Yes we said it – less really is more. When ordering custom t-shirts the more t-shirts you order, the lower the cost. The higher the quantity of shirts ordered, the lower the cost of each shirt. Whether you order six custom shirts or one hundred custom shirts, the setup process to screen print them takes the same amount of time. Printing 50 shirts takes almost the same amount of time as printing 5 shirts. How is it possible that screen printing 50 shirts costs less money and takes about the same time as it would to screen print five shirts? The answer is in the setup process.
When preparing our equipment with your custom designs, a stencil – commonly called a screen in the industry – must be prepared for each individual color in your design. Setting up these screens is the most time consuming part of the screen printing process. Custom artwork goes through our art department, where it is imported into a design program. Each color used becomes its own layer within the program, and is then electronically sent to an ink jet printer that prints one piece of film – or transparent paper – for each color component used in the design.
After the films are printed they are applied to a screen that has been coated with a light sensitive chemical and exposed to an ultraviolet light. Once this step is complete, the screen is ready to be loaded onto the press. Each screen is carefully lined up so the colors print next to one another and create your custom designed graphic. Depending on the complexity of your design, this process can take anywhere from five to fourty-five minutes to complete.
Each color and screen is accompanied by a setup fee. Whether you order six shirts … Continue reading