Screen printing is our most popular imprint method when customizing apparel. There are a number of different options available in terms of how your design is produced and what ink is used that all have distinct effects on the final product. For more information on each of these printing methods and ink types please see the relevant sections on this page or click on the button below to send us an email. Lastly if you need any inspiration for garment styles, printing options, or possible design ideas, give our Instagram a look where we have a bunch of previous client’s print projects highlighted.
standard Plastisol ink
ADVANTAGES OF standard plastisol Ink
Our standard print method is a bright, fully opaque layer of plastisol ink. One major advantage of plastisol ink is its ability to easily match any provided Pantone colour sample. With standard plastisol ink we can mix and print in any colour that you need. Another advantage of plastisol ink is that it is quite durable and will not wear away from multiple washes. Additionally, plastisol ink can maintain a high level of detail and can easily achieve thin lines, halftone patterns, and small, delicate text.
disADVANTAGES OF Standard plastisol Ink
One of the major disadvantages of standard plastisol ink is that you cannot achieve any sort of photographic colour blending or gradients. Additionally, when printed in plastisol designs with large areas of flat colour can quite become a bit thick or heavy to the touch. This is especially so when printing bright colours on dark garments.
Our standard printing is done with a bright, fully opaque layer of plastisol ink. The main advantage of this is its ability to easily match any Pantone colour. With standard plastisol we can mix and print in any colour that you need. Additionally, it is quite durable and will not wear away from multiple washes. Standard inks can maintain high detail and easily achieve thin lines, halftone, and small text. Some of the disadvantages of standard plastisol are that it can be quite thick to the touch. This is especially so in large area of bright colour on a dark garment.
ADVANTAGES OF Soft-hand Ink
Soft-hand printing is similar to our standard plastisol ink except that it has been thinned out so that the end result is soft and translucent. One of the major advantages of this is that it achieves a very soft print that does not feel thick in the way that standard plastisol ink can. This soft print can be used to give your shirts a distinctive pre-worn or vintage look. Although soft-hand ink is thinner and softer than standard plastisol ink it just as durable and has the added benefit from being too thin to crack as it ages.
DISADVANTAGES OF Soft-hand Ink
One of the biggest disadvantages of soft-hand ink is that it is unable to achieve bright opaque colours as it is translucent and will always show the colour and texture of the fabric below it. Additionally due to this aspect soft-hand inks are highly variable and much less accurate in terms of precise colour sample or Pantone code matching, especially on darker garments.
Soft-hand printing is similar to our standard plastisol ink except that it has been thinned out so that it is softer and more translucent. One of the main advantages of soft-hand printing is that it does not feel heavy or thick the way that regular ink can. This method can also give your custom apparel a vintage look if that is desired. This vintage effect is especially noticeable on darker garments. Although thinner than standard inks, soft-hand is just as durable as regular plastisol. One of the only disadvantages of soft-hand printing is that it is less accurate in terms of Pantone matching.
ADVANTAGES OF METALLIC Ink
Metallic printing is similar to our standard plastisol except the ink is full of a reflective particulate that will give the print a metallic shine. The main advantage of metallic printing is its eye-catching, distinctive aesthetic.
DISADVANTAGES OF METALLIC Ink
The main disadvantage of metallic printing is that the reflective flakes don’t allow for fine halftones, thin lines, or small text. Additionally the metallic flakes result in slightly more fragile print that can be affected more strongly by washing processes. Lastly, like standard plastisol metallic ink produces a heavy texture with an end result that can feel quite thick especially in larger designs with wide areas of colour.
Metallic printing is full of a reflective particulate that will give the end result a metallic shine. The main advantage of metallic printing is its distinctive and eye-catching aesthetic. The main disadvantage of metallic printing is that the reflective flakes don’t allow for halftones or small text. Additionally, metallic ink makes for a fragile print that can be affected more strongly by washing processes. Finally, metallic ink produces a heavy texture that can feel quite thick especially in larger areas of flat colour.
Technical guidelines for screen printing
When sending in your art file please make sure that it has been saved as a 300dpi Photoshop file (psd, pdf, jpg, tiff, png, etc) or as a vector-based Illustrator file (eps, ai, svg, etc). If you are unfamiliar with these terms please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your design.
detail and Gradients
When working on your design be aware that extremely fine lines or small text can be problematic to recreate. This is especially so if the lines are being constructed from negative space. Additionally, be aware that while achieving photographic results is partially possible when choosing screen printing, it will involve your design being converted into a halftone pattern. If you have any concerns over how your design might work as a screen print please feel free to contact us.
With screen printing your design can be up to 14 inches wide by 16 inches long. However the maximum print size of whatever garment you are printing on also needs to be taken into account (smaller garments have a smaller print area). Also please be aware that large areas of solid colour can feel heavier to the touch when being worn.
pricing guidelines for screen printing
Per item pricing
The first thing required to calculate your cost is the individual price of the item you want customized. You can find this information in the catalogue section of our website. All of our products get incrementally cheaper based on the total size of your order. These price breaks occur when your order reaches 30, 60, 100, 250, 500, and 1000 pieces. Minimum order size is 12 pieces for all garments. Minimum order size for other promotional items is variable (though typically higher). Please contact us or check the specific product page for more details.
NUMBERS OF COLOURS
The next factor that will affect your total cost is the number of colours within the design you are having printed. Each separate colour adds an additional $35 for orders under 100 pieces, or $25 for orders over 100 pieces.
NUMBERS OF LOCATIONS
The third thing that adds additional costs to your order is the total number of imprint locations. Every separate location is subject to its own set-up charges as described above.
Each new print location adds an additional $1.50 for orders under 100 pieces. Orders over 100 pieces add an additional $1.00. Both of these are for single colour prints. Additional colours cost $.50 each for orders above 100 and $.25 each for orders under 100.
If you are unsure about anything related to your print projects, here are some extra helpful links. These explain a little bit more about our printing processes and apparel pricing. Additionally, you can generate a quote on any product page and we’ll get back to you. Alternatively you can contact us by phone or email and we will happy to answer any questions you may have.