Decorating Types Explained

Screen Print/ Silk-Screening

An image is transferred to the printed surface by ink, which is pressed though a stenciled screen and treated with a light-sensitive emulsion. Film positives are put in contact with the screen and exposed to light, hardening the emulsion not covered by film and leaving a soft area on the screen for the squeegee to press ink through. Also, you must create a different screen for every color you are going to print, and then screen each color separately allowing drying time in-between.


Stitching a design into fabric through the use of high-speed, computer- controlled sewing machines. Artwork must be a digitized, which is the specialized process of converting two-dimensional artwork into stitches or thread. A particular format of art such as a jpeg, tif, eps, or bmp, cannot be converted into an embroidery tape. The digitizer must actually recreate the artwork using stitches. Then it programs the sewing machine to sew a specific design, in a specific color, with a specific type of stitch. This is the process known as digitizing.

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