It all begins when you submit an order and send us your artwork.
Once we have the artwork, it gets sent to our art department for processing. They take a look at your printing instructions and come up with a composite proof for you so you can see what your design will look like on the t-shirts (or sweatshirts, tank tops, or other garments).
Our proofs will show you the ink colors to be used on your order, the print size dimensions for your artwork, and it will confirm the specific print locations you have instructed us to print.
At this time, you can instruct the art department to make any changes you see fit. If you'd like different ink colors used in your design, just let us know. If you'd like it to be printed smaller, just let us know.
We don't print your job until you are thrilled with your proof and you have specifically approved it for printing. We'll work with you until you are 100% satisfied with your design!
Turning out the lights:
After the art has been approved, we print the film that is used to process the screens. All of the art is then pre-registered and checked for detail and quality and then sent to our screen department.
The first step in the screen department is to coat the screens with a photosensitive emulsion.
Next, the screen dries, and it is placed on the Automated Table Top Exposure Unit along with the printed film and exposed with UV lights to produce a crisp, clear image ready for screen printing.
The Final Touches:
After being exposed the screens are then washed out with pressured water.
Once the image is washed out, it is double checked with the films for accuracy.
The Actual Printing Process:
Each color in the design needs a screen and each screen must be blocked, taped, setup, and squeegeed.
Just imagine if we had to do this each time a t-shirt was ordered. You can see why screen printing was designed to print quality garments in bulk quantities.
By "flashing" or drying the ink between each color layer, we are able to give you bright, professional quality printing, with years of wear and tear :-)
Here's a photo of the actual finished product printed on a shirt: