Screen Print Guidelines

Much of our love of screen printing comes from the unique processes involved in bringing artwork to life. Creating a successful screen printed piece of work is a process with a few steps, starting with your design. We’ve put together these tips to help you get the best results from your design. Please read them before sending your artwork.

What Can We Print?
We can screen print on paper or on fabric. There are different uses and limitations for each:

Printing on paper is suitable for posters, artist editions, or other projects where digital printing does not produce the desired results. We typically print on 300gsm paper.

Printing on fabric is mostly done to produce t-shirts or tote bags, or other cotton garments, in designs of up to four colours. It is worth noting that designs with a high level of detail – small text, thin lines, intricate shading – are generally difficult to replicate on fabric. A higher level of detail is achievable when screen printing on paper, however.

Minimum Print Orders
As screen printing is best suited to multiples, we typically do not print one-off pieces. 

How Should I send my artwork?
As screen printing involves printing one layer of colour at a time, we need separate files for each layer. You should send one file per layer, each one in black*, and a colour reference showing your desired result.

*Please make sure the shade of black is 100% black in CMYK mode. Anything lighter will cause a halftone on your image.

File Formats
We can print from Vector files (.ai, .eps) or image files (.jpeg or .tiff).

Halftones and Bitmapping
If you are printing a photo, or a design with tonal variation, your image will require a halftone. We can apply this to regular black and white files so there is no need to do it yourself.

Image/Print Sizes
We can print images up to 600 x 800mm in size. Please ensure your artwork is 300dpi at 100% the size of your finished piece.

T-shirts and Totes Print Sizes
Our bags are 42 (W)x 38cm (H) in size, with a maximum print area of 27 (W)x 32 cm (H)

Lines
Please make lines no thinner than 0.5mm if printing on fabric and no thinner than 1pt if printing on paper.

Text
Text should generally not be smaller than 18pt when printing on fabric and 12pt when printing on paper. If you are sending a vector file, please outline your text.

Colours
We have a number of colours out of the pot or can colour match to your reference. As colours on screen can’t always be accurate in print, we recommend coming to the studio and choosing a sample from our Pantone book, if possible.

What is the best way to send files?
You can email your files to studio@damnfineprint.com or send a link using WeTransfer.

Any questions?

Shoot us an email at studio@damnfineprint.com and we’ll get back to you.