Alton, IL T-Shirt Printing
Alton, IL T-Shirt Printing. Custom printed t-shirts are festive, versatile, and effective and can be used for nearly any occasion. Whether you are looking for creative marketing solutions, are looking to build team camaraderie, or just want to commemorate a sentimental occasion, Alton, IL t-shirt printing is the way to go. When it comes to t-shirt printing, the options are virtually limitless. Make sure to choose your Alton, IL t-shirt printing shop carefully – one with experienced printers and designers. You get that and more with STL Shirt Co.
STL Shirt Co. leads the pack for Alton, IL screen printers. We have been providing screen printing and embroidery services to people like you for close to 50 years. You will always experience the best Alton, IL t-shirt printing experience at STL Shirt Co. To submit your order or find out more about our services, 636-926-2777 or send a text at 636-299-0162 right away.
The T-Shirt Printing Process
STEP ONE – Place your order.
You’ve decided you want some t-shirt printing done for some upcoming event, club, athletic team, or something else. You place the order and the Alton, IL t-shirt printing process is set into motion. When you place your shirt order, you will have to determine the:
- Brand, cut, style, material, and color of the shirts
- Ink type and color(s)
- What design will be printed
If this already feels overwhelming, don’t fret! STL Shirt Co. is here to offer advice and support through every step of the t-shirt printing process. Our professional screen printers and designers are available to help you. For assistance in creating the perfect logo or design work with our professional design team. If you want to know which shirt or colors will work best for your needs, we can help with that too.
STEP TWO – We make the screen
Once you determine your design, we go about making the screen that allows us to print the design on your shirts. The design is first printed on a transparent sheet of film. Based on your desired end results, our t-shirt printing experts will select the best mesh screen for your order. To the screen, we apply a photo-sensitive substance called emulsion. We place the film with your design on it on the screen and the screen is exposed to light. The design on the film blocks the light from reaching the coated screen in the shape of your design, but the rest of the emulsion hardens in the light. This creates the stencil.
If your design involves multiple ink colors, we repeat the process above, making a screen for each color in the design.
STEP THREE – We print.
Then, it is time to add the ink. Screen printing such as t-shirt printing typically uses a special ink called plastisol. You might have noticed that the prints on shirts are slightly textured, a little rubbery, but still smooth and flexible. That’s plastisol for you. Plastisol works well for screen printing due to its ability to withstand p washes, move with the flexibility of the fabric, and display vibrantly on a shirt of any color.
The screens we made are attached to a printing press, and each shirt is placed on a plate below. We are very careful to make sure everything is registered and lined up precisely so that your design is oriented correctly on your t-shirt. We apply ink onto the screen and use a squeegee across the entire screen to apply and press the ink onto the shirt. This process is repeated for every single t-shirt we print. For designs with more than one color, we repeat it for each color on every shirt. There is an art to applying the ink just right to where it looks bright and keeps the sharp lines in the original design. Lucky for you, our t-shirt printing team has mad skills.
STEP FOUR – The ink cures.
The ink is now on your shirts! But there is still one more step. After the ink is applied, the ink has to cure. In other words, we have to turn the ink from a liquid into a solid so it stays on your t-shirts. To make this happen we introduce the ink to heat. Ink curing is a science, and it’s possible to damage the shirt or the print with temperatures that are too high. You can rest assured that we have the curing process figured out, so you know your prints will turn out great.
STEP FIVE – You get your shirts!
Once the ink is cured, it means that your t-shirts are officially printed! Next, we fold them up neatly and pass the finished product off to you. We will package them up and have your shirts or other printed items ready in only a handful of days. If you need it, ask us about shipping your order to you. If you find your self in a tight spot and need your t-shirts printed even faster, check out our rush printing services.
T-Shirt Printing Orders
If you ask us, there is no debating the magic and possibility of the art of Alton, IL t-shirt printing promises. We love what we do and won’t apologize for it. Now that we’ve gotten you thoroughly excited about the idea of screen printing t-shirt, you are likely ready to place an order. If you don’t have an immediate need for t-shirt printing, think about the following opportunities and occasions for which t-shirt printing is popular.
Try Alton, IL t-shirt printing for…
- Sports teams
- Sports fans
- School clubs
- Event and organization volunteers
- Bachelor & bachelorette parties
- Corporate events
- Class reunions
- Family vacations
- Company picnics
- Swag for businesses and organizations
- Employee uniforms
- Union events and organizations
…And so much more! There are a million different activities, groups, and events that are perfect for t-shirt printing and other garment screen printing. You name it, we have probably printed for it. No matter what Alton, IL t-shirt printing services you need, you can trust STL Shirt Co..
Choosing a Alton, IL T-Shirt Printing Partner
Custom screen printed t-shirts are a fun opportunity that can be effective for many different purposes. But not all t-shirt printing is equal. With printed garments or any screen printed items, there is a huge difference between the work of a top printing shop and a school group applying iron-on’s in the basement. We cheer on aspiring garment decorators and certainly have nothing against printing out of the basement (many great screen printing shops have started out this way!). Still, as the customer, you will notice a definite difference in the quality, customer service, and capabilities available to you when you choose an established and well-regarded Alton, IL t-shirt printing company like STL Shirt Co.
To top it all off, we are a union screen printing shop. Having your Alton, IL t-shirt printing done by a union shop means that the people printing your t-shirts have had extensive training and have demonstrated their ability in what they do. On top of that, shopping at a union shop for t-shirt printing or anything else allows you to endorse excellent labor conditions and participate in the local and US economy. For your next Alton, IL t-shirt printing order, choose a union print shop.
STL Shirt Co. : Alton, IL’s Top T-Shirt Printing Company
At STL Shirt Co., we think t-shirt printing is awesome. Of course, we are a bit biased, but the reality is that screen printing on t-shirts, hoodies, and other clothing is a reliable and powerful method for creating quality custom apparel for your next event. Whether you have a school sports team in need of cotton jerseys for the upcoming season or you have a last-minute bachelorette party to plan, STL Shirt Co.’s t-shirt printing services are ready to help. You deserve and expect top quality and great customer service when you order t-shirts. With STL Shirt Co., that is what you get.
We have been providing quality t-shirt printing and other screen printing services for people in the Alton, IL area and beyond for nearly half a centry years. With highly skilled union-member screen printing experts, a quick turnaround time, and professional design services, our t-shirt printing services are the best around. The next time you need Alton, IL t-shirt printing, count on STL Shirt Co. Reach us today at 636-926-2777, text us at 636-299-0162, or request a quote online to begin your t-shirt printing order today.