What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing is a method of printing that involves creating a stencil or screen and using it to apply ink onto a flat surface. This process is popular because it can produce high-quality, vibrant designs with great durability.

The screen used in screen printing is made of a mesh fabric, which is stretched tightly over a frame. A stencil is then created on the screen using either a light-sensitive emulsion or a stencil film. This stencil blocks out areas where ink will not pass through, creating the desired image or design.

Once the stencil is created, ink is added to the screen and spread evenly using a squeegee. The squeegee is then pulled across the screen, pushing the ink through the mesh and onto the material being printed. This process is repeated for each colour in the design, with a new screen and stencil created for each colour.

Screen printing can be used on a wide range of materials, including fabric, paper, and plastic. It is commonly used for printing t-shirts, posters, stickers, and other promotional items. Screen printing provides vibrant, long-lasting colours that are perfect for creating eye-catching designs.

At Uniform Print Lab, we specialise in screen printing and use the latest techniques and equipment to create high-quality prints. We work with our clients to ensure that their designs are brought to life in the best possible way. Our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional results that exceed your expectations.

Pricing Explained

Screen Printing requires us to make 1 screen per colour and per position of printing (eg. A 2 colour print on the Left Chest and a 2 colour print on the Back would require 4 screens).

Depending on the colours in your logo you may also need a base colour/screen (think of it as an undercoat when you are painting a wall). We can print without a base screen to save you some $$ for the extra screens, but the colour of the shirt (particularly dark or hi-vis shirts) may migrate when heated to dry the ink we use for your printing and may alter the look of the ink colour. If you want your logo colours to remain true, we would always recommend an underbase colour/screen.

Multiple colour prints require not only more initial screens, but they also require more time and labour to create the transparencies and make the screens, then more time to print also – hence the higher pricing. We have many clients who still prefer multi colour screen prints – and they do look great! It all comes down to your budget for your needs.


  • 1 colour prints – 10 item minimum (can be mixed garments with same print)
  • 2+ colour prints – 20 item minimum (can be mixed garments with same print)

Most cost effective for 50+ garments

Before choosing Screen Printing, remember next time you need to order more garments the above minimums will still apply for each order – you cannot just order 3 or 4 for your next order (due to the lengthy set up process for Screen Printing).