1 color: 24 shirts
2 colors: 48 shirts
3 colors: 60 shirts
4 colors: 72 shirts
5 colors: 96 shirts
6+ colors: 144 shirts
Typically, after art approval we are ready to ship or deliver your order in 10 business days.
Sending Files? Creating Files? Read on to find out what formats, resolution etc.
The phrase “garbage In, garbage out” is often heard in our screen printing and embroidery production studio. It refers to the necessity to have “camera ready” artwork for use in making the mechanical files that will be used on press. Files that are too low a resolution or the wrong format will cause the final product to look bad, and no one wants that. The problem is, few people outside of the screen printing and embroidery industry know what qualifies artwork as “camera ready,” or suitable for use in a production environment. Allow us to shed some light on the requirements to make your artwork “Camera Ready”
What Is a Vector, Victor?
Vector versus Raster is one of the most common misunderstandings when it comes to providing artwork to a screen printer or embroiderer. What is Vector? Vector is a resolution independent format. That means that you can use the same file to print at any size without losing any crispness. Most people are not capable of producing a Vector based file on their home computer, typically you would get this type of file from a professional designer. Common file formats that are often vector are .ai, .eps, and .cdr. If you have a version of your logo that has either one of these extensions, there’s a good chance it’s vector. Raster files on the other hand, have a specific size at which they are intended to be printed. If you try to enlarge a raster file beyond its intended size, the resulting image will be fuzzy or blurry. Common file extensions for raster files are .psd, .tif, .jpeg, .png, and .gif. You can often use these filetypes to go to print or embroider your logo or artwork, but they must be the proper site or resolution.
How big should my file be?
For men’s t-shirts, your file should be 12” by 12” at 300 dpi or 3600×3600 pixels built in RGB. Ladies tee shirts can be smaller. But you can always send us bigger artwork and we can reduce it down. The opposite is not true however, see above.
What if I want a Neon color?
If you want a neon color (like something you can generate with an RGB color palette), we can handle it. To reproduce hot pinks and neon greens, we use Spot colors. Spot colors are also known as Pantone colors, or Pantone inks. There are literally hundreds of Pantone colors to choose from. Contact the art department for more information.
Full Bleed Printing
Sorry we can not do this.
Can we screen print hats?
Sorry We don’t do this either.
Our Sample Policy
We are happy to provide samples of t-shirts we have in stock. For a sample of something not in stock, the sample must be purchased, but the purchase price will be refunded when an order is placed.
Typically, we require a deposit of 50% upon signing a print order and the balance on delivery. However, net 30 terms can be obtained.
Setup Charges, Digitize Charges, Art Charges:
Art charges vary depending on difficulty of the artwork. Simple art work will only have a screen charge of $15 per screen. Digitizing a logo for embroidery typically costs $25 or less.
We are sad to say that no, sports team’s logos or consumer brands like Nike or Coca-Cola are all copyrighted and we cannot print them. We will be happy to create a custom design for you though!
How does it go from a file to a shirt?
1. We make Separations
For a full color design, the RGB artwork is broken up into its individual spot color files. For a typical detailed full color design, the files would generally consist of a white underbase file, typically called a flash screen. The white screen is the first color printed then immediately flash dried. The rest of the individual spot colors are then printed on top of the white flash print until the design looks fantastic. The last color typically printed is the black detail screen which finalizes the process.
2. Film is printed
Once we have the separations, we print them as a film negative using a special printer
3. We create the Screen
To visualize the screen used in screen printing, think of the canvas an artist would use to create an oil painting. A screen for screen printing is basically the same thing, only instead of canvas being tightly stretched across the frame, a very fine-mesh screen is stretched across. The mesh is permeable enough that the inks used in the screen printing process can pass through them, but fine enough that it does not leave a visible pattern on the t-shirt.
Using the film negatives we created in step 2 we coat the screen with a light sensitive emulsion, and expose it to a special light.
The light burns off the emulsion on areas of the screen that we want ink to pass through, creating our positive image.
4. The screen gets coated with ink
The next step is the actual printing. The screen gets placed on the t-shirt. Then the appropriate color of ink gets applied to the screen, and a squeegee is run over it to force the ink through the screen and onto the t-shirt. On a one color design this is only done once, but in our example of a full color t-shirt with a spot color, it would be done once for each color, with each color using its own screen.
5. The finished t-shirt is dried
The t-shirt is then taken to a special ink drying station where it dries and becomes an awesome custom printed tee shirt. The screens used to print it are then washed out for reuse. The screen printing screens can be reused dozens of times.