Screenprinting ~ About / FAQ

What is screenprinting?

Screen printing is a method in which ink is applied directly to a surface to be printed (substrate). The image to be printed is photographically transferred to a very fine fabric (the screen) such that the non-printing areas are blocked off and the fabric serves as a stencil. The ink is wiped across the screen to pass through the unblocked pores and reach the substrate. For each color to be printed a separate screen is prepared and the process is repeated.

Why do dark shirts cost more to print?

When screen printing on dark color garmentsnwith light colored ink - an additional process (an underlay, multiple prints or a flash) is required for the desired effect - this results in a slightly higher price for printing on dark colored garments.

What is a "flash" layer?

A Flash Layer is when we double print a color on a garment. If you're printing light ink on dark garments, we'll usually print that light color twice so that the dark fabric doesn't show through the light ink.  This also helps from fabric dye migrating through the ink, and causing unwanted results in end product.

What is an underlay?

An underlay is a primer coat. An underlay is a layer of white ink that is laid down under your design when you print on colored garments, including black.  The underlay gives us a base to print your design on, and allows colors to appear as they should.  An underlay screen is charged as an additional color to the entire process, unless you’re incorporating white ink into the design. The white in screen can be used to create the necessary underlay for the entire design.  The underlay process is a mandatory step on almost all dark garment applications, with the exception of certain circumstances.

How many colors can you print?

We are able to print six different ink colors at a time.

What is your turnaround time?

Our normal turnaround time is 10 business days from the day your artwork is approved and your product is received.

Can I print on assorted garment sizes?

We can print both youth and adult garments together if the design size is made to fit the smallest item being screen-printed. Some customers prefer to have two sizes of artwork made, one for adult and one for youth. In those cases each imprint size is considered a separate order. When printing a small order, one size of design is the most cost effective choice.

Can I print on different garment colors?

As long as the same ink color is being used on all items it would be considered a single order. However, if you would like to change ink colors there will be a $5 charge for every screen.