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u/ejectUSB · 4 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

You're asking for quite a lot, but luckily screen printing isn't all that complicated once you understand the process and underlying concept.

Here is a nice guide with some helpful illustrations that should explain the process fairly well. It shows screen printing onto paper with a printing table rather than clothing, but the screens as well as the ideas are the same.

To print on shirts, you'll need a slightly more advanced/modified press, the most basic ones tend to look like this but they also get larger and more complex if you want to print more colours, like this, or as big and intimidating as this. The fundametals behind it all are the same.

To print on fabric you'll need special inks, most commonly an ink called Plastisol. It prints like normal ink, but it doesn't fully dry and resist washing until it's heated up ("cured"), so you need to pair the t-shirt press with a dryer that heats the garment up. The most basic ones look like this and cure the ink as the garment sits on the press. But there are also larger ones like this, with a conveyor belt that take the garment through an oven to cure the ink. There are also water-based inks available that air-dry and do not require curing.

There are a few places to buy equipment/supplies online, especially if you're in the US. The most popular is probably Ryonet.

That sort of runs you through the VERY basics. There is a lot more to learn however, but there is LOTS of information available online, and video tutorials on YouTube as well if you search for them.

Here are some good books for beginners on the subject as well:

Screen Printing Today: The Basics by Andy MacDougall

Screen Printing on the Cheap

And there's a ton of information and answers to common questions on various discussion boards online, two that I found most helpful when I was learning were T-Shirt Forums and the screen printing subforum on Most people on the latter forum print on paper, but a lot of the stuff is relevant to both media.

If you have any specific questions, this subreddit is a good place to ask, and from what I've seen we are all happy to share our knowledge. But hopefully this helps you get your mind around how it works.

Start small, get a solid grasp on the fundamentals, and then build.

u/thatmaynardguy · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

Firstly I would strongly suggest you not print flatstock on a garment press, use a vacuum table. While it is possible and I've seen a lot of folks do it, printing this way is a massive pain and you will need to use adhesive on your paper to hold it down. Vacuum is far easier and won't make your sheets stick together. For less than $100 you can build a vacuum table with a small shop vac. If you do it smart you should still be able to use the shop vac for normal stuff as well.

As to inks the standard is water based acrylics like Speedball. While their fabric inks are meh, their acrylics are really good. Smooth, evenly drying, and excellent viscosity for a variety of mesh counts. For an even cheaper option you can try acrylic house paint. (Bonus punk cred for buying only off-tints at a discount.) Make sure it's water based acrylic or you will have a bad time. Personally I've had some issues with house paint on occasion but those are pretty rare and this is a common cheap alternative.

You can print pretty much on any paper but uncoated cover stock is generally the best place to start. Strongly suggest not starting with coated stock, it's trickier to get right. In the gigposter world, Mr. French Paper is the gold standard and with good reason, it's f'ing awesome paper. Smooth tooth, even grain, lovely colors, and a nice selection of weights. It is expensive though. For a cheaper alternative you can start with what I did, Exact Index 110# Cover. It's not as fancy as other options but it'll get the job done. I used this paper for many of my early gigposters and it never let me down. The only real issue it has is a bit of ink spread where the ink, if it's thin enough, will tend to spread into the sheet more than in the nicer papers but this is a minor issue really and easily fixed by not watering down your ink too much (a common practice to deal with very high mesh counts).

If you have any other questions post 'em and welcome to the wonderful world of flatstock!

u/TherionSaysWhat · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

Alrighty, some of the ultra basic stuff is below but I would advise that anything worth doing is worth doing right and the vacuum table would be a huge upgrade to a tack table. Anyhoo...

Everyone's first hinge clamps. For the ultra basic, just get some 1" thick pine stock that will fit your screens plus at least 3" long for the clamps. Here is a mockup of what you're going for, even has 6-up 6x6 image areas mocked up.

You can just square up and drill in the clamps, clamp in the exposed screen, spray down some tack, and print. That's quite literally how I printed my first few gigposters. Note this only works with flat material, if you need dimentionality you will need to split this into 2 builds, one for the clamps and one for the jigs. But for flat stock, it works...

You will probably also want to use quarters taped to the bottom (substrate side) of the screen to help with off-contact. Also you'll want to put down some tape where your substrate is to be placed. Basically you set down the print piece where it's getting printed and run a few layers of tape along two sides of it, not attached to it, just the table. And finally you'll want to keep a 1x1 or 1x2 piece of wood or whatever to put under the clamps when the screen is up to hold it. Or you can buy/buid a sidekick.

Hope that helps and good luck!

u/the_kid_chino · 3 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING
  1. I see 156 as the golden number for a lot of things, but most of my screens are 110, and i print everything through them. It will definitely leave more ink on the garment, but that could be a good thing. 156 is a nice middle ground for most ink types. I don't print plastisol, so I cannot speak about that, but anything water based works fine.
  2. Check out this thread. I recently redid my exposure unit with this light. It's less than 30 bucks, and while I and the OP had a box to put it in, you can definitely rig something up to project overhead. It has a bracket on the light for mounting so this shouldn't be an issue. Here is a link for the light.
  3. Depends on your emulsion and height, but I used Ryonet WBP [available in pints!] with a light height of 8.5 inches for 4 minutes. This emulsion is forgiving and you can fall in a range and should still be okay.

    You could of course skip all this hassle and headache and get a preburned screen.
u/NekroVirus · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

Buying a cheap halogen work light from Lowes or Home Depot and a 8' 2x4 can make you a good starter exposure lamp.


Copying and pasting one of my comments from another thread

I'm new to screen printing too and bought some Ecotex PWR emulsion.

Here is how it worked for me:

- 500 watt halogen work light with safety glass removed

- 18in away from screen

- 3mins 10secs burn time (this time worked for me, it will probably work for you too. I haven't done any testing of adding more seconds or less, this one just worked so I'm sticking with it)

- This was on 110 and 160 mesh screens


Like others have said a heat gun to cure your ink is a good idea. You can use a hair dryer to dry the ink to the touch and then use an iron to set it if you want as well. I went on craigslist and you can normally (depending on location) find an old, but usable, heat press for around $50, that makes things a lot easier


Also I bought some butterfly hinge clamps and used some 2x4s and such to make a diy single color press.


Best of luck!

u/greetthedawn7 · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

Buy this dudes book:

The book not only has multiple process descriptions (with photos) but it also does a brief overview on the industry. It will explain all the details you need, including what an exposure unit is. Its a good start.

Andy is a screenprinting saint...or prophet..or...he is just the bomb, is what im trying to say.

Or random internets is always a good source.


Here's a good thread that takes the shotgun approach. This book is recommended quite a bit, and here's another I've personally enjoyed.
Not sure how super it is to post from one's own website, but we put out a fairly comprehensive tutorial a couple of weeks ago, linked here. It's not down to the last detail, but it does stretch across most of the process. Youtube is probably another great resource, but I'd say just dive in and get dirty. You'll have more specific questions that way. Hope this helps!

u/windisfun · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

Not sure about the lights, but you definitely need a scoop coater for applying the emulsion. For the screens you have a 15-16" scoop coater will work just fine. Use the thin edge, coat the shirt side first, then the ink side.

I use this light in the 20w version, 16" from the screen.

By the way, if you order screens in a 6 pack or more they get much cheaper per screen. Also, if you order a multi pack directly from you can have them mix a couple different mesh counts, like [email protected], [email protected].

u/asdavidasitgets · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

There's also adapters you can use for connecting a hose to your shower head. I was going to run a hose in from an outside spigot but your post inspired me to look into it more. Thanks!

Anderson Metals Brass Garden Hose Fitting, Connector, 3/4" Male Hose ID x 1/2" Female Pipe

u/OldTownPress · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

Hinge clamps like these work very well to keep your screen in the same place, and are still pretty minimalist.

If you want to go a little more complex, do an internet search for, "DIY t-shirt screen printing press," or something similar, and you will find a bunch of pretty easy-to-make setups that use hinge clamps, but are a little better than the "flat on a table" setup.

u/SmileAndDonate · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

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u/DatZ_Man · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

The pro 100. We would get streaks in our Epson if we didn't clean the heads twice a day. The Epson also had problems with taking the 11x17 paper we used for transfers onto white shirts; this Canon does not. I also personally think the prints are more crisp as well, but that could be bias. Canon sends you free photo paper too when you buy their ink, which is nice. The Canon does take up a lot more space on your desk though, things really big.

Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Wireless Color...

Edit: we use this printer (have 2 of em) for mock ups and scanning. I got it for $182, not $300. Also a solid buy, don't know how it would do for small transfers though

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 All-in-One Wireless Printer with Mobile Printing, HP Instant Ink & Amazon Dash Replenishment ready - White (M9L75A)

u/HandsomRob · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

When I first started I read Print Liberation: The Screen Printing Primer. I found it to be a great read and also made screen printing seem very approachable. It has good explanations and lots of step-by-step pictures.

u/nikOHlas · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I just picked up a pair as well. Amazon has them at a good price, well at least $15 less than my local art supply store. speedball hinge clamps

u/Darikashi · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

Someone on one of the Facebook groups sent me plans yesterday. It’s basically a wooden box 24”x 36”. You take the glass out of a poster frame and lay it on top. And then I will be using this:

It should expose in 30 seconds or less, I still need to dial it in. You can even get the registration template from Ryonet to lay over the top of the glass and congratulations, you have a $500 exposure unit for about $85.

u/megamanxzero35 · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

When we bought our press, my dad bought me this book. I read it front to back. Then just started messing around. Might be a good gift idea? I still refer to it every now and then.

u/dat1guybrah · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I use a wide format printer officejet 7612 and transparencies from amazon. I believe these are it (Size 11x17) if that's not big enough there's also some 13x19's:

Works great, possible depending on how you print, you may need to double them for optimum Blackout.

u/reclaimmyself · 3 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

Use unfiltered black light T8 bulbs
Sylvania 23113 - F30T8/350BL Fluorescent Tube Black Light
The box I have is from ryonet it uses 8 bulbs, spaced about 3.5 in on center. I’m approximating the glass is about 4 in from the base of the bulbs. My box does not use a vacuum just a lid and I use a piece of foam that is thicker than the screen by about an inch and it compresses when the lid is latched to force the screen flat. Hope that helps, I can give more info if needed

u/neuromonkey · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

Ryonet has a number printing system that they talk about in a few videos.

Since you probably can't expose the boxes to ~400 degree heat, you probably want a water-based ink, and let it air dry.

I think that surf- and snowboards have the designs printed onto sheets which are embedded into the top surface with resin. You could print onto the boxes and then paint over it with a finishing resin to protect the design. Or possibly some sort of marine clear coat spray.

Or... if you wanted the design inlayed, print onto fiberglass cloth and bond it to the box with resin adhesive and finishing resin.

u/u6crash · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

Screen Printing Today is the best book I have read on the subject.

u/Archarzel · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

[Amazon Link] ( Assuming you are in the USA and/or Prime Member- otherwise you could probably find something to do the same job at a hardware store or sites that better serve your area. Hell, you could probably get a local welder to tack a couple of them together for you from of the shelf parts, its just a clampable hinge...

On a side note: you should be building screens! Its pretty easy to do on the cheap and lets you start working with multicolor prints!

u/regreddit · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

this one would be a great one to learn the process:

The $50 one isn't on Amazon anymore.

u/idonnowhatimdoin · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I have the more expensive model of pretty much the same thing.(still looking for clients.) Depending on what you are printing.. If you really want to start small, just get a 110 screen, and some hinge clamps.. Do some one colors..

u/landostolemycar · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

Been down this route, it's rough. I found indoor grow shops usually have a line on some but it is like pulling teeth to try and figure out even the smallest details about the light. Aquarium's also use UV lights but same deal. has some ( I'm switching over to the UV flood lamp (

u/nicepants_836 · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

As a complete beginner I wouldn't spend money on that set up just yet. You can get the clamps on amazon here that will save you a ton of money and space. Just screw them into an old table or countertop you don't mind getting paint on.

u/supersweettees · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I think Ryonet's stuff is overpriced and of medium to low quality. Buy a book called Print Liberation and use their setup. I went to school for two years for screen printing and have been doing it for another four years at pro shops and was blown away with what they suggest. They'll tell you what you'll need. :)

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I’m using this kind. I was going to try and mix it more on my next attempt, although I think I mixed it thoroughly enough.

u/Ara_Silhou · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I use this ink for shirts
Speedball Art Products 4560 Fabric Screen Printing Ink, 8 Fl. oz, Black

And for emulsion this

Speedball Art Products 4559 Diazo Photo Emulsion Kit

u/BerSTUzzi · 2 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

It was a home job.
We have an older version of the Canon PIXMA pro (Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Wireless Color Professional Inkjet Printer with Airprint and Mobile Device Printing

The transparency I used was a 13x19. I am not sure of the brand, a stack of the transparencies came with the manual press setup I got from Craigslist.

u/flatblack79 · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

That’s interesting. I used to use the 500w halogen worklight but it got tricky exposing larger screen(also got really hot). Been looking for a practical alternative.

Do you use a light similar to this one?

u/espertron · 5 pointsr/SCREENPRINTING

It is fun! I'm new to this sub too, just started doing this a few weeks ago so I'm learning a lot as I go.

I started off buying this kit and reading the instructions. It was clear I'd have to buy stuff to make an exposure unit separately, but I did it as cheaply as possible. One bulb from here, one light fitting from here, one home-made reflector made of carboard and foil, hung the light 12" above my desk using my existing desk lamp to hold it up. It's not tidy but it works! Looks like this.

The instruction book in the speedball kit gave a lot of helpful advice. But really it's trial and error.

My biggest errors so far:

  • coating the screen too thickly in emulsion
  • leaving a screen to dry inside a suitcase (its got to be dark) but there was no air so so the emulsion never dried properly, also it was too thick. Had to start again
  • Allowing the screen to move slightly while squeegeeing - with the small A4 screen I needed my partner to hold it down. I brace the big A3 one against my legs to stop it shifting when I drag the squeegee down.

    Sorry for the wall of text.. There's tons of helpful vids online but most of those people have pro set ups with carousels. I'm doing it very cheaply!

    Give me a shout if you buy the kit and get into it!