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Screen printing

Screen printing uses a stencil-based printing technique and is one of the oldest forms of printing dating back to the Egyptians. It can be used on tote bags, t-shirts, paper, ceramic, fabric, wood and other materials.

Chile Media tshirt


Getting t-shirts printed is the easy part, and our production facility can handle up to 12 color print jobs and at the right pace to meet your turnaround.

The most popular question we get is, “How much do they cost?”. T-shirts are typically sold incrementally in 12, 24, 48, 72, 144 and over 250 pcs. Higher quantities will result in a lower cost, so you can easily see where pricing and volume play out when budgeting for t-shirts. Our design crew is skilled in creating original t-shirt designs to draw eyes to your message or brand.

High impression for a little cost

T-shirts command attention, on a busy day the average t-shirt can get over 100 views, in traffic and in high profile areas, that goes even higher to 300+ impressions per wear. Wear it more than a dozen times, and the number estimates go even higher. The point being that t-shirts are a fun and creative way to earn marketing impressions for your brand, and t-shirts carry with them a testimonial effect that smart marketers can’t ignore. Take an average of 100 views on 12 instances, and you have over 1200 impressions for the cost of a $7 to $10 t-shirt. Not bad at all.

More about quality and sizes

Chile Media doesn’t mess around with 4oz and thin shirts, all of our shirts are printed at least with 6oz. to 8oz. 50/50 poly-cotton blends. You don’t want anything else unless requesting a 100% cotton.

We buy only from the most popular brands like Anvil, Hanes, and Gildan. Getting good quality material is important, especially when you are using them to advertise your brand.

Brands we offer:

  • Gildan 100% cotton
  • Gildan 50/50 blend
  • Industry
  • Port Authority
  • OGIO
  • NIKE


Getting a garment produced or screen job takes into consideration the following:


Amount of colors


Amount of locations of graphics


Amount of shirts or garments requested


Type of shirt or garment*

*For example a Gildan T-shirt will cost less than an American apparel shirt. Quality of screen is consistent but brand names and quality aren’t.

To check out the shirts, garments, caps and clothing we offer, visit

The process



Create the design



Print the design onto waterproof transparent acetate film. If there is more than one color on the design, the item that is in another color will need to be printed on a separate film.



Choose a mesh cloth or screen that is stretched over a wooden frame and apply one of the films then coat with light-reactive emulsion. This will need to be done for each color.



Both the films and the screen get exposed to bright light. The light will harden the emulsion and liquify the design.



When the emulsion is washed away, the stencil of the design is left.



The screen will be placed on the printing press.



The printmaker then uses a squeegee to force ink through the stencil onto a fabric or paper to leave a design.


  • There are usually between 6 and 40 colors per image. The more colors the more expensive the product will be.
  • Provides vivid colors even with dark fabric.
  • Because the colors are layered, this give a texture to the design.
  • The mesh cloth can be different sizes to produce different looks.
  • There is no difference between silkscreen printing and screen printing.
  • Also known as serigraphy.
  • Best to do large quantities due to the high set up costs

Difference between Screen Printing, Digital Printing & Dye Sublimation

There is a significant difference between screen printing, digital printing and dye sublimation. Screen printing is a laborious process with many steps, however, it produces vivid colors and a tactial quality. With digital printing you are able to print an intricate design directly onto the fabric with as many colors as you wish. Lastly, with dye sublimation, the design gets printed onto sublimation paper that will then be heat pressed onto a product. The main advantage to dye sublimation is that the design does not fade.

What is the maximum amount of colors I can have?


Is there a minimum amount of pieces that I need to order?


Ready to order a screen printed shirt?

Contact us or call us today at 210-616-0163 for a custom quote or send us your information and someone from our Chile Media team will contact you.

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