Screen Printing Vancouver

Screen Printing! A cost effective method to print T-Shirts!

Since 2008, The Print Doctor has been providing high quality custom t-shirts, screen printing and finishing services to Western Canada. We produce stunning prints out of Surrey, British Columbia and are proud to be a family owned and operating business that employ’s Canadians. We pride ourselves on being industry leaders, constantly pushing the limits on new trends and styles while never sacrificing quality for price. We specialize in printing great t-shirts and utilize a variety of ink techniques ranging from traditional to speciality. All our materials and inks are purchased from verified and tested manufacturers furthering our commitment to providing high customer service and quality.

Screen printing dates back to 1910 and is the most commonly used method to decorate apparel. The Print Doctor offers several types of ink to perfectly match to the material being printed. Plastisol ink is the industry standard providing a vibrant long lasting print. Plastisol ink is a versatile, plastic based ink that bonds with the fibers of the garment. We use an M&R Sprint natural gas dryer to ensure the perfect bond is created! M&R leads the screen printing industry in innovation, efficiency and durability. A properly cured screen printed garment will last a lifetime and using the best equipment ensures that!

An new favorite ink is water-based ink. Water based ink use less chemicals overall but consumes more power in curing making it slightly more environmentally friendly. Water based ink does provide a softer touch compared to plastisol ink on light coloured apparel but does have a feel when white ink is used. White ink is often required to be printed underneath coloured ink (called an underbase) on dark garments to achieve the bright colour(s) desired. If an underbase is needed an additional screen charge and print charge will be added.


Our screen printing process:

Screen printing requires several steps to achieve an optimal result. Therefore, screen printing has a minimum order of 12 units and is most economical for larger quantity orders. For orders of lower quantity Direct-to-Garment will be the method of choice.

There are 12 main steps in our screen printing work flow!

  1. Create Your Image
  2. Find the perfect product to be printed
  3. Prepare the screen -Coat screen in emulsion
  4. Create film Positive
  5. Expose the film positive on the screen
  6. Select the perfect ink colours -Pantone match the exact colour
  7. Load the screen onto one of our presses and get ink in them
  8. Register the screens – find the perfect print location and align screens (colours).
  9. Print!
  10. Cure the ink
  11. Quality control and double count the final products
  12. Package


In-house Automatic & Manual Screen Printing!


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The maximum image size for our standard screen printing is 14” wide by 15.5” high; this is a huge print area! (Most standard prints are a max of 12” wide). If you require a larger print or a specialty print we can accommodate your needs, see information below!

Specialty Screen Printing


Foil printing is a two part process that involves printing a layer of adhesive on the garment, curing it like normal ink and heat pressing a sheet of foil onto the adhesive. The foil will stick to the adhesive only, leaving a metallic look to the design.

We have a wide variety of colours available.

  • Gold, Silver, Green, Bronze, Black, Red, Blue, Pink, Rainbow, Iridescent, Purple, and many more!
  • Order Minimum of 48 units, same print.

Oversized (19″W x 27″H)

Giving you the ability to go as big as you want! Oversized (also known as jumbo t-shirt printing) and all over printing are the solutions. Oversized prints give you the ability to print on large items or cover small ones. We offer a max print size of 19” by 27”.

When ordering oversized jobs, it is important to note that large prints will sometimes go over the seams and that ink sometimes becomes “globby” and “spotty” in these areas. Designs should try and avoid large deposits of ink.

  • Order Minimum of 48 units, same print.

All-Over (36″W x 42″H)

All-Over Printing is the hottest trend in fashion today, and only offered by a limited number of companies do to the level of difficulty and equipment required.  All over printing is a relatively new process to the screen printing industry and depending on the design, prints can be 1 or 2 colours.

With our all-over printing, you are able to print the entire surface of the garment. Although quality is our top concern, folds and smudges are things that are considered normal in places like the armpit and over seams. Therefore, when designing for all-over printing, try to avoid large deposits of ink.

  • Order Minimum of 48 units, same print.

Specialty Inks:

  • Glitter
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Metallic
  • Shimmer
  • Puff

Print Sizes and Locations:

Left Chest – Standard for corporate apparel.  Usually the design is no bigger than 4″ x 4″.
Full Front – Print Size usually under 11″ wide in the center of the chest
Full Back – Print Size usually 11″ wide in the center of the back
Tag Print – Top back print
Left Sleeve
Right Sleeve
Oversized print: A print that is larger than 15” W x 18” H, to a maximum of 19” H x 27” H.
All Over print:  A print covering the majority of the garment.

The Print Doctor Direct To Garmenr Print Sample