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Stencil Processes

The primary Stencil process is Silkscreen -

Silkscreen or screen printing is a process by which the print is taken not by the direct impression of one surface upon another, but by printing through an intermediary surface, the mesh screen. Screens are made by using a stencil which seals certain areas of the mesh off, keeping the ink from passing through onto the area to be printed. Ink is then forced through the unprotected areas of the screen, and deposited onto the surface to be printed below. An important thing to remember about silkscreen and other stencil processes is that the final print is not a reverse image from the image on the plate.

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