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Screen Printed T-Shirt Designs
When it comes to printing designs on apparel, screen printing is the industry standard for a superior quality screen printed t-shirt. A lot of the graphic tees that are sold in the big box retail stores are actually screen printed. This screen printing t-shirt design process is designed to make garments bold in appearance yet cost effective at the same time.
Today, screen printing is accomplished by making a mesh stencil (called a screen) for each color that needs to be printed. Screens must be lined up (or registered) and printed on test sheets to ensure that all of the colors line up correctly. Inks are then pushed through the screens one color at a time onto the apparel. Finally, each piece is run through a large dryer to cure the inks.
One question that is often asked when ordering screen printed t-shirts, could I just print a single shirt or do I have to print bulk orders?
Screen printing is designed to be printed in bulk. The printing part of the process is actually the fastest part. All the costs and time are in the setup. This is why the cost per shirt goes down the more you print per design.
A lot of work goes into getting a custom screen printed shirt ready to print and requires major teamwork from every employee at the company. Artwork has to be mocked up and films have to be created. After this, the screens department converts the film into screens. Next, the printers setup the presses to run the shirts. It takes a good bit of time to setup a press to run custom printed t-shirts. That's why bulk orders are usually required.
How do I choose my colors?
If you have an idea of a specific color, more than likely, we can print it. The most difficult decision is telling us what the color is. However, the most adequate way to identify a color is by providing us with a PMS color number. To do this you need a Coated Pantone Book, these Pantone colors can easily be found by searching for the Pantone numbers online. The next step would be to find the color you want and give us the corresponding color number.
If you don't know exactly what colors you need, no problem. We will do our best to color match, meanwhile understanding that we cannot guarantee a PERFECT outcome, this is better known as "PMS Color Matching". Meanwhile, comprehending that every computer screen is different, meaning that the colors looked at on your screen may look different when displayed on the monitors in our art department.
What is Sublimation printing?
The sublimation process is very similar to the heat transfer paper process. This process involves designing and then printing a specific design onto a special kind of paper known as sublimation paper. Next, the design on the paper is pressed onto a garment with a heat press. However, the difference is in the science related to the sublimation technique.
First, when sublimation ink is heated, it turns from a solid to a gas and embeds itself into the fabric of the material. Secondly, when it cools down it goes back to a solid and becomes a permanent fixture in the fabric. When this happens, the transferred design will not add an extra layer on top, therefore, no difference between the printed image and the rest of the fabric. Also, this means that the finished transfer is extremely durable, and under normal circumstances, the images you produce will hold up for the life of the product.
In the end, Sublimation printing will also work on polyester fabrics , it also works on a huge selection of hard surfaces with a poly-coating. This availability opens up a whole new world of items that can be customized, which includes coasters, jewelry, mugs, puzzles and many more customizable items.
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