Real Life Stencil

Screen Cutting

With your design, you are creating a real-world stencil that is used to create a physical screen.

1 Color = 1 Screen

Each layer is a screen.

Each color is separated to a screen. Only have 1 solid color per layer in Photoshop. As those layers stack, make sure they do not overlap.

DPIs and Meshcounts

300 DPI or Bust

We adjust the mesh count of a design to get precise results on each print. Mesh count is sort of like the resolution of the stencil. However, we always start with an image resolution of 300 DPI to ensure that the resolution is high enough to ensure a quality stencil.

Red, white and black.

Ink Combinations

On a digital screen, ink opacity and the garment color are very consistent. In the real world, however, it's a bit more complex. Printing a light ink on a dark shirt is possible, but difficult to do. To get a bright ink on a dark shirt, we add an underbase layer of white ink. This will make red and white inks very bright, but also adds a physical stiffness to the print itself.


If you have multiple ink colors on your design, usually the darkest color is printed last. If you add a 1-pixel stroke to your darkest layer, that helps to eliminate some of the potential gaps between colors.