To make the stencil on your screen you have to print film positives, in order to do this, you must have a film output system for your software and graphics computer. Most people agree that these systems are essential when it comes to screen printing. This is the very first step that will give you the opportunity to transfer your images or designs on the screen. After you have turned your design into a film positive, you will then print it on clear waterproof film using black ink. Without this, you will not have a clean crisp look to your product. You need a dark positive so the image will wash out on the screen better, therefore, the film output system is highly important.
You have several choices when it comes to output media that will allow you to print your film using your computer. A few options include clear inkjet, laser films, and laser vellum. Professional screen printers normally use RIP software which was designed to work together to create graphic art with one hundred percent opacity. The software controls the printer which normally uses black ink and will lay down more toner or ink than if you were not using the software. This software is the best, especially for high volume production.
Epson printers are the most popular that ensure you will have a dark ink positive and most come with accurip software. These printers only use black ink which makes them reliable, fast and have the ability to print halftones.
The most popular Epson printers are listed below:
The Epson 1430 is an all black ink film output printer that can print up to thirteen inches wide. The package comes complete with six black ink cartridges, 200 sheets of film that is waterproof, and AccuRip software. The printer is easy to set up, use, and creates high quality prints. The best part is that it is affordable.
The Epson 490o is an all black ink film output printer that is seventeen inches wide. The package comes complete with waterproof film, eleven cartridges of black ink, and AccuRip Pearl software.
The Epson T-3270 output printer is Epson’s new SureColor series that can print copies twenty-four inches wide. With this printer, you can copy, scan, and share using the new feature. This will not only save you money but time. The AccuRip Black Pearl SE is a must for automatic press printing. Along with the package, you will receive a roll of waterproof film that is twenty-four inches by one hundred feet.