heat press printing or embroidery may be more suitable.

Ark Industries: Your Custom Silkscreen Printing Specialist

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We believe in delivering quality products to each of our customers. Since 2005, the Ark Industries brand is one of quality assurance and great customer service.

With an experienced team, we are able to understand the needs of our customers and are able to work with customers to create custom designs within limited time. We ensure that the artwork file used for silkscreen printing is of high quality and the colours chosen will look vibrant on your apparel.

Our design team will prepare print-ready versions of your artwork or logo, optimising it for best silkscreen printing results. Our designers will also provide suggestions and advise customers if the artwork requires tweaking for high quality print results.

FAQs

Silkscreen prints are very durable and lasts for a long time.

For cost effectiveness, we recommend a minimum quantity of 50pcs for direct silkscreen printing and 300pcs for indirect silkscreen printing.

Your logo or artwork can fit in either A5, A4, A3 or A2 size. The cost varies accordingly

Maximum number of colours depends on the quantity and print sizes.

Yes, metallic or glitter colours will cost more than the regular colours.

The usual silkscreen printing positions of a t-shirt are the front chest, the upper back and sleeves. Depending on the type of apparel, the usual print positions vary. Our Sales Managers will be able to advise the positions for your prints.

Preferred editable vector file types: .ai, .svg, .eps, .pdf 

A vector file format such as an editable PDF/Adobe Illustrator (.ai format) is the most ideal for silkscreen printing. However, if you do not have any of these file formats, our in-house designers will be able to transform your artwork or logo files into the necessary formats for printing. This may incur a design fee, which varies accordingly with the complexity of the artwork or logo.

– Size of print
Depends on which frame size the artwork fits within.

The bigger the frame, the higher the cost.

The smallest frame is A5 and the biggest is A2.

 

– Number of colours
Every additional colour will increase the cost accordingly.

– Number of print positions
Every additional print position will increase the cost accordingly.

– Quantity of apparel
The higher the quantity of the apparel, the lower the cost per print is.

Yes, you can. However, it is best to bring your apparel to us for our production managers to examine if the apparel is able to be silkscreen printed on. Our production managers may suggest an alternative embellishment method if silkscreen printing is not suitable.

A sample is only available if the quantity of your order is 100pcs and above. A first piece print will be done for your approval before the bulk quantity is printed. 

Upon the approval of the first piece sample, a typical turnaround time is between 7-10 working days. This turnaround time may differ for different orders due to factors such as the complexity of logos and print positions on the apparel.

Our Sales Managers will be able to advise on the delivery and self-collection options for orders.