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Screen printing is a method which is sometimes preferred for specific applications where digital printing might not offer the same results. This technique is mostly used for applying artworks or logos on a wide range of products made of different materials, such as mugs, plastic cups and bottles, textiles, notebooks, pens and other promotional items. 

Printing equipment and supplies providers in Dubai offer all the equipment and accessories needed for the process, including presses, screens, inks, films and all types of standard products that can be branded and deliver their products in the UAE, as well as in other neighboring countries in the Middle East. 

If you want to specialize in this sector, it is important that before you purchase a press, to understand the entire process of developing the printing plates, which consist of nylon meshes and frames. They are created by printing the desired artwork or image in reverse, as a mirror image, either on laser or inkjet films, removing the protective plastic sheets from the screens, achieving emulsion to emulsion contact by placing the printed films on the plates, trimming the edges of the films so that they match the dimensions of the plates, exposing them to UV light, applying screen tint, removing the plates from the exposure unit and rinsing them with lukewarm water, drying them at appropriate temperatures until the material hardens, post exposing them to UV light again and only after all of these steps using them on a printing press. 

Printing plates are created for each specific project, usually for the four process colors, cyan, magenta, yellow and black, and sometimes for other customized colors, also known as spot colors too. The color separation for each image or artwork that needs to be printed is made with the use of specifically designed software that allows the users to preview how each separate plate for each color will look and to optimize the color blends for creating smooth margins for each color that is applied. Also, the software allows making a customized flattening option for areas of the photo that are transparent or have overlapping colors.

The supplies needed for creating and using these plates include photosensitive emulsions and activators that need to be mixed together before applying them to the screen, several screen printing inks, depending on the colors you want to achieve and squeegees of different sizes made of vinyl or wood and rubber, which are necessary tools for spreading the ink through the screen onto the products that need to be printed.