We strive to make every order look awesome and consistent, so we have put together some information that we think is useful when planning you order so that you get exactly what you want.
Having a FLAT surface
One of the most important things about screen printing is having a completely flat surface to create crisp and consistent results. There is an immense variety of garments and accessories available in the industry, and it is important to know of any issues that may arise with non-ideal surfaces, not to say that it is impossible to deal with all products. But we will list some examples for you to keep in mind when planning you order.
- Seams, Pockets, Zippers, uneven fabrics like canvas material (aprons, tote bags)
- Garments - Burnouts, Ribbed fabrics, Double-Lined hoodies/jackets, Hoods
Burlap is an example of a non-flat fabric.
Tri-Blends are very heat sensitive and have to be treated with extra care. Flash units on printing presses can sometimes burn/shrink the material, so usually prints do not get an underbase (an underbase requires the use of a flash to dry the ink). Without an underbase the print will have a vintage/faded look and will create a much softer result, as was intended. It is highly recommended to use Waterbase Inks when printing on Tri-Blends, it is a soft, "no-feel" print. If you would like a soft garment with a soft print, Tri-Blends are the way to go.
Garments we like
- Soft, durable, can discharge well.
- Next Level - 3600,
- Bella Canvas - 3001
- District Made - 5000
Plastisol is the industry standard, and most commonly used ink by the majority of all screen printers everywhere. It is consistent, bold, durable, and easy to deal with.
These are our favorite!
Waterbase Inks are the standard for soft, no-feel prints, and often used on higher quality products. It is important to know that there is a difference in plain Waterbase, and Waterbase Discharge ink.
- Waterbase - Simple, Straight forward ink. The color you see is the color printed. It looks great on light colored garments. If printed on dark colored garments the ink color will mix with the garment color and can be used to simulate the Vintage/faded look. It will create a no-feel print, as if the shirt was dyed.
- Waterbase Discharge - The most important piece of information regarding Discharge printing, is that garments NEED to be 100% Cotton. There is a possibility that some blends could work, but tests would have be made to know the outcome. Discharge inks are 'magical' because the remove the color of the garment (like bleach), and replace it with the color the ink was made to be. It is important to know that not all colors of garments work well with discharge, and this is because the intensity/amount of dyes used to make the garments is too great. After some research, we have found that these colors do not discharge well - Kelly Green, Red, Royal Blue, Lapis, Cobalt, Purple, Forest, Teal, and Turquoise - it is important to keep this in mind when planning your order.
Waterbase/Discharge inks go into the fabric.
Foil, Glitter & Metallics
Using foil is a great way to make elements in your image POP, as well as making BOLD statements to the world. It can be used with other inks to create layers and depth. Foil sticks to adhesive, plastisol and other heavy-solids ink, so to print other colors we must use waterbased inks (foil does not stick to waterbase ink).
Puff printing, emboss, foam... it is all the same and is a fun process that can be made unique with a little creativity and experimentation! We like to play, if you have an idea just drop us a line! Lets make something cool!
It is important to know that there are garments that do not work well when trying to print an oversized image. A large palette is needed to make large prints, but not all garments are big enough to take the large print properly.
- V-necks, tank tops, girls tees - These garments have low neck cuts, and are more form fitting. Placing them on large palettes will stretch them, warping the print.
Process & Simulated Process
We can print photographs and highly detailed illustrations through 2 well-known processes. CMYK process printing uses 4 colors to recreate an image and all the included colors. Simulated process is more involved and uses more colors for more precise recreations.
CMYK Process print over a Discharge underbase/white.
Simulated Process print.
Inside Tag print - this is a common way to customize a brand, the inside tag print is can show off you logo and also display basic information like size and care for the garment. It is also a legal requirement to comply with the Textile and Wools Act, required information includes fiber content, care, and origin country on your label.
Hangtag - Another great way to get your custom products ready for retail is to add a hangtag. When providing us with your tags, be sure to include plenty extras to ensure that all your garments are properly tagged.
Folding & Bagging - Yet another way to further prepare you product for retail or shipping.
Decals, Banners, Business Cards, Stickers
We design and make a variety of cool, fun, and promotional products. Contact us and let us know what you have in mind!
We are Artists at heart and welcome creative ideas, and working with other creative people to try and make something new and fun. Things we do include but are no limited to, t-shirt designs, logos, posters, vehicle wraps, branding and anything that intrigues us!