San Diego Screen Printing | Learn About the “Screen” in “Screen Printing”

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You’ll be interested to find out that there’s only a few places in the San Diego Screen Printing industry to actually obtain the equipment, inks and chemicals to run a print shop. The types of product you purchase too can dictate your professionalism in the craft and can either weigh you down or help speed up the process and create better prints and better accuracy in your overall printing. With over 50 years of combined experience in our shop, we’ve narrowed in down to a science, which means you don’t have to worry about the quality, because we’ve done all the research for you. But you may still may be asking, what is the “screen” in the phrase Screen Printing? You’re about to find out!

In the last article LLP Part 3, we discussed what a screen is. We determined a screen is a frame with a mesh tightly pulled over it, like a window screen. Check back on the article for more on that. Here, we’re going to learn how we use it in the shop, and how all printers use them in the San Diego Screen Printing world. First, our screens are cleaned using important chemicals to make a strong foundation for our next step, applying the emulsion. Emulsion is a photo sensitive chemical that can be applied to the screen in many different ways. Some are pre-made sheets you can simply lay on your screen. The most common way is in liquid form. The emulsion is slowly pulled over the mesh using a “scoop coater”, a tool used in the San Diego Screen Printing industry. It needs to be applied just right, and balanced to create an ideal platform for the next steps.

Once the screen is coated, it needs to dry. At BreakOut Creative Co we help speed that process by having a room dedicated to screens. It’s kept in a dark, dry environment, and has warm air movement to allow our emulsion to harden naturally. This might seem like a quick and easy process, but it’s actually almost as important as the printing itself! A well coated, clean, dry screen is the foundation of how your art will turn out on your product. Bad form can mean gaps, holes, breakdown and other anomalies we don’t want!

At BreakOut Creative Co, we’ve spent a lot of time testing, and trying different styles and brands of emulsion. Some are built for speed, some are created for high detail imagery. We’ve found ourselves the perfect medium for our customers, and have been extremely happy with the results, and so have our customers. So if you’re shopping in the San Diego Screen Printing industry and you’re looking for the best quality, rest assured we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. In our next article, we’ll look into how your image is applied to a screen, and dig a little deeper into what “photo sensitive” means what it comes to emulsion. If you want to shoot us an email with further questions, visit us online at www.BreakOut.CO