End to end process of printing a cotton / canvas shopping bag and a 15% discount code.

End to end process of printing a cotton / canvas shopping bag and a 15% discount code.

Have you ever wondered how our cotton bags are printed?

With this blog, we detail the end to end process, showcasing just what goes into creating one of our printed cotton bag masterpieces!

1. Design proof (Outlines)

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2. Design proof (layers)

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3. Design proof (layers)

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4. Design proof (layout)

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5. Job sheet ready to print

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6. Film negatives are printed off

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7. Films are visually checked for any defects and that they line up

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8. Exposure unit is cleaned to ensure no debris is on the glass

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9 + 10. Films are positioned onto the screen

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11. Screens with films attached are put into exposure unit

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12. Burnt screens have water applied to them to remove unburnt emulsion

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13. Water reveals the unburnt image which will allow us to pass ink through the screen

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14. After exposing the screen and blasting out the unburnt emulsion we place the screen into an oven at 35-40 degrees C to dry off the water

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15. Design proof and any inks are prepared and laid out

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16. After screens are dried, we tape up around the image to ease the cleaning process and also stop ink passing through any small potential leaks (small holes) on the screen

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17. Benches are cleaned to remove any excess ink that passed through the bag on previous jobs. This keeps the inside of the bags clean with no imprint from any other jobs

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18 + 19 + 20. Lining up process

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21. Test print time! Loading a bag onto the machine

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22. Putting the ink onto the screen

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23 +24 + 25. Screens are lined up onto the machine and test printed

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26. The first layer of ink on our test print has come out perfect – now for the second layer of ink.
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27+28. The second layer of ink on our test print has come out perfect – now to tape up the guidelines and print the final product

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29. Looking good. Finished product – now we just need to cure the ink

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30+31+32. Bags are passed through the dryer at around 165-170 degrees C to ensure the ink is fully cured. Bags are then cooled and packed according to the clients specifications and sent out!

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Like what you see?

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  • MARISSA FRISBY

    April 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Really enjoyed looking at your processes, as someone who’s ordered plenty of screen printed goods but never seen the “behind the scenes” processes, I found it very informative, thank you!

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