It all begins with the artwork and the design. The more ink colors there are in a design, the more screens will need to be created. From a pricing perspective, this also equates to the more ink colors a design has, the higher the cost. A mesh stencil (screen) is created for each color in the design. To create the stencil, we begin by coating the fine mesh screen with an emulsion. Once dried, we "burn" the artwork into the screen by exposing it to a bright light. Each color in the design will have a screen that is used as a stencil for printing. The screen will then be lined up on the T-shirt; proper alignment is important for the overall design. Ink will then be forced through the open mesh onto the T-shirt. Once the printing is complete the T-shirt with the printed design will be placed in a special dryer for curing.