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In order to get a high-quality print, one of the things that you need to pay attention to is the mesh size of your screens. What exactly is mesh size? In essence, it is the number of threads that cross each other per inch on the screen. For example, if you have a 156 mesh, there are 156 threads crossing per inch. The more threads that are crossing each other per inch, the finer the holes there are in the screen and the higher the mesh count you have.
There are two things that come into play when choosing mesh size, the detail of your print and the thickness of your ink.
Let's talk about the detail of your print first. When you have a higher detail print, you need a higher mesh count. If you used a lower mesh count, the lines or dots in the image would fall through the holes and you would end up with a print that is not a correct representation of your image. A lower detailed print requires a lower mesh count.
The thicker the ink you are using, the lower the mesh count you will want to use. The reason for this is that a thicker ink will be able to be pushed through a lower mesh screen a lot easier than a higher mesh screen.
While there are many different mesh sizes, this guideline is meant to give you a basic outline.
For more information on choosing the correct screen printing supplies, check out Why Screen Printers Choose Allmade and What is the Deal with Squeegees and Why Should I Care?