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Screen Printing T-Shirts has been around for many years now but the process hasn't really evolved from the traditional methods of a screen, film and inks to produce your design.
Even these days we use the same tools to Screen Print; these are the basics as the man power to produce the print is one major element that has improved over the years with the invention of the automatic press. We are so used to manually pulling squeegees across screens, with some printers still using this technique but you can now purchase man made machines which makes this job alot easier. M&R, MHM are the two main competitors out there, over the years they have developed some amazing machinery that can print from 8 – 12+ T-Shirts at a time (you won't look like Popeye anymore, more like Homer Simpson when screen printing your t-shirts) all the hard physical work has been taken away and replaced by technology.
Things are changing within the industry of screen printing and there is always something new being launched one of these being ‘direct to garment' printers, one day screens will become extinct and computers will control the world.
This brings me to the point of the article which is the Canon LP17 and why you should be using this for producing films.
Screens are made by converting you digital artwork from the computer to a positive film type paper which is then used to expose your screen. There are many methods you can use to produce these, before computers alot of Screen Printers produced their films by hand by drawing the designs with a light resistant pen so that it blocks light passing through the film to expose the screens. You then had the method of ‘chemical based' systems which worked like camera film in a photograph lab but these where very expensive, time consuming and not environmentally friendly. A company called ‘OYO' then produced a dry based system which was an image setter, this burned the image onto film and until recently this was the method I used. I found with this method there was shrinkage with the films meaning the registration marks didn't align.