Screen printing is complicated to understand but we will simplify as much as possible. Screen printing involves creating a stencil (printers call this a "screen"), and then using that stencil to apply layers of ink on the printing surface. Each color is applied using a different stencil, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look.
Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy, when printing on dark shirts, or specialty products. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts.
The fact that these products are printed by hand also allows for unique products like water bottles, koozies and mugs, as the printer can manually handle curved or uneven surfaces. The minimum order quantity on screen printed items is because of the extra materials and labor time associated with this printing method.
HOW IT IS PRICED
Product Brand/Style: The first major item that goes into determining the cost of screen printing is the product that is being screen printed itself. We carry a very wide range of products and they vary just as widely in terms of cost. The cost for a t-shirt, without any printing on it may range from as little as $3.00 to as much as $35.00. Hoodies, polo shirts, and other items can have even greater ranges. Now the price for the product is also impacted by the quantity that is purchased. If you purchase 250 t-shirts, even before we add screen printing charges, you would pay less per t-shirt then if you ordered 50 t-shirts.
Screen Printing: The cost to do the actual screen printing is based upon three factors. The number of Design Locations, the number of Design Colors, and Quantity being purchased.
Design Locations: Simply put, the more print locations you have, the greater the cost. The reason for this is that for each print location we have to setup the press with new screens and print that design as if it were a brand new project. This applies to every location you need to have printed on the same product. So if you wanted a design on the left chest of a t-shirt, on the upper back, and on the lower back, that would constitute three (3) different print locations and would be priced appropriately. Now if the lower back and upper back design were moved closer to each other and placed in the center of the back, then the project would only be two (2) colors greatly reducing the printing cost.
Design Colors: This is a big factor in screen printing and generally is the most difficult for clients to understand. The basic concept is that the number of colors for each Design Location is used to determine what the screen printing charge will be. Now this is not always as easy as it seems. In some cases it can be very simplistic, in other cases not so easy. Probably the most confusing aspect of this for clients is when they have the same color in two different design locations.
Quantity Breaks: The quantity of your purchase also impacts the price of the actual screen printing cost. The more pieces you have printed the less each piece will be. Price Breaks are at about every 12 until you get to 100 pieces. OuR minimum order is 12 .
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Screen printing is available for many products, but here at Premier Prints we specialize apparel printing. T shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, ect. Now since you have the gist of screen printing, Design you artwork or upload your own in our Design Studio Now.
Sublimation allows you to become alot more personal when it comes to printing. It is the sister of DTG printing but with many more printing options.Sublimation is a lot more easier to explain but more chemistry is involved you can say. Sublimation printing is using a sublimation printer to print onto a release paper then put under enough pressure and heat to extract from the paper to the object being sublimated. There are endless amount of things that can be sublimated and here at Premier Prints we are dedicated to providing you with many personalized items.
The Basic Dye Sublimation Process uses special heat sensitive dyes to print graphics and text onto special transfer paper. The paper is then placed on a Blank Sublimation product and both are placed in a heat press.
When the heating cycle is complete, the image on the paper has been transferred to the item and has actually reformed into or underneath the coated surface. Run your finger across the surface of a sublimated photo mug, plare or any coated product and you will feel nothing. It is as smooth as anything.
The reason for this is that sublimation is always done on polyester, polymer - coated items. At high temperatures, the solid dye converts into a gas without ever becoming a liquid. The same high temperature opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. It has now become part of the polymer.
This is why Dye Sublimation can't be done on natural materials such as 100% cotton or natural fibres and non coated materials which have no " pores " to open. Unless a polymer coated paper is used.
This process using polymer coated papers is commonly referred to as HEAT TRANSFERS or IRON ON TRANSFERS.
On this subject just quickly, the stronger and better the coating used the longer lasting the products and T-Shirts.
It is the " COATING " that gives the life to the product. Think about painting your house, use the best paints and in 10 years time you are still debating whether or not to repaint. Use the "cheap" nasty paints and you will paint every year for 10 years. Picture Perfect Products only import and use the best coated products. Read more about this in our BLANK Products Page.
A dye impregnates colour into a material and many times, this colour change is permanent. Sublimation refers to changes from solid, to a gaseous state without becoming liquid. A polymer consists of large molecules made upof a linked series of repeated simple molecules.
Dye Sublimation refers to solid dye particles that are changed into gas using heat and pressure, which then bond with any polymers present and change back into a solid.
One print technology used for dye sublimation transfer uses inkjet printers. There is some confusion because we do not use "ink" per se. The fluid stored in the inkjet cartridge is just the carrier of the dye. The carrier stays on the paper, only the dye migrates from paper to product. The dye has little or no color until heated, so what you see on the paper usually looks nothing like the final bright vivid transferred image.
Other forms of dye sublimation transfers are done with thermal printers, offset printers and laser printers.
Dark or Black materials can not be used with the sublimation process. Why? Because all dyes used in the process are transparent and would allow the dark colour of the garment or product to show through. Dye sublimation will only work on white.
Garments decorated with dye sublimation transfer can not be removed like images on shirts decorated with screen printing. Again, this is not ink that sits on top of the fabric; It is a dye that penetrates the fibre of the fabric. If spots appear after transferring the image to the garment, chances are they can not be removed if the garment is between 50% - 100% polyester. If you can, you are probably not transferring the images correctly.... or there is something else wrong. You can try bleach, but it shouldn't work: if done correctly on polyester, dyes are permanent.... as they have become part of the fabric.
Order from Premier Prints and you can count on the highest quality custom printed shirts at competitive pricing. To get an estimate for your custom t shirts use our quick quote feature online or feel free to give us a call. Should your design not fall within our standard pricing, give us a call and we will be happy to help you estimate your costs for shirt printing.
Direct To Garment
What is direct to garment printing? It is just putting ink directly onto an item of clothing? What sets it apart from any other form of printing then?
Also referred to as DTG and inkjet-to-garment printing, direct to garment printing is the printing of digital images from a computer onto a shirt or other garment through the use of an inkjet printer. And while the name may seem vague, the advantages, disadvantages and ideal uses for DTG are quite specific. Read on to see how it works and whether your project is right for DTG.
How it Works
DTG is less complicated that you'd expect given that it can capture complicated images so accurately on something as soft as a shirt or sweater. The best way to think of DTG is like at-home printing from your computer, except that the paper is replaced with a shirt. Like your at-home printer, DTG printers do not need to be set up for individual jobs and can render millions of colors. Some DTG printers are even manufactured by companies that make standard inkjet printers (like Anajet, Brother and Epson), but are simply modified to accommodate the additional bulk of garments and use inkjet textile inks, instead of what you buy for your printer at the store. These inks cost upward of $1000 per gallon, which is why printing on colored garments is so costly; an underbase of white ink has to be laid below the actual colors of your design to ensure that the colors look like you intended. All of this ink adds up!
The process used for translating the colors from the digital image into ink to print onto the garment relies on the CMYK color model. CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and the key color, which is black. This model is also referred to as four-color processing because it uses combinations of these four ink colors, usually applied in the order in which they appear in the acronym, to create all the colors in the digital design.
The inks bind directly to the fibers of the garment's material, which is why cotton - a fibrous material - is better for DTG printing than polyester - a much smoother material. Once all the colors have been added and the design is complete, heat will often be used to dry the ink. This entire process can take as little as a minute to complete!
Thermal CD/DVD Printing
A thermal CD printer uses pressure and heat to apply text and graphics to the CD-R printable surface. The resulting print is waterproof, scratchproof and does not require any additional coating. Traditonally thermal printers should only be used for simple text and graphics. When it comes to CD printing there are offset thermal printers that, are able to produce photographic images. At Premier Prints we use the industry top of the line CD printer the Rimage Everest. The Rimage Everest utilizes Rimage's patented retransfer printing process. The CMY panels are first printed to a clear retransfer ribbon inside the printer. Then, using heat and pressure, the printed image and a layer of the clear ribbon are applied to the disc. The finished product emerges dry, durable, and ready to handle. The final effect is amazing - a colorful, high resolution, disc with your choices of photos, graphics, text, bar codes, you name it - in less than 60 seconds. Start Designing your next CD/DVD Now.