Screen printing Screen printing is a process that involves forcing ink through a finely woven mesh onto a chosen material. A mesh made of metal, textile or plastic strands serves as the printing plate. To produce a printed image, the woven mesh holds the image by using a film that is coated onto the mesh. After appropriate exposure the coating is rinsed from the unexposed areas. During the printing process, ink is pressed through these open areas of mesh using a squeegee. Among other advantages, the main benefits of screen printing are the high coating thicknesses with which the colour can be applied. This opens the door to a whole range of special colours, special vanishes and special pigments. Source: "Die Welt der Etiketten"