Silk Screen Printing

for custom printed t-shirts and hoodies

Our screen printing service offers rapid production of high quality printed clothing at great prices

If you require promotional clothing decorated with a company logo or are starting your own fashion label and have your own bespoke designs, we offer custom printed clothing from silk screen t-shirt printing and printed hoodies to custom printed high vis workwear and personalised sportswear. A4 Apparel provide custom printed clothing that's produced to your exact specifications and sourced from reputable brands such as Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, AWDis and many other clothing brands. If you are looking for bulk t shirt printing or a cost effective wholesale printing service that provides high quality printed garments delivered on time at a price that's right for you, contact us on 01271 816158 or get a quick printing quote. Our minimum order is 10 garments.

Our most popular screen printed t-shirts & hoodies

Screen printing machine

Learn about our Screen printing process (educational)

Screen printing involves pushing ink through a mesh screen on to a garment. It is then cured to bake the ink onto the fabric. It's most commonly used for large runs and A4 Apparel are equipped to offer all types of screen printing and we can print your design virtually anywhere on any item of clothing. Typical areas to have your design printed include a large front print, a left chest print or a large back print.

Screen printing is suitable for small and large designs on large print runs and is only limited by the number of colours which can be printed. Currently we are able to print up to 12 spot colours and to replicate photographic prints onto clothing or to reproduce designs that contain gradients we use 4 colour process printing.

If you have a specific colour in mind or need to match your corporate identity please provide a Pantone reference number so we can match the colours exactly. We use the Pantone Solid Coated guide for colour matching.

We offer several different methods of screen printing

Single colour printing

Single colour printing

If you’ve got a simple design or logo a single colour print is the most cost effective way of reproduction with silk screen printing.

Four colour process printing

4 colour process printing

If you wish to replicate a photograph, full colour print or complex images we use a method called 4 colour process printing which combines standard process printing with spot colour printing and half tone colours to reproduce the image.

Index colour printing

Index colour printing

Index printing is suitable for both dark and light colour garments and produces great results when you've got a design with at least 6 colours in a limited colour palette. Index colour printing uses square pixels and is simpler than process colour printing and is easy to colour match.

Discharge printing

Discharge printing

Using the discharge print method actually bleaches the dye from the garment before the inks are applied. This results in a very vibrant print but works best on 100% cotton. Certain dye colours react differently so please contact us for advice.

Plastisol ink printing

Plastisol ink

The most commonly used ink in the garment printing industry is Plastisol ink as it adheres to most fabrics. Plastisol bonds with the fabric fibres and has a rubbery feel that produces a long lasting vibrant print especially on dark coloured garments. This kind of ink cannot be ironed over.

Waterbased ink printing

Waterbased ink

This type of ink is a good choice when a you want a soft feel to your printed garment. This type of ink dyes the fabric as opposed to 'sitting on top' of the fibres and produces longer lasting prints with high detail and sharp edges. It can also be ironed without smudging the print.

Glow in the dark inks

Glow in the dark inks

These inks contain optically active pigments which hold the light then discharge it over time. Glow in the dark ink adds a vibrant look to your design that isn't noticeable under natural light. The real effect becomes apparent under florescent lights when the design comes to life.

3D puff printing

3D puff printing

3D Puff printing is achieved by adding a foaming agent to plastisol ink which creates a raised 3D texture on the design. This can make a print really stand out and conveys a touch of luxury to the garment whether it’s a t-shirt, hoodie, cap or a shopper bag!

Putting a design onto a screen for screen printing

Screen set-up costs

There is a one time screen set-up charge when setting up your design or logo for screen printing. For each colour in your design a screen has to be produced to enable us to print it. The number of colours in your design will also determine the cost of printing so refer to our print pricing guide for details.

Screens are charged at £20 per colour but we do NOT charge any set-up costs on reorders. That means if you need more of the same size design printed at a later date on the same garment or a different item of clothing, screen set-up charges would not apply provided the dimensions and number of colours in the design remain the same.

Screen print pricing

As a general rule the more garments you have printed the cheaper the cost. Pricing is based on the quantity of garments you require, the number of colours in your design and purchasing your clothing from A4 Apparel.

Each individual blank (undecorated) garment has it’s own cost which you can refer to on the relevant product detail page. Once you have chosen your garment, use the price calculator to work out the screen printing price and garment cost. All our pricing is displayed exclusive of VAT although you can turn the VAT on and off with the toggle at the top of the page.

The price table shows the price for 100 coloured t-shirts with a 3 colour print. Add the plain garment price to the print price to get the cost per garment.

e.g.
Plain garment price for 100 x coloured tees = £1.85 each
Print price for 100 x coloured tees with 3 colour print = £0.85 each
Total Price: £1.85 + £0.85 = £2.70 each x 100 = £270.00

Screen print price table

NB: All prices in the price tables are shown exclusive of VAT and are based on printing to one location and purchasing your clothing from A4 Apparel. If you wish to supply your own clothing a 20% price increase will be added to all print prices.

Examples of past screen printing jobs

Contact us on 01271 816158 or get a quick Screen printing quote

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