Screen printing is cost effective especially on large volumes, where solid block colours and large images are required on flat surfaces. Ideal for printing on a wide range of surfaces, ranging from apparel through to plastics, ceramics and metals, coloured inks are forced through a fine mesh to create the final image. Great for solid colours where a Pantone colour match is required. Screen printing involves creating a stencil (printers call this a "screen"), and then using that stencil to apply layers of ink on the printing surface. Each color is applied using a different stencil, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look. Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy, when printing on dark shirts, or for specialty products. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts. The fact that these products are printed by hand also allows for unique products like water bottles, koozies and mugs, as the printer can manually handle curved or uneven surfaces. The minimum order quantity on screen printed items exists because of the extra materials and labor time associated with this printing method .