Frame or no frame?
Framed screens are the easiest to use and are the most popular choice especially if you are new to ScreenEasy. We do sell unframed imaged mesh which is great if you want to print onto an irregular or curved surface, but these are more fragile and need to be stored flat.
What size do I need?
Measure your project and compare this to our maximum image sizes below. We have already allowed an area around this measurement for depositing your medium. Remember to crop your image to remove any border that you don’t want. We will make the screen to your specified dimensions by measuring the image file rather than the image in the file. For example, say you sent us a file that was 900 x 900 pixels and in the middle of that was a black circle which was 300 pixels in diameter and you wanted the image size on the screen to be 7.5cm x 7.5cm the circle on the screen would be 2.5cm in diameter, not 7.5cm in diameter.
|Maximum Image size||Screen size|
|up to 6.5cm x 10cm||Mini|
|up to 11cm x 17cm||Small|
|up to 17cm x 25cm||Medium|
|up to 25cm x 38cm||Large|
What Mesh Type should I choose?
It depends on the image and the screen printing technique you want to use.
If you want to powder print on glass you must choose ‘Powders’. Glass powder is much coarser than glass enamel, paint or other screen printing mediums and requires a coarser mesh to allow the powder through.
Photographic or halftone images will be much more detailed when printed using a ‘Halftone’ screen. You can use our glass enamels, Annie Sloan Chalk paint and most screen printing medium with ‘Halftone’ mesh.
Our ‘Enamels’ mesh is suitable for most imagery and will give crisp, clean lines.
- Images should be positive, high resolution and configured to print at 300dpi in either jpeg or eps. format. We are unable to accept word document files, pdf. or png. as these file types do not translate well. For consistency, RGB colour mode should be selected. Expanding a low resolution image more than 200% always significantly reduces the image quality, so we recommend the following minimum image sizes:
- Mini – 1181 x 768 pixels
- Small – 2008 x 1299 pixels
- Medium – 2953 x 2008 pixels
- Large – 4488 x 2953 pixels
If you want a pixelated image (like Andy Warhol did), that’s fine – you can ignore the advice above.
- Our equipment always works at 300dpi. If you send us an image that is say 1024 x 480 pixels, it will produce a screen with an image that will be 3.41″ x 1.60″ (87mm x 41mm) in size. We will centre the image on whatever size screen you order. If you send us an image that is say 1200 x 1024 pixels and you order a Mini screen we will shrink the image so that it fits in the space available on the screen. We will always maintain the aspect ratio of the original image if we need to shrink it.
- Images don’t have to be black and white – our equipment will convert colours to grey scale during the production process however, we would advise you to make the black and white/greyscale conversion yourself. This way you can print off a copy and make any adjustments before uploading. You can use Photoshop or Paint.net (our favourite – it’s free) to do this. Please ensure the background is 100% white (RGB 255,255,255) and the image is suitable for your requirements. The slightest shade of grey in the background will be printed and this may not be your desired effect. Use the picker tool to check this.
- If you want more than one image on your screen we would suggest a clear area of 25mm around each image.
- We can take a look at your images before you order – see our Contact page for further details. We will email you to let you know if it is suitable for printing and suggest changes if required.
- Copyright – if you wish to use artwork that is not your own, please make sure that it is copyright free or that you have permission to use it.
- Further information about suitable imagery can be found in our help pages.