Silk Screen Printing
Traditional silk-screen printing is a very popular process. It involves “color separating” graphics and producing silk-screen stencils using the information from each color separation. Each color in the design will have its own designated screen. This means that a 1 color graphic would require just one screen for its single ink color, while a five color graphic would require five screens for each of the five colors being printed. These silk-screen stencils for each printed ink color are aligned with one another and the graphic is formed by depositing ink from all the individual screens onto the garment, one by one.
This process is known for its ability to produce vivid colors that “POP”. Other printing processes like dye-sublimation on blended fabrics or DTG digital printing fall short when it comes to generating bright, opaque colors. This makes it a popular choice for people who want their graphics to be as eye-catching as possible.
Another great feature of screen printing is that it allows you to apply special effects to a garment. Making your shirt glow in the dark, reflect light, or even change color in sunlight are all possible to do by means of screen printing.
Pricing for screen printed apparel is driven by several key factors:
- Total quantity ordered
- Number of colors in your print
- Total number of print locations
- Quality of the blank garment being printed on
Price tables show pricing for screen print only. To arrive at final price per unit, add the cost of blank and finishing/retail-ready additional services desired.
First screen printed location refers to screen print on front only for instance. Second screen printed location refers to the print price for each additional screen printed location like back, sleeve, etc.
For optimal printing results, create and send your artwork at its “life-size” or actual printed dimensions in a vectorized format like ai, pdf, or eps. If this is not possible and you need to send rasterized art, please send you graphic sized approximately as large as you’d like it to be printed and set at a resolution of 300 dpi. Rasterized files are acceptable in psd, pdf, tiff, or jpeg formats.
Adjusting the settings for your image size/canvas space to “life-size” dimensions and resolution to 300 dpi needs to be done BEFORE you begin designing. If you design your graphic on a small canvas and at a lower resolution, you can’t simply enlarge the design and change the resolution to 300 dpi and get a high detail file. Starting with the canvas space sized correctly and the resolution set at 300 dpi before you design will improve the quality of your print.
Embroidery is another popular service we offer and is known for its professional look and classic appeal. This makes it a great choice for corporate, high-end private label, or collegiate apparel. Common applications of this process include polos, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, and bags.
The first step in the embroidery process involves converting your artwork into stitches. This is a process called “digitizing” and it involves a one-time (digitizing) fee based on the total number of stitches in your graphic. A higher total stitch count merits both a higher digitizing fee and a higher price per embroidered location, whereas a lower total stitch count would make for both a lower digitizing fee and a lower price per embroidered location.
When putting together your artwork to be stitched onto the apparel or accessory of your choice, there are a few points to consider before submitting your design for production.
For an optimal result with your embroidered graphic, follow these guidelines:
- Use all solid colors
- Avoid halftones, gradations, and fades
- Enlarge areas of small detail for a more accurate embroidered result
- If possible, provide specific (PMS) pantone values for each color (optional)
- Do not attempt to embroider photographic images
- Textures are generally not recommended. Hair, fur, or metal-looking surfaces, for instance, can deviate significantly from the originally intended result by appearing solid and not detailed.
- You can only get so much detail with thread, so the bigger you make the graphic, the more probable it is that the end result will match what you wanted.
Our dye sublimation printing process involves the use of a special dye ink that sublimates when it is introduced to high temperatures. This ink is first printed onto a transfer paper via a digital printer and then this printed image is transferred onto a polyester garment using heat and pressure. The ink reacts to the heat by “sublimating” in that it changes from a solid state into a gas state (thereby skipping the liquid state entirely). The dye then bonds with the polyester fabric to create a vivid, textureless, and permanent digital print.
This process not only yields vivid print colors that are washfast and durable but it also allows you to print photographic or color-complex graphics accurately.
With dye sublimation printing, you can “sublimate” your design onto white polyester garments only. You can produce your graphic as a traditional front, back,or sleeve print location on white poly shirts or you can also choose to print your artwork “All-Over” the polyester garment.
It is important to note that with “All-Over” dye sublimation printing, there are inconsistencies that will occur from print to print. This makes each printed garment a truly “One Off” piece where it will have some variation relative to the other prints throughout the run so that no two prints are exactly the same. The most common inconsistency that will occur is in the form of white wrinkles in the fabric that are most likely to appear along seams, near the collar, or around the arm pit area. Another inconsistency that can occur is called “ghosting”. This happens when the dye gas settles into the fabric in unintended areas. Generally, when ghosting occurs it will create color shadows along edges of elements within your design.
These inconsistencies are part of the nature of the dye sublimation process and there’s nothing that can be done to prevent them. For this reason, we do not issue refunds or discounts for any of these kinds of issues with dye sublimation orders.
For best results with dye sublimation printing, please design your All Over graphics with these inconsistencies in mind. For example, creating designs that are “busy” with all kinds of colors/patterns work better than printing pure solid color where a white wrinkle will appear far more visible.
Direct-to-garment, or DTG, digital printing is a state of the art apparel printing process that’s great for short runs, highly color-complex designs, or even photographic images.
Using a cyan, yellow, magenta, and black (CYMK) color palette, digital garment printers are capable of producing thousands of colors with a single pass of the print head. This technology is ideal for small runs or highly color-complex images because no screens or films are necessary.
Our digital apparel printers work just like your desktop printer at home. The main difference, of course, is that our printers are much larger and equipped with high-tech, water based inks that are specially formulated for textiles.
We offer direct to garment digital printing in a couple of different ways. If you are printing on a colored cotton shirt, i.e. non-white cotton shirt, then printing with a white ink underbase is the only kind of digital printing application that will work for your order. This white ink primer coat, or “underbase”, creates a white canvas space on your garment onto which we can apply bright and punchy print colors for your design. If your order calls for white cotton shirts then you have a choice with which digital printing application you’d like to use. You can still use the white ink underbase printing method if you would like your print colors to “pop” and be vivid. Or, you can also choose our “soft-hand” digital printing method which does not involve the use of a white ink underbase. Instead, we print the colors of your design into the fibers of the white cotton garment. This makes a print that’s completely textureless and soft, however this method does not yield bright and vivid colors. When using this “soft-hand” digital printing application, your design will appear more faded or washed out. This makes it a great method to use when your design is intended to appear more vintage or sub-dued.
Cuttable heat transfer vinyl - one of the quickest and easiest methods of t-shirt and apparel customization!
We stock vinyl in a variety of colors, including glitters, and we can custom-cut names in various fonts and scripts. We can even cut basic graphics and logos for smaller orders. After the vinyl is cut and hand-placed on the shirts, it is then heat pressed onto the fabric at over 350 degrees and 40+ psi to better withstand the tests of washing and wearing.