You've probably seen some of those super thick, plastic-y prints that tend to crack after wearing and washing a few times. You've probably also seen the kind of screen printed t-shirt with a super soft print. Maybe you even own some of both.
There’s a lot that is the same about printing light and darks for DTG. Shirts must be 100% cotton. The artwork needs to be submitted in the same way. The ink on the shirts must also be cured whether the tee is a light or dark color, so what’s the difference? The main difference is a step in the process called pre-treating. Only dark t-shirts get pre-treatment.
Pre-treating is spraying a starch like liquid substance on the garment, then heat pressing the tee to dry. The liquid acts as a substrate primer for the white underbase. Without pre-treating the white under base print sinks into the shirt and neither the white or any CMYK print colors on top are visible.
When screen printing a logo or design on apparel, it’s common to order companion garments or accessories. Does a higher volume discount apply when you print different kinds of garments with the same design? If the garments are similar chances are you can have them produced all together. T-shirts and tank tops are a good example of this as long as the design, placement, and size of the design are the same. When you are printing differently types of garments chances are the orders will need to be produced separately. T-shirts and tote bags are a good example of this. Even if the design and size are the same, it's the placement of a logo or design that really determines whether or not different garment types can be produced together.
In this blog, we'll discuss the specifics about screen printing apparel and accessories to illustrate why different garments printing with the same logo must be done as separate orders.
The surface onto which a garment is placed or loaded in order to be printed is called a pallet or table. Pallets come in various sizes to facilitate the best quality and most efficient screen printing. Each set of specialized pallets can be removed and switched out for a different set. For example, sleeve pallets are 6” wide because you can't stretch a sleeve over something meant to accommodate an entire shirt. This size also lends itself to printing toddler and baby garments, along with tote pockets and other areas that are too small to be loaded on a 16” standard t-shirt pallet.
As a Sales Insider here in the Sharprint customer service department, I field a great many inquiries about All-Over Printing. In fact, it may very well be our most requested process! Sadly, with the uptick of recent interest in AOP comes an equal number of folks who decide in the end for various reasons that it's not right for them. And while it's true that we'll take any chance we get to wax ecstatic about our All-Over Printing capabilities, there is actually another option for huge prints - but with fewer restrictions.
Consider the humble oversized print. By simply designing your artwork to be as large as possible without touching the collar, sleeves or any seams, we can produce big, beautiful prints using our standard screen-printing method. It's a much more cost-efficient option!
The screens involved in producing standard screen prints are smaller than those used by AOP machines. This means less labor in producing them, resulting in a smaller setup fee and a lower minimum order quantity. Suddenly, printing giant images on shirts is an option within reach for smaller retailers or designers hoping to test the waters with a small first run.
Standard oversize printing also eliminates the unique design challenges associated with all-over printing.
Screen printing is a type of printing technique that utilizes woven mesh as a means of supporting ink-blocking stencils. A relatively inexpensive printing technique that results in highly-detailed and very beautiful designs. Using screen printing for t-shirts and other promotional items can help get a business on the proverbial map. Whether researching the best ways to promote your restaurant, retail store, eco-friendly company or other business, screen printing designs are arguably one of the optimal methods for making your business apparel truly stand out.
The "Unique" Factor
- Utilizing these designs to promote your brand gives the business a competitive edge in terms of uniqueness. It is doubtful, after all, that another business will have the exact same design.
- Go for one design or multiple designs. A few choice designs for t-shirts or other promotional items can turn into collector's items, plus they provide a conversation piece when explaining the business idea or promotion origins to potential customers.
The Importance Of Branding
When adding embroidery elements to your garment, you can expect to see a professional and sleek outcome that reflects your personal or business brand. Embroidered garments give the opportunity to showcase your organization and members with style. In order for this to be possible, decorator companies use three distinct specialty embroidery stitches to create the beautiful custom embroidered garments you see. Each stitch creates a different embroidered look on the fabric.
If you ask ten people how to create a remarkable experience in the work place, 9 would probably say, “pay me more money” or “better benefits." I see these things as ways to get people to come to work, or ways to ward off attrition, not creating a remarkable experience. In order to create a remarkable experience, management has to learn and pay attention to something that is off the books, out of the paycheck, and deep into the psyche of their employees.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist who came up with this theory and it goes much deeper than how I will explain it today. In fact, let's look at it the same way that I was taught about in grade school. Let’s dive in shall we?
Growing consciousness surrounding the health of our planet and ourselves has had an obvious impact on the fashion and apparel industry.Organic cotton, wool, silk, and hemp are all readily available for garment manufacturing, as well as material made from sustainable sources such asbamboo, soy, tencel, and POP recycled plastic. The custom decoration industry has naturally followed suit by offering these same materials in the form of t-shirts, polos, totes, and other apparel items for screen printing and embroidery.
Screen printing or embroidering on sustainable and organic fabrics is just the start. Custom apparel companies are refining their products and processes. For example, plastisol Pantone® matching ink systems that are phthalate free have replaced the inks that were laden with potentially harmful plastics. Creative re-purposing and re-cycling of misprinted garments is another way to eliminate the senseless wasting of perfectly good apparel and keeping them out of landfills.
Eco-consciousness with apparel doesn’t have to end with the purchase of a thoughtfully produced garment. In fact, a large part of a garment’s impact on the environment comes from washing and drying, so it’s important that we keep a green mind as we care for the apparel.
There’s a wide variety of apparel fabrics available for decoration. Screen print, embroidery, and direct to garment are all common types of decoration for promotional and retail garments. This article covers the basics without getting into the nuances of eco-friendly and sustainable apparel options.
Custom apparel is used in numerous industries for various applications including uniforms for baseball teams, retail apparel for restaurant promotion, giveaways for product launches and this barely scratches the surface. The fabric or garment type selected to embellish as custom apparel often depends on the function of the apparel piece.