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A Quick History of Screen Printing

Screen printing is one of the oldest industries in the world

We are excited to be a part of the industry’s evolution in this technological age. The history of screen printing dates back to the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD). It was then adapted by other Asian countries like Japan, and was furthered by creating newer methods. Screen printing was largely introduced to Western Europe from Asia sometime in the late 18th century, but did not gain large acceptance or use in Europe until silk mesh was more available for trade from the east and a profitable outlet for the medium discovered. Although the technology has advanced exponentially throughout the years, the adopted techniques and fundamentals have remained the same. The process in a nutshell, involves forcing ink through a screen mesh (previously called silk screening). The finer the mesh, the higher the detail. At Superior Ink, we have the ability to print full color photographic images by using gradients and super fine detail halftones. The process of color mesh overlays create 3rd party colors allowing us to maximize any and all colored graphics by using just 6 screens. This is called simulated process printing. For examples check out Our Work page.  You can also check out our Gradients tab to see some previous prints and check out the process.