Large Format Printing Cape Girardeau, MO
You have a great idea for a printed t-shirt design or sign for a business or event. The problem, though, is size. Print shops are turning you away or trying to talk you down to something smaller because your design is too large. What you need is large format printing serving the Cape Girardeau, MO area, something few Cape Girardeau, MO print shops can provide. Large format printing is a print solution that can catch the eyes of viewers, convey messages that can be understood from afar, and easily provide information.
For your Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing needs, you need a your favorite shop screen print shop that applies craftsman, care, and attention to detail to every job: STL Shirt Co. For more than 40 years, Cape Girardeau, MO families and businesses have counted on us to deliver on all screen printing and embroidery requests large and small.
We are ready to begin your large format printing order today. Contact us online, call us at (636) 926-2777, or send us a text at (636) 299-0162. STL Shirt Co. has your back for all your Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing needs.
Large Format Print Shop Cape Girardeau, MO
Large format printing is a special type of screen printing that involves printing designs and printing on surfaces that are larger than standard screen printing is capable of printing (which is typically capped at around 14 inches). To offer large format printing options to their customers, a shop has to take certain measures and make an investment in special machinery and equipment, which must be custom ordered from manufacturers. STL Shirt. Co is proud to bring premium-level large format printing to the Cape Girardeau, MO area.
Uses for Large Format Printing
Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing can be used for anything, such as a t-shirt print that covers most of the shirt, printing on large clothing items, and a number of promotional and industrial materials. Large format printing is commonly used in printing:
- Whole-shirt designs
- Window and wall displays and posters
- Store displays
- Trade show displays
- Indoor/outdoor signage for business promotion
- Vehicle wraps
- Signs and calendars
When it comes to large format printing on t-shirts and other garments, possibilities are endless and amazing. Some types of jobs we think are perfect for large format printing use are:
- Clothing Brands and Brand Merch: A print that covers one side of a garment, such as a logo or other interesting artwork, instantly grabs attention, boosts brand recognition, and sends a bold message. Large prints are a useful tool in branding and wearable marketing.
- Music Industry: Que drumroll. Presenting: the band tee. A large, bold, high-contrast print works perfectly to visually express the message a band or DJ wants to send. Your t-shirts can become an extention of your art, and these same shirts can help you generate additional revenue and allow your fans a way to support you by designing exciting, daring large format printed shirts and other merchandise.
- Special Events: Special events are the perfect occasion for screen printed shirts of any kind. There are always so many individuals and organizations that contribute to making any event happen. For runs, festivals, fundraising events, competitions, and more, you want to commemorate the date and honor everyone who made the event possible. Do both well with large format printing for your event t-shirts in Cape Girardeau, MO. Large format allows you to fit all sponsor logos without cramming them together in tiny columns.
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How Large Format Printing is Possible
Large format printing is a beast all its own. In order to provide true Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing options with quality results, a screen printing shop must have the right equipment. The major three things a screen printer needs to produce large format printing work are:
1. The Press
Screen printing wouldn’t be possible without the printing press. For both manual and automatic presses, the print area is limited by the length of the squeegee, and the squeegee size is limited by the build of the machine. The smooth, crisp designs on a screen printed item are the work of the machine, and large format printing means – you guessed it – a machine with larger-than-average parts to allow for a larger print area.
2. The Film
If you’re not familiar with how screen printing works, here’s a micro-lesson of the set-up process; your design is “stenciled” onto a fine mesh screen that is in a frame, holding the mesh taut. How does one get that image or pattern stenciled onto the screen, you ask? The image is printed on a sheet of film, and the screen is coated with a photosensitive chemical called emulsion. The image on the film blocks light in certain areas and allows light to shine through in others; this allows the emulsion to harden in the shape of the design. The hardened parts block the ink from moving through and attaching to the shirt. Where you can still see the mesh is where your image lives and is where the ink will pass through the screen and then adhere to the shirt or other printing surface.
Simple, right?! Don’t worry if you didn’t quite catch all that (your shirts will still come out looking just as great)! Because we need film to put your design on the screen, your design is limited by the size of the film. The film in generally available in standard sizes, but for larger designs, we have film with a larger surface area.
3. The Screens
The screen is the second piece to printing your design. Without a screen, screen printing would just produce a messy, undefined blob. Maybe you’re going for an abstract look, but in most cases, this is not what you want.
The size of your stencil (which determines the size of your print) is limited by how large the screen is as well as the film. Large film sheets do no good if the frames being used are too small to fit the entire image. Likewise, your frame could be big enough to cover a huge area, but without film in the correct size, the image would end or would simply print smaller than you would liked. We also have to consider the type of mesh we use. For larger print sizes, we opt for a different type of mesh that creates clean lines and detail that looks great for the particular size of the print.
However, the most beautifully crafted violin will not produce the most beautiful sound ever heard if it’s in the hands of a toddler. This also translates to large format printing; the right tools won’t produce good screen printing work without the right operator. Quality Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing, as with all other types of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. When you need large format printing in the Cape Girardeau, MO area, all print shops are not created equal. Some print shops might have the right equipment for large format printing, but don’t have the personnel with the skill and experience to for quality large format printing. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in an exact, tested combination of materials and modify our technique to make sure that what we print looks good, lasts, and isn’t too heavy or thick.
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Don’t let other screen print shops limit you by trying to keep your ideas small. Trust STL Shirt Co. for all your Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing needs. Whether you’re looking for a large printed sign for an event or just like the look of a big, full print on a shirt, STL Shirt Co. can walk you through every step of the process, from the initial design to the final product. We guarantee quality, long-lasting results from all our work.
Get in touch with us to begin your Cape Girardeau, MO large format printing now, and see what can happen when there are truly no limits! To learn more about STL Shirt Co.’s large format printing serving the Cape Girardeau, MO area or any of our other services, get in touch with us today. Call us at (636) 926-2777, send us a text at (636) 299-0162, or jump right in by requesting a quote.