​Screen printing is a step-by-step process that we use at 
Shirts R Us™ to produce the highest quality graphics on 
a t-shirt. This is only one of the many processes that we 
use at Shirts R Us ™ and its as easy as 1-2-3!


The screens are set up on a printing press specifically designed for t-shirt printing. Our expert silk screen artist loads each screen on the press, lined up like a puzzle, until the shirt is ready to be printed. Using a special squeegee ink is spread across the screen. T-shirt inks come in a variety of types for various kinds of garments, each having a different finished look and feel on the t-shirt.


The t-shirt is loaded onto the press, the image is printed one color at a time by pulling the squeegee, loaded with ink, across the image on the screen. When the print is complete, the shirt is put into a conveyor oven where the ink “cures” at over 300°. Finally your t-shirt is ready! From start to finish this process can take up to a few weeks.  The Shirts  R Us team puts a lot of time, effort, and skill into your t-shirt, the result is a top quality finished product that you will enjoy for years to come!

Art for a t-shirt print comes to our shop in many different forms. Vector art is what we recommend for silk screen as it can be scaled without loss of quality we suggest creating your images in Illustrator or Corel Draw! Raster art is pixel based and can be created using programs like Photoshop, unlike vector art, when scaled it can become distorted. We can also use a drawing, painting, or even just your own brilliant ideas to create a design, our in house Graphic Designer will convert your design to vectors.

Once art is received by the art department it is mocked up and sent to you as a proof. When approved it is printed on a clear film. Each color in a silk screen t-shirt design must be printed on a different piece of film to make screens for printing. These are called color separations as you can see on the right.

One screen per color is used to apply ink to the t-shirt. A mesh fabric is stretched into a frame to make the screens. In a dark room a light sensitive liquid is applied. Once the screens are dry the separations are registered on the screen and “burned” into the screens by using a high powered light source. 

Watch as this printing technique is put into practice.