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Large Format Printing Cottleville, MO

You have a great idea for a printed t-shirt design or sign for a business or event. The problem, though, is size. Many print shops are unable to fulfill or order or trying to convince you to shrink it down to something more reasonable. The solution is large format printing serving the Cottleville, MO area, which is a service few Cottleville, MO print shops can provide. Large format printing is meant to catch the eyes of viewers, express messages that can be understood from afar, and present information with ease.

For your Cottleville, MO large format printing needs, you need a your favorite shop screen print shop that you can trust to take the painstaking care and utter excellence they apply to every job: STL Shirt Co. We have established ourselves as one of the top screen printing shops in the Cottleville, MO area and have been trusted by countless famlies and businesses to deliver on all screen printing and embroidery requests large and small.

Are you ready to start your large format printing order? 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 Cottleville, MO large format printing needs.

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Large Format Print Shop Cottleville, MO

Large format printing describes the specialty printing service that involves printing designs and printing on surfaces that are larger than standard screen printing is meant to handle (which is typically capped at around 14 inches). In order for a shop to bring large format printing options to their customers, they must 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 Cottleville, MO area.

Uses for Large Format Printing

Cottleville, MO large format printing is fitting for a variety of uses, such as a t-shirt print that covers most of the shirt, printing on large clothing items, and a whole slue of promotional and industrial materials. Large format printing is commonly used in printing:

  • Whole-shirt designs
  • Window and wall displays and posters
  • Store displays
  • Banners
  • Trade show displays
  • Indoor/outdoor signage for business promotion
  • Vehicle wraps
  • Backdrops
  • Signs and calendars
  • Murals

For large format printing specifically on t-shirts, 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 large logo or other artwork covering a wearer’s front side instantly grabs attention, boosts brand awareness, and makes a bold statement. Large prints can be artfully used 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 bring in extra revenue and give your fans a way to support you by designing exciting, daring large format printed shirts and other merchandise.
  • Special Events: Special events are always an excellent opportunity for the use of any kind of screen printed t-shirts. For any kind of event, large or small, there are many groups and individuals involved in the organization and participation. 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 Cottleville, MO. Large format allows you to cleanly display all sponsor logos without cramming them together in tiny columns.

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How Large Format Printing is Possible

Large format printing calls for special care and craftsmanship. In order to provide true Cottleville, MO large format printing options with quality results, a screen printing shop first and foremost, needs the right equipment. The first three things a screen printer needs to produce large format printing work are:

1. The Press

To screen print anything at all, you need a proper printing press. For both manual and automatic presses, the print area can only be as large as the squeegee is wide, and the machine needs to be built to accommodate for that a larger squeegee. The smooth, even colors on a screen printed garment 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 within a framethat holds the mesh taut. But how does the image, pattern, or design get stenciled on the screen? First, the original design is printed on 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)! Since film is required to make the stencil for your design, your design can only be as large as the size of the film sheet. 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. If there was no screen, screen printing would just produce a messy, undefined blob. This could be wonderful if you’re an abstract artist, 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 the screen 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. When printing in larger sizes than usual, we often use a particular mesh that creates clean lines and detail that looks great specifically in prints of a large size.

However, the most beautifully crafted violin will not produce the most beautiful sound ever heard if it’s in the hands of a toddler. What we mean by that is that these large format printing tools and equipment won’t do any good on their own. Quality Cottleville, MO large format printing, along with all other types of screen printing, requires skill and craftsmanship. When you need large format printing in the Cottleville, MO area, all print shops are not created equal. Some print shops carry the film, screens, and presses capable of large format printing, but they may not necessarily have experience specifically in large format printing. To produce good large format printing work, we also invest in an exact, tested combination of materials and specialized training 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. You can count on STL Shirt Co. for all your Cottleville, 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. brings you the best 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 Cottleville, 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 Cottleville, MO area or any of our other services, get in touch with us today. Call us at (636) 926-2777, text us at (636) 299-0162, or jump right in by requesting a quote.

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