ok, i have never screen printed before, so whats direct to screen? i was told it was the "better" way to make screens...
any help is appreciated.
A direct to screen method is simply a very expensive and large inkjet printer that prints the art seperations sirectly to your screens emulsion. Then you simply burn the screen as you normally would and rinse the image out.
Due to the very high cost of this machine very few shops use it. Howerver there is no arguements here about the quality of the screen it will make.
If your new to printing this machine would be a bit overkill.
The only drawback I can see would be that you no longer create film outputs and if the art file were to get lost or corrupted you have nothing to use to make your screen again.
I have been using direct to screen for four years now. We still have the capability to use film. I have found that using film has become very time consuming. Exposure times are almost twice as long compared to dts. with dts I no longer have to pinhole screens caused by dirty films and scratched glass. I can go on and on. In conclusion I would just like to say I would never want to go back to film.
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