Design Considerations for Screen Print

Fine Detail

We do not recommend fine detail for screen print. Line weight should be a minimum of 1pt and in general, all text should be made more bold. Detail that is smaller than this may break up or not output correctly.

Print-Ready Files

Artwork for screen print must be set up and supplied in registration black (100 / 100 / 100 / 100). Your artwork also needs to be solid, meaning you cannot submit a photographic image or an illustration with gradients. See image below for reference.

Using Halftones in Screen Printing

A gradient effect can be created by breaking up the design into a series of dots. If you do not know how to set up your artwork with halftone dots, our Prepress team can help with this setup at additional cost. 

Screen Print + CMYK

Although screen print is produced in one solid color, you can have a regular CMYK design printed over top of the screen print at additional cost. This technique is often used to print CMYK colors over a solid screen printed block of white on darker colored stocks like Brown Kraft, making the printed colors appear more vibrant.

This method is only available for designs with large, bold designs where the screen print can have a large margin around the CMYK artwork.

Please note that screen print is NOT available over top of CMYK ink and needs to be produced directly on the stock material.



There is a special setup required for this type of order. 

  • 2 PDF files will need to be submitted - one for the CMYK artwork and one for the screen print.

  • The screen print artwork needs to be larger than the CMYK artwork by 1/8" to help compensate for slight shifts that can occur between the two methods.

  • Registration of CMYK printing over screen printing cannot be guaranteed 100% accurate.

  • Registration of CMYK printing over screen printing is NOT recommended for fine details such as small text or intricate designs.


The stock you choose for your order will determine other design considerations that pertain to that stock. Before you place your order, please make sure to review the specific page for the stock you chose, which can found under our Business Cards menu tab.



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