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Part III: Appendixes > Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Everyone thinks of T-shirts when they hear screen printing (also known as serigraphic printing), but I’ve worked with a few screen printers and, believe me, the only t-shirts around were on the backs of the employees. The opportunity for creativity in large form is astounding. I’ve witnessed everything from billboards to vehicle signage, to outdoor signs to 3D in-store retail displays that would really knock your socks off.

This method of printing is appropriate for signage; printing on fabric; novelty items; and unique surfaces like glass, circuit boards, wall coverings, and even linoleum. This method of printing uses process as well as spot color inks; however, they are formulated thicker and dry more quickly. Signage requires that these inks be able to stand up to all sorts of environmental issues. Substrates are much more varied than offset and, beyond paper, choices include plastic, nylon, and all sorts of synthetics in between.


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